We’re diving deep into one of the most iconic voices of the last three decades. As the frontman of Oasis, Liam Gallagher shined like no other. But underneath the bravado and the swagger is a supremely talented singer.
In 1995, Oasis were at the height of their career, their second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory was to be released and make them the biggest band in the UK. One track would typify their stratospheric ascent, ‘Champagne Supernova. So what better way to see the talent of LG than in his isolated vocal for the Oasis classic.
If the nineties belonged to any band in Britain, they belonged to Oasis. Wherever they went carnage ensued and whenever they performed they created a supercharged atmosphere that bounced off the walls. They were, for all intents and purposes; untouchable. They always looked like they were ready to take over the world.
The release of their second album What’s The Story (Morning Glory) on October 2nd, 1995, was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. The band showed critics and fans alike that they weren’t just one-hit wonders but truly was the real deal. The album consists of now well-established classics like ‘Wonderwall,’ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and ‘Roll With It’.
The album’s closer is a gigantic seven-minute anthem. The finisher to end this massive record? ‘Champagne Supernova’. From the minimalist start that gets heavier and heavier as the tune progresses to the sumptuous lyrics. It truly is the ultimate finisher for an album of that calibre. It was released in the US as a single and was the band’s second number one on the Modern Rock Charts.
When speaking to the NME in 1995, Gallagher said of the track: “It means different things when I’m in different moods. When I’m in a bad mood being caught beneath a landslide is like being suffocated. The song is a bit of an epic. It’s about when you’re young and you see people in groups and you think about what they did for you and they did nothing. As a kid, you always believed the Sex Pistols were going to conquer the world and kill everybody in the process. Bands like the Clash just petered out. Punk rock was supposed to be the revolution but what did it do? Fuck all. The Manchester thing was going to be the greatest movement on earth but it was fuck all.”
Liam Gallagher is a unique frontman. He manages to emit raw emotion into his brother’s lyrics that resonate with a crowd. Whether it is the brotherly connection and their shared upbringing or his unique singing style, his swagger is one that cannot be imitated.
Despite all the swagger however is a cultured and concerned singer. Liam Gallagher isn’t just all mouth, he’s got a pair of lungs on him too. On this anthemic number he shows them off to their full extent.
The isolated vocals of that track in particular not only show that swagger but also the supreme skill of his vocal. Listen to the vocals below and enjoy the pure joy that is early Liam Gallagher.