From George Harrison to The La’s: Liam Gallagher picks his favourite albums of all time
Liam Gallagher, the uncompromising former frontman of Mancunian icons Oasis, has forged a career in rock and roll like no other. Making rooms from his arms as he swaggers through the annals of rock and roll.
After being invited by school friend Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan to join his band, The Rain, as lead vocalist in 1991, Gallagher agreed and thus kickstarted his addiction to recording and performing live. Fast forward a couple of years and older bother Noel had joined the band, a renaming to Oasis was decided and a signature with independent record label Creation Records in 1993 set up the band’s future.
Eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums later, Oasis are defined as one of Britain’s greatest ever rock bands and a rightly labelled a pioneer of the Britpop genre which captivated the 1990s and inspired countless other bands currently thriving in the industry. However, after 18 years at the top, sibling disputes between Liam and Noel grew too toxic and the band split.
Not content to rest on his laurels and slip away from rock and roll, Liam returned to the stage as the new frontman of Beady Eye, a band born out of the demise of Oasis and, together, they went on to release two studio albums in five years before the band ultimately called it a day.
While Beady Eye may not have the lasting legacy of Oasis, the group did secure major record sales and toured their material extensively. At the height of their fame, Gallagher joined his Beady Eye and Oasis bandmate to create a compelling list of their 13 favourite albums of all time while in conversation with The Quietus.
Opening things up, Gallagher went straight in with the disco inclusion of the Bee Gees: “We’ve all been into the Bee Gees, man, from years ago,” he explained. “Phil Smith, our DJ, got us into it and all that stuff. It’s mega, horizontal or whatever it is. Yeah, top band.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gallagher and Bell stayed true to their roots and included a few of their Manchester friends, most notably Madchester Godfather The Stone Roses. Unable to hide his admiration for Ian Brown and Co., Gallagher explained: “I like to think of this as Lennon and Elvis, you know what I mean? Lennon wouldn’t have been there without Elvis and I wouldn’t be here without The Stone Roses. Ian Brown as a frontman had the look and he was cool as fuck. He was my Elvis.”
High praise indeed for someone who considers Lennon one of the finest human beings to have walked the earth. Yet curiously there’s no room for him in his list of favourite albums. Find the full list below.
Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell’s favourite albums of all time:
Bee Gees – Bee Gees 1st
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
The La’s – The La’s
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
The Jam – Sound Affects
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
The Kinks – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Left Banke – There’s Gonna Be A Storm
Love – Forever Changes
Primal Scream – Screamadelica
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Paul Weller – 22 Dreams
When speaking about The La’s, Gallagher said: “Lee Mavers is a moody little fucker but you need people like him every now and again. You should be able to dance to The La’s but it’s not all about dancing; it’s about music.”
He added: “Mavers is a fucking dude, man. He’s set in his ways and I fucking love him.”
Interestingly Gallagher, who is now flourishing as a solo artist and is on the verge of releasing his new album, was quick to point out The Beatles despite not including one of their records in his list with a nod of the head to George Harrison’s 1970 effort All Things Must Pass: “That’s the best post-Beatles album,” he said. “We all like it and that, but that was the best sounding fucking one. It’s got tunes that make me cry.”