Enjoying a renaissance in his career, Liam Gallagher has found a perfect blend of new solo material and classic Oasis songs to satisfy his adoring fans when he performs on stage. It has seen the singer burst out of older brother Noel Gallagher’s shadow and assert himself as an artist in his own right while also maintaining a fanbase who has stuck with him for over 25 years. It means, unlike many other artists, Gallagher has never been afraid to show his affection for his former band. Or himself.
Off the back of releasing his second solo album Why Me? Why Not., Liam has still continued to fight with his estranged brother Noel over the idea of reuniting the Mancunian legends for a mega-money deal. So far, Noel has been unmoved, only fidgeting to unleash a tirade of abuse on his younger sibling. It’s been a tête-à-tête that has continued for years and will likely rumble on for some more years yet.
That hasn’t stopped the guitarist from reminiscing about the old days of Britpop, however. The singer, without doubt, one of the most outwardly spoken singers of the day, has never been shy to throw equal barbs at Noel and praise on the band he shared with him.
The band, fronted by the feuding brothers, did that extra special thing that only a few bands truly do and they changed pop culture. Oasis, despite their historical roots in rock and roll (they were avid fans of the pop groups of the sixties), were never following a trend—they set them. It has meant the group are a fan favourite and a guaranteed conversation starter in the pub. One question we imagine everybody has answered in their time is; what are your favourite Oasis songs?
Last year Vogue, as part of their 73 questions feature, joined the acclaimed frontman for a leisurely walk across Hampstead Heath and, among the barrage of questions, was that bar stool stalwart mentioned above—what is your favourite Oasis song. Unable to pick one, his list includes a few notable inclusions and perhaps Gallagher’s tongue in his cheek.
His first pick is an obvious one. After being asked about his favourite lyrics of all time, he answered: “I need to be myself, I can’t be no one else, I’m feeling supersonic, Give me gin and tonic,” in a not-so-subtle reference to the song. No surprises then that ‘Supersonic’ ranks among his favourites.
Talking about ‘Supersonic’, Gallagher said: “I like the words, I like the guitars in it and I still find it an odd tune,” in an old interview with Absolute Radio. “It’s not like your normal rock and roll tune and still enjoy singing it.” Next up on the list and to perhaps prove there’s still a bit of love between him and his brother, Liam then picks one of his favourites as the Noel-penned anthem ‘Live Forever’.
Written before older brother Noel joined Oasis, the song is one of their finest ever tracks and was once described by Alan McGee as “probably the single greatest moment I’ve ever experienced with them,” it secured their deal with Creation records.
He also picks relative unknown ‘Cast No Shadow’, sitting at number eight on the tracklist and seemingly sandwiched between ‘Some Might Say’ and ‘She’s Electric’, the song acts as the glue among the hits and was the last song completed on MorningGlory.
Under pressure from the unsuitably gleeful interviewer, Gallagher begins to struggle to think of a fourth song to name as his favourite (despite being asked for five). Then with a glint in his eye so bright, it burst through his shades he selects ‘Wonderwall’. It’s a small part of a sprawling range of questions that is certainly worth the ten minutes watch.
Liam Gallagher’s favourite Oasis songs
‘Cast No Shadow’
See the full 73 questions Liam Gallagher answers to Vogue, below.