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Liam Gallagher

Background information
Birth name William John Paul Gallagher
Born 21 September 1972 (1972-09-21) (age 37)
Origin Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Genres Rock, Britpop
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Tambourine
Years active 1991 - present
Labels Creation Records
Big Brother Records
Epic Records
Associated acts Oasis, The Rain
Website http://www.liamgallagher.com

William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher (born 21 September 1972 in Burnage, Manchester) is an English musician and songwriter best known as the lead singer, and occasional instrumentalist, of English rock band Oasis. One of the figureheads of the 1990s Britpop movement, Gallagher's erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press. He remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.[1] Although his elder brother Noel Gallagher wrote the majority of Oasis's songs, Liam has penned the singles "Songbird" and "I'm Outta Time", along with a number of album tracks and B-sides.

Since Noel Gallagher's departure from Oasis in August 2009, Liam has said he will continue making music with ex-Oasis members Gem Archer, Andy Bell, drummer Chris Sharrock and keyboard player Jay Darlington.[2]

He is also the founder of the clothing label Pretty Green.

Contents

Biography

Childhood and early years (1972–1993)

Gallagher was born in Burnage, Manchester, and is the third and final child of Irish parents Thomas and Peggy Gallagher. Thomas was often violently abusive to his family. Although his older brothers Noel and Paul took the most abuse, Liam has said that the abuse affected him deeply and inspired him to become an artist - his true inspiration in life coming from his love of Manchester City Football Club.[3] When Liam was 10, Peggy took the boys and moved away from Tommy. Although Liam maintained sporadic contact with his father throughout his teens, he says that today their issues remain unresolved.

Paul and Noel often contend that even from a young age, Liam went out of his way to antagonise people, especially Noel, with whom he shared a room. The Gallagher brothers were troubled children, especially in their teens. Liam was expelled from school at age 15 for fighting, and would often steal bicycles from local shops.[4]

Noel Gallagher has said that Liam showed little interest in music until his late teens.[4] Liam became confident in his abilities to sing and began listening to bands like The Stone Roses, The Who, The Kinks, The Jam, T.Rex and The Beatles. In the process he forged a life-long obsession with John Lennon; Liam would later claim to be Lennon re-incarnated.[5] When school friend Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, invited Gallagher to join his band, The Rain, as a vocalist, he agreed.

Liam was the band's co-song writer, along with guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. Noel Gallagher has since openly mocked this writing partnership, describing them as being "just awful"; even Liam admits that "We were shit".[4] The band only rehearsed one day a week and didn't get many gigs. It was after one of their rare shows in 1992, that Noel, having recently returned from touring America as a roadie with Inspiral Carpets, saw them perform. Although Noel disliked the band, Liam asked him to join and Noel agreed on the condition that he be the sole songwriter, ending Liam and Bonehead's songwriting partnership. Noel later went on to say "If you think some of my early stuff is bad, you should have heard the stuff that those two were coming out with." It was around this time that Liam pushed for the band name to change to Oasis.

Britpop (1994–1998)

Under Noel's guidance, Oasis acquired a record contract and recorded the album Definitely Maybe, which became the fastest selling British debut album ever (until HearSay's debut album). Liam was praised for his vocal contributions to the album, and his presence made Oasis a popular live act. However, his attitude also won him much attention from the British tabloid press who often ran stories concerning his alleged drug use, violent behaviour and sexual promiscuity.

During their first American tour in 1994, Gallagher took to changing the words of Noel's songs so that they were offensive to both Americans and Noel. A confrontation after the show led to a chair being thrown and Noel leaving the tour. During recording sessions for the second Oasis album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, the brothers had a violent fight involving a cricket bat, when Liam invited everyone from a local pub back into the studio while Noel was trying to work.[6] Also in 1995, drummer Tony McCarroll was asked to leave Oasis after an alleged fight with Liam.

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? was even more successful, becoming the third-best selling album in British history.[7] Around this time, Oasis became embroiled in a well documented media-fuelled feud with fellow Britpop band Blur. The differing styles of the bands now leading the Britpop movement — Oasis a working class, northern band and Blur a middle class, southern band — made them natural rivals. On 14 August 1995, Blur and Oasis released new singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsold Morning Glory's second single, "Roll with It", 274,000 copies to 216,000 during the week.[8] When the band mimed the single on Top of the Pops, Liam pretended to play Noel's guitar and Noel pretended to sing.

After a record breaking two night stand at Knebworth, tension mounted between the Gallaghers when Liam backed out on Oasis' MTV Unplugged set minutes before it was due to start. Noel was forced to fill in at the last minute. Liam claimed to have been struck down with a "sore throat" and that he doesn't like performing acoustically, though Noel claims he was hung-over.[9] Noel was further angered when Liam proceeded to heckle him from the balcony while the band performed. Four days later, Noel was again forced to fill in for Liam on the first gig of their American tour when Liam refused to travel to America with the rest of the band, claiming he needed time to buy a house. He was back on stage with Oasis for their next show three days later, but tension between Noel and the rest of Oasis mounted and on 11 September Noel left the tour, causing several media outlets to question the future of the band.

Gallagher married Patsy Kensit on 7 April 1997. However, the marriage got off to a bumpy start due to various incidents reported in the tabloids. Gallagher made headlines after an incident of road rage. He allegedly leaned out of his car window, grabbed a cyclist and threw him off his bike. The cyclist was not injured and Gallagher was given a caution.[10] In January 1998 Lisa Moorish bore Gallagher a daughter, Molly, who was conceived during an affair in Los Angeles only a week after he and Kensit were married. After an incident of air rage (apparently over a scone) on a flight to Australia, Gallagher was banned for life from Cathay Pacific airlines. Gallagher claimed he would "rather walk". During the tour of Australia, Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly head-butting a 19-year-old fan, who claimed he was only asking him for a photo. Criminal charges were later dropped although a civil case was pursued leading to Gallagher reportedly settling out of court.[11] Liam later admitted the assault, claiming he was being hassled by the fan.

Oasis' much anticipated third album, Be Here Now, was released on 21 August 1997. The album was received warmly by critics[citation needed] and sold in record numbers,[citation needed] but was dismissed by Noel.[12] .Liam has defended the album, describing it as "a top record".[12]

Post-Britpop (1999–present)

Patsy Kensit bore Gallagher a son named Lennon Francis in September 1999. The couple divorced a year later.

Oasis returned in 2000 with Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. Founding members Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and "Guigsy" McGuigan left during the recording, leaving Liam Gallagher as the only member remaining from The Rain. The album featured their first song written by Liam rather than Noel, "Little James", a childlike melody written for Kensit's son James Kerr. The album, along with the song, was poorly received by critics.[citation needed]

While on tour in Barcelona in May 2000, Oasis were forced to cancel a gig when drummer Alan White's arm seized up, and the band spent the night drinking instead. During the night, Liam made a derogatory comment about Noel's then wife, Meg Mathews (apparently questioning the legitimacy of Noel's daughter), leading to a fight.[citation needed] Following this, a press release was put out, declaring that Noel had decided to quit overseas touring with Oasis, and the rest of the band (with guitarist Matt Deighton replacing Noel) played for the remaining Oasis dates.[13]

Liam Gallagher's second son, Gene, was born to Nicole Appleton on 2 July 2001[14]. Liam infamously tried to drag a photographer into a fight outside the hospital. Oasis' next album, Heathen Chemistry (2002), featured three more songs written by him. "Songbird" was an acoustic ballad about his love for Appleton. The song was the fourth single from the album, reaching #3 in the UK charts.

On 7 August 2002, Noel, Andy Bell and keyboardist Jay Darlington were injured in a car crash while riding in a taxi in Indianapolis, Indiana. The three members of the band were treated for shock, cuts, and bruises. Noel was riding in the front seat and suffered severe facial bruising and seat belt cuts, and Darlington had his hand cut and bandaged. Liam was not with his bandmates at the time of the accident as he was out drinking with friends. Subsequent tour dates in Boston and New York City were cancelled and never re-scheduled. Later that year, on 1 December, Gallagher broke several of his teeth and sustained injuries to his face after a fight broke out in a Munich bar. He and Alan White were arrested, but were released without charge. Oasis had to pull out of the shows in Munich and Düsseldorf due to Liam's injuries.

In 2004, Gallagher made headlines when it was revealed that he regularly paid £2000 in child support for his son Lennon Francis and daughter Molly. Furthermore, he criticised the father of Lisa Moorish's other child — former Libertines and current Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty — for his alleged lack of child support. The relationship between the two was put under further strain, because of Doherty's heavy heroin habit and his visits to Moorish under the influence of the drug.[citation needed]

Gallagher in 2005

2005 saw the release of Oasis' sixth studio album, Don't Believe the Truth, featuring a further three compositions by Gallagher: "Love Like a Bomb" (co-written with rhythm guitarist Gem Archer), "The Meaning of Soul" and "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel"

Gallagher joined the rest of Oasis to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the BRIT Awards 2007. As the band picked up the award, he commented on stage, "Seeing as we don't get nominated for this shit no more this'll have to do." Around the same time, it was announced that he was in negotiations with the makers of Channel 4 afternoon quiz Countdown to appear as the weekly celebrity guest in "Dictionary Corner". Co-presenter Carol Vorderman, interviewed by The Daily Sport, said, "Liam loves it and yes, we're in talks about him coming on. I told him I think it will do his cred no end of good."[15]

In April 2007, it was reported that Gallagher had purchased a property in Henley-on-Thames.[16]

Gallagher and Appleton were married on 14 February 2008 at Westminster Register Office, the same venue where he married his first wife, actress Patsy Kensit.[17] Also present were Appleton's sister Natalie and her husband, The Prodigy's Liam Howlett.[18] Noel Gallagher and band mates Gem Archer and Andy Bell were not notified until after the ceremony took place.

In a recent interview, Liam stated he does not speak much with brother Noel. He also states they "don't really have a relationship". The only time they ever speak is onstage.

In November 2009, Gallagher announced that he and former Oasis band members had written new material as part of a new project, and could be gigging as early as a couple of months, and stated that "Oasis are done, this is something new".[19] On 19 November 2009, Liam announced that he would be recording an album with Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock around Christmastime, with a possible release date in July 2010.[20]

He told MTV: "We've been demo-ing some songs that we've had for a bit. Just doing that, on the quiet, not making a big fuss about it. After Christmas we might go in the studio and record them and hopefully have an album out in July.

"We'll do it in a different kind of way now. I'll try and reconnect with a new band, new songs, and I'm feeling confident about the songs.

"I'm feeling a million per cent confident that they could be better than Oasis."[21]

On 16 March 2010, Liam annouced that his new band would be releasing their first single in October with an album to follow the next year[22][23]. More details of the project are still unconfirmed.

Public persona

Oasis appeared on the music scene in 1994 and quickly made a public image for themselves. In 2006, it was alleged that Gallagher had a drunken fight with Paul Gascoigne at the Groucho Club which ended with Gallagher setting off a fire extinguisher in Gascoigne's face.[24] Gallagher has made known his distaste for many non-Brits' tastes and conventions (particularly those of Australians and Americans). On an early U.S. tour, Gallagher regularly made derisive remarks about Americans, as well as his brother Noel, which led to an ultimatum from the guitarist who briefly left the band in 1994. When addressing their muted reception in the States (especially by comparison to the UK), Gallagher stated "Americans want grungy people, stabbing themselves in the head on stage. They get a bright bunch like us, with deodorant on, they don't get it."[25]

In March 2006, Gallagher publicly blasted The Rolling Stones and U2, saying "I respect the Stones but their songs are a pile of crap. As for U2, they don't say a lot or seem like normal people."[26]

Gallagher has briefly touched on the topic of religious belief with the statement "I live for now, not for what happens after I die. If I die and there's something afterwards, I'm going to hell, not heaven. I mean, the devil's got all the good gear. What's God got? The Inspiral Carpets and nuns. Fuck that."[27]. However Liam has confessed to going to church, but he claims to not "be looking for guidance". He also claims "some days I don't believe and some days I do believe". Also Liam claims to have had "a conversation with God one night".[28][29]

On receiving an award at the 2010 BRIT Awards for the best album of the past thirty years, Gallagher proceeded to swear and hurl both his microphone and award statuette into the audience. The camera cut to presenter, Peter Kay, calling Gallagher a "knobhead".[30][31] The following day, Gallagher somewhat ironically posted a message on his Twitter page reading "Listen up fat fuck as a real northerner I was brought up 2 say shit 2 people's faces not behind their back. Live forever LG".[32] A Facebook group in support of Peter Kay attracted over 170,000 members.[33]

Musical style

Liam Gallagher performing at an Oasis concert, 2005

Liam's voice has been compared to a blend of John Lennon and John Lydon[34] while Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine dubbed him "the best singer in rock".[35] In 2006, Q magazine voted Gallagher the 11th best singer of all time, citing songs such as "Live Forever", "Lyla", "Don't Go Away" and "Champagne Supernova" as examples of his best work.

Since the early days of Oasis, Liam Gallagher's stage presence has become iconic in its own right. His "singing pose" is instantly recognisable, and entails him standing with a bent knee, body bent towards one side, hands either clasped behind his back, down by his side or in rarer occasions in his front pockets, with his neck craning up towards a mic that is set high and angled downwards. Gallagher also ensures that the microphone comes in the closest contact with him between his upper lip and nose, rather than directly in front of the mouth as is the case with most singers. On the Definitely Maybe DVD, Gallagher revealed that the reason he sings with his arms behind his back is because it allows him to project more power through his voice. In very early Oasis shows until about 1994, Gallagher can be seen touching the microphone with one hand, but still employing his usual singing posture with the rest of his body.

Songwriting

Liam's first known dabbles into songwriting came in the early days of Oasis, before Noel Gallagher joined. Liam and Bonehead co-wrote a handful of songs, Liam writing the words and Bonehead writing the music, including "Take Me", with only the former worthy for inclusion, according to Noel, though Liam refused.[citation needed] Liam co-wrote a song (titled "Love Me and Leave Me") with former Stone Roses guitarist and songwriter John Squire for The Seahorses' debut album Do It Yourself (1997).[36]

The first Liam-written song to appear on an Oasis album was "Little James" on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000). Liam wrote three songs on Heathen Chemistry (2002) — "Born on a Different Cloud", "Better Man" and "Songbird", the first Liam-penned Oasis single as well as being the only song by Liam to be included on the Oasis compilation album, Stop the Clocks. Don't Believe the Truth (2005) features a further three of Liam's songs — "The Meaning of Soul", "Love Like a Bomb" (co-written with Gem Archer, Oasis' rhythm guitarist) and "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel". Another Liam song is the acoustic ballad "Won't Let You Down", which appeared on the single "Lyla". Liam also wrote "Pass Me Down The Wine", the b-side of the single "The Importance of Being Idle".

Liam has contributed 5 songs to Oasis' new 2008 release, Dig Out Your Soul, three of which, "I'm Outta Time", "Ain't Got Nothin'" and "Soldier On" are included on the album. Two others - "Boy with The Blues" and "I Believe In All" - are included as extra tracks on the deluxe box set version of the album. Four of his songs were included on the band's setlist for their Dig Out Your Soul 2008/2009 World Tour ("I'm Outta Time", "Ain't Got Nothin", "Songbird" and "The Meaning of Soul").

References

  1. ^ "Britpop - Where are they now?". BBC News. 17 August 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/4146424.stm. 
  2. ^ Liam to form another band.
  3. ^ "Oasis - Gallagher: 'Abuse Made Me a Better Artist'". Contact Music. Retrieved on 15 December 2007.
  4. ^ a b c VH1 Behind the Music, VH1, 2000
  5. ^ "Interview: Liam Gallagher". The Observer. Retrieved on 15 December 2007.
  6. ^ Definitely Maybe DVD Interview
  7. ^ "Queen head all-time sales chart". BBC News. 16 November 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6151050.stm. 
  8. ^ Blur and Oasis singles sales
  9. ^ Noel Interview on MTV Unplugged - Behind The Scenes
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Oasis singer 'settles out of court'". BBC News. 15 July 1998. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/133007.stm. 
  12. ^ a b "Liam Gallagher: my Oasis best of". NME.com, 24 November 2006. Retrieved on 27 June 2007.
  13. ^ "Oasis Sensation As Noel Quits", NME Online, 23 May 2000
  14. ^ "Baby Gene for Liam and Nicole". BBC News. 3 July 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/showbiz/1418981.stm. 
  15. ^ "RTÉ.ie Entertainment: Gallagher to appear on Countdown?", 8 February 2007, retrieved 29 August 2009
  16. ^ Reported in The Sun newspaper, 2 April 2007
  17. ^ Report in The Times
  18. ^ Reported at NME.com
  19. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/oasis/48361
  20. ^ "Liam Gallagher outlines solo LP plan". BBC. 2009-11-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/music/newsid_10000000/newsid_10003000/10003070.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  21. ^ url=http://uk.news.launch.yahoo.com/dyna/article.html?a=/19112009/364/liam-gallagher-new-band-better-oasis.html&e=l_news_dm
  22. ^ http://stopcryingyourheartoutnews.blogspot.com/2010/03/liam-gallaghers-new-band-single-out-in.html
  23. ^ http://www.asahi.com/showbiz/music/TKY201003120258.html
  24. ^ Reported at gigwise.com
  25. ^ Rock On The Net: Oasis
  26. ^ IOL: Gallagher attacks Stones and U2
  27. ^ Atheist Musicians F to M
  28. ^ Liam Gallagher Hits Out At Bono
  29. ^ http://www.oasisinet.com/DiscogRelease.aspx?type=1&id=8
  30. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1251515/Brit-Awards-2010-winners-Lady-GaGa-Lily-Allen-JLS.html
  31. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/oasis/49815
  32. ^ http://twitter.com/Liamgallagher
  33. ^ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Kays-reply-to-Liam-Gallagher-at-the-Brits/
  34. ^ "Albums of the 90's", Q (260): p78, March 2008, "Most British Moment: Gallagher's brilliantly untutored drawl - one part John Lennon, one part John Lydon." 
  35. ^ allmusic ((( Don't Believe the Truth > Review )))
  36. ^ (1997) Album notes for Do It Yourself by The Seahorses. Geffen Records.

Simple English

Liam Gallagher
File:Liam
Background information
Birth name Liam John Paul Gallagher
Born 21 September 1972 (1972-09-21) (age 38)
Burnage, Manchester, England
Genres Rock, Britpop
Occupations Musician, songwriter, fashion producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, tambourine
Years active 1991 - present
Labels Creation Records
Big Brother Records
Epic Records
Associated acts Oasis, Beady Eye, The Rain,
Website http://www.liamgallagher.com

William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English musician and songwriter best known as a singer in the rock band Oasis.








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