It’s one of the quintessential pairings of the 1990s; Ross and Rachel, Biggie and Tupac, Noel and Liam Gallagher. From the moment their band, Oasis, hit it big in 1994, all the way through their breakup in 2009, the Gallagher brothers made their sibling rivalry part of the show, and together revived the mystique of the self-aggrandizing rock star. While they released a number of albums that were successful both commercially and critically, and they’ve contributed more than a few gems to the annals of pop music (“Champagne Supernova” was the soundtrack to the summer of 1996), their towering egos, public feuding, and outlandish statements always seemed to overshadow their music.
Last week, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was interviewed by Little White Lies, and when asked about his former band and their relatively quick success, Liam proclaimed that “What we did in three [years] took the Beatles eight. Good, y’know, f*ckin’ rightly so.” Some things never change, I guess.
Now with Liam’s revivalist claim about how Oasis was bigger and better than the Beatles, here’s a fond look back at the Gallagher brothers’ most short-sighted, ill-tempered, and ego-centric moments. (So far.)
5) A Kindler, Gentler Noel Gallagher (Sort Of)
When TMZ caught up with the older Gallagher brother at an airport in May of 2015, he was asked directly about his infamous “bigger than the Beatles” remark. Noel responds that he was “probably high” when he said that, and refers to the music of Oasis as simply being “pretty good,” though he admits he has a personal bias.
Now, before you go thinking that Noel Gallagher had somehow become a more compassionate person and less an unrivaled egomaniac, when asked if Oasis would ever reunite, Noel responded simply “no.” Even better, the TMZ reporter told him that this news was heartbreaking for him to hear, Noel told him simply “I don’t care,” before turning around and walking away. Still got it, Noel, even after all these years.
4) Liam Gallagher Talks Profanely About An Oasis Reunion
A few years before the above interview with Noel, Liam had a rather candid chat with LA Weekly in 2011, just two years after Oasis broke up. He talked about his new band, Beady Eye (comprised of the most recent lineup of Oasis, minus Noel Gallagher), who were on the road with a batch of new songs that represented a little bit looser of a sound. When discussing songwriting, recording, and touring, Liam did so with enthusiastic positivity that seemed almost uncharacteristic.
That is, until he was asked about the chances of being in a band with his older brother again. Suddenly, his tone changed, and he said that he’d “rather eat my own sh*t than be in a band with him again. He’s a miserable little f*ck, if you know what I mean.” Though, in a moment of rare diplomacy, he did admit that he’d consider an Oasis reunion tour if it were done “for the right reasons.”