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.