Liam Gallagher Gives First Interview in 3 Years
Love him or hate him, there is an undeniable and inexplicable allure to Liam Gallagher that will always demand attention. It’s like slowing down to see an accident on the side of the road—except in Gallagher’s case, the car wreck is most likely going to be equal parts gory and genius. With a long and famous history of outrageous antics (as the frontman for both Oasis and Beady Eye) that generally centered around alcohol, his brother Noel, or a combination of both, Liam is one of the most fascinating and captivating entertainers of all time. In his first interview in three years, the Briton sat down with Q Magazine to talk about his life, his brother, and his music. As expected, it was nothing short of fantastic. Below are but a few highlights.
“I run around seven miles every day, leaving about 5am. Unless I’ve been out on the sauce, then I’m getting in at 5am. Normally, though, seven miles. Climb the odd tree too. Climbed one the other day. I was running on the Heath and I thought, ‘That looks like a nice tree, I’m going to climb that fucking tree.’ Climbed it and sat there with my hood up for about 10 minutes.”
On Loving Locals
“[The milkman] is fucking top…He gave me a pint of lactose-free milk for nothing the other day.”
“Went round to the butchers for a couple of lambchops and the geezer in there is like, ‘Alright Liam, we’ve got some champagne on ice in the garden if you fancy a glass?’ Next thing you know we’re in the back of the butchers getting smashed on his champagne. Just bizarre.”
“…Jamie Oliver lives up the road. I got told off for throwing stones at his windows pissed-up, asking him to chuck down some bacon rolls…George Michael, he’s great. He sent me some flowers the other day. Why? Because I’m cool, man.”
On Being Normal
“…Now, if I go on the road again, there might actually be a life for me to miss. Getting my lactose-free milk, getting pissed-up in the butchers, talking about the price of grapes. Just leading a normal life…well, as normal as you can be when you’re a fucking legend.”
On Coldplay’s Aesthetic
“You ever get Chris Martin to look you in the eye? I’m sure he does put on a good gig, Chris Martin, the amount of money he gets paid. He looks like he’s in the Tweenies, though. The whole band look beyond shit. Have they not seen any photos of The Rolling Stones? Probably not.”
On Not Having a Solo Career
“I am not embarking on a solo ‘career’…There are just 10, 11 songs I’ve written that are eligible to be recorded. They’ve got flair, attitude, the melodies are sick and the words are fucking funny…It’ll shock people. It’s a record written by me, that’s got all the right ingredients and sounds well tasty. You won’t be scratching your chin. It’s not Pink Floyd and it ain’t Radiohead. It’s chin-out music.”
“Stillism is something I said stoned out of my head once…It’s basically a form of meditation. I’ve done it onstage when the kids are losing it, the shit’s hitting the fan and there’s nothing better than just being…still…It was like I was controlling the madness by being totally still…The beauty of it was just staring at them and I knew all the crowd’s names. I knew their postcodes, their shoe sizes. I scanned them like The Terminator.”
On His Brother Noel
“The geezer’s got small man syndrome. He never had the nerve back in the day, so he joined my band and slowly wormed his way to the front, got his balls together…You know when your kid puts make-up on and tries to look like a grown-up for a laugh? It’s like that. [He’s] playing at being [frontman].”
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