Describes the bitter fallout at the end of Oasis
Andy Morris

12:39 18th May 2015

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Noel Gallagher has discussed the last days of Oasis and the intense rivalry with his brother.

In a new interview with Noisey, writer Jon Doran asks Noel Gallagher about Wibbling Rivalry (a recording of Oasis having an argument from 1994) which prompts the songwriter to remember the last days of Oasis. "If I think back to it argument is 'Be a cunt all you want... but let's do the gig first and then be a fucking dick'. His argument is 'I'm just being a dick all the time'. Repeat endlessly until fucking 2009."

Gallagher remembers that on a number of occasions he would be left to appease audience members during Oasis performances. "I remember countless gigs where three songs in he'd just pop his fucking headphones out and just get off. You'd be doing a guitar solo and you'd get to the end of the song and think 'It's not that mad for him just to disappear during the guitar solo and not sing the rest of the song - he's obviously gone back to fix his sunglasses or something'.

"Then you'd just go 'Where's Liam gone?' He's got off. What do you mean he's got off? He's got a sore throat.  What a cunt. Then you've got to go out and say in English to a perplexed Japanese people...  'I know you don't understand what I'm fucking saying but what' I'm saying is the singer has got off' [applause]. 'So I'm going to have to sing the rest of the song' [applause]. And then you start singing and they're all like 'What the fuck is going on here? Where's the singer gone?'"

Noel added: "I could never forgive him for that. Ever."

Below: Watch Noel Gallagher discuss the end of Oasis  

Noel Gallagher will have a spectacular summer ahead of him including summer headline spots at Latitude Festival, Calling Festival and Summer In The City. He's also would rather that people would stop ask him about the Oasis reunion everyone is expecting. 

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher was asked about recent Oasis reform rumours "There was a rumour last week that we've had a gentleman's agreement [to reform], but that rumor's come from his people." He went on to label his chaotic Brother as 'disingenuous' to Oasis fans: "He always gets their hopes up...It's always up to me in interview to let the kids down."

  • It's too soon: Oasis split up just 6 years ago, if they were to reform now, rather than a reunion, it would feel as if the band had just taken an extended break between tours. The Stone Roses left it 15 years, the Verve left it 8 years... In other words,enough time for the legend surrounding each respective band to grow exponentially, which simply added to the magnitude of the reunion. Oasis need to give it at least another 5 years before the same could be said for them.

  • It would mean the end for Noel's solo resurgence: Gallagher Snr's most recent solo album Chasing Yesterday entered the charts at No.1 and contains some of the most intriguing material he has recorded in at least a decade. Add to this a string of sold out dates and festival appearances in the diary this summer and it would seem that an Oasis reunion would be somewhat of an inconvenience for a man whose solo career is garnering the kind of critical acclaim that eluded Oasis post-1995.

  • Neither Gallagher needs to reform Oasis: If people are suggesting that the Gallaghers need the cash, they don't. This is the band that sold 70 million records back in the days when music had to be purchased to be heard and CD retailed 12 quid. Add to this the fact that Andy Bell has just reformed Ride, who are due to headline Primavera and Field Day, and Liam and Gem are finally free from the shackles of the derivative Beady Eye and therefore have the opportunity to establish themselves in their own right as artists. A reunion is maybe a safe-bet financially but would be huge step backwards artistically.

  • It will only tarnish the band's reputation in the long run: Many would argue that Oasis should have called it quits years before they finally imploded, pointing to the supposed drop in quality of their output, particularly in the 2000s (when was the last time you listened to Heathen Chemistry?) As such any reunion, which would be anti-climatic for the reasons listed here, would only go further to suggest the band's best before date was somewhere around the summer of 1996.

  • It wouldn't be the right line-up: In order to do justice to the hype surrounding an Oasis reunion, the most famous incarnation of the band's mid-90s line-up would surely have to be reinstated. But with Alan White leaving under acrimonious circumstances over ten years ago and Guigsy disappearing into obscurity some time at the end of the last millennium this seems extremely unlikely. Furthermore, whilst Liam and Bonehead are in contact it is unclear whether Noel has rebuilt the relationship with a man whose departure Noel once credited with Oasis becoming more "professional".

  • Noel would never be able to look his peers in the eye again: Noel has enjoyed high profile friendships with two of his musical heroes who were also once part of era-defining bands. Neither Johnny Marr nor Paul Weller has reformed the band with which they made their names. Knowing how highly messrs Marr and Weller are regarded by Gallagher it would be highly unlikely that he wouldn't want to follow their examples. It is also unclear how an Oasis reunion would be received by two men who have resisted to the temptation to re-tread old ground; Noel recently stated that Weller would 'put his windows in' if he reformed Oasis.

  • They don%u2019t have any new material: If the rumours are true, then they suggest that it has been a very hasty reconciliation between the Gallaghers, which, coupled with Noel's relentless touring of late and new album, suggests that new songs are extremely unlikely. Not the end of the world perhaps for the part-time fan who is happy to songs written exclusively prior to 1998, but this will just add weight to those who will see the reunions as a vacuous cash-in, devoid of any artistic value.

  • It will just end in heartache again: Few of us would want to work day-in, day-out with our siblings. When your sibling happens to be one of the most volatile, belligerent and obnoxious public figures of the last 20 years this makes a working relationship even more difficult. In short, it would be only a matter of time before the tempestuous relationship between the Gallaghers sparks a fuse and the whole reunion would implode taking us back to square one. Why bother in the first place?

  • There's no need: If you want to relive Oasis in their heyday watch any of the hundreds of videos of them on Youtube. If you want to relive Knebworth wait for the DVD release that is on its way this year. If you want to hear Oasis classics live in 2015 go and see Noel on his current tour (he's even playing Digsy's Dinner). If you want to see Liam in his pomp go find one of the North London pubs he regularly frequents and ask him what he thinks of Catfish and the Bottlemen.

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