les membres du groupe et leur univers

Noël & Liam Gallagher

Les membres d’Oasis aiment bien jouer sur le côté « bad boy », c’est leur fond de commerce… Noël Gallagher, un peu comme Kid Rock, adore tacler régulièrement Radiohead, et depuis très longtemps. Mais en fait, c’est réciproque… Il arrive que Liam s’y mette un peu aussi, mais c’est plus occasionnel.

 

Ed nous apprenait (en 2011) qu’Oasis aurait pu faire la première partie d’un concert de Radiohead en 1994, mais que finalement, c’est The Julie Dolphin qui avait été choisi…

We were making an album, The Bends, back in early ’94 and we were doing this three-day tour and we were looking for a support band. And our agent sent us three demo tapes from various bands and one of them was called Oasis. There was a bit of a quick laugh, cause for us, Oasis was the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon, which was down the road, which apparently it was named after. But that was early days for Oasis. I remember seeing them for months later and they were well on their way to super stardom.

Colin Murray: So you didn’t pick them?

Ed: No, we didn’t. We picked a band called The Julie Dolphin.

— Ed O'Brien / BBC5, Fighting Talk with Colin Murray, avril 2011

 

 

Thom Yorke, en 1995, précise le mépris qu’il a pour Oasis, devenu, comme Radiohead, un groupe un peu plus important :

They’re a joke aren’t they ? It’s just lots of middle class people applauding a bunch of guys who act stupid and write really primitive music. Then people say ’oh it’s so honest’
— Thom Yorke / London Calling, janvier 1995

 

Le 30 octobre 1995,  Oasis sort  « (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? », son album qui connaîtra le plus de succès, dont le tube est wonderwall. Le 22 mars 1996, Thom Yorke en fait une reprise « pour le fun ». Avec quelques membres du groupe The Posies,il est interviewé  à la Radio CBC et s’est alors mis à entonner une parodie de la chanson d’Oasis, en modifiant quelques paroles (sûrement parce qu’il ne les connaît pas bien)

 

Mais les membres d’Oasis ne sont pas rancuniers, puisqu’en 1997, ils viennent voir Radiohead à un concert à New York (Irving Plazza) quelques mois juste après la sortie d’OK Computer. Il y a du très beau monde sur la guestlist et Oasis ne veut pas louper ça :

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On ne sait pas ce que Noël Gallagher en a pensé, mais il n’a pas cessé de tacler Radiohead, surtout après la sortie de KID A. Un petit florilège :

 

Au départ, ça reste gentil et respectueux.

I heard the single. I like it because it doesn’t annoy me. But then again with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood in a band, they’re going to be great, put them together and you get genius.”
“But I don’t get the whole angst thing,” he mused. “I don’t likeThe Vines, except for ‘Get Free’ – great track, but what have they got to be pissed off about? They live in Sydney, the most beautiful city in the word. The Coral come from Liverpool and they have the right to be pissed off, but they write beautiful songs about how great life could be – they are geniuses.”
“Radiohead have sold twenty million albums and they’re still miserable? I can tell you from personal experience – it’s not that bad. Trust me.
— NME, fin mai 2003

 

En avril 2006, encore une petite « gentillesse » :

I think I could have said, without any argument, till the year 2000 Oasis were the most important British band since The Beatles. But I think Radiohead have been important and I think Coldplay may yet turn out to be important but not so much now.
— Britain’s Maxim magazine, avril 2006

 

 

Et ensuite, les « fuck » sont de sortie :

I’ve never understood that kind of thing. Like the Clash going, ’We’re not playing on telly.’ Well fuck off then. When we first started we said we were the greatest band in the world. We should have said we were the best band in the charts. ’Cos to me, the world is the charts. I don’t give a fuck about Radiohead and all that indie nonsense.
— The Guardian, novembre 2006

 

 

En 2007, Thom Yorke se met à répondre aux attaques de Noël. En voici d’ailleurs une première :

Thom Yorke sat at a piano singing, ‘This is f***ed up’ for half an hour. We all know that, Mr Yorke. Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit there twiddling, going, ‘We’re all doomed’, at the end of the day people will always want to hear you play Creep. Get over it.”
— The Guardian, début février 2007

 

 

Première réponse de Thom sur le site radiohead.com

who could i be talking about?

he is entering his David icke phase..

— Thom Yorke / Radiohead.com

 

 

Noël persévère :

No matter how much you sit their twiddling, going, ‘We’re all doomed,’ at the end of the day people will always want to hear you play ‘Creep.’ Get over it, » insisted Gallagher. « I never went to f–king university. I don’t know what a paint brush is; I never went to art school,
— Y!Music, 20 février 2007

 

 

avec la réponse de Thom à nouveau

I did. It taught me to respect other artists
— Thom Yorke / Radiohead.com

 

2008, Noël semble calmé. Il n’aime pas qu’on compare Oasis à Radiohead, qu’au fond, il aime bien… même s’ils font toujours le même album depuis des lustres… :

The biggest criticism that the music press have against us is that we’re not Radiohead. But, correct me if I’m wrong, they’ve been making the same record since Kid A, have they not?
I like them. Every time I see them live they blow me away, but you know, it’s kind of, we make very accessible rock and roll music, you know, and they constantly make difficult electronic records. It’s not a criticism of them, and it shouldn’t be a criticism of us.
— Une radio croate, février 2008

 

D’ailleurs Noël emmerde radiohead et n’a pas envie d’imiter leur technique du « pay what you want » :

I wouldn’t have thought so. That’s not our bag,” He explained. “I didn’t spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America, and the most expensive graphic designer in London to then give it away. F*** that.”

“To be honest, to me it looked like marketing. Y’know? A great way of getting a load of marketing for free really, but good for them. That’s what they do, they’re rebels and outsiders.

— Noël Gallagher

 

 

Ca c’est pour les fans de Radiohead :

I don’t hate them, I don’t wish they had accidents. I think their fans are boring and ugly and don’t look like they’re having a good time.
— The Guardian, 11 août 2008

 

 

La tristesse de Radiohead, c’est son argument du moment :

I remember seeing Radiohead on the cover of a magazine in the U.K. when In Rainbows came out, and it said, radiohead: the pain. And I thought, « Won’t you fucking give it a rest, you bunch of moaning children? » The pain? Of making an album? I don’t buy it. If you’re not having a laugh, then don’t do it.
— Spin, 1 octobre 2008

 

 

Liam se moque de The King of Limbs :

LG: We just like what we do. I heard that fucking Radiohead record and I just go, ‘What?!’ I like to think that what we do, we do fucking well. Thom writing a song about a fucking tree? Give me a fucking break! A thousand year old tree? Go fuck yourself! You’d have thought he’d have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?
— The Quietus, 28 février 2011

 

idem là :

I heard that fucking Radiohead record [‘The King Of Limbs’] and I just go, ‘What?!' » he said. « I like to think that what we do, we do fucking well. Them writing a song about a fucking tree? Give me a fucking break! A thousand year old tree? Go fuck yourself!

You’d have thought he’d (= Thom Yorke)  have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?

— NME, 11 mars 2011

 

En 2011, Noël rappelle que personne n’arrive à la cheville d’Oasis, et sûrement pas Radiohead.

I’ve always thought most bands should play Oasis songs, anyway. The Foo Fighters should definitely do a couple. Green Day could do even more than one or two. Radiohead? I mean, let’s face it. It’d be a better night out.
— Rolling Stone, 8 août 2011

 

 

What do you think about Radiohead?
They’re an odd bunch, aren’t they? They’ve been making the same record since Kid A. But this needs to be said. I don’t own any of their records, but every time I’ve seen them live, they’ve fucking blown me away. It was like, « Wow, fucking listen to that! How do you fucking make that shit come out of those speakers? » It’s fucking amazing. But have I ever had a moment where I fucking sat down and thought, « Do you know what this calls for? This calls for ‘Paranoid Android!’ Get it on! » No. I’ve never had that moment. Give me « Mony Mony » or « Runaround Sue. » Something you can sing to.
— Rolling Stone, 11 août 2011

 

 

Cette fois, c’est Liam qui tacle :

I mean we’ve all written songs like Creep, y’know, them classic songs. Karma Police is alright, but it’s The Beatles, innit?
— Q Magazine, septembre 2011

D’ailleurs, à cette occasion, le webmaster de Ateaseweb lui rappelait ça (Beady Eyes est le nom du nouveau groupe de Liam Gallagher) :

 

 

Interrogé sur sa préférence entre enregistrer un disque avec Thom Yorke ou avec Damon Albarn, Noël a répondu   sans ambiguïté :

Oh, Damon. Je trouve Damon bien plus intéressant que Thom Yorke. Ce n’est pas que j’aime pas Thom ou Radiohead. Je pense que c’est un grand groupe live mais j’ai jamais pu écouter un de leurs albums.
— NME, février 2012

 

 

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