The Gallagher Brothers are no strangers to shooting their mouths off about just about everything. In a recent interview with The Quietus, Liam Gallagher continues his long run of hiding his jealousy of superior artists by insulting Radiohead.
“I heard that fucking Radiohead record and I just go, ‘What?!’ 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 have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?”
The “we” Gallagher is talking about is of course Beady Eye, the new band he recently formed with the remains of Oasis, including guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell. Beady Eye’s debut record came out today and is already getting its fair share of lukewarm reviews, most attributing their sound to a game of “name that influence.” It’s no secret that “The King of Limbs” is not a knock out record either, but it’s still pretty funny that Gallagher goes out of his way to make jabs at bands that have lapped him ten times over.
Both Liam and Noel Gallagher have made several swipes at Thom Yorke and company over the years, usually on the heels of releasing an unimpressive album of their own. In a 2008 Guardian interview, Liam referred to Radiohead fans as being “boring and ugly” and “clearly not having a good time.”
Probably the most humorous remark made on the matter has been by Noel in a 2008 interview on Plavi Radio in Croatia, where he said “correct me if I’m wrong, they’ve been making the same record since Kid A, have they not?”—a statement made a year after the fairly organic and quite excellent “In Rainbows.” I’ll be the first to say that “Don’t Believe The Truth” was a decent record and Oasis’s most expansive, but it’s still just a variation of their Kinks and Beatles worship that their unmovable dedication to has been their ultimate downfall.
Gallagher did soften his statement, though, with “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.”
A year earlier, in The Guardian, he said that the band was boring and knocked Thom Yorke, saying, “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. I never went to fucking university. I don’t know what a paint brush is; I never went to art school.” Yorke posted a link to the article with the wry rebuttal, “I did. It taught me to respect other artists.”
While I personally don’t care if one artist knocks another, as the stupidity of it is entertaining, as a music fan I fall back on a recent tweet from Fleet Foxes to sum up the inevitable repercussions of needless verbal attacks:
“No matter how good a musician you are, if you diss other bands in print / on twitter / are snarky, I care about your band less. It NEVER comes across as funny / smart / cutting. It’s just negativity. You look mean. There’s enough negativity on the internet already.”