- These blokes have been trading barbs forever, so this was just inevitable.
- Maybe boxed wine would have been more appropriate.
- This indiegasm brought to you by Andrew Bird.
- Gonna go back to school shopping. Or die trying.
- Some show promoter just lost a whole lot of clients.
- Way better than a blow dryer.
Let it be known that this might be the only time one of the Gallaghers and Odd Future share headline space.
Liam Gallagher, to the surprise of no one, has been in the news recently for propensity for making outlandish statements. Whether he’s blasting Radiohead, defying the Strokes, ripping on Jay-Z’s clothing line or dissing Twitter, the younger Gallagher is still railing on like he has been for years. In fact, it would be fair to say that what Twitter is to communication Liam Gallagher is to baseless verbal attacks. And while Noel was historically the more ranty of the brothers, it seems like Liam has been picking up the slack for him in the past few months.
However, there has been one recent development for Gallagher that sets his most recent clump of remarks apart from his more historic comments and that is that Liam Gallagher is losing his relevancy. That’s not to say that Beady Eye’s new record hasn’t been a moderate success in both commercial and critical terms but it’s no (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. He’s ranting at the same pace he has for years but his level of contemporary distinction has been shrinking, not growing. How is he still able to get away with this? More on that in a minute, but let’s take a look at a group which is also known for their controversial statements.
Kids, let’s rap about Odd Future for a minute.
In case you’re not familiar with shock rap wunderkinds Odd Future you can familiarize yourself with the group here, or here, or here, or here or if reading’s not your thing, watch their infamous Jimmy Fallon performance, their first real taste of the mainstream spotlight.
We still have you? Good. Group ringleader Tyler, the Creator has been the center of the spotlight during the group’s rise to prominence and the kid has a bit of a mouth on him. Like a young Eminem, his raps consist of clever wordplay and pop culture references mixed in with dashes of ultra violence, absurdity and the occasionally heartbreaking confessional. His Twitter is comedic gold and probably the main source of the quotable Tyler outside of his incredibly explicit songs. Despite being so green as a rapper, Tyler has even played out his first feud!
In his lead single “Yonkers” off upcoming album Goblin Tyler states his intention to “crash that f***** airplane that that f***** n***** B.o.B is in and stab Bruno Mars in his g****** esophagus”. Two weeks later, B.o.B released diss track “No Future” aimed at the OF kids. At least we assume so because B.o.B never mentions Tyler or the group by name instead claiming that whoever the intended target of his rhyme is”They keep f***** with me, they ain’t gonna have no future”. Tyler’s response?
Let’s compare and contrast. An aging rock star writes his pop songs but uses his public persona as a pulpit to take pot shots at his chosen targets, of which there are many. A young rapper known for his confrontational and controversial lyrics in his songs but comes off as a fairly amicable human being. One has seen his glory days and is waning and the other is surging, just beginning an exciting career. Neither one of these guys is speaking very softly, but it should be clear who’s carrying the bigger stick.
- Fasten your seat belts, your in-flight entertainment featuring Cyndi Lauper will now begin
- Gwyneth Paltrow to sign a record deal…just another feather in her “totally average mother” cap
- Daniel Craig looks hott in a dress
- Looks like the Lopez-Anthony household caught the TV star bug
- Liam Gallagher thinks Beady Eye is the best band on the planet. You might just be a wee bit biased, no?
- Katy Perry so wishes she was Lady Gaga
- No Charlie Sheen in ‘Hangover 2’? Where’s the #WINNING?!
- Wonder if we can use Kickstarter to pay off our student loans?
- Must be nice to be able to premiere your new music video on American Idol, J. Lo
- Eminem gets leaked
- Trent Reznor to score and star in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Three words: Ah. Maz. Ing.
- Chromeo to release an album custom made for our ADD generation
- Paula Abdul wants out but he won’t let her
- Lykke Li gets some on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
- Is it just us, or is Dave Grohl everywhere?
- Lily Allen turns down a reality show gig. We knew we liked her.
- Beady Eye’s new album title ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’, seems a little obvious, no?
- Yoko Ono puts up the dance beats? Where have we been
- Beware, Twitter users. Courtney Love has to cough up half a million bucks for being a crazy internet person
- Wayne Coyne says Charlie Sheen is WINNING
Fame is seldom more of a double-edged sword than when you’re trying to sneak your way around it. Such is the dilemma faced by Beady Eye, the band that was created when the chronically fractious relationship between Oasis‘s battling siblings Liam and Noel Gallagher finally imploded for good in 2009. Beady Eye is basically Oasis minus frontman Liam, and try as they might, it seems highly unlikely that they’ll be viewed otherwise. On some level, that’s fair. Noel was, after all, the main songwriter in Oasis, and beyond coming up with a different name”which was probably a legal necessity”he hasn’t exactly gone out of his way to distance himself from that legacy, continuing on with the same musicians and remaining in the same general Britpop bag. He’s even abandoned the guitar so he can stand out front, bent over at the waist, with his hands behind his back a la Liam.
On the other hand” the one that’s held out in a futile attempt to stop the British press’s ludicrous comparisons between Beady Eye’s debut, Different Gear, Still Speeding, and early Oasis”this is not Oasis, anymore than, say, New Order was Joy Division after Ian Curtis departed this mortal vale. The one thing both Gallagher brothers might conceivably agree on is the fact that Oasis can’t exist without both of them. And while few new indie bands”Different Gear is out on the band’s own label in the UK and the small Dangerbird imprint stateside”without Beady Eye’s pedigree would get as much attention, even fewer would face as many lofty expectations and harsh comparisons.
Whichever side of the question you come down on, in the end there’s really only one salient question to be asked: What does the album sound like? Well, it should surprise no one on either side to learn that it’s no Definitely Maybe or (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, but it’s also considerably more fun than Oasis’s swan song, Dig Out Your Soul, and on its own merits it’s not half bad. Without the Oasis name hanging over his head”in theory, at least”it’s possible for Noel to leave some of the baggage behind. He no longer sounds like he’s trying to maintain the title of England’s Greatest Band; when he sings I just wanna rock & roll on Beatles & Stones (ironically one of the album’s least Beatlesque tracks), it’s easy to believe him. While there are plenty of undeniable Oasis touches here and there, Different Gear feels lighter, capable of achieving higher velocity with less fuel intake; in other words, the rockers have some roll to them for a change, and it seems like Noel and company are actually having fun.
The pop hooks that have always been a mainstay of Gallagher’s trickbag get more breathing room as well. Steve Lilywhite‘s work here serves as a reminder that the super-producer was at the helm of The La’s legendary debut album, widely regarded as one of the greatest power-pop records of the ˜90s, not to mention later releases by similarly sparkling popsters such as Crowded House and Guster. For Anyone is a perfect, breezy, two-minute pop gem that would have been right at home on The La’s lone album, while Kill For a Dream could have found it’s own room in a Crowded House. That said, Different Gear is no slamdunk; the Beatles reference points that pop up throughout the album seem almost obligatory at this point, while the glam-rock side of Noel’s influences bears less fruit than his poppier inspirations. And while a fair amount of Oasis-esque fat has been trimmed away, the tendency to repeat the chorus ad infinitum at the end of a song remains an annoying habit.
All in all, though, there’s more to be said for the album than many are likely to admit. In terms of Different Gear‘s eventual reception, the US never really got the Gallaghers to begin with, so it’s unlikely that they’ll start now, and the three singles released in advance of the album in the UK didn’t exactly set the charts aflame. If England’s uncertain response thus far is an honest reaction to the music itself, that’s one thing; if it’s born of an insistence upon Beady Eye living up to past glories that even Oasis itself could no longer manage, then Noel”for perhaps the first time in his high-flying career” is being shortchanged.