Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stop Nagging the Man Already

I think that, from now on, Noel Gallagher should just walk out of interviews when the subject of an Oasis reunion comes up:

“I’ve been very consistent about it,” Noel told Q. “I don’t need the money, I don’t need the glory, I don’t need to relive the memories. If I was to get Oasis back together tomorrow and then do a tour, I’d have a hundred million dollars in the bank but I’d have learnt fuck all.”

“I’d have actually wasted a year of being in the studio with a person like David Holmes. It would be the death of me as a person.”

Gallagher added: “I could understand if we were a band who’d been going for five years and were just at out peak, but Oasis have got no unfinished business. We did it. We fucking did it, and then some. It’s done.”

He's been very even-keeled about it over the years, and with every new project, the subject is always going to dominate the coverage of what he's doing. 2018 is clearly going to be about touring the third solo album and watching to see if it sells in America. And there's nothing wrong with that--why would there be?

The way to elevate Oasis, in Gallagher's mind, seems to be in how he's going about the discussions of the possibility of reuniting. He wants Oasis to join The Jam and The Smiths at the pinnacle of great bands who moved on with things and never got back together. That's really the only thing that explains it for me.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Gord Downie 1964-2017

Gord Downie passed away, and it is a tragic loss for music and the arts. The Tragically Hip were never given the sort of audience they deserved in America; in Canada, they are mourning the loss of a man who was, for all intents and purposes, their own Tom Petty.

Downie and his band were the beating heart of Canadian music, but they should have been stars everywhere. That thin, almost universally ignored border running between the two places should not define them as artists.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Breeders

Kim and Kelley Deal put the band back together:

In Kim’s living room, in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, the Last Splash lineup – Kim, twin sister Kelley, Jim and Josephine – are sitting around, discussing texts and calls and emails and shows, working out a timeline of how it all snapped back into place. “There’s something about this sound that really feels like home,” says Kelley, warmly. Spending time in their company is like being at a family get-together. They tease each other, they bicker over song titles. They chat effusively about current affairs and why it might be that so many serial killers are from Ohio. Kim has always lived here, on and off, but moved back permanently in 2003 to help take care of their mother, who has Alzheimer’s. She and Kelley’s parents live at the end of the road.

With a new Breeders album and tour on the way, Josephine gave up her apartment in Brooklyn and moved into Kim’s attic. Kelley lives a couple of streets away; the sisters have an older brother, who is just around the corner with his family. Jim cycles over to rehearse in the basement, when he has time off from his carpentry job; his wife helps take care of Kim and Kelley’s mum. Kim gives me a tour of their rehearsal space in the cellar, where the band have been practising since she first moved in, in 1990. Brilliantly, they sometimes get noise complaints from the neighbours, particularly if the bass is too loud. They play me some new Breeders songs, the first with this lineup since 1993. As we’re listening, the Deals move to sit right in front of my face and stare at me, closely, with jokey intensity. “It’s really comfortable, isn’t it, listening to someone’s music while they’re there,” teases Kelley.

I have followed Kim Deal for decades. I saw her and Pixies play live in 1989 and she was unbelievable. Her voice carried through the room like nothing I have ever heard. 2017 is turning out to be a terrible year for everything except music.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Liam Gallagher's Mega Reunion

You know, this makes a lot of sense:

Liam Gallagher has revealed that he’s been trying “for years” to book a gig featuring OasisThe Stone Roses and The Verve, also hinting at “something big” coming next summer.

The former Oasis frontman releases his debut solo album ‘As You Were’ this Friday (October 6), but took to Twitter earlier today (October 4) to tell a fan how he wants the three bands to unite for one big gig. “What a night,” he said, “Some people need to get [off their] high chairs”.

“So many extraordinary people on this planet,” Liam added. “We need to come together, c’mon music is power”.

Gallagher also teased his plans for an event next summer, saying: “Stay tuned but I’m gonna round up the troops for something… all are welcome”.

Next year is a "fallow year" for Glastonbury, and so the timing is right for a massive outdoor festival featuring several big acts. Gallagher's idea makes sense--bring together three defunct, almost impossible to reunite bands and have them play over the course of three days, each of those three headlining. You could get five bands to play before each of them come on, and charge whatever you like. It would be a mini-Glastonbury, and if you did it in Manchester, all the better.