Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997

Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997
Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997

Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997
11- 22 April 2014
Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP

Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997 is an exhibition of rare and iconic photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the early years of Oasis, the most significant band to emerge from the UK in the past two decades. Chasing The Sun takes us on the band’s supercharged journey from a Manchester rehearsal studio to international rock stardom, via three landmark albums – Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, and Be Here Now – and many legendary gigs, from London’s 100 Club to Glastonbury Festival to their era-defining two night stand at Knebworth House.

Curated by renowned photographer Lawrence Watson, who has photographed Oasis several times and worked on Noel Gallagher‘s solo album, the exhibition includes previously unseen images from the photographers who had fly-on-the-wall access to the band, including Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins, and Jamie Fry. The exhibition will also display some of the iconic instruments played on the early albums (lent by the band members themselves), vintage merchandise, artefacts from the album sleeves, plus rarely seen early audio-visual content.

Opening 20 years to the day since the release of their debut single Supersonic (released 11th April 1994), Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 – 1997 is the first ever exhibition dedicated entirely to Oasis.  This is an insider’s view of the band’s meteoric rise as they made rock and roll history.

The exhibition is happening in conjunction with the new Chasing The Sun album reissues, which begin with the release of Definitely Maybe on May 19th on Big Brother Recordings. Available on standard CD & digital download, Special Edition 3 x CD & digital download, 12″ vinyl LP (with digital download bundle of all bonus CD content), & Deluxe Box Set (including LP, Deluxe CD, exclusive 7″ & merchandise).

Admission is Free.  Further details can be found on the official Oasis website.

Parlour Flames debut album from ex-Oasis Bonehead & Vinny Peculiar

Parlour Flames are ex-Oasis guitarist, Bonehead (aka Paul Arthurs) and Manchester-based musician and poet, Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes).
Parlour Flames

Parlour Flames are ex-Oasis guitarist, Bonehead (aka Paul Arthurs) and Manchester-based musician and poet, Vinny Peculiar (aka Alan Wilkes).

Their self-produced and self-titled debut album is released on Cherry Red Records .

Sharing writing credits throughout, the pair recorded Parlour Flames between October and December 2012. Described as “an eclectic mix of guitar-based pop with a psychedelic twist”, the album is lyrically engaging and melodic and, with Vinny’s quirky, touching and sometimes funny lyrics, it is full of songs that tell their own, occasionally twisted, stories.

Bonehead’s orchestral guitars provide the sonic glue courtesy of the e-bow, which features on several tracks and, in addition to producing the record, the two played the majority of the instruments.

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The debut album also features Che Beresford (Badly Drawn Boy) on drums and percussion, Semay Woo on cellos, Anna Zweck (Samson & Delilah) on flute and backing vocals and Bob Marsh (Badly Drawn Boy, I Am Kloot) on trumpets and flugelhorn. Ollie Collins (Cherry Ghost) also played bass on a couple of tracks.

Parlour Flames, which is, significantly, Bonehead’s first album release since leaving Oasis in 1999 will be released on CD, vinyl and download.

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Bonehead and Vinny met through Smiths’ drummer Mike Joyce, and Bonehead played guitar on Vinny’s last solo album. They initially began working together with the intention of releasing an EP but, as recording progressed, the songs kept on coming, leading them to extend the remit and recruit a live band.

Parlour Flames debut album tracklisting:
1. Manchester Rain
2. Sunday Afternoon
3. Get In The Van
4. Never Heard Of You
5. I’m In A Band
6. Lonely Girls & Horses
7. Jump The Brook Ruth
8. Pop Music, Football & Girls
9. Broken Hearted Existentialism
10. Too Soon The Darkness

Parlour Flames debut album is released on Cherry Red Records.  For more information visit www.parlourflames.com and www.cherryred.co.uk.

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Mad For It: The Wit & Wisdom of The Brothers Gallagher

Mad For It: The Wit & Wisdom of The Brothers Gallagher
Mad For It: The Wit & Wisdom of The Brothers Gallagher is published by Aurum Press

In 1994 Oasis released their debut single, Supersonic.  Surprisingly it only reached no.31 in the UK singles chart but it was enough to get them noticed, and with their debut album, Definitely Maybe they burst onto a fairly dull UK music scene and immediately livened things up with their laddish ways, arrogant swagger and outspoken assaults.

The truth was the music industry and music journalists needed a group like Oasis.  They had invented the term BritPop in a bid to sell records and music papers but Blur and Suede only made good music and didn’t make headlines.  All news is good news.  So when Liam & Noel Gallagher spoke of becoming the biggest band in the world, obvious successors to The Beatles, and more poignantly happy to slag off other bands, everyone was happy.

By 1995 the music industry had pitted Blur against Oasis in a staged music rivalry not manufactured since The Beatles & The Rolling Stones.  At its peak, the two record labels went head-to-head and released new singles in the same week (Blur’s record label actually changed the proposed week of release of Country House) and it even made the BBC News.  Liam and Noel were only too happy to oblige.  At one point Noel Gallagher announced a personal apology with a donation to the Terence Higgins Trust after stating that the singer and guitarist of Blur were gay and he hoped they would die of aids!

Liam and Noel Gallagher continued to say outrageous, sometimes amusing things every time a microphone was switched on, but the abuse wasn’t just aimed at others, and Noel & Liam continued to fall out, fight and spit verbal abuse at each other too.  In August 2009, ten minutes before they were due to headline the French music festival Rock en Seine, following a fight where Liam apparently smashed one of Noel’s precious guitars, they finally split up.  Since then there has been less outrageous comments but no doubt they will always have something amusing or shocking to say whenever a journalist gives them the space to do so.

Mad For It: The Wit & Wisdom of The Brothers Gallagher is a compilation of amusing comments from the past 25 years. Some of the quotes are interesting but most are simply amusing, and in most cases, throw away comments that were said for effect only.  You don’t have to be a fan to enjoy this book, though it is probably only going to appeal to those who are.

Favourite quotes include …

‘John Lennon would probably hate us, then again who gives a fuck? He’s a scouser’ – Liam 2000

Noel on Paul Weller
‘People think he’s some deep god, but he’s a moany old bastard. He’s Victor Meldrew with a suntan’ – Noel 1995

Noel on Bono
‘Play ‘One’, shut the fuck up about Africa’ – Noel 2007

‘I never said I was wrong.  I’m just saying I wasn’t right at the time.’ – Noel 1998

And possibly my favourite, Noel speaking about Liam:
‘He’s rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy.  He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet.  He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup’ – Noel 2009

Mad For It: The Wit & Wisdom of The Brothers Gallagher is published by Aurum Press

Teenage Cancer Trust Celebrates 10 Years of Music & Comedy

The Teenage Cancer Trust celebrates 10 years of music and comedy at The Royal Albert Hall this year with another series of amazing concerts including the likes of Depeche Mode, The Who, Noel Gallagher, supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, Arctic Monkeys, The Specials, JLS, a one-off reforming performance by Suede and a night of comedy with the very funny Jimmy Carr, Noel Redding & Rhod Gilbert.

Next Wednesday Depeche Mode will take a break from their current ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ World Tour to start this year’s special concerts to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause.

With such a star-studded line-up, Teenage Cancer Trust concert tickets are going to be gold dust.  Supporting Depeche Mode are The Horrors.  No surprise then that this opening concert has already sold out!

Nine concerts will follow at the end of March, starting with John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl & Josh Homme AKA Them Crooked Vultures on Monday 22nd March and ending with a performance by rock legends The Who on Tuesday 30th March.

This will be the fifth time The Who has performed for the Teenage Cancer Trust which is not surprising as the annual concerts were the brainchild of The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey.

He said “When The Who first got together in 2000 to raise money for this brilliant charity, I had no idea we’d achieve so much from these shows. In the last ten years we’ve raised over £8.7 million and counting. Teenage Cancer Trust has come such a long way since our first gig and I’m extremely proud of this event.”

Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts @ The Royal Albert Hall, London

Depeche Mode
The Horrors
Wednesday 17 February

Them Crooked Vultures
Monday 22 March

Comedy Night: Jimmy Carr
Noel Fielding
Rhod Gilbert
Tuesday 23 March

Suede
Wednesday 24 March

Noel Gallagher
Thursday 25 March

Noel Gallagher
Friday 26 March

Arctic Monkeys
Saturday 27 March

JLS
Sunday 28 March

The Specials
Monday 29 March

The Who
Tuesday 30 March

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Rock en Seine Music Festival – Prodigy, Faith No More and No More Oasis

Prodigy @ Rock en Seine - photo: cougarmicrobes
Prodigy @ Rock en Seine - photo: cougarmicrobes

The Bank Holiday weekend seemed very long and yet went quickly with a fantastic trip to Paris on the Eurostar and onto Rock en Seine in Boulogne by Metro.  A much more civilised way to travel to a music festival than queuing for hours in endless Somerset country lanes full of tractors and hippies.

Once in Boulogne (the one on the outskirts of Paris not the seaside resort) we were able to take a 15 minute walk to the festival which oddly but very conveniently was in the centre of town.

The festival was a friendly one, with most of the people working at the festival being able to speak English (which helped with my lack of French) and the festival-goers were of mixed age, plenty of families and absolutely drop-dead gorgeous French girls; all were very friendly and pleased that such a great line-up of bands, including some of their favourite artists, were playing in a suburb of Paris.

For me the music started with a great performance by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Friday afternoon and ended with a fantastic show from rave culture veterans, The Prodigy on Sunday night. Both groups are renowned for their live performances and both played out of their skins.

In between there were crates of  champagne, good quality doner kebabs and great performances from the likes of Passion Pit, Metric, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Klaxons, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and Madness.  After playing to a large and very appreciative audience I would like everyone to know how good it was for Madness to go and play a second set in one day as they took the audience One Step Beyond by stepping in at short notice to dispel an angry crowd shocked by the selfless, arrogant and pathetic attitude of the Gallagher brothers.

There was also a polished & professional set from recently reformed Faith No More that started with an acapello set opening version of the classic Ashford & Simpson ballad Reunited & included the Eastenders theme tune which they also referenced – totally bizarre!

Over the course of three days the shows played out on three stages with performance times allowing the audience to get from one stage to another to catch almost every show.

Bloc Party put in a great show, as always on the second stage on Friday night and after several jibes from lead singer/guitarist Kelechukwu “Kele” Rowland Okereke at the “inbred twins” (Oasis) he was only too delighted to tell the audience that news had filtered through from his tour manager that the northern monkeys had just cancelled minutes before they were due to headline the main stage and officially split-up.  I wished they had imploded on stage rather than the dressing room and everyone was witness to how rubbish Noel & Liam Gallagher really are at fighting – and yes I would gladly take Liam on for charity, as long as it was televised.

I also wish I had told the angry mob where the two Oasis tour buses were.  Call me an old fashioned anarchist.  But there is nothing more beautiful than direct action.  I would have loved it (Kevin Keegan style) if the crowd had given Liam Gallagher an ultimatum – do or die.

There was No Waysis but the Rock en Seine show went on; and apart from digs and jokes like “we were thinking of splitting up today” (The Offspring) Friday evening was capped by a fantastic live set from techno wizard Vitalic.

Unfortunately I missed The Horrors, Birdy Nam Nam and Just Jack. But only wish I had not bothered with b who were hugely disappointing.  Before the performance I was asking everyone if they could suggest a better rhythm section than Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).  After the performance I realised a super group also needs super songs and Les Petit Pois were a waste of time.  Next time can the super group be The Dead Weather?

The festival highlights for me were Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Prodigy (though I wish they had started with Wonderwall), meeting lots of beautiful people and a sterling performance from Calvin Harris which delighted the audience so much than one stripped down to his pants just minutes after I jokingly suggested to friend and writer of My Chemical Toilet, that he would.

One day all music festivals and trips to France will be this good.  Until then, there is always Rock en Seine.