Words: Izzy Sigston
As the summer draws to a close, it’s another waiting game for Oasis fans to see if the Godlike Genius, Liam Gallagher, will make it to another year on earth. With 49 growing ever closer, it’s only right that we celebrate the rock and roll star’s upcoming birthday by looking back over ten of his most iconic moments.
As Liam Gallagher, you basically own the right to the word ‘swagger’ and therefore will do everything in your power to stay cool. In which sense, you wouldn’t expect the self-proclaimed ‘God’ to own a sausage dog named ‘Sparkle’. On the Jonathan Ross Show in 2019, LG revealed he had two sausage dogs called Ruby and Bridget, “Gene came home with it and called it Sparkle”, “It’d get lost in the bushes and I’d be stood there going, ‘Sparkle.’ And it was on Hampstead Heath where a lot of things go down”, then going on to explain the consequent name change to Ruby. At least we know Gallagher’s a little softie at heart.
It’s not a surprise to know that Liam Gallagher has been more of a hater than a lover in the past. Coldplay? “Chris Martin looks like a geography teacher”, Noel Gallagher? “Potato.”, Wayne Rooney? “He looks like a fucking balloon with fucking Weetabix crushed on top.”, the list goes on. But if there’s one insult that tops them all, it’s his comment about the Folk band, Mumford and Sons. In an interview with Q magazine back in 2012, Liam iconically said “Everyone looks like they’ve got fucking nits and eat lentil soup with their sleeves rolled up.”. Ever just think, how can someone come up with an insult that creative?
Yes, you did read that correctly. In 2019, the former Oasis frontman took part in Vogue’s 73 questions feature, where the fashion empire asked a range of quick-fire questions – highly entertaining. When asked what his guilty pleasure was, Gallagher simply replied, ‘Blur’. Obviously, it couldn’t just be left at that. Liam added that Blur were ‘overrated’ whilst Oasis were ‘underrated’. We love the modesty.
If there’s one thing we love about Liam, it’s his completely clueless outlook on life and his transparency regarding the matter. In an interview with GQ in 2017, Gallagher discussed his kid’s music taste, explaining their love for Grime, and artists such as Stormzy and Skepta. “They also like that bloke, WhatsApp Ricky. You know, the American geezer, stylish, funny, gold teeth.”. When the journalist corrected him asking him if he meant A$AP Rocky, Liam replied by saying “Oh yeah, that’s the fella. WhatsApp Ricky. That’s a better fucking name anyway.”. I wonder if Gene and Lennon are ever gonna live that one down.
We’ve all been to a party when we were kids and been left clawing for air after the DJ gets a bit too excited with the smoke machine. I reckon one of these resident DJ’s were present at Liam Gallagher’s Glastonbury set in 2017 after drowning the Wall Of Glass singer in fog in the initial stages of the set. A change to the usual performance, Gallagher sung Oasis hit Morning Glory, “Tomorrow never knows what it doesn’t know too soon, TURN THAT FUCKING SHIT FOG MACHINE OFF.” I wonder if the poor bloke who was in charge of that fog machine will ever recover from being publicly shamed by LG.
Not the usual meet and greet this one. After sneaking into Gaucho’s on Noel’s pass, Liam met Gazza and they instantly hit it off with some fairly insulting banter, the C-word did get thrown around as if it had the same meaning as ‘the’. “I think he’s got that OCD” Liam explains in a video interview a few years back, “or one of them where he cleans up, every time I put a beer down and there was a wet patch he’d be cleaning it up, so I thought ‘I’m gonna fucking have him in a bit’.” The ‘Manc Bastard’, in Gazza’s words, goes onto explain his plan of action to attack the ex-England footballer “I’ve got the fire extinguisher like that because I know I’m gonna fucking spray the whole gaff… and the last words that came out of his mouth were ‘NOOOOOOOOO’.”. Amazing really.
Ever wanted to know the initial stages of the Gallagher brother’s feud? Here it is. In a radio interview with US DJ, Howard Stern, in 2017, Liam recalled when the rivalry began, “We shared a bedroom and he’d bought this new sound system.”, “I’d been out drinking, I was 15, had too many sherries, and I’d come in, and had a spliff as well, the room is spinning, I’d got out of bed, couldn’t find the light switch so thought, ‘fuck it, I’m gonna have to go man’. So I whipped it out, pissed all over his new sound system and he’s gone ‘what the fuck are you doing? That’s my fucking new fucking stereo?’ ‘It’s alright, it’ll fucking dry won’t it’. And I think he still holds a grudge from that and that was a long time ago.”.
It’s actually a bit of a miracle how these two managed to survive in a band together for a solid 19 years.
BBC Music Backstage Pass are the ones to credit for this! Catching him backstage at Lollapalooza Festival in 2017, Liam was spottedmaking his own cup of tea. “Now, in the 90s I got someone else to fucking do it, but now I can’t, fucking money is tight, too tight to mention, you’ve gotta do it yourself haven’t ya.”. Later going on to explain that he used to have 4 people make his tea including ‘some little geezer… our kid’, he gave us the iconic moment of ranting about how apparently no one buys music anymore whilst vigorously stirring his cup of tea.
“Now you gotta do it yourself these days y’know what I mean? ‘Cause these little fucking smart arses download fucking tunes for nish. Then they wonder why there are no real rock and roll stars around, ‘cause this is the shit you’ve got us doing. Fuckers.”.
Liam, if you’re reading, I just want to remind you that your debut album sold over 400,000 in the UK alone. Still sounds pretty rock and roll to me…
I genuinely believe one of the most era-defining moments of the past decade was when Liam Gallagher got a Twitter account. Ever want a bit of time to kill and a laugh at the same time, please, do yourself a favour and follow @liamgallagher on Twitter. The man treats the platform like it’s his personal journal, following a grand total of 0 people whilst gaining 3.5 mil followers. Describing himself as ‘RNR STAR GODLIKE RASTA ICON LEGEND BIBLICAL OMNIPRESENT PROPHET SPIRITUAL MAJESTICAL CELESTIAL OPTIMISTIC BUDDHIST JEDI APPROACHABLE ZEN LOVER HUMBLE’, his tweets vary from ‘Bumbaclarts’ to ‘The sun has got its hat on hip hip hip hooray the sun has got its hat on and it’s coming out to play as you were LG’ to ‘Noel looks like Gail Platt of Coronation St’. I know, I can’t believe Twitter is still free either.
Whoever’s idea it was to get a group of young kids to interview Liam Gallagher deserves a pay rise at the very least. This genius interview took place in 2018 with VICE’s Noisey and left the majority of the UK cooing over the adorable kids and even… Liam?
What was so brilliant about this was that Gallagher didn’t adapt his language at all (aside from leaving his potty mouth at home). Most adults would respond to a child asking a question with something endearing. Nah, not Liam, ‘Go on man’, ‘go on geezer’, these children were averaging at age 6. One boy asked the Rock and Roll Star, “If you played a good song in a concert, do you get sweets after?” to which Liam responded “Yeah, sort of”, “You’re very naughty!” the kid replied, UNREAL.
Of course, slagging off his brother was still on the cards, after a girl told Liam she knew his brother’s name, straight off LG informed her ‘He’s naughty, and he’s not much bigger than you actually.”. This interview deserves to be in the history books that’s for sure.
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