„Ich muss einfach überall meinen Senf dazu geben. Ich glaube, ich habe noch nie im Leben ‚Kein Kommentar‘ gesagt“, hat Noel Gallagher kürzlich gestanden. Natürlich trägt dieser Hang zum Bewerten, zur Lobeshymne ebenso wie zum vernichtenden Diss, den er mit seinem Bruder Liam Gallagher teilt, erheblich zur Attraktivität von Oasis bei. Die schönsten Zitate der beiden Brüder habe ich an dieser Stelle deshalb schon wiederholt zusammengefasst.
Freilich sind die Sprüche von Oasis ein Füllhorn, das so schnell nicht erschöpft ist. Deshalb erscheinen auch regelmäßig neue Bücher, die nichts anderes tun, als Aussagen der Gallaghers aneinanderzureihen. Dazu gehört auch Mad For It. The Wit & Wisdom Of The Brothers Gallagher von Paul Stokes. „Of course, over-opinionated rock stars are nothing new, but what stops the Gallaghers being the pub bores of the music world is the fact that no matter whether you agree with what they say or not, you want to hear them say it”, stellt der Autor in seiner Einleitung sehr treffend fest.
Ich habe das 2010 (also nach der Trennung der Band) erschienene Buch des NME-Redakteurs gelesen, das zwischen den Zitaten immer wieder auch kurze Autortexte als Anmoderationen und Interpretationen enthält, und ein Best Of mit knapp 30 Weisheiten der beiden „Mancunian motor-mouths“ erstellt.
“I just wanted to be in a band and I wanted to tour the fucking world and I wanted to shag all the fucking birds and that was the end of it. I wanted to drink and get fucking pissed and off my tits and as high as I possibly could get. And be paid for it.” (Liam Gallagher, 2004)
„Although we all hung around the same area together, and we’d known each other virtually all our lives we weren’t a gang. Gangs don’t make music, gangs sell drugs and steal cars, you know what I mean.” (Noel Gallagher, 2007)
“What people fail to understand is that we never started this band as a career move. We did it because we were bored shitless on the dole.” (Noel, 2001)
“At the time it was just Phil Collins and all these boring people and boring bands playing gigs… You don’t look like rock stars, you look like dicks in tights, like something off a pantomime. It was time for some real lads to get up there and take charge.” (Liam über die Zeit, als Oasis auf der Bildfläche erschienen, 2002)
“Any advice for young musicians? Always wear a condom.” (Liam, 1996)
“Who is the most overrated person of all time? Has to be Noel Gallagher.” (Liam, 2010)
“It takes more than blood to be my brother.” (Liam, 2009)
“Liam’s the Tasmanian Devil. I’m Mr Burns off The Simpsons.” (Noel, 2000)
“I like to think I keep it real. Liam keeps it surreal, and somewhere between the two we get on all right.” (Noel, 2007)
“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 über Liam, 2009)
“Liam is the life and soul of the party. I probably always stand in the kitchen.” (Noel, 2011)
“The thing about Liam and his hairdos is when he gets a new one you think ‘That looks absolutely rubbish’ then six weeks later everyone on Oxford Street has got one.” (Noel, 2007)
“Someone said to me all my songs sound like B-sides from 1994, they’re that good. I said thanks very much, I take that as a compliment because the B-sides I wrote between ’94 and ’95 should have been on Be Here Now but weren’t. That would be an insult to some people, but not to me.” (Noel, 2005)
“Doesn’t matter who you fucking vote for. It’ll still be shit unless you join a band.” (Liam, 2010).
“Vote Labour. If you don’t and the Tories get in, Phil Collins is threatening to come back from Switzerland and live here – and none of us want that.” (Noel, 2005)
“Yorkshire people are not a race. You are just a collective of idiots.” (Noel, 2008)
“They are always going to be here, just like lampposts.” (Liam über die königliche Familie, 2000)
“There’s … meaning in the songs. I don’t know what they mean, but there’s still meaning there. They mean things, but I just don’t exactly know what.” (Liam, 1996)
“What the fuck do producers do anyway? Sit there, drink coffee and tell you how shit you are.” (Liam, 2003)
“I’m very proud of that. What do I remember about it? Nothing.” (Liam über die Auftritte in Knebworth, 2002)
“Everything is shit – in my world. I’m not gonna spend time watchin’ some stupid little band that a) don’t look good, that b) haven’t got any tunes, and c) they want a career out of music. I’m not in it for a career. I’m here to touch people.” (Liam über die aktuelle Musikszene, 2010)
“I’m not having anyone with ginger hair making music. I can’t go down that road. I’m sure she’s a nice girl but she sounds like someone has stood on her fucking foot.” (Liam über Florence + The Machine, 2010)
“For some reason I watched MTV’s European Top Ten. Fuck me, it was painful. Leona Lewis doing Snow Patrol? Ouch! Kings Of Leon doing U2? Ouch! The Killers doing fancy dress? Ouch! Lady Gaga? It made my teeth hurt.” (Noel, 2009)
“A lot of people want to have sex with me, and he’s at the fucking back of the list.” (Liam über Robbie Williams, 2001)
“I worked on building sites. That fundamentally makes my soul purer than theirs.” (Noel über Blur, 2002)
“The Blur/Oasis thing was very silly but it was fun. I meant every word I said. They’re still a bunch of goons.” (Liam, 2002)
“On my grave, I want them to write, ‘Don’t fucking come here with your bunches of flowers.’ I don’t want a gravestone, I want a V-sign, two fingers. When you’re dead, you’re dead. It’s now that matters.” (Liam, 1995)
“I wouldn’t say I was into fashion… just things that look good.” (Liam, 2010)
“I never said I was wrong. I’m just saying I wasn’t right at that particular time.” (Noel, 1998)