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A forensic analysis of Liam and Noel Gallagher’s ongoing feud


God and the Devil? Pffft, please, that's a schoolyard fight compared to the epic clash of Manchester's finest, Liam and Noel Gallagher, which has seen decades of physical and mental blows across the globe, visible on stage and plastered all over front pages.

With an age difference of five years between them, their relationship was fraught from the very start, with their mum Peggy recently describing rivalry since birth in new Oasis documentary Supersonic: “I think there was that bit of ­jealously with Liam and Noel. Noel was beautiful as a baby and then Liam comes along – it takes the limelight off you.”

Obviously this is a perfectly normal reaction, but childhood for the Gallaghers was to be extremely difficult, their father Tommy proved to be abusive and womanizing, as well as being a gambler and drug taker, giving Noel such a hard time that he produced a stammer which took four years of speech therapy to get rid of. A situation that must have had a detrimental effect on how the two would act towards each other in the future.

But it was only when they were thrown into the spotlight in 1994, after Definitely Maybe was released, that the tumultuous relationship of the brothers Gallagher became of public interest. And, while they must never be recognised for anything other than their legendary music, we take a nosy look back through the most famous sibling feud in music in all its mad, fascinating detail.

29 September, 1994, the wrong drugs

Oasis's Whisky a Go Go show in LA is thought to be on of their most shambolic performances ever, with Liam slurring and changing his words, hitting his brother on the head with his tambourine, insulting the American crowd, and just acting, well, like Liam.

Noel walked out on the band briefly after the show, and was thought to be down to Liam's actions during the infamous show. But it was actually down to the rest of the band doing drugs. The WRONG drugs...

Speaking to Stuff Magazine back in 2007, Noel said: "Well, first off, the reason why I left is because crystal meth is like cheap speed, and I was into far more exotic drugs at that point. I was quite upset my band members had become punks when I was busy reaching for the stars. But in regard to the drug thing, it was omnipresent."

7 April, 1994, an entire interview of arguing

In an NME interview with John Harris, Noel and Liam spend an entire 15 minutes ripping each other apart.

The main topic of choice? Discussing what rock 'n' roll actually means, with both brothers using an Amsterdam gig as an event to prove their point, with Liam saying it was basically cool to get kicked off a ferry and deported, whereas Noel thinks playing an actual show to fans is rock 'n' roll.

Although some of it does come off as quite playful, you can tell the seed planted long ago is growing into full-blown hatred.

Here are some fantastic quotes from the shambolic interview, which you can also listen to below:

Noel: "If you're proud about getting thrown off ferries, then why don't you go and support West Ham and get the fuck out of my band and go and be a football hooligan, right? ‘Cause we're musicians, right? We're not football hooligans."

Liam: "You're only gutted ‘cause you was in bed fuckin' reading your fuckin' books."


Liam: "What happened on that boat, right, is we got, had a few drinks and that's because I like drinking. And I love it. I'm into it."

Noel: "You can't drink, you dickhead!"

Liam: "Who can't drink? Well fuckin' where the fuck did it go? It went right in there, and I dealt with it."

Noel: "Eeyare! Wooah!"

Liam: "Hey, shut up! Shut the fuck up!"


Noel: "You think it's rock 'n' roll to get thrown off a ferry, and it's not."

Liam: "I don't think it's rock 'n' roll."

Noel: You fucking...that was your quote, you prick!"

1995, the cricket bat incident

During the recording of What's the Story, Morning Glory, Liam decides to nip out for a pint, only to return with a plethora of wildly intoxicated people, much to the disdain of Noel.

Noel being the sensible chap he is, forces his brother's new friends to leave the studio. Liam doesn't like this and loses it, attacking Noel and his guitars.

In retaliation, Noel cracks Liam over the head with a cricket bat, because who doesn't have one on hand when recording music.

The bat was sold as a collector's item along with a certificate of authenticity by music journalist Paolo Hewitt, who took it off of Noel's hands after saying it was destined for the trash.


23 August, 1996, Liam gets a sore throat before MTV Unplugged session

During rehearsals for the live show, Liam was complaining of sore throat and was refusing to sing, saying he wanted to preserve his vocals for the big night.

The event comes and the band walks on stage. Well, nearly, all of them. Noel looks around and doesn't see Liam, so decides to sing the entire set himself.

At around 40:49 in the video below you can see Liam nursing his sore throat with a beer, heckling his brother from the sidelines.

At the end of the show the crew ask if they can rerecord the first song again, which is when Liam shows up claiming to be better and asking if he can sing it. Noel tells him to piss off and does it himself, leaving Liam in an infamous strop.


4 July, 2000, Liam questions the legitimacy of Noel's daughter

This went beyond playful northern banter to just pure nasty.

In Barcelona, Oasis cancelled a gig due to drummer Alan White injuring his arm.

Obviously, they all went out on the piss, and jibing brotherly chat turned sour when Liam questions the legitimacy of his daughter, Anais, to his former wife, Meg Matthews.

Noel jumped on top of Liam and, not surprisingly, kicked the shit out of him and split his lip.

Noel then leaves the tour while the band continue on without him, but Liam does apologise. Five years later....

12 February, 2002, Liam looses some teeth

This is the point where Noel starts to not give a shit anymore, it almost seems like he's losing interest in everything.

Liam got into a bit of a scuffle in a Munich hotel with a group of Italian lads (which apparently was none of the band's fault...), culminating with him kicking a German police officer in the ribs and losing a load of his own teeth.

Noel's response?

"All I'm bothered about is that he can still sing," he said to the News of the World.


October, 2005, Noel bites back

Instead of Liam giving it all that in the press, it seems like it was Noel's turn to act the part of egotistical rock star in an interview with Spin magazine:

"I can read him, and I can fuckin' play him like a slightly disused arcade game. I can make him make decisions that he thinks are his, but really they're mine,. Without fightin'. It's an art I've learned. Our relationship's the same, but we're getting older. Instead of insults and fist fightin', it's now more veiled psychological warfare through the press."

No more fighting? Oh Noel, you poor, naive fool.

28 August, 2009, Noel leaves Oasis

He's done it before, even way back in 1994 when Liam was a bit of a dick during their Whisky a Go Go show, changing the lyrics of songs and hitting his brother on the head with his tambourine, but in this instance a light tambourine being tapped on the noggin is replaced with a guitar being swung.

Noel explained what happened at French festival Rock en Seine that led him to leave the band for good in a press conference speaking about his new project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds:

"Liam was quite violent. At that point there hadn’t been any physical violence, but it was a bit like WWE wrestling, and he was like the Macho Man Randy Savage — he was like oooh yeah and all that going on—and it’s like, “Fucking hell.” ...  Liam does the “Fuck you and fuck you and fuck you” and he kind of storms out of the dressing room. And—I’m glad it never ended like this—on the way out he picked up a plum and he threw it across the dressing room and it smashed against the wall. Part of me wishes it did end like that, that would have been a great headline: Plum Throws Plum and Finishes Fuckin’ Oasis."

Then he kind of leaves, he goes out the dressing room. For whatever reason he went to his own dressing room and he came back with a guitar and he started wielding it like an axe. I’m not fucking kidding. And I’m making light of it because it’s kind of what I do, but it’s a real unnecessary violent act, and he’s swinging this guitar around, and he nearly took my face off with it. It ended up on the floor and I put it out of its misery. … There were people who were in the band, not saying anything, kind of looking the other way. It wasn’t even a big dressing room. And I was like, you know what? I’m fucking out of here. And at that point the tour manager came in and said, “Five minutes!” … I kind of got in the car and I sat there for five minutes and I just said fuck it, I can’t do it anymore."

But that's not the end of the drama. After the press conference Liam decides to sue Noel for liable, accusing him of lying when he said that Liam didn't make the V Festival set because he was hungover.

Noel apologises fairly quickly because he's a rational human being, and Liam drops the lawsuit.

2016, the non-stop Tweets

Liam is relentless in his attacks on Noel on Twitter, his most popular insult calling him a potato followed by a zoomed in picture of his face.

August, 2016, the return of Liam

In one of his first interviews in years, Liam opens up to Q about some wildly strange topics including chucking stones at Jamie Oliver's window and asking for bacon rolls, as well as climbing trees and sitting in them with his hood up.

And, as expected, he also opened up about his contempt for his older brother, accusing him of changing with the money he's earned and the company he keeps:

Liam: "Noel lives in a £17million house. That changes you, I reckon. You have appropriate furniture, appropriate kitchens, appropriate red wine that Bono’s recommended. And Damon Albarn becomes your mate. Fair dos, but not for me."

2 October, 2016, the Supersonic premiere

Liam criticises Noel for not showing up to the premiere of the Oasis documentary Supersonic, and went as far as to comment on his brother's whereabouts: "He's in one of his really, really, really, really, really big houses, probably eating tofu and having a fuckin' face peel."

Is their hope?

The fate of the band changes weekly. One day Liam will say he'd like to patch up with his brother for his mother Peggy and that the only thing holding Oasis back is Noel, the next day he'll literally Tweet 'FUCK OASIS'.

As much fun as it is to follow their dirty rivalry, it's incredibly sad that'll it will probably take a family death for them to make up, because both of their egos are so incredibly large that no one will put their hand out first.

”I’d do time for him. I love him. Me and him are cool. If anyone stepped on his toes, I’d cut them off," Liam told the Melody Maker in 1995. That love doesn't go away, it's just buried deep down deep underneath a lot of insecurities and gallons of Stella Artois.

Enough is enough, time to stop looking back in anger, boys. If not for yourselves do it for the fans.

Image credits: Rex/Getty




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