Oasis

Liam Gallagher spent a couple hours on Twitter yesterday, and over the course of five tweets, one letter at a time, he spelled out one word: “OASIS.” He followed that up with something even more concise, for those not following along:

Needless to say, this led to mass speculation that Oasis would reunite. Bookies immediately stopped taking bets on the band headlining Glastonbury in June (until yesterday, you could get 33/1 odds). “This is not a conspiracy,” wrote Mish Way at Noisey. “There is a goddamn Oasis reunion happening. I can feel it in my bones.”

The bookies were probably wise to stop taking bets; they’d be wiser still to change the terms of the wager and open the books again. I’d give 2/1 odds that Oasis will headline Glastonbury, but 1000/1 odds that Noel Gallagher will be part of that performance.

See, Liam Gallagher has long claimed ownership of the name Oasis. It was his idea to change the name of his band from the Rain to Oasis in 1991, months before Noel joined. When Oasis split up in 2009, Liam said that he and former Oasis bandmates Gem Archer and Andy Bell had written half of a new album, but they hadn’t yet decided what they’d call the project. “We’re not using [the Oasis name] at the moment,” said Liam, “but if we don’t come up with something else by the time we’re ready to release the album it’ll be Oasis. I’m not going to call myself something ridiculous just for the sake of it.”

That band finally did release music under the moniker Beady Eye — but the fact that Liam considered using the name Oasis without the involvement of Noel suggests he’s not uncomfortable with such a notion. If anything, he’s become more comfortable with it over time — after initially refusing to play any of Noel’s songs with Beady Eye, in July 2012 Liam added two Noel-penned classics to the Beady Eye setlist: “Rock ’N’ Roll Star” and “Morning Glory.” In October 2012, former Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs told the NME, “I’m sure Liam would [reunite Oasis] in a shot tomorrow. But you’ve got to listen to what Noel says.”

That’s still the key. The last time Noel spoke on the subject — November 2013 — he told Rolling Stone:

There is no band. So, no, I won’t be getting involved, anyway. If there is a reunion, I won’t be in it … I don’t think there’s any unfinished business. I don’t think that we left anything unsaid, do you know what I mean? It’s like, if you’ve seen [Oasis], then good for you. If you didn’t, then that’s fucking tough shit. I’ve never seen the Beatles. So there you go.

The second half of that quote is the soundbite, but the first half contains the vital information: If there is a reunion, I won’t be in it.

Here, Noel is claiming no ownership of the Oasis brand — he’s not getting in the way of an Oasis reunion, he’s just not taking part. (It’s a smart move on Noel’s part: He’ll reap tremendous royalties from any Oasis reunion, and this way, he doesn’t have to compromise his position, risk embarrassing himself, or lift a finger.)

Another clue comes in the form of a Liam tweet from February 28:

That “roadie from the ’80s” is one Noel Thomas David Gallagher, who roadied for Inspiral Carpets before joining Oasis. Here Liam is saying, “Noel can’t say when Oasis is over. It’s my band, and only I can say when it’s over.”

But Noel can choose not to participate. And that is the choice he will make. When Oasis is playing Glastonbury on June 28, there will be no massive singalong to “Don’t Look Back In Anger” because there will be no Noel Gallagher on that stage. He’ll be making an album with Damon Albarn, collecting checks, half the world away. Bet on that.

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Comments (18)
  1. i agree, you’ve laid your case out quite well. there is a distinct possiblity that liam really does have the tenacity to reunite oasis in spite of his brother.

    there is also a distinct possiblity he was completely wasted on twitter yesterday.

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  3. I thought the guys had reconciled and decided to open the Champagne Supernova wine bar together? So why not Oasis?

  4. It would be sad to know they would go the classic rock radio route like all man brothers/Skynard/ Van Halen etc… and not do a legit reunion under the Oasis moniker. But make no mistake, I will be at the show belting out Supersonic. Also, will there be a Pulp article?

  5. “I’m not going to call myself something ridiculous just for the sake of it.”

    Dude really dodged a bullet there by coming up with BEADY EYE.

  6. Yeah, not gonna happen. Beady Eye retitled as Oasis will not headline Glastonbury. Aside from the fact that an Oasis reunion without Noel would be beyond ridiculous, they have never done a particularly good set at Glastonbury (2004 must have been one of their worst sets ever). Considering they could sell out every stadium in England and make shedloads of more money, why bother with Glastonbury?

  7. Meh. Honestly I’d rather this didn’t happen, and even if it does I doubt they will headline Glasto since I’m betting the unannounced headliner will be Coldplay.

    • Nah, won’t be Coldplay. The third unannounced headliner announcement is postponed due to “contractual reasons”. Don’t think that would be Coldplay considering they just announced European tour in smaller venues. I mean – there is nothing special going on with them right now and there is no reason why they would play hide and seek. I actually am sure that the third headliner will be some kind of reunion (Oasis, maybe Libertines with the “May announcement” set so Live Nation could sell as much tickets for their just announced Hyde Park reunion with people thinking it’s the only gig happening) or artist who didn’t really play much live in the past (as Michael Eavis said before that the headliner of Glasto will be someone who never played it and considering the so far announced headliners are quite new bands I think of Kate Bush [still unlikely though], actually)

      • A friend had told me that apparently it was someone who HAD played before, so we kind of put 2 and 2 together and guessed at coldplay. ‘Contractual reasons’ doesn’t really fit either. I should probably know not to trust him about music, he is under the impression that Daft Punk have released 2 self titled albums. 8/ Kate Bush would be very cool, although I agree it seems unlikely.

  8. So why did Beady Eye pull out of Coachella? Anyone?

    Also, the Gallagher brothers feud has got to be one of my favorite rock feuds, aside from Courtney vs, everyone.

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