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Noel Gallagher: Forming Oasis with brother Liam was fatal

Elizabeth Roberts

Published 19/07/2015 | 10:04

Noel and Liam Gallagher
Noel and Liam Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has described teaming up with his brother Liam in Oasis as the band’s “Achilles’ heel”.

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The musician, who had a famously fiery relationship with his singer brother before the band split in 2009, told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that the pair were “vastly different”.

Noel Gallagher has appeared on Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4/PA)
Noel Gallagher has appeared on Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4/PA)

He told host Kirsty Young that Liam was “an irritant” when the pair were younger, but admitted being brothers helped in the band initially.The benefits, though, were short-lived.

“When family members are arguing, everybody tends to leave the room, so the differences we had, whether it would be with the music or the band or what video we were doing, would never get resolved because nobody would say ‘look you’re right’,” he said.

Portrait of Noel and Liam Gallagher of English rock band Oasis photographed at Holborn Studios in London in 1994. Job: 74092 Ref: BMN - Exclusive (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of Noel and Liam Gallagher of English rock band Oasis photographed at Holborn Studios in London in 1994. Job: 74092 Ref: BMN - Exclusive (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)

Gallagher also talked about his use of drink and drugs, which he had quit after a “moment of clarity” 15 years ago, describing the decision as “one of the greatest things I’ve ever done”.

Among his desert island discs he selected fellow Mancunians The Smiths’ Hand in Glove and A Guy Called Gerald’s Voodoo Ray.

He picked Jack Kerouac’s Beat classic On the Road, telling Young it was the only novel he had ever read.

He also chose The Beatles’ Ticket To Ride, describing the band as “the greatest thing in music there ever was”. He chose a guitar as his luxury item.

Noel and Liam Gallagher
Noel and Liam Gallagher

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