One Direction Helping UK Bands Sell Records in America

I was reading this article today about One Direction’s impact on sales for other artists, and how they essentially broke “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo in the US and made Little Mix a top 10 selling album and previously, people like Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs have credited them for making their music more popular in America.

I thought it was really interesting to hear how just a single tweet by one of the band members could have such an impact on sales, or in this case, just featuring that Jason Derulo song in their livestream. I always think it’s nice when popular bands try to give props to lesser known bands in order to make them more popular.

In the 1990s a similar thing happened with Oasis and specifically Noel Gallagher, where he had such an impact that any band he mentioned liking became a huge seller (this subset of Britpop that Noel liked was dubbed “Noelrock” and consisted of bands like Cast and Ocean Colour Scene).

In the 1960s, teen magazines wrote a bunch of articles linking Buffalo Springfield to The Monkees after Peter mentioned how much he enjoyed their music, which gave them more of a national profile. A similar thing happened with Tim Buckley and Frank Zappa appearing on their television show.

Noel Gallagher in Hammond, IN

Photo credit: Me

Noel Gallagher playing “Wonderwall” in Hammond, IN last Sunday. It was an amazing show. He did all of my favorite songs from his excellent solo album “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”, which is so vastly undiscovered here in America. He also played some Oasis era songs, including “Wonderwall”, “It’s Good To Be Free”, “Talk Tonight” (my personal favorite), “Half the World Away”, “Whatever”, and “Don’t Look Back in Anger”.

In my opinion, Noel’s voice only gets better with age and I thought he had an overall confident stage presence. He also interacted with the crowd and was his typical snarky and witty self when some obnoxious Oasis superfan in the audience kept shouting embarrassing things at him. Please don’t be that guy.

People in America don’t really understand my infatuation with Noel and with Oasis because they don’t have the same cultural impact over here, but I still think Noel is one of the best songwriters of the last twenty years and Oasis will always have a huge impact on my musical life.

Here’s the full setlist from the show.

Here’s Noel performing “Wonderwall” on Saturday night. Video not by me.

Foxy Friday: Liam Gallagher

For our first edition of Foxy Friday, a day dedicated to celebrating the foxiest dudes in music, TV, film, and sports, we turn our focus to Liam Gallagher from Oasis.

Liam celebrates his 40th birthday today, and what an eventful 40 years it’s been.

Liam follows a long list of Byronesque “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know” rockers like Jim Morrison, Keith Richards, and Johnny Rotten.

His bombastic personality, personal charisma, love/hate relationship with his brother, and love of dropping the f-bomb and beating up paparazzi has been legendary and well documented by the British tabloids throughout the years.

The legend of Liam continues, as this year he was voted the greatest frontman of all time and came in second place in NME’s “Ultimate Icon” poll (John Lennon was number one).

But behind the bravado, the ever-evolving badass haircuts, and the unexplainable swagger, Liam has soul. His voice turned many of his brother Noel’s most famous songs into anthems that wouldn’t have had the same impact without his sneer, inflection, and in some cases, the sensitivity and depth of his voice. In recent years, Liam’s songwriting has at times equaled his brother, showing a more dynamic side to his personality.

In my opinion, Liam is the last great rock star. He made popular music an exciting place for many years, living by his own phrase “I’m mad for it.” And he behaved accordingly.

Liam has an unexplainable mix of arrogance and vulnerability, of swagger and sensitivity. He was a cocaine snorting, partying, shit-talker, but he was also a romantic, a loving dad, and someone that always would stand up for his brother, even if they weren’t always getting along.

So cheers to you, Liam. I hope it was mega.

Favorite Liam Gallagher quote: “I suppose I do get sad, but not for too long. I just look in the mirror and go, ‘What a good looking fuck you are.”

Favorite quote about Liam: “Often, Liam can look like an unwashed mechanic with a nose-hair problem; at other times he looks sublime and hauntingly beautiful. Today, it’s the latter. He slouches deep into his chair and stares blankly. If my face were a television screen, he’d be reaching for the clicker.

“You’re looking great,” I sputter lamely.
“You’re not looking bad yourself,” he snaps back, “but I’m married.” (Spin, 1997)

Oasis song that best describes Liam: “Rock n Roll Star” (written by his brother, Noel)