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Noel Gallagher says Oasis album with never-before-heard music was scrapped after disagreement with Liam

The album was believed to feature never-before-heard music and covers from the band

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Noel Gallagher has – quite unsurprisingly – revealed that an Oasis Greatest Hits album was scrapped thanks to a disagreement with his brother, Liam.

Now it’s no secret that there’s no love lost between the long-feuding brothers – Oasis split back in 2009 and over a decade on, they continue to take pops at each other in the press, with no sign of an emotional makeup reunion on the cards just yet.

Their animosity for one another began in the early Oasis days, with many reports claiming their big fall out initially kicked off in 1994 while touring the US.

During one of their gigs in LA, Liam apparently changed the lyrics to their track ‘Live Forever’ from, ‘Maybe I don’t really wanna know how your garden grows’ to ‘Maybe I don’t really wanna know why you pick your nose’, just to annoy Noel.

Liam is also said to have whacked Noel over the head with an instrument on that same night, as well as insulting fans at the gig.

Obviously, his behaviour didn’t impress Noel, who actually quit Oasis shortly after to make a point (spoiler: he rejoined the band a couple of weeks later after a change of heart).

But the seed had been sown, and, during that same year, they did that iconic interview with NME, which saw the magazine follow them on the road and recorded how often they told each other to ‘f*** off.’

Even following the discontinuation of Oasis, the brothers’ relationship hasn’t fared much better, with them continuing to make public jibes towards one another even today.

And the latest instance took place just last week, with Noel dishing some serious dirt on his brother once again.

In a new interview, the High Flying Birds founder and frontman placed the blame on Liam for the collapse of a potential Oasis Greatest Hits album, which was set to feature never-before-heard music and covers from the band.

He told Record Collector Magazine: “You know that ‘Don’t Stop’ demo we put up? We had planned to do an Oasis best of the 2000s because it’s a period of Oasis that the masses are not interested in but for the actual fans there’s some great tunes.

“With ‘Don’t Stop’ it was like, ‘Well people are f****** floundering, put that out, the fans will love it.’ Well, we did this best of and the bonus disc was gonna be all these unreleased songs.

“But, ha, unfortunately we couldn’t agree on something and it got dropped by the wayside.”

The greatest hits LP was reportedly set to include covers of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘It’s All Too Much’ by The Beatles and feature guitar hero Johnny Marr.

Noel added: “There was this box in the cupboard under the stairs with all these blank CDs in.

“I went, ‘Right, today I’m going to fucking take that’. I’m putting on these CDs and I found a load of old Oasis stuff, like songs I’d never recorded but demoed. I’m going, ‘No fucking way’.

“There’s a great version of ‘Eleanor Rigby’, a punk version, and an amazing version of ‘It’s All Too Much’ we did on the day George died. Johnny Marr’s on it. I’d forgotten all about it. It was just the backing track. Liam hadn’t gotten round to doing the vocals.”

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Aitch offers Liam Gallagher £7m to feature on new album

The collaboration of all collaborations…

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Rapper Aitch has offered Liam Gallagher a handsome sum of money to feature on his upcoming new album.

Clearly not one to mess around when it comes to big career opportunities, local lad Aitch – from New Moston – took to Twitter yesterday to proposition the former Oasis frontman, tagging him and writing simply: “I will pay £7 Million for you to be on my album @liamgallagher.”

Gallagher is yet to respond to the tempting offer, though he is known for his Twitter antics so we shouldn’t be waiting too long for one of his famed snarky replies.

Yet regardless of Liam’s lack of response, fans have been loving the bizarre proposal, with one jokingly asking the rapper for ‘a tenner’ and another saying she’ll change her name and take up the offer herself.

And, when someone offered Aitch £6 to ‘quit music’, the good-humoured rapper replied with: “I’ll send you my bank details now.”

Aitch, real name Harrison Armstrong, is putting together a new record after his last album Polaris was released back in 2020.

He has previously collaborated with the likes of Bugzy Malone and AJ Tracey, though one of the Gallagher brothers would definitely be his biggest partnership yet.

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However, LG already has a lot on his plate; back in October, he announced that he would be returning to Knebworth Park, the site of the historic Oasis gigs of 1996. 

In the wake of the release of his new album, ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’, the Mancunian rocker took to Twitter to reveal that he will be taking to the iconic Knebworth stage over two decades on from the famous Oasis gigs.

He wrote: “I’m absolutely buzzing to announce that on 4th June 2022 I’ll be playing Knebworth. It’s gonna be biblical. C’mon You Know. LG x”.

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LadBaby teams up with Ed Sheeran and Elton John to try and claim fourth Christmas number one

Yep, Elton John will be singing about sausage rolls…

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LadBaby are going all out in their race for the UK Christmas number one this year with the help from music icons Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

YouTube stars Mark and Roxanne Hoyle have achieved three consecutive Christmas number ones since 2018 with their fun sausage roll-themed songs, all of which raise money for the Trussell Trust food bank charity. 

And this year, in an attempt to reach the world record of four consecutive Christmas number ones, the Nottinghamshire couple have recruited the help of music icons Ed Sheeran and Elton John.

The couple said in a statement: “Ed and Elton are pop royalty and they’ve both had huge success at Christmas, so we’re honoured and excited to be coming together to help families this Christmas… With the power of sausage rolls.”

Sheeran, who was the last artist before LadBaby to have a festive number one with his 2017 love song ‘Perfect’, said he is ‘proud’ to be supporting and featuring on LadBaby’s single this Christmas.

He said, as per the BBC: “All profits will be donated to The Trussell Trust, which is a very wonderful and important charity, so make sure you stream it, buy it and play it on repeat.”

Elton John said in the announcement: “We’re coming together to make a difference this Christmas and raise as much money as possible for people in the UK that need it the most.”

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LadBaby are currently tied with the Spice Girls and The Beatles, who both hold the record with three consecutive Christmas No 1s apiece.

This year, however, they face competition from Adele, Abba and Gary Barlow, plus some more traditional favourites like Mariah Carey and Wham!.

The single, titled ‘Sausage Rolls for Everyone‘, is available to preorder on Amazon and iTunes. It will be available on full release on December 17th. 

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There’s a Happy Mondays-themed party coming to the Northern Quarter

Get your maracas ready!

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A Northern Quarter bar is throwing an epic Happy Mondays-themed party to get revellers nice and warmed up ahead of their epic AO Arena gig this week.

For the first time in over three decades, Mancunian icons the Happy Mondays and James will be hitting the stage together as part of their nation-wide two-month-long tour. 

James singer Tim Booth said of the tour: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs.

“It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope. We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully, this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”

So this Friday, when the musicians come back to Manchester for their homecoming gig at the AO Arena, a Northern Quarter venue has decided to throw an epic Happy Mondays-themed party to get concert-goers nice and warmed up.

The Pen & Pencil will be hosting pre-drinks for all concert-goers (and for the rest who sadly couldn’t get their hands on tickets) in the form of a party guaranteed to get everyone in that Happy Mondays mood.

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The party will be taking this Friday, December 3rd place from 4pm – 7pm, with the city’s finest tunes coming courtesy of Mancunian legend Clint Boon, who’ll be banging out all of the best Madchester hits, plus loads of Mondays and James to really get you going.

Tickets aren’t required for entry, all you’ll need to do is turn up and have a good time. 

For more information and to stay posted with updates, follow the Pen & Pencil on Instagram.

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