If the whole “solo career” thing doesn’t work out, Liam Gallagher could always start a new life as an insult comic. A recent interview with the British arm of GQ saw him re-naming A$AP Rocky “WhatsApp Ricky,” and, when asked if he would ever consider an appearance on Carpool Karaoke, Gallagher responded with a succinct, “James Corden is a knobhead.”
Britpop’s own Don Rickles also had something to say about the recent trend of using Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” as a sort of healing anthem in the wake of tragedies like the terror attack on a Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the Grenfell Tower fires in London. After closing his solo set at the Glastonbury festival with his first-ever live performance of the song—which his brother Noel sang on 1995’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?—he told the BBC, “That’s kind of like [everyone’s] song for the moment because of all the shit that’s going down in the world.”
He changed his tune in a subsequent interview with Noisey, though, where Gallagher launched into a profanity-laden tirade about how he’ll look back in anger at all the bullshit in the world if he feels like it, and we should too:
No, not at all. That song got hijacked. “Don’t Look Back In Anger?” You should look back in fuckin’ anger. You should be fuckin’ kicking off, you should be finding out why these fuckin’ things are going on fire. People should be pissed off because we’re getting fuckin’ shafted. Your kids can’t go to a gig these days without getting fuckin’ beheaded or something. It’s fuckin’ out of order. The people that we put in governments know why this fuckin’ shit’s happening and they should deal with it. We’re just walking around like fuckin’ chickens while they’re going, “London’s open for fuckin’ sale.” Fuck off, mate. Sort it out.
Anyway, Liam Gallagher’s solo album, As You Were, comes out on October 6.