'It was a good time to be alive'
The band’s third album from 1997 has often divided opinion. The album sold 424,000 copies on the first day of release alone, becoming the fastest-selling album in UK history. While many regard it as a masterpiece, others see it as bloated, rushed and the start of the band’s fall from grace.
Now Liam has defended the record in a new interview, stating that ‘sheep’ dislike the record in accordance with Noel’s opinion.
“I’m not bringing people up, but there are a lot of sheep out there, aren’t there?” Gallagher told Vulture. “And if the main guy [Noel Gallagher] says, “Oh, it’s fucking this and that,” a lot of people not using their own minds say, “Yeah, I agree.” If Noel had said it’s the best thing ever, I’m sure it’d have gotten a different fucking reception. The reason why he didn’t like it is because it reminds him of a not-so-good time with his ex-wife. That’s fine. That’s his prerogative.”
Liam continued: “But me, I had a good time making that album. I think there are some great songs on it. I think I sung really well, and it was a good time to be alive. Some of the songs went on a bit long, and they were a bit overproduced, but that’s what happens, mate, if you think you’re a producer. At that time, our kid was always messing with the tracks. It’s like, write the songs, play the guitar, and shut the fuck up.
“I like that album, because that’s what I did — I sang the songs, I had a good time, and went to the pub.”
Meanwhile, Gallagher also recently said that he ‘fucking hates Britpop‘ and found the term ‘insulting’.
“I fucking hate that word, mate,” said Liam. “We weren’t fucking pop. To me, I felt it was us and the Verve. We were different scenes, were like a classic rock ’n’ roll band. Britpop to me was Pulp, Menswear, Blur, all these stupid little Camden bands that were all jolly as fuck, you know what I mean? We wanted to play, man. I personally always found that word fucking insulting.”
He continued: “The Verve and Oasis—we were thinking way bigger than Britpop. We were a classic rock ’n’ roll band.”
“It’s just fucking journalists, isn’t it? Lazy cunts. I felt like Blur and all that—they were doing like just jolly kind of weird, fucking stupid music. ‘Champagne Supernova’ is a boss fucking tune. They were all jumping about it with their fingers in their ears.”
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The album outsold the rest of the top 20 combined after shifting a massive 103,000 records in its first week.