May 13, 2005 9:45


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Rock’s new school have hit back at OASIS after their controversial NME cover story.

In our recent interview with the band, who are on the comeback trail with new album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’, the Gallagher brothers rubbished the vast majority of Britpop’s next generation.

Talking about Keane, Noel said: “Traditionally speaking, the three biggest twats in any band are the singer, the keyboardist and the drummer. I don’t need to say anything else.”

But Keane pianist Tim Rice-Oxley slammed Noel, telling NME.COM: “The biggest twats in a band? We don’t really care. I think he’s a c*** to be honest. He was in a band that was very brilliant in the mid-nineties and now they’re just not important anymore. No-one really cares.”

Responding to Liam’s diss that they looked like “a band off University Challenge,” Kaiser Chiefs guitarist Russell Lissack told NME.COM: “I used to buy NME in the nineties when Oasis were in their prime and the reason I bought it was ‘cos Liam Gallagher would say something stupid and funny every week. However, I thought that was really poor, that was the same thing he said about Travis and Coldplay. I’m throwing down the gauntlet because we don’t hate Oasis but I want a nice insult.”

However, [a][/a] singer Ricky Wilson wasn’t so phased to be branded “a bad Blur” who “wear make-up”, beaming: “I was chuffed to bits. To even occupy space in Liam’s mind so he’d open his mouth about us is a compliment. He had a go for me wearing make-up, but the only reason I ever wore make-up was to look like him. It’s hard to get that dark, swarthy look in your eyes when you’re a ginger.”

For the full blow-by-blow account, see this week’s issue of NME, out now.

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