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50 incredibly geeky facts about Liam Gallagher

Happy birthday Liam Gallagher! The musical funnyman is 43 today – but how much do you know about him? Here's some of the most obscure Liam info out there, from his cereal-related childhood nickname to why he sings with his arms behind his back...

  • Liam got into music in his late teens. Possibly because of John Lennon’s ghost. “I had an out of body experience when I was about 17 or 16, and as far as I’m concerned that’s when I started getting into music. That’s when it all started going down, and I reckon it has something to do with him.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • The first time Liam met The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger at a party, he tapped him on the shoulder and did an impression of him. Afterwards he said: "He’ll respect me more for that."

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He’s a big fan of Sponge Bob Squarepants. He called the animated cheeky chappy: “Fucking mental, full of beans.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He came tenth on a list of the wittiest people in British history, commissioned by the satellite channel Dave, just below Brian Clough (9th) and William Shakespeare (8th). Oscar Wilde topped the list.

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    Added: 11 Mar 2011

  • Noel gave Liam the choice of whether he wanted to sing lead on ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ or ‘Wonderwall’. He chose the latter, but perhaps if he’d chosen the former things could have been so, so different.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Jon McClure from Reverend And The Makers revealed that in 2009, Liam and Noel’s rider included: ‘A selection of cold meats, a very interesting chopped tomato, broccoli with a flaked almond thing on top, a selection of bread and a small statue of an elephant.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • His clothes label Pretty Green won Menswear Brand Of The Year at the Draper’s Awards last year.

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    Added: 09 Apr 2010

  • On Michael Jackson: “He was a genius, without a doubt. Not my kind of music, though. I preferred him when he was in the Jackson Five but then he turned into a bit of a nutjob. But it was always on the cards, wasn’t it? Anyone who has their own fairground in the back garden has to go nuts.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Liam and Noel’s 14 minute long bickering session ‘Wibbling Rivalry’ was released as a single and remains the highest charting interview release in the UK (Number 52 in November 1995).

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He believes in aliens: “Course I do…I’m not frightened by them thought, I’m as smart as them. Probably thick as fuck, aren’t they? Big googly-eyed big head, man, they haven’t got a fucking clue. If they did they would come out and sort us out because we’re as thick as fuck. I’m not frightened of them.”

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    Added: 13 Dec 2010

  • The godmother of Liam's son Lennon is Hugh Grant’s ex’s Elizabeth Hurley.

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    Added: 13 Dec 2010

  • A pre-‘Definitely Maybe’ track was called ‘Take Me’ which Liam co-wrote with Bonehead. Subsequently Noel wanted to record it, but Liam refused.

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    Added: 01 Nov 2010

  • His favourite films are Quadrophenia, Trainspotting,, Seven and Scarface.

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    Added: 25 Mar 2011

  • One of the songs in his pre-Oasis band The Rain was called ‘We’re Having A Rave On The Roof’ about the Strangeways riot.

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    Added: 07 Nov 2010

  • His childhood nickname was ‘Weetabix’ as that’s all he’d eat as a child. Well, it’s better than ‘Sugarpuffs’. Just.

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    Added: 11 Nov 2010

  • The first record he can remember is ‘It Was You Who Tripped Me Up’ by Peters & Lee.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Liam’s favourite TV show as of last year was Total Wipeout. He also gave props to Big Brother and Coronation Street.

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    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • The Liam diet? "Eat less, move more and don’t drink beer- it’s a simple as that. But me I love pie and chips- so it’s really hard.”

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    Added: 13 Dec 2010

  • On Brother: “Them little fucking wankers? Yeah, I’ve heard about them. What is it they call themselves, ‘gritpop’? They’re just fucking little posh kids with tattoos, man.” (NME, December 2010)

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • He played acoustic guitar on ‘Go Let It Out’ while Noel played bass.

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    Added: 15 Feb 2011

  • He’s a fan of aftershave. “I do a bit of Christian Dior and there’s another one I like - Very Sexy:For Him by Victoria’s Secret.”

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    Added: 20 Aug 2009

  • He was said to be in talks to appear on Countdown, specifically on the Dictionary Corner section. Carol Vorderman said: “Liam loves the show and yes, we’re in talks about him coming on. I told him I think it will do his cred no end of good.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Asked about the top ten things he hated he said: “Man United. I hate Man United 10 times.”

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    Added: 17 Aug 2009

  • Of ‘I’m Outta Time’ he said: “I didn’t go out to write a song like that, it just happened. I find it hard with words. If I found it easier with words I’d be huge. Bigger than WH Smiths.”

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    Added: 13 Dec 2010

  • As a child Liam played the recorder, guitar and violin.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He says his favourite "heartbreak song" is Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’.

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    Added: 25 Feb 2011

  • Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire made a Top 10 list of his vocal performances. ‘Slide Away’ came top with ‘Live Forever’ at Number Two.

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    Added: 28 Sep 2010

  • Asked what Oasis John Lennon would have covered if he was alive, Liam picked ‘I’m Outta Time’.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Liam did the vocals for ‘Some Might Say’ in two takes. "Fucking on fire singing" said producer Owen Morris.

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    Added: 16 Feb 2011

  • Liam’s track ‘The Meaning Of Soul’ was used as the theme tune for a promo advert for Sky’s coverage of the 2005-6 football season.

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    Added: 25 Mar 2011

  • At his home in Henley On Thames, he has his own bar. But he only stocks it with booze for special occasions.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Courtney Love said that Liam played her a version of ‘Songbird’ with her whistling and him playing guitar and singing.

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    Added: 14 Mar 2011

  • He’s into jogging. Although he calls it running. “Not jogging,man, running. Get up early, live right on the heath (Hampstead), pair of trainers on and away I go. Beautiful.”

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    Added: 13 Dec 2010

  • He has three children, Lennon (with Patsy Kensit), Molly (with Lisa Moorish) and Gene (with Nicole Appleton).

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    Added: 13 Oct 2009

  • Often live, he’d introduce ‘Gas Panic!’ as: “One for the potheads”.

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    Added: 25 Mar 2011

  • Liam’s style icons are: George Harrison, John Lennon, former Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Paul Weller (who ended up designing some clothes for Liam’s Pretty Green range).

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    Added: 01 Mar 2011

  • He’s said that the reason he sings with his arms behind his back is because it allows him to project more power through his voice.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • On La Roux: “No way, mate. She’s got man hands” (NME, August 2009). We doubt they’ll end up doing a duet, then.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Liam was a fan of Scottish Oasis tribute band No Way Sis. According to singer Joe, he said the band were "keeping the home fires burning" while the band were on tour in other parts of the world.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He owns the film rights to The Longest Cocktail Party, Richard DiLello’s memoir about his years spent working at The Beatles’ record company Apple. He was rumoured to be producing a film based on the novel.

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    Added: 11 Dec 2009

  • Liam married Nicole Appleton at a low key Valentine’s day ceremony in 2008. There were reports that Britney Spears’ ‘Gimme More’ could be heard blaring out from their post-wedding party.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He has a Mini and a Range Rover but he doesn’t drive and has never taken lessons.

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    Added: 09 Mar 2011

  • His favourite Oasis song is ‘Live Forever’. “I may not have written it, but I get to sing it. It’s weird because it’s outlasted other tunes.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • Liam’s ex wife (and former popstar) Patsy Kensit sang backing vocals on ‘All Around The World’.

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  • He co-wrote a song called ‘Love Me And Leave Me’ with former Stone Roses guitarist and songwriter John Squire for The Seahorses debut album in 1997.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He’s not keen on making a solo record. “I haven’t got any time to be making solo records, you know. Life’s too short to be fucking about trying to be Robbie Williams or Rod Stewart or anything like that.”

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • He wrote ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ track ‘Ain’t Got Nothin’’ after a hotel brawl with businessmen in Munich in 2002.

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  • He says the track he’s like to be played at his funeral is ‘Natural Mystic’ by Bob Marley.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • The first Liam track Oasis recorded was ‘Little James’ which appeared on ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’. Mark Coyle who produced the majority of ‘Definitely Maybe’ played 12 string guitar on the song.

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • His middle names are John and Paul. What no Ringo? Check out Liam Gallagher's 60 funniest quotes now.

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    Added: 11 Mar 2011