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Bakers Dozen: Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell's 13 Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , April 5th, 2011 07:18

Speaking on behalf of Beady Eye, Messrs Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell tell us their favourite records

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The more cynical Quietus reader would probably expect the members of Beady Eye – essentially Oasis without the scowling eyebrows and dictatorial plankspanking of Noel Gallagher – and frontman Liam Gallagher in particular to simply list all 13 of The Beatles’ for their Bakers Dozen choices, but not so. Indeed, while their list errs towards the tail of the 1960s, punk and the dawn of Britpop, the absence of any albums by the Fab Four in their group incarnation is telling, as is the presence of the single Beatles member who does make the final cut.

Running through the list with The Quietus, Gallagher and guitarist Andy Bell are at pains to point out that the compiled list is a group effort and not the choices of a single member. “Beady Eye is a democracy and we all bring in ideas and we all bring in songs and of course we have complete freedom,” explains Bell. “That’s the thing that has to be mentioned in comparison to Oasis. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t have freedom in Oasis because we did. The dynamic in Beady Eye is really healthy.”

Click the image below, then, to find out what made the grade for Beady Eye...


Andy C
Apr 5, 2011 1:27pm

This should have been up last Friday, surely?

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John Doran
Apr 5, 2011 1:30pm

In reply to Andy C:


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Apr 5, 2011 2:57pm

April Fool's Day

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John Doran
Apr 5, 2011 3:14pm

In reply to Fenrir:

Yeah, we did actually discuss putting up a list of 13 grindcore albums but professionality won out at the last minute.

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Apr 5, 2011 4:12pm

This was the first cd i ever bought in 1989 and is still the best. I love this album it summed up the feeling around the late eighties perfectly.

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Apr 5, 2011 5:13pm

Looks like Beatles & Stones didn't stand the test of time that well after all.

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Apr 5, 2011 6:20pm

I suppose modesty prevents them from mentioning their own Gem Archer appears on "Echoes Round the Sun" from Paul Weller's 22 Dreams. So does Noel Gallagher, who co-wrote the track as a matter of fact.

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Apr 6, 2011 7:21am

In reply to John Doran:

I'd have been interested to see that list, actually. Still have a soft spot for a bit of grind.

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Apr 8, 2011 9:05am

Wow, there isn't a single radical or interesting pick on this entire list. Sex Pistols? Simon & Garfunkel? George Harrison? It reminds me of those old BMG subscription service catalogs and their "recommendations" (the same uncontroversial choices that pseudo-critics have been flogging for years).

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Aug 30, 2013 6:34pm

In reply to ravenweather:

I take it you've never heard Forever Changes. What do you expect from these two Sun Ra?

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May 8, 2015 2:12pm

All Things Must Pass is the album that always gets names as the "best solo album by an ex-Beatle." And the truth is: It's an incredibly BORING album. Terrible production. Thin vocals. Dated mysticism. My Sweet Lord is an absolute dirge. I think this is one of those things that gets repeated ad nauseum but the truth is this is a good album that's kinda dull.

The best solo albums by ex Beatles are Ram and Plastic Ono Band. Gorgeous, inventive, risk-taking, glorious sounding albums.

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Feb 28, 2016 12:48am

The La's album is just so f****ng great and the stone roses is just the bollocks, wouldve chosen stanley road and in the city/ this is the modern world though

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