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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 Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
LG: I like to think of this as Lennon and Elvis, you know what I mean? Lennon wouldn’t have been there without Elvis and I wouldn’t be here without The Stone Roses. Ian Brown as a frontman had the look and he was cool as fuck. He was my Elvis. The first time I saw them, that was it! I thought, “I want that!” I’d heard our kid play ‘Sally Cinnamon’ round the house and I went to see them just before the album came out and it was like, “This is it, man! This is the next fucking step!” It was like growing up a bit and you’re thinking, “This is the band that’s going to guide me to chicks and being a cool young man.” You know what I mean? This was the album that was going to carry me through. They were my guiding star.

AB: I remember buying ‘Made Of Stone’ on 7” because of the sleeve and I knew just looking at it that it would be good. I bought it, took it home, played it and I thought it was great. And I liked ‘Going Down’, the B-side, much more than the A-side and that was my moment. I went to see them in Oxford and the Ally Pally and just loved them. It has a big effect on the early days of Ride. I was massively into John Squire. Before John Squire came along I was into Johnny Marr and that was very straight but John Squire had this whole other thing going on.

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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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