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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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LG: Lee Mavers is a moody little fucker but you need people like him every now and again. You should be able to dance to The La’s but it’s not all about dancing; it’s about music.

AB: To me, The La’s is a dance record; this is what I like dancing to.

LG: Who says you need to dance? I’ve never danced in my fucking entire life. I don’t feel the need. I’ll jump about but I’ve never felt the need to dance. There are millions of people like me who don’t need to dance to listen to music. You never heard The La’s make an indie-dance crossover record because they believed what they believed in.

AB: It took me a while to appreciate this album, and with ‘There She Goes’ I thought that was all there was. I didn’t hear the album properly until I’d joined Oasis. I think Noel [Gallagher] was playing a compilation tape and ‘Looking Glass’ came on and I said, “What the hell is this?” and that got me into them and I’ve never looked back.

LG: Lee Mavers is a fucking dude, man. He’s set in his ways and I fucking love him.

AB: The more time goes by, the more it gets bigger. If Mavers followed this up he’d ruin everything, which is his paradox.

LG: But that’s his genius, innit? Him doing Wembley Stadium wouldn’t have worked.


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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:

Why?

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Fenrir
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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Chuze
Apr 5, 2011 5:13pm

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

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Hasief
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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Fenrir
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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ravenweather
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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Jinduncan
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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Drew
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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Alex
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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