And sometimes, you get the Gallagher boys.
I like Oasis, I really do. I'm always hesitant to classify them as power pop, because that whole mid-90's thing was and wasn't at the same time. You can't deny the influence of the mid 60's and the late 70's on Noel Gallagher's music, though. He has long been inspired by the same sources which inspire other power poppers. But no matter what the music sounded like, the Gallaghers were just always fun to watch, in a distant, wow-I'm-glad-they're-not-my-family sort of way. Brawling in public (with each other and others), getting theatrically trashed, slagging each other off to reporters, they've been a hoot. Perhaps it's the fact that I came of age during the punk era, but I always liked that anarchic edge on their heavy-browed, incomprehensibly accented selves.
They've been having a heck of a couple of weeks. A quick scan tells me that:
NOEL GALLAGHER REVEALS NEW ADDICTION (Don't worry, he's not "chained to the mirror and the razor blade" again (a line Thers once explained to a curious offspring as being about shaving); it's Adidas and guitars for our shopaholic.)
and even better:
LIAM GALLAGHER BRANDS U2 'WANKERS'
He raged: “Wankers. Haven’t they got fuck-all better to do? I’d rather be out there getting pissed. I certainly wouldn’t go back after a gig and analyse it. No wonder they’re the biggest band in the world: ‘Oh Edge, the fourth guitar solo wasn’t right tonight’. ‘Oh sorry, Bono’. If that’s what people think rock’n’roll is…”
And just last week:
The rock world's favorite potty-mouthed siblings are at their bickering again: Liam Gallagher stormed off stage during last night's Oasis show in Italy. According to NME.com, the reasons for Liam's abrupt departure were unclear; are they ever? After Liam left during "Champagne Supernova," brother Noel took the helm and played some perennial Oasis classics like "Little by Little" and "Don't Look Back in Anger."
And in case you're curious, no, they won't be joining the wankers at Live 8.
"I don't like the way that somebody suddenly decides that all the bands in England are going to f***kin' play and everybody jumps to attention."
It's probably deeply unhealthy that this amuses me. I mean, if they weren't musicians, they'd be, well, more like my real brothers.