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Liam Gallagher’s Funniest Interview Moments

Written by Augustus Welby on December 4, 2019

Appearing on the Graham Norton Show in October 2017, Liam Gallagher fessed up about a major drawback of being a solo artist: “See now I’ve got to do all this chatting, haven’t I?”

Concurrent with Oasis’s rise to the top of the pops in 1994, Liam and his brother Noel became media mainstays. The Beatles-worshipping lads from Manchester were arrogant, unfiltered and routinely scandalous – i.e. good value. Liam hasn’t left the limelight since, even when the critical and commercial fortunes of his music career have faltered.

Unlike Noel, however, who positively relishes the promo circuit, Liam has never looked particularly comfortable in the interview setup. He’s far more at home sneering behind a microphone or firing off tweets for the amusement of his 3.1m Twitter followers. But even if he’s just waiting for the interview to end, Liam’s media appearances never fail to offer a few tasty one-liners.

Ahead of the ex-Oasis frontman’s Australian tour in support of his second solo LP – and second consecutive UK number one – Why Me? Why Not., we’ve rounded up ten of Liam’s funniest interview moments.

On ‘BBC Breakfast’

“If I did see a politician taking drugs he’d get a crack ‘round the head.”

Liam sat down with BBC Breakfast’s Colin Paterson to promote his latest record. A proud supporter of the Green Party, Liam voiced his disapproval of London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the idea of politicians taking drugs. He also made a pointed criticism of “fake rock’n’roll stars that hang out with politicians.” It was clearly a dig at Noel, who in 1997 attended a music industry reception hosted by former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

On Noisey’s ‘British Masters’

“I see myself as one of the fucking true great rock’n’roll singers on the planet.”

While roaming through North London’s Hampstead Heath dressed in a parka, tinted sunnies and shorts, Liam reflects on wild nights with Steve Coogan, Maradona and John McEnroe. He also lets host John Doran know, in no uncertain terms, where he sits in comparison to rock music’s all-time greats.

Promoting the ‘Supersonic’ documentary on German TV with Bonehead

“They don’t buy music because some spotty little Herbert from Hastings called Bartholomew gives it nought out of five.”

In a 2009 Q Magazine interview, Noel described his little brother as “rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”

Liam’s anger shines through in this promo interview for Mat Whitecross’ Oasis documentary, Supersonic. What’s grinding Liam’s gears on this occasion? The extent to which smartphones have ruined the concert experience, mass surveillance and the dire lack of serious mettle in the contemporary music scene.

Making Tea on BBC

“You’ve got to do it yourself these days because these fucking little smartarses download fucking tunes.”

It’s unclear how closely Liam’s recollections of the ‘90s resemble the reality, but a nostalgic glow colours his face whenever he looks back on the decade of hard-partying and ludicrous record sales. It’s easy to paint a picture of Liam as being a bit dim, but beneath the singer’s oft-myopic braggadocio lies a healthy sense of humour, as displayed in this short clip.

On the ‘Graham Norton Show’

“I pissed all over his sound system.”

Sitting on the Graham Norton sofa alongside Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Chris Rock, Liam theorises about the origins of he and Noel’s testy relationship – it might’ve begun to sour when Liam couldn’t find the loo. Elba recounts a spat that he and Liam got into after he messed up the singer’s hair, which makes you wonder how many other celebrities have had strange Liam Gallagher encounters.

An extended interview from the ‘Live Forever’ documentary

“Before you know it, I’d end up licking John Lennon’s face.”

Sitting in a leather armchair loudly chewing gum, Liam is at his most laconic in this interview, which was filmed for 2003’s Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop documentary. That doesn’t impede the delivery of some batshit statements mind you.

For example, he shares his belief that Mancunians have longer arms, which explains his distinctive swagger. He also declares his belief in reincarnation, insisting he was John Lennon in a previous life. The fact Liam was born in 1972 and Lennon lived until 1980 doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Behind the Tweets

“I probably walked past a mirror or something and just thought, ‘yeah, you are cool man.’”

Liam’s an active Twitter user and his tweets aren’t always polite or coherent (surprise surprise). Here he attempts to explain some of his more lateral 280-character musings, which range from the psychedelic to the narcissistic.

On ‘The Project’

“I bumped into John Lennon on the cosmic path.”

The Project has broadcast some pretty terrible interviews over the years. This segment revisits well-trodden Liam Gallagher interview territory, but it’s worth it for Liam’s recount of the mushroom trip that put him in touch with John Lennon and essentially ignited his passion for music.

Liam Gallagher’s Weekly Music Corner

“You know the teacups in Disneyland? Sitting on them, in the rain.”

Liam’s not the world’s most adventurous music listener. He likes The Beatles, Bowie, the Stones, the Stone Roses and not much else. But this three-part series of music reviews are still worth a look.

He’s not as arrogant or dismissive as he was in his younger years and he gets a feel for some surprising entries, including Ugly God and Tricky. Episode two includes a new single from Ringo Starr, which brings a look of pure joy to Liam’s face.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Liam Gallagher story on ‘Conan’

“I am John Lennon.”

So, this isn’t a Liam Gallagher interview, but it deserves a place on the list for the insight it gives into Liam’s behaviour when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Liam provided the inspiration for Dimwitted Nobby, the main character in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2016 film, The Brothers Grimsby. While promoting the film, Baron Cohen told Conan about a hostile run-in with Liam at a GQ Awards after-party. It turns out Liam’s not kidding about being the second coming of John Lennon.

Liam Gallagher is back in Australia this month to headline both NSW’s Fairgrounds Festival and VIC’s Meredith Music Festival, as well as his own headline tour. See below for dates. Gallagher’s new album ‘Why Me? Why Not?’ is out now.

Liam Gallagher 2019 Australian Tour

with special guest Gerry Cinnamon

Friday, 6th December
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane – SOLD OUT
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Saturday, 7th December
Fairgrounds Festival, Berry
Tickets: Fairgrounds Festival

Monday, 9th December
Enmore Theatre, Sydney – SOLD OUT
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Wednesday 11th December
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Friday, 13th December
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 14th December
Bird In Hand, Adelaide
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Tuesday, 17th December
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle – SOLD OUT
Tickets: Secret Sounds

Wednesday, 18th December
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
Tickets: Secret Sounds

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