Liam Gallagher angry over Radiohead’s ‘fucking tree’

Mar 2, 2011
Jonathan Harwood

Former Oasis frontman gets his new band Beady Eye into a feud with Radiohead and Mumford and Sons

The days when Oasis took on Blur may be long gone, but Liam Gallagher is still up for a rock 'n' roll feud. And now the former Oasis frontman has his new band Beady Eye behind him he has decided to take on Radiohead and Mumford and Sons.

In an interview with music website The Quietus the perenially angry Mancunian revealed that he had taken an instant dislike to Radiohead's latest album, The King of Limbs - mainly because it was named after a 1,000-year-old oak tree in Wiltshire.

As he discussed his 'influences' he launched into a rant against the Oxford five piece. "I heard that fucking Radiohead record and I just go, 'What?!'" began Gallagher.

"Them writing a song about a fucking tree? Give me a fucking break! A thousand year old tree? Go fuck yourself!"

But he saved his most savage criticism for last, announcing: "You'd have thought he'd have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?"

Having dealt with Radiohead he moved on to Mumford and Sons, who won the album of the year award at last month's Brits. He said the album was "alright" but said the band looked "fucking ashamed about winning and that's the fucking sad bit".

"What did you join a fucking band for then?" he asked. "They bow their heads down going, 'Oh, we don't deserve it' like a fucking dick. What's that about? You must have seen it before so don't pretend like you've just come out of a cider apple factory."

Elsewhere in the interview Gallagher made it clear he, like Charlie Sheen, regards himself as "a total fricking rock star from Mars". He said that commercial success was unimportant as long as his band played "mega-storming gigs".

And among his other rock 'n' roll pronouncements was the brave declaration: "I'd rather go grey than fucking bald and I'm not going to be dyeing it if it does go grey."

In between rants from Gallagher, fellow Beady Eye member Andy Bell declared that the band were "connected to rock & roll's primal howl". But he may have blotted his copybook in the eyes of his bandmate when he, like Radiohead, got a bit pastoral. "You know when you get fallow fields and you leave them for a year? Then you get a good crop and rock's like that," he said.

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