Posts Tagged ‘Oasis’

sladestToday I am giving Slade’s 1973 record ‘Sladest’ a thorough inspection – and damn it’s good. Actually it’s extraordinary ! What you are in fact all looking at folks – is the very first record I ever bought. See, me and the Cowboy used to spend many Saturday mornings as kids – perusing local school fetes, and it was on once such occasion, when I – at around 10 years old – shelled out around 50 cents for this guitar-charged classic. Suffice to say, when I got the wax home and spun it, I was addicted for life. The quality of hook-laden songs contained here is incredible – and I spent many hours as a kid – greedily drinking from the Slade well, whilst simultaneously reading over the booklet contained in this gatefold album.  Funnily enough, I have a distant memory of one of my sisters – (the one who let the side down when it came to rock cred) – mocking Dave Hill’s haircut. This misguided slur – made by someone who had dodgy albums by the likes of Bony M and Hall & Oates wedged in her K-tel Record Selector (not to mention sporting a do not unlike that of John Oates) – was most unwelcome. All hail Dave Hill – he has penned some of the most recognisable riffs of all time and is waaaaaay underrated. But where was I?  Oh yeah – just get a load of some of the tracks on Sladest: Cum on Feel the Noize, Look Wot You Dun, Gudbuy T’Jane, Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, Take Me Bak ‘Ome, Coz I Luv You, Get Down and Get With It, Mama Weer All Crazee Now. I mean, I know this was a Greatest Hits’ album, but sheesh – all tracks really are wonderful rock n roll songs, good time tunes, party tunes – a couple of them are bonafide anthems. No wonder that Slade were hugely influential on Simmons and Stanley from Kiss (not to mention helping themselves to the ‘Alive !’ title for their err live opus from 75 – Slade Alive ! was released three years earlier).  And as we would see some two decades later – Noel from Oasis would display his love of Slade through his music and songwriting.

In the 80’s – LA’s Quiet Riot would have massive success with a couple of Slade songs – main man Kevin Du Brow’s  vocals eerily like Noddy Holder. Not that I cared – I loved QR as much as Slade – and if you don’t own 1983’s Metal Health and 1984’s Condition Critical may the “Man With The Metal Mask” track you down. Fun fact: Quiet Riot form in 1973 – same year as ‘Sladest’ was issued. This record went to number one in both UK and here in Australia – and justifiably sat there for some time. Apart from Quiet Riot – I know of a couple of other bands to have tackled Slade tunage such as the aforementioned Oasis with Cum on Feel the Noize (which rivals the original) – and the horrendous Britny Fox who butchered ‘Goodbye T Jane’ back in 1988.

So there you have it folks – ‘Sladest’ – the first record I bought which ultimately has led me on an incredible rock n roll journey – which continues to this day. Go buy this and start your own   journey now !

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Beady Eye 2011 Japan Tour Flier

Who: Beady Eye
Where: Zepp Tokyo, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
When: Mon 12 September 2011

The Gallagher’s have been a part of the Rockbrat world for so long, they’re like family. The last time I’d seen Liam and Co live was in the snowy setting of Sapporo in early 2009. But here I am a couple of years later and much water has passed under the Oasis bridge, which collapsed in a heap in Paris two years back now. I was once an Oasis follower, now am on the trail of Beady Eye. Personally I would’ve liked the Oasis 2.0 moniker but so be it. I guess having the band’s album adjacent the Merseyside mop tops in album stores sits well with Our Kids as well. A baking hot late summer’s day has Tokyo sweltering, and there is a mass of fans milling around the venue long before show time. These Japanese shows were re-scheduled from May due to radiation concerns and all sold out quickly. Zepp Tokyo is located in Tokyo Bay directly under the giant, illuminating Ferris Wheel and it is a massive live venue. The Oasis hangover can be seen in the old tour tees and Man City shirts which some fans wear proudly. The Man City/fan adulation thing is something best left to ponder another time, but I reckon that football club must’ve shifted tons of team shirts to Oasis fans worldwide over the years. The aging Mr Rockbrat smiled at seeing so many teenagers and youngsters draped in Beady Eye scarfs and shirts. Most must’ve rode the Oasis train late n the day, but it is good to see Beady Eye attracting the youngsters. I did not see one British back packer or zonked english teacher either – a bonus ! Local opening act A Flood Of Circle continue the tradition of non-sensical band names and quickly have the big audience on side. Respect for the artist is important in japanese culture, but I often wonder just when some of these bands are eventually told that they suck. This lot were not half bad, but if it wasn’t for the gorgeous chick on bass I would’ve lost interest.

At dead on 8pm Beady Eye take the stage (‘draped’ with an image of the national flag) with an amazing take of Across The Universe (view live video). Four Letter Word follows and sets the mood for a an evening charged with potent rock n roll. All tunes from the ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ album are aired with the set list changing little since the boys hit the road in March. For mine, Three Ring Circus, Sons Of The Stage and The Roller were my choice cuts. Great on the album and great to hear live. As I watched them though, Gem in Noel’s position, Andy back on guitar, I couldn’t help but wonder what these supposed Oasis demo’s would sound like with The Chief singing and playing some of them. Like a lot of loyal Oasis fans, I am still saddened that they no longer exist. Liam told fans at the debut show in Scotland to ‘get off the fence’. Sure. But I ain’t a fence sitter….and I see his point. But it would be in Our Kid’s best interests to hear what long time disciples are saying and churn out well-loved tunes like Songbird once in a while. Your past is what made you and you should acknowledge that occasionally. A couple of Oasis tunes

Tokyo’s rock fraternity gather before Beady Eye

live would send already frenzied fans into a spin. Just my two yens worths. A great set from a genuine rock n roll band. Until next time….


UK rock outfit Beady Eye. Essentially Oasis minus Noel right ? Well the guys in Beady Eye might very well be standing in in the shadow of a giant but they sure as hell ain’t looking back, rather – if this album is anything to go by – they’re surging ahead on their own terms. The album opener ‘Four Letter Word’ is as good as any Oasis ‘classic’ and has some searing guitar work from the supercool Gem Archer. The track immediately sets the tone for the album and I imagine this track will be a definite live favourite. This album has some great straight forward tunage like ‘The Roller’, ‘Standing On The Edge Of The Noise’ and the rollicking ‘Sons Of The Stage’ which could be a nod to the past complete with the “You gotta get down to the noise and confusion” lyric. Mr Rockbrat digs it. However it’s the tender songs which won me over. ‘For Anyone’, ‘Kill For A Dream’ and the truly amazing ‘The Beat Goes On’ (which should be a single) are all top shelf. Our Kid’s come a long way since his ‘Little James’ effort of a decade ago, and it’s been all up and up. How can anyone not like the 60’s inspired beat on the tune ‘Beatles and Stones’ ? Liam (and Noel) has long been a fan of both acts so why the hell not pay further homage via a song ? Overall it’s a freakin’ great record from a band I’m looking forward to seeing live soon. The question remains: In this current dreary state or music are Beady Eye the new saviours of rock n roll  ? Well I’m not so sure. But I do know that as long as Liam Gallagher – (one of the last genuine rock n roll stars left alive) is releasing new music and still swaggering behind his microphone stand on stages around the globe, that the future of rock n roll is in very safe hands. 9 out of 10

Rockbrat News Flash: Beady Eye Hit The Road

Posted: January 22, 2011 by rockbrat in Rockbrat News Flash:
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It’s comforting to know that the boys from Oasis are still out and about, albeit under the guise of Beady Eye and without Noelly G. They are hitting the road in the UK and Europe from March and have just announced live dates for Japan in May. Lock in Mr Rockbrat. A club tour as well !  By my reckoning it’s two years since Oasis played the land of the rising sun so bring it on down.

Below are the full tour dates and details courtesy of beadyeyemusic.com.

FRIDAY 6th MAY
OSAKA: Zepp Osaka
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500 (tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO: 06-6535-5569 (SMASH WEST) / MEDIA: FM 802

SATURDAY 7th MAY
NAGOYA: Zepp Nagoya
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500(tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO:052-936-6041 (JAILHOUSE) / MEDIA:ZIP FM

MONDAY 9th, TUESDAY 10th & THURSDAY 12nd MAY
TOKYO: Zepp Tokyo
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500 (tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO: 03-3444-6751 (SMASH) / MEDIA: J-WAVE

Just got word that Beady Eye (Oasis minus Noel) will be hitting Japan in May for their first tour here. Doing the clubs too ! By my recking it’s two years since Oasis played here and we here at Japanavision and well happy !

below are the full tour dates and details courtesy of beadyeyemusic.com.

FRIDAY 6th MAY
OSAKA: Zepp Osaka
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500 (tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO: 06-6535-5569 (SMASH WEST) / MEDIA: FM 802

SATURDAY 7th MAY
NAGOYA: Zepp Nagoya
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500(tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO:052-936-6041 (JAILHOUSE) / MEDIA:ZIP FM

MONDAY 9th, TUESDAY 10th & THURSDAY 12nd MAY
TOKYO: Zepp Tokyo
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500 (tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO: 03-3444-6751 (SMASH) / MEDIA: J-WAVE

For those not aware of Oasis history – this show at Wembley has achieved legendary status, chiefly because Liam is as pissed as a parrot. Things were not going all that great for the boys on the ‘Standing On The Shoulder of Giants’ Tour – with Noel walking out mid-tour after a brotherly fight – and being replaced by Matt Deighton. Noel however returned for the triumphant London gigs – which were that summer’s biggest rock shows. The first night (July 21st) went well, and the boys are in top form with the recording being released down the track via the ‘Familiar to Millions’ live album and video. Liam apparently went out to celebrate after the first gig and went on a bender. He shows up at Wembley shortly before show time holding a pool cue and in Noel’s words ‘looking like Grizzly f#%king Adams ! The broadcast was beamed live to the masses around the world and Our Kid is pissed and on form. He kept on referring to the venue as a shithole, which is where the title of this live recording stems from. Sure he’s out of tune at times, and sure he cusses, swears, forgets lyrics and does not hold back. Phil Collins and Simple Minds both cop a verbal barrage. But the unit carries on, cranking out the anthems to an adoring 100’000 devotees. The charm and drunken swagger of Liam Gallagher as he fronts the mighty Oasis on this particular evening is truly magnificent. I’ve read that both Noel and Liam have never watched this debacle, but the Rockbrat rates it as one of his favorite ever live Oasis recordings. Liam and Oasis – they just don’t make rock n roll outfits like this anymore !

This album went to number one in many countries and sold millions. It’s a freakin classic filled with anthems. Hard to believe it’s now 15 years old. Most of the albums came with a standard silver disc. However some of the discs themselves feature a photograph of the back of Noel Gallagher’s head. Story goes that Noel knew the album was gonna be massive – and that some record company exec (who he wasn’t a fan of) would no doubt hang the million selling disc on the wall – and that he’d be turning his back on them ! Not sure how many were pressed and they’re kinda scarce now, but an interesting Oasis collectable nonetheless.

Not sure I can answer Cowboy Col’s question to his ‘Who Will Save Australian Rock n Roll‘ ? post, but with the debut release yesterday from new outfit Beady Eye – I know who can save the sorry situation in the UK. Beady Eye are essentially Oasis minus Noel – and their first single ‘Bring The Light’ was made available as a free download on 10 November. How cool is that ? (three cheers for ‘our Kid’). The single artwork could be straight outta the 60′s Kinks back-catalogue which suits me just fine. The track as a whole gets the thumbs up from Mr Rockbrat. It’s really catchy – heavy on the rock n roll piano with some amazing female back-up vox on the ‘baby cmon’ chorus (along with some signature Gem Archer licks) on a tune which will definitely grow on you. Always great to hear new material from Liam and it’s a pretty impressive first effort boys – considering Noel wasn’t around to bounce ideas off and I for one am eager to hear an album’s worth of material. Bring it on down…