And musically, I'm not appreciating him as time ago, I took Liam's side and I prefer Beady Eye.
When this book was published last year, I behaved as a typical Noel fan, idolising him... I didn't even want to hear anything about it, 'cause it was talking shit about him, and so I wrote some things to say fuck off to Tony. But I had published those funny stories about him and Liam messing with the cars of Manchester United players and about some groupie.
Today, this man must be reassessed. That's why here I'm writing about his book and what I didn't post.
The book was devoured by super-fans, it openly attacks Noel when no one else at present had got the balls to do that.
Well, I had. And I'm having, continuously attacking Noel.
There are rumours of the book being turned into a movie: a production company has spoken to Tony about filming the book, they're going to approach Noel for the rights to the music. Noel read the book and even ENJOYED it, but I think it's because of the funny stories inside it. We’ll see how much he really likes the book when he replies about the film.
For his role Tony was thinking "maybe Leonardo Di Caprio all wigged up for me" haha and definitely Craig Cash for Bonehead.
If you noticed, originally - and kind of hilariously - Tony was gonna call the book "Oasis: The Truth, The Noel Truth, Is Nothing Like The Truth", which should give you enough insight as to who the book is really levelled at. But then (I think Noel's lawyers have got something to do with this) he changed it with just "The truth".
By the way, Tony's notoriously acrimonious split from the band in 1995 resulted in a legal battle (won by him) over payment (Noel even changed his contract... he had to play on 3 Oasis album but he did on 1 only) and in his book he reveals more about that and the band's rise to fame.
But the most prominent storyline is his troubled relationship with Noel, he recounts countless arguments with him.
He thought his version of events was likely to jar with the public perception of the band's early years, and of Noel's image. Tony admitted that his book was likely to cause friction among the band's fans.
"I felt it was about time that I stuck up for myself. There was a bit of bad press out there and I thought, 'right, I'm going to put my side of the story across.' "
The memoirs aren't likely to build any bridges between McCarroll and the Gallaghers, but he says he never expected that.
"There's a lot of things I need to put right," McCarroll explained. "There is another side to the Oasis story which I think needs to be appreciated. Maybe even get other band members recognised for once. It wasn't all about one person."
"Without the chemistry we initially had, it wouldn't have even lasted that long. As a wall of sound what we had was already established [before Noel joined]. But fair play, the songs that he brought to the table were fantastic. They got us off the ground as such. You can't knock that. But I credit the whole of the first era... without Bonehead, Guigs, myself, Liam, Oasis would be nothing."
Yep, this is Tony's riposte to years and years of Noel slagging him off in the press, of Noel supposedly treating him like shit in the band and of Noel forcing him out of Oasis.
Probably most scarring for Noel are the accusations that he 'acquired' much of his early songwriting catalogue from other bands (and we're not just talking T-Rex and Lennon here). Tony suggests on numerous occasions that he took riffs, vocals and more from Liverpool cult heroes The Real People (aka Chris and Tony Griffiths).
"We spent over three months with The Real People and without them we would never have created Definitely Maybe. The Griffiths boys were like a musical factory. After each session they would invariably sit us down and play us something new that they had composed. I clearly remember a fantastic ditty that Tony had knocked together on his keyboard. This melody would be later used by Noel as he constructed the single Whatever. On top of this there was also Columbia, Rockin' Chair and Don’t Go Away. All songs that were ‘inspired’ by The Real People."
Here's he very beginning of Oasis:
"I first bump into Guigsy through football as kids. They really were good years. The only concerns we had revolved around having enough money to get to the match at the weekend with ten fags in your back bin. Anything else was a bonus! There was only so many stories I could fit into the book but those days could fill a book on their own."
"I dunno if there are any early recordings of the band pre-Gallagher lying around. Best man to ask for that is BigUn (Paul Ashbee). He collected all sorts at the beginning like a regular little magpie. I think Noel even checks his own recollections with BigUn just to be sure!"
Together with Bonehead and Guigsy, Tony founded an original music group, The Rain, and in 1991 they recruited Liam Gallagher as lead singer.
"When I first met Liam, my first impressions were poor. I just couldn’t get the walk right. I’m no Mike Yarwood. I first met him in Errwood Park when he would have been about twelve. Liam has always had what is now labelled as the ‘X’ Factor. Liam was always a leader and had a strong personality. He was a top fella then and remains so to this day.
He came up with the idea to change the name of the band. It seemed right. After Huts (Chris Hutton, the ex singer) departure, The Rain had effectively stopped.
“Even back then we had a certain sound and I credit Bonehead with that. His rhythm guitar created this wall of sound and every other member of the group tried to compete with that."
“I was gutted,” he says of being sacked. “Basically I had taken this thing from birth and then I watched it grow up from the outside. Attitudes were starting to change on the road and maybe that was down to drink and drugs."
Who do you rate as the best drummer out of Oasis' Alan White, Zak Starkey and Chris Sharrock?
"I think they’re all great drummers but I do love Zak’s creative side. He doesn’t do the obvious and has taken the band in a different direction! Dare I say that he reminds me of his ever so famous Dad (Ringo Starr) and the way he used to approach recordings." I agree with Tony about this too.
"I was actually at Oasis last concert - V2009 on the Saturday night. I was among the fans. I didn't purposefully follow Oasis concerts. But I've been going to V for the last eight or nine years or so, and it just so happened that last year they were playing, and I went 'Right, I'll have a look at this'. You know, I can't knock it for what it's turned into. I thought that evening that the Oasis performance was particularly good! There are only two people in the world who attended Oasis’ first and last gigs. That’s Liam and my good self!! I reckon that will make a great question in a pub quiz!"
"I haven’t spoke to Noel or Guigs since I left the band. I did bump into Noel at a Manchester City game recently but he fled as soon as he spotted me, which was a shame. I’d like to think we had both mellowed with time. Bonehead is still a musical genius and we catch up every now and then. I last spoke to Liam at a Real People concert and as usual we had a proper roar. Liam is a good guy."
Do you think your book will encourage other former Oasis members to release one?
"I hope so. I would most look forward to Liam’s recollections. Noel has bared his soul for all to see for the last couple of decades or so where as Liam has shrouded himself in mystery. It would be good for the British public to see that their perception of Liam as a hooligan and yob isn’t strictly true."
Last year Liam said he wants to write a book of memories, before he forgets everything.
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