Oasis was one of the biggest bands of the '90s. Led by the intemperate brothers Noel (guitar) and Liam (vocals) Gallagher, they produced three definitive albums, "Definitely Maybe" ('94), "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" ('95) and "Be Here Now" ('97). Through it all, the world witnessed on-stage arguments, backbiting and tempers tantrums that took sibling rivalry to jaw-dropping depths.
After a couple of disappointing albums ("Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" being one of them), it looked as though Oasis' Beatles grounded, '60s Brit Rock influenced run was winding down - relatively peacefully. Amazingly, they didn't disband or disappear but rebounded, though relations between Noel and his kid brother always seemed dicey - even when things appeared to be going well, there was a tension just below the surface.
So a backstage fight just prior to the band's scheduled appearance at the '09 Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, where Liam reportedly smashed his brother's guitar, seemed par for the course. Their manager cancelled the show and many thought the whole thing would just blow over (like it always had).
Not this time. Just two hours later, Noel announced on the band's website that he had left Oasis. And a few days down the road, Liam stated that he was planning to continue Oasis despite Noel's absence - which is kind of what he did by forming Beady Eye with his fellow Oasis refugees. That band recorded an album and toured.
Noel appeared to be the odd man out but that changed with the formation of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. The group's self-titled debut dropped in late '11 - over two years after the Oasis implosion.
"I've got tons of songs leftover from the last one," stated Gallagher in a '13 interview. "I'll definitely make another one (an album), that's for sure! It'll probably come out when it's finished, I don't know." Always good to be vague.
Later, Gallagher initially thought that the songs written solely for the new album were his 'best songs ever'. "Until I heard 'Rock And Roll Star' on the radio, and go, 'Yeah - it's not that good!"
Work on the album intruded on one of Gallagher's passions, the World Cup. Gallagher was forced to miss attending the '14 edition because he was too busy recording.
Containing the single, "In the Heat Of The Moment," Noel Gallagher & the High Flying Birds released their sophomore set "Chasing Yesterday" in early '15. "Ballad Of Mighty I" featured the Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr.
2011 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
2015 Chasing Yesterday
Give the first round to Liam. Beady Eye's debut "Different Gear, Still Speeding," by the Liam led Oasis remnants is superior to Noel's "High Flying Birds." The elder Gallagher sources the Lovin' Spoonful ("Dream On"), the Kinks ("Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks") and even Oasis ("If I Had A Gun").
But this solid acoustic leaning set fails to soar the way the best Oasis albums did. Still, with Beady Eye no more, the elder Gallagher on "Chasing Yesterday" does the best job carrying the Oasis flame.