*Image of Liam Gallagher performing at the Brit Awards taken from the internet and likely copyrighted
I’m on record as stating that Liam Gallagher is an unpleasant man. So is his brother Noel for that matter. Of course my view of Liam will always be tainted by his mocking my front row “air guitar” from the stage at an Oasis show at Red Rocks a number of years ago. But damn if the mocking bastard isn’t back with a sensational new song, “Everything’s Electric.” As I’ve said before, it’s extremely pleasant music from an extremely unpleasant man…
The most surprising thing about “Everything’s Electric” is that it’s co written by one of the nicest people in all of rock n roll, the Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl. I’m not a huge fan of the Foo, but like David Letterman, I’m a huge fan of the song “Everlong.” I had the Foo’s first album but I either sold it at the used record/CD store or an ex might have absconded with it. The details get fuzzier the more time that passes… as Randy Newman sang, “God bless the potholes down on memory lane.” Dave not only co wrote this song, he plays the drums on the track much like he did with Mick Jagger last summer on their one-off, You-Tube only single “Easy Sleazy.” I don’t think he plays any of the great guitar on the song, but I can’t find credits on who plays what. I guess I’ll know when Liam’s new LP C’Mon You Know comes out on May 27th.
Like all things Oasis/Gallagher brothers, I think Grohl’s involvement in this song may have come out of some conflict. There was some on-line thing where a bunch of Foo Fighter fans petitioned Noel Gallagher to rejoin his brother Liam and get Oasis back together. I was never a huge Oasis fan but the Rock Chick is and as far as I know she could have been behind the whole on-line thing. No one really knows whose behind the whole “reunite Oasis” drive. While I find Liam unpleasant I despise Noel for what he said about INXS to Micheal Hutchence at an MTV Awards show years ago. Anyway, apparently Noel was offended that the fans of the Foo were on him about getting Oasis back together and thought Dave Grohl, not the Rock Chick, was behind it. As usual, Noel handled his anger in a classy way and invited Mr. Grohl – the NICEST man in rock n roll – to “suck his d*ck.” Even I was like, dude, slow you’re roll. As if I wasn’t already on “Team Liam.” And don’t get me wrong, Liam is no saint. He once questioned the paternity of Noel’s daughter. They are the living embodiment of the cliche of brothers who start bands and end up hating each other. These guys make the Everly Brothers look like the Mannings. Whatever drove Grohl’s involvement in this song, it’s certainly welcome.
While I wasn’t a huge Oasis fan until I met the Rock Chick I have been on 100% in on Liam’s solo career. I even dug that first Beady Eye album. It would be easy to give Grohl all the credit for this great new track “Everything’s Electric” but that would ignore Liam’s great solo LPs thus far – 2017’s As You Were and 2019’s Why Me? Why Not. Both of those got great reviews from us down here at B&V. Hell, I even loved his live album MTV Unplugged (Live At Hull City Hall). But then I’ve always been fond of the Unplugged series and have even posted about my favorite ones (B&V’s Favorite MTV “Unplugged” LPs).
I read that Grohl said they were trying to bring the percussive elements of the Beastie Boys’ song “Sabotage” and blend it with a “Gimme Shelter” vibe. I can hear the “Sabotage” a little bit, but I’m not sure about the Stones elements. The song, like the upcoming album C’mon You Know, was produced by Greg Kurstin who produced As You Were and co-produced Why Me? Why Not. This may be my favorite Liam tune to date. Grohl really brings it on drums. The track starts with heavy bass and big guitar riffs. And then Grohl comes in on drums. Liam is just a great vocalist there’s no getting around that. If you dug Oasis, you’re gonna love this track. It’s great to hear rock n roll played loud. The guitars pile on – from big riffs to a little lead signature that almost sounds like it’s a slide guitar? I love the lyric “I don’t hate you, But I despise that feeling there’s nothing left for me here.” Here’s the lyric video of the song:
Turn this one up really loud. It’s going to be a great year for rock n roll with new albums from Liam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (whose new song, the “Slow Cheetah”-esque “Black Summer” we’re still cranking here in the B&V labs, and (today) Eddie Vedder. Winter is slowly releasing it’s horrible grasp upon us as days get longer and the music gets louder. Take care of yourself out there.