Noel Gallagher

I believe that it is the music of our time that will be remembered long after
we are gone, and it is bands like Oasis that led the revolution which took
place recently. Oasis, headed by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher was
the first band after The Beatles to lash out against what had become the
normal way a band should be, and that is why they will be known for years
to come as the band who changed rock music.
Noel Gallagher was born on May 29, 1967 in Manchester, he was the
second son of Thomas and Margaret Gallagher. Thomas, Tommy to the
boys at the pub, was a construction worker. He and his wife, known to her
pals as Peggy, resided in the working-class Manchester suburb called
Burnage with their first boy, Paul.
"God was playing a joke when He made me," Noel Gallagher once said.
"You know, 'Let's make this guy a writer and a guitar player, but let's make
him write with his left hand but play with his right, and let's have him born
in the middle of May and give him a Christmas name like Noel. Little did
Noel know that when he grew up he was to become the frontman of one of
the most influential rock bands in music history at a time when music was
the most influential form of speech on the planet.
Little Liam arrived in the Gallagher household five years later, on
September 21, 1972. He and Noel were forced to share a bedroom,
something that always bothered Noel to no end, seeing how Paul, just a
year-and-a-half older than him, had his own room. But Liam and Noel
made the best of it, and the bedroom saw the beginnings of the somewhat
loving, often heated relationship between the brothers. The boys kept a
running record of their childhood by scrawling on their wall, later
described by Tommy as their "wonderwall", later to become the title of
one of their biggest selling singles. Bits of songs, poems, favourite bands,
football teams and the like were all immortalised on their bedroom wall. In
addition to their love of football, the lads also became engrossed with
rock'n'roll. Both Noel and Liam were big fans of tubby '70s glamrocker
Alvin Stardust. "When he came on telly they'd mime along and pretend to
be Alvin," their father remembers, "and I'd always catch them singing into
hairbrushes and playing air guitar." Most important to Noel's musical
growth was the North's all-time greatest band, the Beatles. Like many
youngsters, the songsmith first fell in love with the Fab Four via their Red
and Blue hits collections, and they formed the basis of his musical
sensibility for years to come.
"I was about six when I started hearing the Red Album " he recalled in an
interview "They're songs to grow up with, really...The Red Album
documents the Beatles as the greatest pop band ever and The Blue Album
documents them as the greatest rock band ever."
Noel's school life was problematic at best. While he was plainly a bright
young man, he battled with a minor case of dyslexia, which, topped with
the poor quality of Manchester's schools, was a dangerous combination.
"School didn't really hold anything for me," he explained later. "I knew
from a very early age what I wanted to be, I wanted to be a musician."
A chronic childhood kidney infection gave Noel his first taste of standing
apart from the crowd. Because of his ailment, young Noel was not
required to adhere to his primary school's dress code. "I was the only kid
allowed to wear long trousers," he remembered. "The others had these
little grey shorts and I had these dead cool black skin-tight trousers with
little Doc Martens. Everybody hated me." "I was a bit of a rogue when I
was young," Noel once said, "I used to wag school and be into... glue
sniffing and stuff. Then me and this lad robbed our corner shop, which is a
very stupid thing to do, cos everyone knows exactly who you are.? Noel
was put on probation and was grounded for six months. He had absolutely
nothing to do so he just sat there playing one string on an acoustic guitar.
?I thought I was really good for about a year, until someone tuned it up.
Then I thought, 'I can't play the thing at all now. I'm gonna have to start all
over again.?? When Noel was around 13, he ordered his first real guitar
from the John England catalogue and from there on in, all else, school,
girls, football, took second place in his life. He practised constantly,
playing along to