OPEN LETTER: To Liam Gallagher

BY JAMIE DAVIS So you’re in a band with your brother. He writes all the songs, epic earth-shattering tunes that change the face of pop-music, and you sing them. Your immense sibling rivalry takes its toll, your brother leaves the band because you’re an idiot, rejoins, leaves, rejoins, leaves, rinses and repeats. All the while your voice is only getting worse and worse, along with your brother’s songs. However throughout it all, you keep up this ridiculous front of being in the best band in the world, even years after your prime. People put up with it because “Wonderwall” is so unbelievably good, but also because this bravado has become a part of your identity. Your public has come to expect rude, childish behavior from you. All up until finally, you smash your brother’s guitars and he quits the band for good. This is the story of the Gallagher brothers, Noel the poet and Liam the town crier as Pete Doherty put it. Otherwise known as Oasis. That’s right, the mighty Oasis have split up, and what are they to do? Liam has kept up the act, saying stuff like “Oh yeah man, the new chunes are like, at least 500 times more mega than Oasis” or “If Noel calls me, no way am I pickin’ up that phone. I’m gonna be busy man.” Noel has stayed willfully mature as always, but the real interesting thing to watch here will be Liam. He sang most of the songs on the last album, and wrote the admittedly brilliant track “Out of Time.” However, his average is still nothing compared to his brother’s, who can write classics like it’s his job. The fact is Noel made Liam great. He validated him. If Noel had never written the anthems Liam sung no one would have paid any attention. So know what will the one do without the other? Liam is forming his own group, which has promised to play nary a Noel-penned tune. You’re not gonna hear “Champagne Supernova” or “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” but you might get a whiff of “Songbird” if you really want… The point is, without Noel he has nothing to back up his swagger, even though you know he’s still just going to keep acting like an arrogant dickhead. Who knows, maybe this will finally be the downfall of Liam’s monstrous ego. Maybe he’ll finally get a realistic view of his talent, and realize exactly how much he needs is brother’s songs to keep up that part of his identity. Who knows, that could be the end of him. Either way it will be very interesting to see what happens in the upcoming year. For us ridiculous fanboys anyway.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jamie Davis is a senior at Kimberton Waldorf High School. He enjoys Blink-182 more than any Thom Yorke fan should.

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