In August 2009, it finally happened. If you were a Gallagher brother, the prospect of playing in a band with your sibling for even one more riff became utterly abhorrent. (To borrow from Churchill, Noel and Liam became the person up with whom the other could not put.) When news of Oasis’ dissolution finally broke, fans and family therapists the globe over let out a collective “What the hell took so bloody long?” We all knew there was no way the band should have survived the “Don’t Look Back in Anger” video shoot—you know, the one where Liam sits around looking pissed while Noel sings lead—or that little episode involving Noel’s cricket bat and Liam’s head.
Following the split, Liam and the rest of the lads carried on by forming Beady Eye, which released its debut record, Different Gear, Still Speeding, earlier this year to unfavorable reviews, while Noel—following a long, proud tradition of pissed-off band members—opted to go solo as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. With Noel’s solo debut due out next week, CoS thought it might be fun to reflect on some other notable debuts by those who felt compelled to jettison (or take a break from) the band in favour (yeah, British-y spelling again) of seeing their own name stamped on the album cover. And as our look back (but not in anger) reminded us, this move hasn’t always yielded pretty results. In other words, Noel, here are some reasons to believe that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be a smashing (could have said “brilliant”) success… and, unfortunately, several cases that suggest you had better call up your mum and see if she can arrange a playdate/sit-down with Liam very soon. –Matt Melis
Feature artwork by Drew Litowitz.