Sunday, July 08, 2007

I'm so tired of this crap

This article about birth order and sibling rivalry made my head hurt. To begin with, no author was listed, unless someone is unfortunate enough to be saddled with the name "Web Exclusive."

Who are the first set of famous siblings up for comparison? The Big Dog and Roger.
*rolls eyes*

But, you guessed it, there were musical siblings mentioned in the article, and that was the bit that made me slightly crazy. The Brothers from Burnage, natch.

Check out this masterpiece (my emphasis in bold)-

Liam and Noel Gallagher

Though famous for their public squabbles, both the combative brothers were essential to the success of British rock band Oasis in the 1990s. But elder brother Noel, who plays guitar, allegedly wrote most of the band’s songs—despite the fact that Liam was Oasis's lead singer. Though Liam has contributed songs to more recent albums, his habit of starting fights and wreaking havoc has led fans to believe that Noel is the one who has kept the band on track. The British music mag New Musical Express has even called Noel “the wisest man in rock.”

I'm going to ignore the Noel keeping the band on track thing (even though I believe he did), and go straight to the songwriting bit.

Allegedly? ALLEGEDLY? Listen, Web Exclusive, let me clue you into a fantastic thing called Google. It's lovely, and would help you see that Noel is credited as primary songwriter on the vast majority of Oasis tracks and that Our Kid didn't have A SINGLE SONGWRITING CREDIT until 'Standing On the Shoulders Of Giants.'

And if Noel "allegedly" wrote the songs, and if Our Kid only "has contributed songs to more recent albums," then who the hell was actually writing the tunes? The Tooth Fairy? Santa Claus? Richey Edwards?

And also, Web Exclusive, lead singer does not automatically equal lead songwriter. Duh.

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