Hair Heroes - Liam Gallagher
It was often claimed that Liam was the less talented of the infamous Oasis brothers, the one who may struggle to forge a successful solo career following the supergroup’s split.
However, as we reach the 25th anniversary of their legendary Knebworth gigs; and with a new album following the runaway success of his previous two; Liam’s renaissance is still in full swing.
His unsurprisingly straight shooting, and often hilarious, Twitter account is wildly popular and has brought him legions of younger fans to add to his diehard day one’s. Even his claims of leisurely jogs on Hampstead Heath replacing the sex, drugs and rock ’n roll of his younger years haven’t lost him any of his mystique it would seem.
His hair history shares some similarities with his music career - varied, rebellious and you either love it or hate it! Here we take a look at a few of his most iconic looks over the years.
The Early Years
Oasis’ 1994 release of their legendary first album ‘Definitely Maybe’ was met with the type of instant hysteria not seen for some time in the music world.
As adoring fans bounced to bangers such as ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Rock and Roll Star’ Liam was rocking a mid to long length mod meets curtains hairstyle.
The hair almost covered the ears and split at the front seemingly where a strong cows lick naturally sat.
Inevitably, it caused many a teenager to grow out their reliable short, back and sides to the dismay of parents and teachers across the country.
The bands second album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ was released with a level of anticipation previously only seen with such illustrious bands as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Thankfully it delivered with bonafide classics such as ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ It remains the fifth best selling UK album of all time.
Following the release, the band played to 250,000 fans at Knebworth over two nights. These gigs are so celebrated that they have now spurned their own documentary.
During this period Liam had grown his hair yet further so that it now came over the ears with layers sitting on his cheeks in a more traditional mod style. He teamed this with a fringe that still split in the centre and long mutton chop sideburns. It’s arguably the look for which he is best known.
The Buzz Cuts
There have been a few times when Liam has reached for the clippers and lopped it all off. Was it rock ’n roll? Was it a cry for help? Was it drugs and alcohol-related? Who knows.
The first such incident was way back in the late 90’s when Liam apparently went to a barbershop down the road from where he was playing a gig that night and paid a cool fiver to see those prized locks hit the floor.
He’s repeated the process a couple of times much later in his career. Even well into his forties the lucky devil seemed to have no troubles growing it back out either. Actually quite suits him too in my opinion.
The 70’s Throwback
There have been a couple of times, mainly during the Beady Eye years, when both Liam’s hair and music had a bit of a psychedelic 70’s vibe.
During these phases he went all in with a round shaped, bob-meets-shag vibe with bangs that sit below the eyebrow. In the large this was not a great look for LG.
We can only think he was going for a Jim Morrison/The Ramones look, but in his own wise words he ended up looking “like Dougal from The Magic Roundabout”.
In recent times, Liam has gone for a short and choppy take on a mod cut with a cropped fringe, exaggerated sideburns and soft edges.
In our opinion this is one of his best hair moments. The short fringe works well with his cows lick and the irregular lengths add loads of texture to a barnet that is dense but has a tendency to be a bit flat.
Throw in a Stoney parka, some Adidas Spezial trainers and the trademark swagger and you’ve got a winning recipe.