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"I've got a pocketful of words in my brain/ I pull something out when I think I should," Raymond McGinley croons pleasantly on the exquisite "Verisimilitude" from 1995's Grand Prix, Teenage Fanclub's majestic pop album that's nearly right up there with Fool's Gold, Sugar's Copper Blue and Help!. It contains the sort of shimmery loveliness you could safely shoot off into space, confident it would enhance intergalactic relations. While their latest, Shadows, doesn't scale these giddy heights it still feels as summery as Sue Barker biting on a strawberry on Centre Court, and the new tracks, such as the plinky-plonk new single "Baby Lee", don't sag (that much) tonight.

Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher names new band

Liam Gallagher's new post-Oasis band have been named Beady Eye, it was announced today.

Ever since Cain smote Abel, siblings and rivalry have gone together

The notion of sibling rivalry is at least as old as scripture: Cain slew Abel in a jealous fit over who had lavished the best gifts on God and gave us the first murder in history. The contest between the Miliband brothers is, therefore, full of symbolism. Though they are unlikely to enjoy the comparison with Adam and Eve's offspring, they can take comfort from being by no means the first, and certainly not the last.

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Liam Gallagher named best frontman

Liam Gallagher today beat stars such as Bono, Freddie Mercury and John Lennon to be named the greatest frontman of all time.

Noel Gallagher seeks permission for summer house

Rock star Noel Gallagher has applied for planning permission to build a summer house in the grounds of his home.

Bad-boy Gallagher aside, it was a tame Brits night

It's the biggest night in the British music industry calendar, renowned for drunkenness, bad language, feuds and bad behaviour. But last night the 30th Brit Awards ceremony was a noticeably more well-behaved affair.

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"It’s a shame, but that’s life", shrugs Liam over Oasis split

Liam Gallagher has broken his silence for the first time since brother Noel quit Oasis and admitted the band is “no longer”.

Noel reveals why he left Oasis

Noel Gallagher claimed yesterday that "verbal and violent" intimidation caused him to walk out on Oasis hours before a gig in Paris. He said on Friday that he could not bear working with his brother Liam for a day longer.

Oasis split 'a sad day' for music

Noel Gallagher's departure from Oasis was today described as a "sad day" for music by the man who originally signed the band.

Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis, unable to work with Liam

Lead guitarist walks out before Paris gig, with crowd told of ‘altercation’ in band

The ten best rock’n’roll feuds

Liam and Noel Gallagher's relationship may have deteriorated to the point where the pair no longer speak, but the Oasis siblings aren't the first rock'n'roll stars to fall out.

Oasis stars 'no longer speak to each other'

Relations between Oasis stars Liam and Noel Gallagher are now so bad they no longer speak, travel separately on tour and only see each other onstage, Liam claimed today.

The ten worst: Rock star actors

With news that Liam Gallagher is set for his first movie role, we take a look back at other rock stars turned actors.

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