onsoling a distraughtancée who had beenpainted like a clownby an over-zealousmake-up artist meantI missed Bonehead’s(Sunday name Paul Arthurs) DJset. Te packed house and hero’swelcome at his “Best one yet”,however, were proo enoughthat no indie ans have orgottenthe rhythm guitarist who partedcompany with his Oasis bandmates in 1999. Convinced togive deejaying a go last year andinundated with ofers when heset up a MySpace page, Boneheadcame to Madrid’s Supersonic clubon the personal recommendationo Te Charlatans.Te ollowing day, I metBonehead in the club and whatwas meant to be a 20-minuteinterview became more like a1-hour-20-minute chat. TeHeinekens were going down welland could have turned into a ew more, had it not been or a politereminder rom Supersonic’s Patithat another, understandably,increasingly annoyed journalistwas waiting or an interview.Conversation went rom hisappreciation or the Pradomuseum, to his lament thatex-international Irish ootballerRoy Keane quit drinking, to how his lie might have been diferenthad he ollowed Liam Gallagher’slead and moved to London.Here are some good bits o my interview with Bonehead:
So, have yo heard the newOasis reord? (This was in thesmmer beore any songs hadbeen made available.)
Yeah, I’ve heard it. I’m Oasis’snumber one an. It’s groovy. That’sall I’m gonna say. It’s a record theyshould probably have done yearsago.
Did yo get a restater yo let Oasisor have yo eptbsy all the time?
I’ve been doing thingsall the time. Beenon loads o people’srecords, you just won’t have heardabout it.
Do yo eel qite detahedrom it all now?
Detached, no. Wherever I go, in thesupermarket, in the street, peopleare like, “It’s Bonehead rom Oasis!”When I go out with Liam in London,or anywhere, he’s a nightmare togo out with – it’s Liam Gallagher:people are all over him. But whenI’m with him, it’s not like, “It’s LiamGallagher and that other guy whoused to be in Oasis”, they go, “It’sLiam and Bonehead! Oasis!”
Is it weird, thogh, to see themperorming and st, andyo’re not there, there’s Gem(Arher) in yor plae?
Not at all. I was mates with himyears beore and I was delightedwith the choice. He’s a ar betterguitarist than me. Gem just takespressure o Noel; gives him a lotmore scope.
Wold yo go ba and playwith Oasis i they ased yo?
Ha, ha! I’m saying nothing...
Are there any bands that haveaght yor eye at the mo-ment?
What? Up-and-coming bands? There’s not that much, actually. There’s one band rom Manchestercalled The Vortex. Unsigned. They’rebrilliant. They could do it, big time. Iwent on stage and perormed withthem. It was like being back in Oasis,in ’94; they had so much passion.
Is real passion the extra thingyo need to mae it?
Yeah, but it’s more about yoursongs. I mean, Noel’s an unbeliev-able songwriter. He had all o thesesongs coming out o him. He’d besitting in the corner in the studiowith his guitar and say, “I’ve writ-ten a new song”. He did that withSupersonic. “He’s going, “I’m eelingsupersonic, give me gin and tonic”and there was this dog called Elsa inthe studio: “I know a girl called Elsa,she’s into Alka-seltzer...” and Alan Mc-Gee (Creation Records boss) goes,“Right, that’s your rst single”.
Something I’ve been wonderingabot or years and that me andmy mates sed to arge abot –Yo now on the albm over o Defnitely Maybe, in yorliving room, what reallywas the big ball thing?Was it a lamp?
No, no, it was a globe. A biginfatable globe.
Ahh, right. And it wasGeorge Best in the pi-tre, wasn’t it?
Yes. And the glasses o wine – that’swhat you don’t know... Ribena!
Yeah, it was Ribena; we were alldrinking beer, but you know, howwould that look on the cover –drinking beer?
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Oasis’s seventh studio album comes out this month and the rst reviewsindicate a return to orm and urther improvement on the well-received
Don’t Believe Te ruth
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Dig Out Your Soul
, we saved our summer interview with ounding member and iconicguitarist Bonehead until now. Luc Ciotkowski had a ew beers with the ex-Oasis man in Supersonic the day ater his DJ set at the Madrid indie club.