Liam Gallagher, who was apparently some guy in Oasis (which broke up in 2009) or something almost 30 years ago or so has recently been squawking about how U2 isn’t “rock ‘n roll” enough or something to that effect.
Well, I’m not going to pretend that I know what Liam Gallagher’s definition of “rock ‘n roll” is any more than I’m going to list Oasis’ music as an example of “rock ‘n roll,” but read this – U2 wrote a song on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree that inspired a deranged man to kill a woman in cold blood. It’s very easily searchable on the Internets. The song is called “Exit,” and the man who took sick inspiration from it was named Robert Bardo. And the woman he killed was actress Rebecca Schaeffer, whom co-starred with Mindy from “Mork and MIndy” (aka Pam Dawber) on a series called “My Sister Sam.”
Though the song was reportedly inspired by reading Norman Mailer’s novel about Gary Gilmore titled The Executioner’s Song (which is on my to-read list), it also drew inspiration from Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood.
So if Liam Gallagher’s assertion is that U2 didn’t go far enough or get dark enough, well, shut the f— up. And being in a pissing match with your brother is NOT rock ‘n roll. Even though I would LOVE to see Noel Gallagher hit LIam Gallagher over the head with a cricket bat (front row seats)! Get over yourself, Liam Gallagher!
It isn’t the first time a rock ‘n roll song (yes rock ‘n roll song) inspired someone to kill. Now about that song “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles… (but that’s another blog topic entirely)!