Liam Gallagher’s sweary guide to being a Twitter legend
Liam Gallagher’s Twitter feed is legendary.
The former Oasis frontman has made a name for himself in the Twittersphere with his explosive rants, his feud with his brother Noel, and his sweary observations. We decided we wanted to learn from the best and get some advice on how to improve our Twitter game.
Liam just got back to the UK from America where he’s been promoting his new album As You Were. He’s taking the weekend off to chill ahead of next week: “I’m reserving all energy until Wednesday when I take on the fucking Q Awards and show them how it’s done.”
We had the chance to catch up with him in a moment of downtime, and he gave us the ultimate guide to being good at Twitter.
Good afternoon all 2 million of you just checking in hope life is treating you well as you were LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 20, 2017
How’s the new album being received?
It’s selling really well and it could be number one which is fantastic, it’s better than being number two so that’s nice.
There’s going to be people out there who fucking hate it because they don’t like the colour of my hair or me wearing parkas. I think it’s doing really well at the moment you know so we’ll just wait and see.
Have you had any unexpected reactions?
I know it’s a good record and I know the songs on there are good so I just want it to do well but everyone seems to be like hungry for a Liam Gallagher record which is the most important thing. I’m 45 and there’s a new generation listening and I’m surprised by how many people were wanting a record by me.
“I hope I’m the biggest fucking troll anyway.”
How would you describe Twitter to your Mum?
How would I explain it to my mam? It’s another form of expressing yourself and putting a few wrongs right.
For me it’s like – you know when you go into court? And they say ‘do you promise to tell the truth’ and all that bollocks, it’s like putting your hand on the bible and telling the fucking truth.
There’s all these other dicks out there telling porkies and that so it’s nice to be there to say ‘excuse me, that’s what really happened. It’s kind of like a truth juice.
Should they delete Donald Trump off Twitter?
No, if you start doing that you’ve got to delete everyone. As bad of a dickhead as he is and all the shit people don’t agree with, he’s got the right to use his shit as much as everyone else doesn’t he?
If you don’t like it just don’t read his tweets you know what I mean – same for mine and everyone else. If you’re going to single one person out you might as well close the whole fucking thing down.
And then what would I do in my spare time then eh?
Who’s the biggest troll on Twitter?
I don’t even know, what is a troll?
Someone who attacks people on Twitter and who’s really disruptive, goes after them.
I guess I’m in the top ten aren’t I? But I only dig one person out, you know what I mean but I don’t pick on old ladies and that. There’s a lot of dickheads on there that really go in for everyone.
There’s only one person on there who I have real beef with and that’s well deserved, he’s a big boy and he can handle it.
I hope I’m the biggest fucking troll anyway.
“I’m a big boy and I know how to fucking tweet myself.”
How do you feel about the fact that you have twice as many followers as your brother?
It’s not big and it’s not clever to gloat about stuff like that but yeh, of course, it’s natural isn’t it.
I’ve got a lot more to say and I think I’m a lot more honest, everything he does is a bit filtered – he’s trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes and I’m pretty much telling it how it is whether you agree or not. Like I said, it’s a truth juice.
The truth will out the bullshit any fucking day.
Why do you tweet for yourself and why does your brother have someone else running it for him?
I’m not about that. Fuck that mate — what’s the point? If you’re going to have someone running your Twitter for you you might as well have a stylist or something go to the shops for you and get your fucking weekly shopping in. I’m a big boy I know how to fucking tweet myself, and I know how to do my own shopping AND I know how to dress myself AND I know how to lick my own plates, do you know what I mean?
What’s your number one tip to get more followers?
It’s like if you go looking for love you’re not going to find it, are you.
I don’t want any more followers, I’m not assed, it just so happens that I’ve got 2 point whatever it is, but it’s just me being me I’m just having a laugh.
Just be your fucking self, that’s the biggest advice.
If you wake up in the morning and go ‘shit I really need to get more followers’, you really need to get out a bit more and go for a fucking walk.
What should you do if you’re being dragged on Twitter?
You’ve got to let them have it. That’s like anything in any walk of life, if you’re stood in a queue and someone pushes in front of you you’ve got to just fucking grab them by that bottom bit or the side bit and go, ‘excuse me, get fucking behind, dickhead.’
You’ve just got to stand up for yourself. Obviously I’m from Manchester, I was born with fucking great wit and I know how to get around that kind of stuff whether you’re being picked on in a queue or being bullied on Twitter or whatever. You’ve just got to stand up for yourself.
You’re never going to win – idiots who hide behind the screen so you’ve just got to take it with a pinch of salt.
I know there’s a lot of mouthy fuckers on there who wouldn’t dare speak like that if they met you face to face. Says a lot about them really.
I respond to them but I like having a chat if I’m bored or someone’s been really nice. Some of them are genuine fans and I like having a bit of a chat with them and a bit of a banter.
Even when I’m digging someone out on there it’s just a bit of banter I don’t fucking wish them a bad day or anything… it’s just – ‘You fucking sit down you little cunt.’
We’re just having a little laugh.
The other day I was on there and someone said ‘My mum’s just had cancer but loved your record’ and I said ‘well give her a big kiss from me’.
It’s just like walking down the street – if someone says hi to you you say hi back, if someone says ‘fuck you’ you tell them ‘fuck you back’.
I do enjoy getting back to people.
What do you think of the new 280 character limit?
On the words you mean? I didn’t even know to be brutally honest! I can barely turn the TV on I’m not that savvy with all that stuff.
It’s interesting times. It means I can repeat myself quite a bit, that’d be good. If I say something really good I can be like, ‘Well you can fucking have that twice’.
How important is it to be verified?
God I don’t know. You’ve either got it or you haven’t don’t you.
What are your other favourite rock star Twitter accounts?
No I don’t really follow anyone, I don’t bother with it
What do you think about the fact that everyone’s saying Liam Gallagher for prime minister?
“Can you imagine what it smells like in the fucking House of Commons?”
God no, not even if you paid me, mate. You’ve got to wear shit clothes haven’t you? To be PM? Imagine me stood there in my parka and that, you’ve got to wear a fucking stupid suit and that so not for me.
Imagine what it smells like in the fucking House of Commons? All those fucking tofu eating coffee drinking fucking cigar smoking fucking. I bet they’ve all got shit aftershave and all the birds have shit perfume. I bet it stinks in there.
Not for me, no I’m quite happy doing my job man.
You know when there’s people snoring and stuff when you’re trying to get your point across? I’d lose my shit in there.
2017’s been a rough year, do you have any uplifting words for our audience?
Love one another and everyone will be alright.