Noel Gallagher has named cult Liverpool band Smaller in his top albums of all time. (for those who don’t know we where called Smaller before changing to The Sums in 2005)
Gallagher, who releases new solo album Chasing Yesterday on March 2, picked Smaller’s 1997 debut album Badly Badly alongside The Beatles’ Revolver, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead.
Formed in the early 1990’s by guitarist and singer Peter ‘Digsy’ Deary, Smaller, who also featured Peter’s brother Stephen on drums, Jason Riley on bass and Paul Cavanagh on guitar, became one of many bands to hit the charts in the Britpop era thanks mainly to their association with Oasis.
Digsy has enjoyed a long friendship with Noel and was the inspiration for the Oasis song Digsy’s Dinner on their album Definitely Maybe, and was mentioned in the lyric to Be Here Now (“Your s*** jokes remind me of Digsy’s”).
Smaller’s debut release was the single God I Hate This Town in 1995 while third single Is features Noel on guitar and gave them their biggest hit, reaching number 55 in March 1997.
The band’s debut album, Badly Badly, was released in April 1997, and featured further contributions from Noel so perhaps it’s not such an odd choice for Gallagher senior who told itunes: “You’ll most probably never have heard of this mob. You’ll most probably never have heard this record. The songwriting is immense.
“Bitter and twisted but funny as f***.
“Like if Steptoe ever made a record… only smellier! Take a punt on it… I dare you!”
Smaller split up after a recording a second unreleased album but Digsy is still active musically as frontman of The Sums who released their second studio album Start At The Finish at the end of the last year.
Six Smaller Facts
1. Smaller’s second album Shoulder Full Of Chips featured Richard Hawley.
2. Digsy described Smaller as ‘country and northern meets Scouse grunge.’
3. Smaller’s second single Wasted reached #72 in the UK charts in September 1996.
4. Digsy also formed Liverpool new wave band Cook da Books in the 80s – their politically charged debut single Piggie in the Middle 8 featured lyrics about the Toxteth riots.
5. Smaller recorded a session for John Peel in November 1995.
6. Legend has it Digsy won several competitions at Butlins and in his youth, his cousins are Tony and Chris Griffiths who went on to form another Merseyside cult band, The Real People.