Liam Gallagher's new band is called Beady Eye. Where on earth did he get the idea for having a name that starts with the letters B, E, and A?

guess-whoImage Credit: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna LtdFormer Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has announced that his new band is to be called Beady Eye. The group features his fellow ex-Oasis members Gem Archer and Andy Bell, but not, of course, his brother Noel whose sudden departure from the group last summer provoked its implosion.

The Oasis-crazy British media has already weighed in on the name “Beady Eye,” with Paul Stokes of the NME declaring it to be “terrible.” One point I’m surprised Stokes doesn’t raise is that Beady Eye will finally allow the Beatles-obsessed Gallagher to get very close to the Beatles—at least alphabetically. That’s right, on CD shelves and in record stores, no one will stand between The Beatles and Beady Eye but those pesky Beastie Boys (and, in Gallagher’s U.K. homeland, the Beat, who are, unsurprisingly, not known as “the English Beat” in England).

Is this a coincidence? Given that Gallagher recently announced plans to actually produce a film about The Beatles, I think not!

What do you think of the name Beady Eye? Of Liam Gallagher? And can you think of any other bands that would, alphabetically, squeeze in between Beady Eye and the Beatles?

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  • BossGalaga

    I laughed when you said that The English Beat are just called “The Beat” in England. Thought you were kidding.

    Then I looked it up. I’ll be darned.

    Mind blown. So….do they really call Canadian Bacon just “bacon” in Canada?

    • Kim

      And do they call Brazil nuts just nuts in Brazil?

    • Clark Collis

      Also: Charlatans UK? Just “the Charlatans” in, uh, the UK.

    • Jac

      More like “back bacon”. But yes, not Canadian bacon.

      • side3

        That was because at the time of The (English) Beat, there was a power pop group in the USA also called The Beat….aka Paul Collin’s Beat. A really great band.

    • Brett

      For a while, ‘Wham!” was “Wham! UK,” too.

  • carlyjo

    um…I am pretty sure thats a picture of Sasha Baron Cohen…

    • nodnarb

      I thought it was Dieter. Do you want to touch my monkey?

  • Nathan

    I don’t care what the band’s called, as long as the music is good. I’m looking more forward to Noel’s first project.

  • ryry

    LMAO Liam looks like Bruno in that pic!!!!

    • TheObserver

      I was just about to say that !

  • Spike

    Just as Yaz is called Yazoo in the UK and everywhere else. Apparently there was already a Yazoo in the US – who absolutely NO ONE has ever heard of.

    • solar

      you mean the birth control pill?

  • Chris

    I always used to borrow beatles albums from the library and always had to go through The Beat Farmers.

  • Brett

    Liam Gallagher’s desperate bid to regain the spotlight. He’ll never enjoy major success in the USA, but perhaps those Brits who so loved Oasis will take to this new project.

  • Mike

    One of the more amusing band names I have heard is “Cher UK.”

  • ali

    Well, the group named “Beatless” is the closest I’ve heard to the name The Beatles. And for Liam, Oasis was great. I hope he can do as well as Damon Albarn did with the Gorillaz. I know they are both rivals (in the UK), but they both make good music.

    • elsie

      “Beatless” is actually worth a giggle at least. You know they have a sense of humor if nothing else.

  • elsie

    Silly me — I just assumed he tried to name his band B.D.I, but couldn’t spell it.

  • Glen Rich

    There’s already a UK band called The BDI’s, who I believe are taking legal advice about the naming of Liam’s new band…

  • Thomas

    Noel wrote and arranged the majority of the music for Oasis. I’m sure his follow on solo project will be much better than Beady Eye.

  • allison something something

    Who cares about the name? As long as he keeps making music.

  • dengma

    liam gallagher is the best frontman ever… goodluck mate…

  • Tom

    Gem and Andy are very accomplished songwriters (go youtube: Heavy Stereo, Ride, & Hurricane #1). Liam has already wrote a U.K #2 and #1 singles… Gem is actually a better singer then Liam, and word is he will sing alot on this record. Andy has a nice unique voive, and he is slated to be singing on this record as well. It should sound fresh and exciting. They will be more then just close to the Beatles on the shelves…

    News is all three members wrote 4 songs each for the new album…

    Beady Eye has a chance to more popular in the USA than Oasis has been in the last 12 years…

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