Ps-Oasis: The Most Rock n Roll Psoriasis Story Ever
Psoriasis is lots of things: Itchy. Painful. Embarrassing. Time-consuming. Soul destroying. Expensive.
One thing it is not, though, is cool.
It’s not like having a broken limb. That was always kind of cool, wasn’t it? There were two girls in my tutor group who were always on crutches. They’d get to leave lessons earlier to avoid being ‘crushed’ during rush hour traffic in the corridors, they’d have afternoons off for hospital visits, we’d all line up to sign their casts.
If you were going to have something ‘wrong with you’, the broken limb was the best one.
For those with psoriasis though, well, that was never the cool condition to have. Red, flaky skin and peeling patches didn’t evoke the same kind of excited curious questioning from friends. More like, ‘Eurgh, what happened to your elbows?’
Even the full name, ‘psoriasis vulgaris’ is pretty ugly. Basically, psoriasis has no chance of being in the cool crowd.
That is, until Liam Gallagher came along.
Not only has he lifted the veil on the fact that he too suffers from psoriasis, but he’s shared a rock and roll psoriasis story too. I know, right?!
What’s The Psoriasis Story (Morning Glory)?
It’s 1994, Liam Gallagher has just come off stage from playing a legenday set at Glastonbury festival. An over-eager fan, who upon noticing a smattering of white stuff upon Liam’s shoulders, muttered,
“Wow, he’s even got cocaine in his hair,”
‘I got psoriasis so I had obviously been scratching it during the day and that, and there were little white bits and shit. They were taking it out of my hair and putting it on their gums and putting it up their fucking nose. I went like, ‘Okay…”
And apparently a few other fans (who must have been off their heads anyway, coke and psoriasis are not brothers from another mother), also snorted the white stuff.
So there you have it. Psoriasis can be rock and roll after all.