“Wonderwall” is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band’s guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher. The song was produced by Owen Morris for their second studio album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995). According to Gallagher, “Wonderwall” describes “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself”.
The song was released as the third single from the album in October 1995. “Wonderwall” topped the chart in Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. The song reached the top ten on another ten charts, including Canada and the United States at number 5 and 8, respectively, as well as number two on both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. The single was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
It remains one of the band’s most popular songs; on 9 June 2013, it was voted number one on Australian alternative music radio station Triple J’s “20 Years of the Hottest 100”. Many notable artists have also covered the song, such as rock singer Ryan Adams in 2003, folk singer Cat Power, and jazz musician Brad Mehldau in 2008.
“Who Feels Love?” is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band’s lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It became the second single to be released from the album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, peaking at number 4 in the UK charts. Though the single was a success, it failed to achieve a Silver or better sales certification in the UK – unlike the previous 12 British Oasis singles.
The album was noted for its psychedelic feel, and “Who Feels Love?” was held up as the most extreme example of this. Mark Stent was praised for his production on the song, creating a “trippy” feel like that found on Beatles songs such as “Rain”. With the psychedelic and Eastern sound, the song also reminds of George Harrison achievements like “Within You Without You” and also some of his solo work.
However, despite the high-quality production, the song was not well received by the critics, NME said that the production “triumphs over any real sort of feeling… pure mock Maharishi spirituality that not even Liam can salvage from the realm of self-parody”.
One of the B-sides is a cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”. It was played live during the Shoulders tour of 2000. Paul Weller recorded a version of b-side “One Way Road” for his covers-album Studio 150 in 2004. The Weller version was subsequently used as the theme tune to Jack Dee’s sitcom Lead Balloon.
The video was filmed in Death Valley, California.
“Where Did It All Go Wrong?” is a song and single by the English rock band Oasis, originally released on their 2000 album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.
Written by guitarist Noel Gallagher, it is one of two songs on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants that features him on lead vocals. In explaining why front man Liam Gallagher did not sing the song, Noel claimed that: “[Vocally] Liam just couldn’t get that one. The melody shifts quite a lot… Liam hasn’t got that dynamism in his voice.”
Noel stated that the song’s lyrics are about a circle of friends that he was involved with at one time in his life, as well as being semi-autobiographical. Q Magazine stated that the song is “Easily a stand-out moment in the vast pantheon of Gallagher anthems… [an] evocative heartbreak record for the disaffected middle youth who is still a vulnerable youngster at the core…”
An rare early demo of the track featured flautist Charlotte Glasson, but when the album was re-recorded the flute part was not included. Glasson featured on Gas Panic! from the same album.
Although not released as a commercial single, the song was released as a radio-single in the United States, where the song received airplay but failed to chart due in part to no official release.
“Whatever” is a song and single by the English rock band Oasis, and initially credited as being written by the band’s lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. A subsequent lawsuit awarded a co-writing credit to Neil Innes.
At six minutes and twenty-one seconds, “Whatever” was the longest single the band had released up to that point (it was later surpassed by “Champagne Supernova”, “D’You Know What I Mean?” and “All Around the World”). The song follows an AB structure, which differs from Verse-Chorus, as the main hook occurs at the beginning of the song. The song suddenly changes key during the bridge, before returning to the main chord progression of the song, which repeats for a two-and-a-half-minute outro in which, one by one, each instrument cuts out until only the strings are playing. Finally, the song ends with an extended, recorded applause track. A common word on the Japanese festivals’ mikoshi is used at the end of the song.
The single was released on 18 December 1994 as a stand-alone single, bridging the gap between Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe, and their second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. “Whatever” entered the UK Singles Chart at number 3, their first single to enter the top 5, something every Oasis single released since has also accomplished, aside from the download-only single “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down”, “I’m Outta Time” and “Falling Down”. Like “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down”, this is a non-album release, but as it is a single it has been included on the compilation album Time Flies… 1994–2009 which features all 27 of Oasis’ singles released in the UK. The strings were played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which featured former Electric Light Orchestra violinist Wilfred Gibson. The strings were arranged by Nick Ingman and Noel Gallagher.
“Whatever” has sold 540,000 copies to date. The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 June 2010 at number 64, due to the release of Time Flies, and was the first time that it had been available to purchase digitally.
The song has been used by Coca-Cola in its 2012 campaign celebrating its 125th anniversary and also in Italian Vodafone commercials. It was also used by Asahi Breweries for their Asahi Off beer commercials in Japan.
“The Shock of the Lightning” is a song by English rock band Oasis and is the fourth track from the band’s seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul. The song was released as the first single from the album on 29 September 2008. It received its first airplay on 15 August 2008 on multiple UK and Irish radio stations including the Ian Dempsey Breakfast show on Today FM in Ireland, BBC 6 Music by Shaun Keaveny, and by Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1. Chris was joined by Noel Gallagher on 15 August 2008.
“The Masterplan” is a song by English rock band Oasis. It was written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher.
The song was first released as a B-side to the CD version of their hit single “Wonderwall” in October 1995. “The Masterplan” was also released with the Stop the Clocks EP in November 2006. It also shares the name with the 1998 B-side compilation album, The Masterplan, on which it is featured as the last track.
Noel Gallagher has regularly declared “The Masterplan” as one of the best songs he has ever written. However, he regrets the fact that it was first released as a mere B-side, admitting he was “young and stupid”, when he made that decision. He also claims that Creation Records boss, Alan McGee, upon hearing the song, told Noel it was “too good” to be a B-side. Noel reportedly replied, “Well, I don’t write shit songs!”
“The Masterplan” is sung by Noel, and features all band members except lead vocalist Liam Gallagher, in addition to an orchestra. The song also features a backwards guitar solo after the first chorus. Approximately 30 seconds from the end of the song, Noel can be heard (distortedly) singing the chorus from “Octopus’s Garden” by The Beatles.
“The Masterplan” was generally well received on iTunes with around 700-800 downloads on the release date of Stop the Clocks.
The song is included in Oasis’ compilation album, Stop the Clocks. A special L. S. Lowry-inspired animated promotional video, complete with a swaggering Liam, was created to promote the album. In the video, the band walk past Johnny Roadhouse music, a music shop from which the Gallagher brothers regularly bought equipment from at the beginning of their career. It also features on the soundtrack to the Spanish film La Mujer Más Fea del Mundo as well as appearing in an episode of CSI: Miami.
The song was performed at the MTV Unplugged concert in August 1996.
“The Hindu Times” is a song by the British rock band Oasis. It was the first single released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry on 15 April 2002. It was written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. Noel got the name “The Hindu Times” from a T-shirt he saw in a charity shop. The song was the band’s sixth number one single on the UK Singles Chart, staying on top for one week before being dislodged by the Sugababes’ “Freak Like Me”. The single also topped the charts in Canada and Italy, and peaked at number two in the Republic of Ireland and Spain.
The title has little to do with the lyrics of the song, which are more in the vein of Definitely Maybe’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”. It has been speculated that the title refers to the main riff’s similarity to Indian music in sound, sounding as if it were played on a sitar. Gallagher himself says that it is because he had already named the song before any lyrics were written for it.
The song, which combines powerful rock with a psychedelic feel, was one of the first Oasis singles since the singles from (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? to receive almost unanimously positive reviews from critics.
The song was unveiled during Oasis’ Autumn 2001 Noise and Confusion Tour. The song was due to be released commercially at the same time but Noel decided the track needed more work done on it to be suitable for release. Many have commented on the main guitar riff being lifted from the Stereophonics song, “Same Size Feet”, which uses exactly the same, or at least very similar, guitar riff.
In 2008 NME listed the song as one of the greatest indie anthems of the 2000s. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 143 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.
In 2010, XFM listed it in their “1000 greatest songs of all time” list.
The B-side, “Just Getting Older”, was written at the time of the release of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. The other b-side, “Idler’s Dream”, is the only Oasis song to not feature any guitars or drums; the song consists simply of Noel Gallagher’s vocals and a piano accompaniment.
“Stop Crying Your Heart Out” is a song by the English rock band Oasis. The song was written by Noel Gallagher and produced by Oasis. It was released on 17 May 2002 as the second single from the band’s fifth studio album, Heathen Chemistry (2002). Liam Gallagher is the lead vocalist on the track, with Noel on backing vocals. The power ballad was heavily compared to the band’s previous single “Slide Away”. While some praised Noel’s ability to lighten the mood of his target audience, others felt that the song was disappointing and forgettable.
“Stop Crying Your Heart Out” debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and reached a peak of number six on the UK Indie Chart. It peaked at number one in Italy, and reached the top-twenty in Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Norway. “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 12 July 2002, denoting shipments of over 200,000 copies. British singer-songwriter Leona Lewis recorded a cover version for her second studio album Echo (2009). She performed her version on the sixth series finale of The X Factor, and it peaked at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart and number 11 on the UK R&B Chart.
“Supersonic” is the debut single by the English rock band Oasis, written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released on 11 April 1994 as Oasis’ debut single and appears on their debut album Definitely Maybe, released in August 1994.
The song was released on 11 April 1994 and peaked at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart, Oasis’s lowest-peaking single. However, over time it has amassed sales of over 215,000, making it their 13th biggest selling single ever in the UK, even outselling their 2002 number one “The Hindu Times”, and both of their 2005 number ones, “Lyla” and “The Importance of Being Idle”.
“Supersonic” was also the band’s first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart on 10 December 1994. The song was performed by the band on their debut national TV performance on Channel 4’s The Word. It remains a favourite song of both the band and their fans (on the Definitely Maybe DVD, Noel cites it as his favourite Oasis song). The single went silver in the UK in 2006.
In March 2005, Q magazine placed “Supersonic” at number 20 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In May 2007, NME magazine placed “Supersonic” at number 25 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.
“Sunday Morning Call” is a song by the English rock band Oasis, taken from their fourth studio album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.
Although unconfirmed, there was widespread speculation at the time that the song was inspired by Noel’s friend Kate Moss. “Sunday Morning Call” was the first Oasis single to have Noel sing lead vocals on both B-sides, as well as the A-side.
The song was released as the third and final single from the album on 3 July 2000, peaking at number 4 in the UK charts. Written and sung by Noel Gallagher, it is the first time Noel has taken over lead vocal from brother Liam on an A-side of a single since “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in 1996.
Though the song has the same anthemic feel that popularised many Oasis songs, and departs from the psychedelic feel of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, which had been poorly received by critics, it received a mixed critical reception. NME described it as “a dreary thing indeed”, whereas Allmusic described it as a “self-consciously mature departure from the group’s usual ebullience… a deliberately mellow, mid-tempo [song]”. In addition, the Time Flies… 1994–2009 album features “Sunday Morning Call” as a hidden track at the end of disc 2, being the only single to not be credited on the sleeve or feature its own, separate track. A possible reason for this was presented in the audio commentary of the accompanying DVD, where Noel states that he “hates” the track.