Oasis are getting ready to return to the limelight thanks to new documentary Supersonic.
The film charts band’s rollercoaster ride to to stardom – from being signed by Creation Records’ Alan McGee to playing Knebworth in front of 250,000 fans – and their classic albums Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
For the latter record, which frequently charts in the list of greatest albums of all, Noel Gallagher went in-depth with loaded back in the October 1995 issue of the magazine. Here is the definitive making of to one of the greatest rock ‘n’ rolls albums of the 90s, straight from the man who wrote it.
As told to Paolo Hewitt
“This is going to piss my publishers off but, Hello, She’s Electric, and Rocking Chair, which is the b-side of Roll With It, were all written before I had a record deal. It was left off the last album. Half the songs on the album are about something in particular but with this one I sat around and started playing it and the lyrics don’t make any sense whatsoever apart from the bit at the end which is the Gary Glitter bit. (The song goes into the, ‘Hello, hello, good to be back’, chant.)
“To quote the man, I wasn’t expecting anyone not to notice. Either people laugh their heads off and go, you cheeky bastard or they say, that’s out of order, you can’t do that. But we have. We’ve got an original demo of it which is a four track and me on acoustic guitar. The end chords were the same as the Gary Glitter tune.
“At first, I didn’t know if it was sad that I was singing Gary Glitter or sad that I knew it in the first place. I haven’t got any of his records but he used to make me piss myself laughing, man. How could anyone look that ridiculous and get away with it? Steve Lamacq on Radio One’s evening session did a review of the Glastonbury gig. He said that the highlight of Oasis’s set was a tune called ‘Hello’, which was basically harking back to the ’70s. I was going, why don’t you just come out and say it, man.
“He was going, “and, like, basically, it was, like, you know, a rip off of Gary Glitter’s Hello.” First off, it’s only that one bit and second, what clever boys you Radio One DJ’s are. About 120,000 people heard that and went, nah, you’re joking. I bet you’re worth every penny of your 1 00,000 pound contract.”