The woman who inspired Noel Gallagher to write Oasis fan favourite Talk Tonight, has been tracked down in San Francisco and there might be more to the story than first thought.
Mat Whitecross’ recent documentary on the band, Supersonic, detailed the fascinating tale behind the track, which featured as a B-side to Oasis’ UK no.1 hit Some Might Say.
According to the film, Noel penned the hit in the immediate aftermath of Oasis’ disastrous Whisky a Go Go gig, which arguably ended the band’s hopes of forging a long-term career in the US.
In the immediate aftermath of the gig, Noel recalls how he flew out to San Francisco to hook up with a woman he had been seeing at the time.
Despite the details offered up in the film, however, the identity of the woman involved had been largely unknown…until now that is.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the woman involved has come forward to give her side of the story.
Her name is Melissa Lim and, according to her account, the time she spent with Noel provided the inspiration to plenty of songs besides simply Talk Tonight.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Lim recalled the first time they met backstage at a gig.
“I had never been backstage before, so I asked him ‘Where’s the afterparty?’ and he goes ‘What afterparty? Can I hang out with you tonight?”
Here’s an image of the pair together:
She also detailed the night the pair enjoyed in the wake of the Whisky a Go Go debacle.
“He was very upset,” she said.
“I took him in, I fed him and tried to calm him down. He wanted to break up the band.”
“We went to Huntington Park to clear his mind. We listened to music. We went record shopping.”
Lim also recalls how close Noel came to quitting Oasis even back then.
“San Francisco has a reputation of being a place where bands come to die, like The Band and the Sex Pistols”, she said.
“I wasn’t going to let it happen on my watch. I told him ‘You can’t leave the band, you’re on the verge of something big!’”
Lim claims her influence on Oasis did not end there though.
Over the course of several long-distance phone calls, she recalls how, inspired by the musical Bye Bye Birdie, she would often answer the phone with the line “What’s the story, morning glory?”
But there’s more.
When Gallagher finally returned to San Franscisco, seemingly distant from her, back in 1995, she consoled him with another memorable line.
“It’s ok, I won’t look back in anger. I know we’re just friends.”
Noel has so far failed to comment on the claims.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.