Noel was reading a book about the Beatles called "Day In The
Life" whilst writing songs for the album on the island of Mustique. In one of his
interviews, John Lennon is asked the meaning of rock'n'roll. His answer? "To be here
now". This was Noels inspiration.
In turn, Lennon had picked up the expression from a 60s drug guru,
Cast No Shadow
Written by Noel as a dedication to Richard Ashcroft, singer with
(The) Verve, and not infrequently dedicated to him live as well. Allegedly, the song was
written while Noel was stuck on a train while on his way to a studio in Wales.
Cigarettes & Alcohol
F*CKING ROCK!!! When people hear it they start smashing things up or pinching things.
Someone wrote and told me they were bored one day, then they heard that song and decided
to go out shoplifting. Brilliant."
Liverpudlian mate Digsy Deasy, singer with Smaller, is the source for
Noel and Digsy were "messing around". Noel was on drums,
with Digsy singing. Deasy just sang the words, "Guess what I had for me tea?",
over and over again. Eventually they went into a break, and Digsy started to repeat,
"It was Lasagne!!!"
And yes, it should be spelt 'Dinner'. Not 'Diner' as on some US
copies of the DM album
Don't Look Back In Anger
"I went up to The Manor when Paul Weller was recording
Stanley Road and that's when I did my bit on "Walk On Gilded Splinters". He
played me his song "Wings Of Speed" and that was the feel I tried to get
on "Don't Look Back In Anger". There's some words nicked from a bootleg
I've got of John Lennon at the Dakota Building just talking. I did it live for the first
time at Sheffield Arena. Should people put their lives in the hands of a rock 'n'
roll band? If it's us then, yeah, I think they can."
"Some of the lines come from John
Lennon. I got this tape in America that had apparently been burgled from the Dakota Hotel
and someone had found these cassettes. Lennon was
starting to record his memoirs on tape. He's going on about 'trying to start a revolution
from me bed, because they said the brains I had went to my head.' Thank you, I'll take
"That's for Our Mam. It's quite
simply one of the ten greatest songs of all time. I said that when I first wrote it and I
stand by it now. I challenge anyone else in the next ten years to come up with anything as
good. Except for us of course."
"A f*cking good song but I think I can do better."
song..as for "Slide Away"..it's about noel knowing he's in love, but facing the
inevitability of breaking up..he even admitted that he'll "probably never get over it
(breaking up with louise)"..I think you can say that Slide Away has the most
'powerful' lyrics noel has every written.
Roll With It
"Of course I was disappointed it didn't get
to Number One, but it's still a great song. If anything, it gets better the more time goes
by. It's just great, mindless, senseless pop music. If "Cigarettes &
Alcohol" made you want to go out and nick stuff, this makes you want to take it all
back. Yeah, it's a good one."
Daft lyrical references are no stranger to a Gallagher composition,
so who are Messrs Soft, Clean, Ben and Sifter?
Mr Soft was the cartoon character in a Softmints commercial; Mr
Clean, from the Paul Weller/The Jam song on the "All Mod Cons" album; Mr Sifter,
the owner of the Gallaghers local record shop; and Mr Ben, a drug-orientated
animated TV character.
More recently, the credits have added Cook / Greenaway / Davis /
Backer, the co-writers of the New Seekers recording "Id Like To Reach The
World To Sing", to which the Noel song allegedly bears more than a passing
resemblance. The New Seekers' song was also used by Coke in a famous ad, but otherwise
Coke have no rights in the song.
just basic twelve bar blues. It was recorded at Out Of The Blue in Manchester, but we had
to do the recorded version without the
"I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing" bit because Coke threatened to sue. That's why you never see us
doing it live on video, 'cos Our
Kid always ends
up singing the bit he's not supposed to. Are the words gibberish? Yeah, of course they
are. Top gibberish though."
song on Definitely Maybe album. it
was inspired by noel's first serious girlfriend, louise jones..and as everyone probably
knows, noel was, and is, very popular with girls..and he had a lot of girlfriends (since
the age of 8), but his relationship with louise lasted 6 years. he moved out at the age of
22 or 23 to live with Louise - and wrote slide away for her.
Some Might Say
"It was the
first song I ever wrote when I moved to London and it was inspired by listening to The
Faces. Alan McGee wanted the A-side to be "Acquiesce" because he didn't think
"Some Might Say" sounded like a Number One. He's a great man but his one fault
is that he has absolutely no idea how to pick singles. As soon as I'd written "Some
Might Say" I was absolutely certain it would be a Number One and I was right. I never
had even the slightest doubt."
Yes, it does sound in places like "Uptight", a song
recorded by Stevie Wonder. It was co-written by Wonder with Sylvia Moy and Mark Cosy,
hence the writing credits.
It was originally intended that the track appear on the (What's The
Story) Morning Glory? album. Indeed an initial batch of promo cd and cassette albums
featuring the track were distributed to journalists. The track appears after "Some
Might Say". These were later to become collectors items when problems arose over the
The difficulties with obtaining clearance and the claimants financial
demands caused the removal of the track from the album. New promos were distributed with
the offending track removed.
Subsequently the track appeared as a B-side on the number 1 single
"Don't Look Back In Anger".
The band were in Pink Museum Studio, Liverpool in December 1994. On
the 19th, Noel Gallagher was stuck for lyrical inspiration, until engineer Dave
Scotts Rottweiler, Elsa, legendary for its dodgy digestive system, proved to
be a godsend.
The dog farted constantly and the band arrived at the conclusion that
it must have eaten an entire packet of Alka Seltzers hence; "I know a girl called
Elsa/Shes into Alka Seltzer..."
"That was originally going to be the B-side to "Bring It On Down", but then
when we wrote it we knew it had to be an A-side. It was written
and recorded in 8 hours
at the Pink Museum in Liverpool. When Alan McGee heard it he threatened to drop every
other act on his label.
He didn't keep
his promise though, the Scottish bastard."
just came out of nowhere... I knew it was a classic as soon as we'd finished."
There are several explanations for the origins of this song. The
title is a reference to either: a] a 1968 film directed by Andrew Braunsberg and Joe
Massott whose soundtrack was composed by George Harrison; b] a word John Lennon used
instead of 'Wonderful'; c] a bedroom wall used by Noel and Liam when they were kids to pin
up posters, write on, etc.
Take your pick.
It is, however, a song in honour of Noels wife, Meg Mathews,
his "wall of strength. His solidity".
The song was also adopted, and adapted, on the terraces at Manchester
City FC to glorify the then City boss, Alan Ball.
Subsequently, Mike Flowers Pops covered the song giving it a pastiche
"lounge" feel. This version became a UK number 2 hit.
Despite numerous suggestions that the girl on the sleeve is Meg
Mathews [Noels wife], this is incorrect. It is Anita Heryet, at the time a Creation
"Well it's for Meg.
And it's a classic. What more can I say?"
Are you bored of it yet
"No, but I want another one! And
I've got one. Just wait until you hear it."