22 September 2014

On This Day In Oasis History...





"Stand By Me" is a song by British rock group Oasis and was released as a single on September 22 1997, written by lead guitarist, Noel Gallagher.

It was the second single to be released from the band's third album, Be Here Now, and peaked at number 2 in the UK charts.

It was kept from the top-spot by the record breaking Elton John single "Candle in the Wind 1997," re-recorded and released in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died three weeks before the release of "Stand by Me". Despite this, "Stand By Me" still went Gold in the UK. "Stand by Me" was acknowledged as one of the stand-out tracks from Be Here Now.





















Interview

In a 1997 interview promoting Be Here Now, Noel Gallagher had the following to say: "It starts, 'Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday'. When I first moved to London my mam kept on ringing up and asking was I eating properly. Yes, Mam. So I tried to cook a Sunday roast and puked up for two days with food poisoning. It was back to Pot Noodles after that. It's a bit like "Live Forever", I suppose, with a touch of "All the Young Dudes" in the background -- though I made sure I changed the chords."

Live Performances

Due to Noel Gallagher's general dislike of Be Here Now, "Stand by Me" is rarely played live by the band at their concerts, as it is Noel who usually decides the song listings for Oasis' tours. A live version of the song from this tour can be found on the double-CD version of Familiar to Millions.

A well-known acoustic version of "Stand by Me" was shown on television the night before the release of Be Here Now as part of a BBC1 documentary, featuring Noel, Liam Gallagher and drummer Alan White sitting by the side of a swimming pool, with Liam on vocals, Noel on acoustic guitar and White holding a tambourine.

Writing

Noel Gallagher claims to have written the song whilst suffering from food poisoning when he first moved to London. His mother Peggy would phone him to check on him and repeatedly told him to ensure he was eating properly. This spurred Gallagher to cook himself a proper English Sunday dinner, which resulted in a bout of food poisoning. Gallagher claims that the song's first line—"Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday/I've got a lot of things to learn"—came to him as he lay on the floor and it was then that he began to pen the lyrics to the song.

The title for the song probably comes from the song "Stand By Me", which was covered by the Gallaghers' idol John Lennon. In a characteristic example of Noel Gallagher lifting elements from songs of which he is fond, the rousing sequence of chord changes between the repeated chorus lyrics 'Stand by me/Nobody knows the way it's gonna be' bears a remarkable similarity to a similar chord sequence in Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes", written by David Bowie.



Video

The video for the song was a reworking of a famous series of adverts for The Guardian newspaper. Entitled The Whole Picture, the adverts showed people appearing to be engaging in criminal and/or anti-social acts—only to revealed that they are actually helping someone else. For example, a scruffily-dressed skinhead rushes at a businessman; it appears he is making an effort to mug him; only the "whole picture" reveals that he is fact dashing to push him away from a load of falling bricks. Similarly in the video for "Stand By Me", a shop appears to be being burgled - its window smashed and people taking away electrical goods—only for it to be revealed that in fact the victim of a motorcycle crash has gone through the window and is buried under the televisions.

Track listing

CD CRESCD 278
"Stand by Me" – 5:55
"(I Got) The Fever" – 5:14
"My Sister Lover" – 5:58
"Going Nowhere " – 4:41

7" CRE 278
"Stand by Me" – 5:55
"(I Got) The Fever" – 5:14

12" CRE 278T
"Stand by Me" – 5:55
"(I Got) The Fever" – 5:14
"My Sister Lover" – 5:58

Cassette CRECS 278
"Stand by Me" – 5:55
"(I Got) The Fever" – 5:14

"My Sister Lover" - Some fans believe the title to be a reference to the band Sister Lovers, a group that invited Oasis to a May 1993 gig at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, Scotland, where they were spotted by Creation Records chief Alan McGee, who reportedly offered Oasis a recording contract on the spot after the gig.

"Going Nowhere" - apparently Noel's attempt at a Burt Bacharach style song - can be found on The Masterplan, a collection of Oasis B-sides. It is one of only two B-sides from the Be Here Now era to be included on the album. Although it was not released until 1997, the song was written in 1990, before Noel even joined Oasis, let alone before they were signed.

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21 September 2014

Liam Gallagher's Latest Tweet














LCFC just made my Birthday LG x

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Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997 Exhibition To Open In Japan Next Month














Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 - 1997 is an exhibition of rare and iconic photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the early years of Oasis, the most significant band to emerge from the UK in the past two decades.

Chasing The Sun takes us on the band’s supercharged journey from a Manchester rehearsal studio to international rock stardom, via three landmark albums - Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, and Be Here Now - and many legendary gigs, from London’s 100 Club to Glastonbury Festival to their era-defining two night stand at Knebworth House.

Curated by renowned photographer Lawrence Watson, who has photographed Oasis several times and worked on Noel Gallagher’s solo album, the exhibition includes previously unseen images from the photographers who had fly-on-the-wall access to the band, including Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins, and Jamie Fry.

The exhibition will also display some of the iconic instruments played on the early albums (lent by the band members themselves), vintage merchandise, artefacts from the album sleeves, plus rarely seen early audio-visual content.

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Happy Birthday Liam Gallagher














Happy Birthday to Liam Gallagher who is 42 today.

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20 September 2014

New Items Added To Liam Gallagher's 'Pretty Green' Collection















A number of new items have been added to Pretty Green's current collection, including a number of new jackets, accessories and more click here for more details.

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19 September 2014

Noel Gallagher And His Wife Sara Enjoy A Night Out In London














He's known for his rock 'n' roll lifestyle, but even Noel Gallagher isn't immune to the lure of the Chiltern Firehouse.

The former Oasis star and his wife Sara MacDonald ventured out to the celebrity hotspot on Thursday night to enjoy some quality time together.

Click here to see a number of pictures.

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18 September 2014

Johnny Marr On Loaning Noel Gallagher Two Guitars And Never Getting Them Back













Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has revealed he loaned Noel Gallagher two guitars when Oasis were
starting out - and never got either back.

 


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On This Day In Oasis History...














The video below is from September 18th 2002, when Oasis appeared on the Harald Schmidt Show in Germany.

 

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17 September 2014

What's Going On At 'This Feeling' This Weekend?














Hidden Charms will be playing at This Feeling on Saturday at The Cookie Jar in Leicester also on the bill are The Harrowbrooks and Goldwater and more .



Visit www.thisfeeling.co.uk for tickets and information on club nights all over the UK.





















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Video: Vintage Interview With Noel Gallagher














Oasis took part in an extensive interview with 'Hey Hey It's Saturday' in 1996, and now the full version is set to see the light of day.

It's a curiously insightful vignette. Caught in the flashlights of fame, Noel Gallagher reflects on the band's meteoric rise in his own inimitable style.



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Win An Invitation To Oasis' Private Listening Events In Manchester And London














To celebrate the remastered '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?', two private listening events will take place in Manchester and London prior to release.

Only 50 people will be invited. For the chance to be one of those 50, request an invitation: http://officialoas.is/nKkuMK

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16 September 2014

On This Day In Oasis History...















On September 16th 2002, Death In Vegas released the Scorpio Rising album it featured the track 'Scorpio Rising' with Liam Gallagher on vocals.




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