Oasis (partially found unreleased tracks by British rock band; 1991-2009)
Oasis was a British rock band that was active from 1991 to 2009 and was first formed with the line-up of Liam Gallagher on vocals, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs on lead guitar, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan on bass and Tony McCarroll on drums. Liam's brother Noel Gallagher joined a year after they formed and played lead guitar while Paul Arthurs switched to rhythm guitar. The band was a huge success throughout the 1990s with their first three albums "Definitely Maybe", "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" and "Be Here Now" debuting at Number 1 on the UK albums chart and are known for songs like Supersonic, Stand By Me, Live Forever, Don't Look Back in Anger, Rock N' Roll Star, Roll With It and Wonderwall. Throughout the band's existence, numerous songs have been written or recorded that have never been released, some were reworked into other songs released by the band or by Noel's solo act "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds", while some have very little known about them.
Definitely Maybe (1993-1994)[edit | edit source]
Definitely Maybe is the band's first album that was released on August 29th, 1994, and was a huge success upon its release following the buzz surrounding its singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker" and "Live Forever" which were released months prior to the album's release. The album had a tempestuous development and it's unknown which exact songs were left off the album.
Definitely..Maybe would've been the title track off the album and was listed among the songs in Noel Gallagher's Notebook from 1993. It wouldn't be acknowledged by him until an interview he did on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe on April 27th, 2005, he revealed that he lost the handwritten lyrics to the song after he was thrown out of a hotel room in Manchester and was refused re-entry to retrieve his bags which contained the handwritten lyrics to the song. It's unknown what became of the lyrics today, or if they are still in existence.
Noel's Notebook[edit | edit source]
- A Shelter From The Fall
- Angel Face
- Baa Baa Papa
- Being A Blue
- Bone's One
- Callin All
- Cigs + Beer (later known as "Cigarettes & Alcohol")
- Clockin The Watch
- Cold World
- Coming On Strong
- Datura Dream Rebound
- Don't Spook The Horse
- Every Morning
- Everything's Alright
- Feed Your Head
- Helicopter Doctor
- Hendrix One
- Here Am I
- I Am Always Right!!
- I Believe
- I Feel It
- I Know A Girl
- I Want To Know
- I've Decided..(Faces)
- Is That A Fact?
- Joy Division One
- Lick My Legs
- Listen Up (different lyrics to the "Cigarettes & Alcohol" B-Side)
- Little Things
- Live By The Sea
- Lock All The Doors
- Lost Again
- Love (later known as "Married With Children")
- Never Allowed
- New Faces
- New Stones
- My Friend Says
- On A Mission
- One + Other
- Only My Pride
- Out The World
- Paint A Mental Picture
- R.K. La'
- So She Wakes Up
- Somebody Home
- Son Of Flower
- Song In A Suitcase
- Stand By Me (different lyrics to the song released on "Be Here Now")
- Stay Young (different version than the "D'You Know What I Mean?" B-Side)
- Suitcase Song
- Sunday Morn'
- Sunflowery One
- Take Me Away (possibly different than the "Supersonic" B-Side)
- Take Your Chances
- Talk About Me
- The Cat In The Hat
- The Mirror And The Razorblade (possibly later known as "Morning Glory")
- The Red, White And Blue
- Too Much
- Tracksuit Bottoms
- When I'm Around
- Who One!
- You Owe Me
- Yours Is Mine
(What's The Story?) Morning Glory (1995)[edit | edit source]
(What's the Story?) Morning Glory is the band's second album released on October 2nd, 1995, and was a bigger success than Definitely Maybe. The initial reception to the album was lukewarm but quickly changed to positive in the coming months and the success of the singles "Some Might Say", "Roll With It", "Morning Glory", "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back In Anger" and "Champagne Supernova" sealed the album as the best selling UK album of the decade. Like Definitely Maybe, it's unknown what exactly was left off the album.
In an interview with Q Magazine in February 1996, Noel mentioned a song he had written called "New Suede Shoes", "At the moment I've got this fucking blinding riff on the guitar - and the intro and the chorus and the bridge. I've even got the title: 'New Suede Shoes'. Nothing to do with Elvis And except for 'New Suede Shoes', I've [had writer's block] since coming out of Rockfield. A good six months now. It's the only time in my life I've just had one song on the go." It's unknown if the song was ever recorded.
Step Out was originally supposed to be on the album but was excluded due to Stevie Wonder requesting 10% of the song's royalties due to the similarities from Step Out to his song "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", as a result, Wonder, Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy received credit for writing the song alongside Noel. But going under the radar was that Liam had recorded vocals for the song and for whatever reason, Noel ended up doing vocals for the song and was released as a B-Side to "Don't Look Back In Anger". During a 2019 Q&A with former managing director of Creation Records Tim Abbot and former tour manager Iain Robertson, the two showed footage of Liam recording vocals for the song, two audience members recorded sections of the footage and was uploaded to YouTube soon after.
When (What's The Story?) Morning Glory was reissued in 2014 with extra material (including B-sides, live tracks, demos and remixes), Liam's vocals for Step Out were not included.
Be Here Now (1996-1997)[edit | edit source]
Be Here Now is the band's third album released on August 21st, 1997, and was the band's most hyped album of their career coming off the back of the huge success of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? two years earlier. The initial reception to the album was overwhelmingly positive but changed to negative while the band toured to support the album.
During an interview with the CBC show "Real Time" on November 23rd, 1996 (a month after production on Be Here Now began) while promoting his book "Brothers: From Childhood to Oasis - The Real Story", Noel and Liam's brother Paul said, "Oasis do have a song called 'Second Chances', it's not going to be released yet, I don't know if it's being recorded or whatever."
In an interview published in the July 12th, 1997 edition of the NME, when asked if Liam learnt to play guitar as of yet, he mentioned that he wrote a song called "The Lost Chord" saying "No, I'm getting there, though. I wrote something on it the other day, on me Hummingbird. It's called 'The Lost Chord'. I've not really wrote it, I've wrote the tune, I'll start on the lyrics next. Do you know 'Scarface'? It's like that, moody as fuck. I don't know whether to have a skiffly beat, or a slow one, keep changing it." It's unknown if the lyrics were ever written.
In an interview with Q Magazine, producer Owen Morris said "[Noel] has the best verse melodies, the best bridges, the best choruses. And he's getting better. Broader and wider, more soulful - he's already got a heartbreaking soul song called 'Slow' which should be right for the fourth album." Morris would not produce the fourth album as he and the band parted ways following the completion of Be Here Now. Noel later confirmed that he did write a song called "Slow" and that "...it will probably be on a solo record that I plan to do in the near future. Originally, it was written for Oasis, but I don't think it's an Oasis song. It's a bit too much of a ballad, really, which we're trying to get away from." The song nor its lyrics have surfaced and it's unknown if the song was repurposed for any High Flying Birds material.
In the May 1998 issue of Select Magazine, Paul Mathur (who was a friend of Liam and wrote the book 'Take Me There - Oasis: The Story') mentioned that Liam was writing songs and listed a song called "Mirrory Puddles", but said "...he won't take it to Noel. He went, 'If I came up to our kid and played him 'Hey Jude' he'd tell me to fuck off'."
These songs have yet to resurface in any form.
Heathen Chemistry (2000-2002)[edit | edit source]
Heathen Chemistry is the band's fourth album that was released on July 1st, 2002, and while it did top the UK Albums chart, it was meet with mixed reviews, more divided than their previous album "Standing on The Shoulder of Giants". Earlier that year, the album was leaked online and during the April 26th gig, the audience began singing along with the yet-to-be-released songs. Production on the album began near the end of the Standing on The Shoulder of Giants Tour and was reportedly complete by mid-2001 (during their tour with The Black Crowes and Spacehog) and its release was delayed numerous times due to Liam's reluctance to lay down his vocals. As a result of the over year-long delays, numerous songs that were either written or recorded got left off the final album.
During a May 2021 interview with MusicRadar, Noel revealed two songs that were recorded during the sessions, both were covers of The Beatles' songs Eleanor Rigby and It's All Too Much. The former was a more punk version of the tune and the latter featured The Smith's Johnny Marr on guitar and was recorded on November 29, 2001 (the same day George Harrison died).
In the documentary the four-part documentary "10 Minutes of Noise and Confusion", the band are listening to demos of various songs that would be featured on the final album. At one point in between listens, a CD labelled "Oasis: Best of the Rest" is shown to the camera and two songs listed on the cover "Beatle Juice" & "Sing (If The Song's Worth Singing)". Beatle Juice is also listed as "Inst #1", meaning that it's just an instrumental and Sing (If The Song's Worth Singing) would later be repurposed into the Don't Believe The Truth song Lyla as confirmed by Noel in an interview with Japanese TV. He also revealed that the song had a different feel and a different beat and was gonna be on Heathen Chemistry but the rock band Travis released a song also called "Sing" and was scrapped.
During an interview with the German TV program Fast Forward, Noel listed two songs that he had written called Don't Be Down and The Magic Can't Be Right. The former was said to sound like Neil Young and the latter is said to be like The Rolling Stones. Noel mentions these two songs again during the BBC Radio 2 documentary "Oasis - What's The Story?" and he said of the former "...which you will never hear, cos I wrote it for my baby girl.".
Stop The Clocks[edit | edit source]
Stop The Clocks was one of the songs written during the Heathen Chemistry sessions. It was first mentioned by Noel in an interview with J Wave Radio on September 29th, 2002, and was said to be about "A dream I had one night. It's wondering about if you were dead, how would you know you were actually dead, how would you know you were actually alive. When you go to bed and you dream dreams... if you never woke up, how would you know? Maybe we're all just dreaming now.". He also said in an interview with BBC Radio 2 a month later that the song "...one of the best songs I've ever written". He would eventually perform the song live with rhythm guitarist Gem Archer during a five-song acoustic set on May 3rd, 2003, at the Zanzibar Club in Liverpool which also included Talk Tonight, Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger and Married With Children. A review of the song published by the NME describes the song as "...a cross between 'The Hindu Times' and 'Wonderwall', similar to late George Harrison-penned Beatles." and a review by Angryape.com review says the song "...leaves the crowd divided and unsure, it's a fairly melancholic affair crossing 'Fade In-Out' with 'Who Feels Love'. It's classic Oasis but with more soul, fairly mature and well structured as opposed to 3 chord catchy pop songs." Noel revealed more of the song at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2004 saying to BBC Three that the song was seven minutes long and will likely never be performed because it was, "just me and an acoustic guitar and lots of backwards stuff and it's something to be listened to when one is very high". In the May 2005 edition of Q Magazine, the song was listed as track 7 on the brief track-by-track description of the then-upcoming album "Don't Believe The Truth". Noel notes in this description that "...it might not make it. There's a bit of a debate going on at the moment.". Noel later revealed that "the album was based round that song, it's a kind of long Champagne Supernova-thing... it's got fantastic lyrics and a great vibe... we've got six or seven versions of it 'cos none of them quite 'sat in the pocket'... originally the album was going to be called Stop The Clocks... it'll come out eventually." When the Don't Believe The Truth album was released later that May, Stop The Clocks was indeed absent.
Several months later on July 24, 2006, a compilation album entitled "Stop The Clocks" was announced on BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe for a November 20th release. However with the compilation album being given that name, there was speculation that the song would be included, but later it was confirmed that the song was absent. However, the lyrics to the song can be seen in the album's booklet. During a Q&A for the film "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", Noel said that the reason for the song's continued delay is that the band couldn't agree on which version to release. He also revealed during the Q&A that there were versions with him singing it and versions with Liam singing it. On May 6, 2008, a version of the song with Noel singing and a recording of the May 2003 performance were posted to various Oasis forums and would later make their way to YouTube. And while the song would get re-recorded and released on Noel's debut solo album "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds", the other versions of the song (including versions with Liam on vocals) have yet to surface.
Don't Believe The Truth (2004-2006)[edit | edit source]
Don't Believe The Truth is the band's sixth album was released on May 30th, 2005, and was more well-received than their two previous albums and has been cited as a return to form for the band and would end up on multiple best-of lists by the end of the 2000s.
During soundcheck for the band's April 7th, 2009 concert at the AsiaWorld Arena in Hong Kong, Noel plays a song labelled "Don't Stop...". Nothing else was known about the song until April 29th, 2020, when amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Noel found a seemingly-blank CD with apparently the only existing studio copy of the song. Noel said the day before its release that "As far as I'm aware there is only one version of this tune "out there" from an Oasis soundcheck in Hong Kong about 15 years ago?" since the date of the CD is undated, this could mean the song's origins dates back to the Don't Believe The Truth sessions. The song would be released at midnight on April 30th, 2020, and would be the band's first new material since Dig Out Your Soul in 2008.
Lord Don't Slow Me Down was another song recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions, but was left off the final album due to Noel feeling that there were too many songs on the final album where he sings. Despite the fact that a version of the song was recorded with Liam singing vocals. A version of the song with Noel on vocals would be released around the same time as the film of the same name and it wouldn't be until May 24th, 2008, that a version with Liam's vocals would surface on YouTube.
In an interview with Japanese radio station J Wave on September 29th, 2002, Noel mentioned he wrote a song named "I Want To Live In A Dream In My Record Machine", aside from Stop The Clocks and said "It's about buying records.". During the BBC Radio 2 documentary "Oasis - What's The Story?", he mentioned that the song is "...about 10 minutes long and it's big, psychedelic, loads of guitar solos, but it's good though, the lyrics are good.". However during an interview with Canadian radio station Fox 99.3FM on September 7th, 2005, he stated that "Record Machine is on the backburner and we'll probably get round to recording that at some point.". The song was very likely recorded as on May 24th, 2008, the song surfaced on YouTube. The song would later be re-recorded and released on Noel's debut solo album "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds".
During an interview that was published in the January 2007 issue of Q Magazine, Noel revealed that a song named "Let It Come Down On Me" was left off Don't Believe The Truth.
In an online chat with MSN USA on June 1st, 2005, Liam and Gem Archer were asked what their favorite track has yet-to-be-released. Gem said "Liam was playing the demos the other night and there were so many I'd even forgotten about. There's one called 'Sweet And Sour' that's great, or it will be when it's finished." and Liam concluded with "We've got the title.".
There are also three songs that have unknown titles. The DVD to the single Lyla includes a documentary about the recording of Don't Believe The Truth called "Can You See It Now?". Clips of two unknown songs were played in the documentary with Liam singing and playing acoustic guitar, while the other included Gem on piano. A clip of Noel performing another unknown song during soundtrack for one of the concerts from the Don't Believe The Truth Tour. Noel would later reveal on November 27, 2006 (seven months following the tour's conclusion) with Radio Deejay that the song didn't have a title yet. Likely means that the song was unfinished at the time of the soundcheck. The website "mrmonobrow.dsl.pipex.com" has given the unknown songs the unofficial names "Show Me Your Love", "In My Own Time" and "If There's A God". The official names of the songs are unknown.
Dig Out Your Soul (2007-2009)[edit | edit source]
Dig Out Your Soul is the band's seventh and final album before breaking up a year after the album's release on October 6, 2008. The album was a critical and commercial success and just like Don't Believe The Truth, it ended up on multiple best-of lists by the end of the 2000s. The amount of songs recorded during the album's production is unknown and there is very little evidence of any unreleased songs from this era.
In 2009, recordings of various soundchecks from the Dig Out Your Soul Tour began to appear online. The most notable recordings are from the AsiaWorld Arena on April 7, 2009 and Citibank Hall on May 7, 2009. These recordings include rehearsals of songs that haven't been played live on the tour (The Turning, Gas Panic, Bag It Up) and five songs that have not been released (Stop The Clocks, Don't Stop..., Everybody's on the Run, If I Had a Gun..., A Simple Game of Genius). As mentioned above, Stop The Clocks and Don't Stop... would eventually have versions that have been released or leaked, but what's interesting is that Everybody's on the Run, If I Had a Gun... and A Simple Game of Genius would be released on Noel Gallagher's debut solo album "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds" released just two years later and the soundcheck recordings were the first time the public has heard those songs. Given that those songs were performed alongside the other unreleased songs Stop The Clocks and Don't Stop..., it's likely they were recorded for Oasis before the band broke up. But unlike Stop The Clocks and Don't Stop..., no evidence has surfaced outside of the soundcheck recordings that prove that they were recorded before the band's breakup.
Other[edit | edit source]
|Stop The Clocks||Written during the Heathen Chemistry sessions and recorded in 2004 for Don't Believe The Truth.||Mentioned in various interviews from September 2002 to November 2006. Alternate lyrics leaked in May 2003 and were featured in the "Stop The Clocks" compilation album booklet. Would later be re-recorded for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.||Partially Lost|
|Eleanor Rigby (Beatles cover)||Recorded during the Heathen Chemistry sessions||A May 2021 interview with Musicradar||Lost|
|It's All Too Much (Beatles cover)||Recorded during the Heathen Chemistry sessions (dated November 29th, 2001), featuring Johnny Marr on guitar||A May 2021 interview with Musicradar||Lost|
|Don't Stop...||Possibly recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions||Performed during soundcheck for a Hong Kong concert in April 2009. The demo was found by Noel Gallagher and released on April 30th, 2020.||Found|
|Lord Don't Slow Me Down (Liam version)||Recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions.||Liam's version was leaked on YouTube in May 2008.||Found|
|Let It Come Down On Me||Song was recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions||Mentioned during a January 2007 interview with Q Magazine. A demo of the song with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds was leaked in 2013.||Lost|
|Beatle Juice||Instrumental track recorded during the Heathen Chemistry sessions||Was listed as "Inst #1" on the "Oasis: Best Of The Rest" CD showcased in the "10 Minutes of Noise and Confusion" documentary.||Lost|
|Don't Be Down||Was likely written during the Heathen Chemistry Tour, unknown if it was recorded||Mentioned during an October 4th, 2002 interview with Fast Forward and was later mentioned in the BBC2 documentary "Oasis - What's The Story?".||Lost|
|I Want To Live In A Dream In My Record Machine||Was likely recorded circa 2005-2006||Mentioned in various interviews from September 2002 to January 2007. Song was leaked on YouTube in May 2008.||Found|
|Mirrory Puddles||Was likely written during the Be Here Now sessions.||Mentioned in the May 1998 issue of Select Magazine by author Paul Mathur.||Lost|
|New Suede Shoes||Was likely written during the (What's the Story) Morning Glory? sessions||Mentioned during a May 1996 interview with Q Magazine.||Lost|
|Revival||Music was written in 2000 and was left unfinished, unknown if any lyrics were completed.||Mentioned during an interview with The Times on August 26th, 2000, and was last mentioned during a September 2005 interview on Fox 99.3FM.||Lost|
|Second Chances||Was likely written during the Be Here Now sessions||Mentioned in Paul Gallagher's book "Brothers: From Childhood to Oasis - The Real Story"||Lost|
|Step Out (Liam version)||Recorded during the (What's the Story) Morning Glory? sessions||Footage of Liam recording vocals was shown during a 2019 Q&A with Tim Abbot and Iain Robertson.||Partially Lost|
|Sing (If The Song's Worth Singing)||Recorded during the Heathen Chemistry sessions.||Was listed as the first track on the "Oasis: Best Of The Rest" CD showcased in the "10 Minutes of Noise and Confusion" documentary. Mentioned in May 2005 on Japanese TV.||Lost|
|Slow||Written during the Be Here Now sessions.||Mentioned by producer Owen Morris during a September 1997 interview with Q Magazine and was last mentioned during a February 23rd, 2000, online chat with twec.com.||Lost|
|Sweet And Sour||Was likely recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth Sessions||Mentioned during a June 2005 online chat with MSN USA.||Lost|
|The Lost Chord||Music was written during the Be Here Now sessions||Mentioned during the July 12th, 1997 edition of the NME.||Lost|
|The Magic Can't Be Right||Likely written during the Heathen Chemistry sessions||Mentioned during an October 4th, 2002 interview with Fast Forward and was later mentioned in the BBC2 documentary "Oasis - What's The Story?".||Lost|
|The Roller||Written in late 2000; unknown if it it became the song by Beady Eye||Mentioned during a December 2000 interview with Select Magazine||Lost|
|Show Me Your Love (unofficial title)||Recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions||Footage of the song's recording is seen on the "Lyla" DVD single||Partially Found|
|In My Own Time (unofficial title)||Recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions||Footage of the song's recording is seen on the "Lyla" DVD single||Partially Found|
|If There's A God (unofficial title)||Recorded during the Don't Believe The Truth sessions||Performed during soundcheck during the Don't Believe The Truth Tour, footage shown in the "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" film.||Partially Found|
|Everybody's on the Run||Recorded for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; unknown if a version was recorded with Oasis||Performed during soundcheck during the Dig Out Your Soul Tour, audio of soundcheck was upload to YouTube in May 2009||Existence Unconfirmed|
|If I Had a Gun...||Recorded for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; unknown if a version was recorded with Oasis||Performed during soundcheck during the Dig Out Your Soul Tour, audio of soundcheck was upload to YouTube in April 2009||Existence Unconfirmed|
|A Simple Game of Genius||Recorded for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; unknown if a version was recorded with Oasis||Performed during soundcheck during the Dig Out Your Soul Tour, audio of soundcheck was upload to the internet in April 2009||Existence Unconfirmed|
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See Also[edit | edit source]
- Oasis (lost TV footage of live performance of British rock band; 1992)
- Oasis: 10 Years of Noise and Confusion (partially lost footage of Barrowlands performance by British rock band; 2001)
- Oasis (partially found footage of Finsbury Park performances of British rock band; 2002)
- Don't Believe The Truth (partially lost original Death In Vegas sessions of Oasis album; 2004)
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