ANOTHER CRACK AT THE ‘WALL

Noel is inspired to go back into the studio after hearing Ryan Adams' version of the song...

OASIS have re-recorded their most famous single ‘Wonderwall’, NME can exclusively reveal.

The group originally released the Britpop anthem in October 1995 when it entered the UK chart at Number Two, and it is now acknowledged as a landmark record for a generation and the most famous Oasis song ever.

Noel Gallagher re-entered a studio over the festive period to re-record the track and sources close to the band have told NME that the new version is “completely different” to its studio predecessor, with Noel singing instead of Liam. The new version is believed to have been inspired by Ryan Adams, who covered the song recently in his live set.

Noel recently commented: “I never got my head round this song until I went to see Ryan Adams play and he did an amazing cover of it. So now I’m going to cover one of my own songs in the style of Ryan Adams.”

An Oasis insider told NME: “Since he saw Ryan Adams playing his song in a completely different way, it’s rejuvenated his interest in it. It’s given Noel a way to make it his own again.”

Since his comments, Noel has been playing an acoustic version of the song live – although that proved controversial. On last December’s UK tour, he kept aborting it halfway through, insisting fans at the arena gigs didn’t sing along. When they did, he stopped, prompting jeers at some shows, and a plethora of letters of complaint to NME.

Given the lyrical content, most assumed ‘Wonderwall’ was a love song, penned in tribute to his then girlfriend Meg Mathews, and that was why he became disillusioned with it.

After the couple split in 2000, Oasis rarely performed it live, but only recently did Noel claim the “meaning of that song was taken away” from him by the media, and it was never about Meg at all.

He told the BBC: “How do you tell your missus it’s not about her once she’s read it is? It’s a song about an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself.”

It is currently unclear where or when the song will emerge. However, it will not be on their new single ‘Songbird’, which is comes out on February 3. ‘Songbird’ will feature a new Noel song ‘(You’ve Got) The Heart Of A Star’ and ‘Columbia’, recorded live at the Glasgow Barrowlands in October 2001.