Former Oasis man says he has 30 songs left over from previous records
Noel Gallagher has revealed that he has 30 unreleased songs left over from his days in Oasis as well as from his time recording the High Flying Birds record.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s John Wilson, as part of the Mastertapes series, the former Oasis guitarist said he’s acquired a collection of songs from the past two decades that have never been released.
“I’ve had a stockpile of songs since 1993,” Gallagher said. “I’ve never written for a specific project, I’ve never been in the studio with less than 30 songs. I’ve just recorded an album, but I’ve still got another 30 songs. Instead of writing 15 or 16 songs for a cycle of where [Oasis] were at, we were using five, but I was still writing 15, 20 songs, so there’s loads of stuff left over from those days. Albums and albums worth of material.
“Because you move so fast as a writer, and you can only really do ten songs on an album at a time, lots get left behind.”
The singer went on to divulge that writing Oasis single ‘Live Forever’ was a “Eureka moment” for the band. “That song changed everything for Oasis,” he said. “For the two years before that, we were one kind of band, and I was writing one particular kind of song. I guess the term was coined ‘baggy’, I suppose, and I wrote that one night, and took it to the rehearsal room the next day. The look on Liam’s face when I sang that falsetto bit is something I’ll never forget.”
Gallagher also mocked Coldplay frontman Chris Martin following U2’s album giveaway. Asked if the move undervalued music, he said: “All this started with Radiohead didn’t it, and people have been reacting to that ever since… I remember the Kaiser Chiefs were like, ‘Make your own record, we’ll give you a pound.’ What? You’re giving people a pound?! It remains to be seen how Coldplay react to it. I firmly believe we’ll all get a knock on the door at some point over the next two years and Chris [Martin] will be stood there. And he’ll say, ‘Alright man, you know, here’s a Coldplay album.’ And you’ll go, ‘Thanks.’ And there’s a ladder and he’ll say, ‘Bass player’s just fixing the guttering, Johnny’s round the back, he’s doing the gardening and I think Will’s going to put the recycling out, so enjoy.’ And then he’ll come back and say, ‘Oh, I forgot – here’s a tenner.'”