'Half The World Away' features in retailers Christmas 2015 campaign
Liam Gallagher has reportedly accused brother Noel of “selling out” after he allowed Oasis song ‘Half The World Away’ to be featured in the latest John Lewis advert.
Little-known Norwegian singer Aurora was picked to cover the 1994 B-side for the annual Christmas advertising campaign.
The song was written and performed solely by Noel. However, tabloid reports suggest that Liam Gallagher is critical of his decision to allow the song to be used on TV this Christmas. “Liam has been making his usual snidey remarks about the song being on the John Lewis advert,” a source told the Daily Mirror.
“When he first heard about it he was ranting in his own local pub in Hampstead, north London, to just about anyone who’d listen,” the source added. “[Liam] accused Noel of being shameless for letting John Lewis use the track… He’s told mutual friends and family that Noel is a sell-out, and even joked that he won’t be welcome in the local pub near their mum’s house… not that he can enforce that!”
Former Oasis label boss Alan McGee also criticised the decision recently, saying he hopes the retailer paid Noel Gallagher a substantial fee for the rights to the song. “I think it’s rubbish,” McGee said. “I don’t know what anybody else thinks of it, though. I’m pleased for Noel that he got his royalties, I hope they gave him a million quid but I thought actually it was rubbish.”
Interest in the John Lewis adverts has grown in recent years with contemporary artists covering older material in a stripped-back fashion. Last year, Tom Odell recorded ‘Real Love’ by John Lennon, while Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ was a hit in 2013.
The John Lewis advert cover-version trend took off in 2010 when Ellie Goulding’s cover of ‘Your Song’ by Elton John hit Number One. However, the first John Lewis advert song came the year before with a folk cover of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’.