‘Supersonic’ director speaks out on identity of the woman who inspired Oasis’ ‘Talk Tonight’

Why wasn't she in the 'Supersonic' film?

The director of Oasis‘ movie ‘Supersonic’ has spoken out about the identity of the woman who inspired Noel Gallagher to write the track ‘Talk Tonight’ and stopped the band from breaking up.

As anyone whose seen the film Supersonic will remember, Noel famously went missing after the band’s legendarily disastrous gig at Whisky A Go Go in 1994, threatening to quit the band for good. He fled to San Francisco to spend time with a girl he’d been seeing. She would inspire to him to write the song ‘Talk Tonight’, which led him to rejoin Oasis. The Noel-sung track was released as the B-side to ‘Some Might Say’ in 1995.

Earlier this week, the woman revealed herself as Melissa Lim and spoke of their time together. Supersonic director Mat Whitecross spoke to NME about Lim, and revealed why she wasn’t interviewed in the film.

“Tim Abbot [of Creation Records] is mates with the girl, and I do know who it is, and she’s has been interviewed in the past, but it felt like the section was so long anyway that, ultimately, the way it stands is quite poetic,” he told NME. “She stands in for, I’m sure, a lot of women who were met along the way, from Liam, Noel or any of them. “there’s something really nice about they way [sound engineer] Mark Coyle described it which was like, ‘there are these people you meet along the way, who take care of you and then end you on your way, and there’s something great about that’ and if we spoke to her it would become less abstract and less poetic.”

He added: “Apparently she is the person who rang Noel up one day and said ‘what’s the story morning glory’ and we did have a segment about that and how it gave them the name of the second album.”

The girl who inspired Oasis’ “Talk Tonight” has finally been found

Melissa Lim first met Noel Gallagher backstage at the Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco on September 26, 1994, while Oasis were making their San Francisco live debut supporting their first album “Definitely Maybe”. “He came over and sat down next to me”, she said. “I had never been backstage befor…

“I had never been backstage before, so I asked him ‘Where’s the afterparty?’ and he goes ‘What afterparty? Can I hang out with you tonight?”,” she says of their meeting. “He was very upset”, she said of the fateful day when Noel turned up at her apartment in Nob Hill. “I took him in, I fed him and tried to calm him down. He wanted to break up the band.”

She continued: “We went to Huntington Park to clear his mind. We listened to music. We went record shopping. San Francisco has a reputation of being a place where bands come to die, like The Band and the Sex Pistols. I wasn’t going to let it happen on my watch. I told him ‘You can’t leave the band, you’re on the verge of something big!’”

Speaking of a conversation they had about maintaining their long-distance relationship, Lim claims to have told Noel: “It’s OK, I won’t look back in anger. I know we’re just friends.”

Oasis' Noel Gallagher

Earlier this month, bookies suspended betting on Oasis reforming in 2017, as talk of them getting back together continued to gather momentum after the release of the film Supersonic. Liam may currently be working on his first solo album, but added that “there’s nothing better than being in a fucking band.”

Meanwhile, former Oasis boss Alan McGee recently told NME that the band could be likely to reform without Noel Gallagher.

“I don’t think Noel will ever reform Oasis, ever – but when he’s a bit older I think Liam will probably reform Oasis and he’ll sell 10,000 tickets a night singing Oasis tunes and he’ll be happy with that,” he said. “I can’t see Noel Gallagher going back and doing it. If anything came out of that film [Supersonic], it was that it’s done, it’s finished, don’t spoil the fucking legend.”