Track by Track: Noel Gallagher on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

Fuckin’ in the Bushes
“I was working on a remix for James Lavelle’s band Unkle. We had a day off when we were done with the recording and we started to mess around with drum loops. I put on the bass line and some guitar and we realized that it could be quite good. We had watched a movie about the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 and we had laughed at some of the people in the movie, so we sampled them. The beginning has the promoter whining at all the hippies that broke down the fences around the concert area.”

Go Let it Out
‘It started out like a very slow, melancholy piece, almost Lennon-like. But then we did the demo recordings and it went faster and became rockier. I played a Paul McCartney-like bass line and we decided to find as many instruments from the 60’s as we could, old mellotrons and sitar sounds.’

Who Feels Love?
“It’s a bit Dear Prudence, a bit Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, very much Oasis and really big. But you can dance to it. I wrote the song early in the morning in Thailand about one and a half years ago. I wanted away from London for a while. We visited lots of temples and I suppose I picked up the moods from there.”

Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is
“This song was made by a coincidence when we did the demo recordings. We liked the energy in it. But I would have wanted to work more with the lyrics, it’s just the same words being repeated over and over.”

Little James
“This is Liam’s first song, it’s dedicated to Patsy Kensit and James, her son with Jim Kerr. One day when Liam was in one of the rooms we put a microphone on when he was singing the song for himself. We recorded it without saying anything to him. Some days later he went on holiday with Patsy and we wrote down the words, made the melody and when he came back from Tenerife the song was finished and he could go into the studio and sing.”

Gas Panic!
“A bit like Led Zeppelin, some smoothing hip hop. For two years I used to have these difficult agony attacks. The clock was 4 one morning and I couldn’t sleep. Mostly I used to wake Meg and she was forced to sit and talk with me all through the night. But this night she didn’t wake up so I decided to get a guitar and write a song about how I felt. There’s a version of it coming out on one of the subsequent singles which is the demo version, which I done in my bedroom. It’s really, really mellow and like, acoustic and by the time we got the band playing it, and Alan playing on it, and Spike was doing his thing in the studio, all of a sudden it just turned into this… you know, it was supposed to be this really quiet acoustic, mellow little trip really. And then, you know, Spike was like, ‘Fuck it man, it’s just a Led Zepelin number’ and then it turned out to be really good – it’s one of my favourites on the album.”

Where Did it All Go Wrong?
“This song will remind people that we are a rock band. The lyrics are about all the rich and famous people that used to follow me home and tell me about their problems. Many rich people are… self destructive. They think that they will be ok again if they just put themselves into private clinics every six months. But it’s only themselves who can solve the problem.”

Sunday Morning Call
“The song is about a special person. A wonderful human being that lives life but can’t handle setbacks. I can’t reveal who it is.”

I Can See A Liar
“This one sounds a bit like the Sex Pistols, the song could have been on Never Mind The Bollocks. It’s Liam’s favourite and he must always get his favourites on the records. Liam is Liam and he usually always whines. He doesn’t stop until he gets the way he wants.”

Roll It Over
“My own favourite. It’s about people that gossip, I know lots of people that do it, especially women. It’s a catchy and happy song that shows the direction that we like to go in the future. It’s more gospel influenced, bigger and more psychedelic.”

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