This is a song I knew as a youngster but had completely forgotten about and not heard in a short lifetime - it came up on a music thread elsewhere and was back on my radar. Then over the past few weeks I’ve heard it in a shop, and then an acoustic version was on one of the music channels last night.
The most recent 10/10 in my daily track reviews of oasis’ back catalogue - it’s Live Forever:
Just a great little pop rock song; supposedly when Noel played it for the rest of the band they didn’t believe that he’d written it; it was such a leap ahead compared to the rest of his songs up to that point, and sounded like a “proper” song. He says in the Supersonic documentary that this was where it all clicked for him, it felt like he finally had the hang of this song-writing thing.
The guitar solo at the end is a thing of beauty; it sounds like a little argument between a petulant, hyperactive guitar and a stern, authoritative one.
“This song is not a direct response to Nirvana’s I Hate Myself And I Want To Die but you can look at it that way if you want. There’s this guy coming from America full of smack and saying life’s shte. People here don’t need to hear that. To me life is f**in’ great man. Waking up in the morning was the best thing ever cause you never knew where you’d end up that night. So, man, yeah. Live forever”. Noel Gallagher.
Making it to number four in the UK chart when released, it recently topped a poll as the best British song:
Album’s been out for ages, and he’s back in the studio working on the follow up, so I thought promo for “As you were” was all done - but here’s a video for another track; Paper Crown by Liam Gallagher (don’t be scared, he doesn’t appear in it):