There are many things that I would like to say to you :: VOTD

Wonderwall :: Oasis
from the album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory
directed by Nigel Dick

Wonderwall is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by the band’s guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher. The song was produced by Owen Morris and Gallagher for their second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?.

The song was released as the third single from the album in October 1995. Wonderwall reached the top ten on 13 charts, including topping charts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Plus # 2 in their native UK Singles Chart. The single was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The song’s title was appropriated from Wonderwall, starring Jane Birkin, a 1968 film whose soundtrack (Wonderwall Music) was provided by George Harrison. In the film, Jane Birkin’s character lives next door to a man who becomes fascinated with her ,so he slowly makes holes in his wall so he can watch her through it. This is the “Wonderwall.” Warning: this movie is supposedly terrible.

Wonderwall remains one of the band’s most popular songs; on June 9, 2013, it was voted # 1 on Australian alternative music radio station Triple J’s “20 Years of the Hottest 100“. The album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory is the second-best selling in British history. The best selling album in UK history is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

Wonderwall has been said to be written for Gallagher’s then-girlfriend, Meg Matthews, as Gallagher told NME in 1996: “It’s about my girlfriend, Meg Matthews.”However, after Gallagher divorced Matthews in 2001, he said the song was not about Matthews: 

The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it. And how do you tell your Mrs. it’s not about her once she’s read it is? It’s about an imaginary friend who’s going to come and save you from yourself.”

The original song title was Wishing Stone.

The song was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, during a two-week recording of the Morning Glory album in May 1995. Owen Morris produced the song in a half-day along with Noel Gallagher using a technique known as “brickwalling” to intensify the sound of the song.

Liam served as lead singer on Wonderwall after Noel had given him a choice between Wonderwall or another single from the album, Don’t Look Back in Anger.

In the album version of the song, what sounds like a cello was played on a Mellotron tape-playback keyboard, although the video features shows someone playing the cello.

At live shows Noel plays his acoustic guitar on a Fender Telecaster. It’s one of the few songs where he uses a Fender guitar rather than a Gibson.

The music video (see above) to the song was filmed by director Nigel Dick with his regular collaborator DOP Ali Asad in the relatively brief period when bassist Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan quit the band due to nervous exhaustion; Scott McLeod came in to replace him.

An alternative version, possibly a bootleg recording, exists and is viewable online. It features a single fixed camera shot, the same as is seen in the more common video, of the five band members miming to the song.

The song won Best British Video at the 1996 Brit Awards.

The song has reached over 90 million views on YouTube.

In 2002, the British army produced a recruitment video that used this under footage of soldiers conducting exercises. The producers of the video didn’t realize they needed permission to use the song, and when Oasis denied, they had to recall all the videos.

Editor’s note: It was in our last months together that he started listening to this song, sometimes on repeat, picking the needle up and returning it to the start of the song groove. The first time I heard the song I knew it was him, that it would be what he loved, what he connected to. Music was the last cord between us, the unbreakable one, the one I still remember fondly.


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