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Wonderwall (live) :: Ryan Adams
“I don’t believe,
feels the way I do,
about you now.”
Wonderwall is a song originally 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?.
Gallagher originally claimed the song was written for his then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews, as he told the NME in 1996: “It’s about my girlfriend, Meg Matthews.” However, after Gallagher divorced Matthews in 2001,he changed his story, claiming the song was not about Matthews: “[the song was] about an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself.”
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, as well as # 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, a 1968 film whose soundtrack (Wonderwall Music) was provided by George Harrison. It 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”.Many Besides Ryan Adams cover (see above) recorded in 2003, folk singer Cat Power, and jazz musician Brad Mehldau have covered the song.
It took a long time for me to ever come around to liking Oasis. Partially this was due to the distaste I developed for the Gallagher brothers, especially when they seemed to do nothing but fight and spew hateful words about other bands in the press. The part of my distance kept from their music was from the connection I had to Oasis and an ex-lover who had been obsessed with them. Sometimes it is hard to shake the correlation music has to people from our past, especially if there is pain wrapped up in the memories.
Then along came this Ryan Adams cover which I fell fast and hard for. The more I listened to it the more I had to admit that it is a beautiful song, and that perhaps the Gallagher’s, or in this case Noel, were talented songwriters. It was this cover that mended my feelings for Oasis, and led me to listen to them again, on different terms.
Wonderwall :: Cat Power
This cover is amazing, too, and also helped change my Oasis-perspective. Thank you, Ryan Adams and Chan Marshall.
Wonderwall :: Oasis