Almost ten years on from when its recording, a long-lost solo album by Noel Gallagher has been found in his sock drawer.
Following the break-up of Oasis back in 2009, fans had to wait two years to hear albums of new material from the Gallagher brothers’ new groups. However, while Liam went on to form Beady Eye and Noel Gallagher formed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, it seems we could have heard something from the latter project a lot sooner.
Back in 2015, Noel Gallagher discussed how he recorded an album with Amorphous Androgynous (aka The Future Sound Of London’s Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans), but it never saw the light of day.
“The album got finished. We spent a lot of time working on it, but the way that they work is that they get me in and I play all day then they take it away,” he explained in an interview with Noisey. “Then the next thing you hear, you go ‘Well, that’s not what I was thinking’.”
“It became apparent that they weren’t making a record for me but I was making a record for them. You know me, that’s not going to fucking work.”
“There’s no bootleg because I own the master and I destroyed it,” Gallagher continued. “My manager’s not even heard it. I wouldn’t play it. It was so underwhelming to me that I never played it to anybody. I’m not going to put records out to please people and their imagination, then they hear it and go ‘Actually, it’s a bit shit’. I know it’s shit that’s why it’s not coming out and that’s the end of it.”
However, despite this statement, two tracks from these sessions – ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘The Mexican’ – were released on Chasing Yesterday, the 2015 record from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, while another, ‘Shoot A Hole Into The Sun’, was recently released as the B-side to the 2012 single ‘Dream On’.
However, as Noise11 now reports, it appears that Noel Gallagher didn’t quite destroy all the masters of the record as he first thought, and the chances of us hearing this long-lost album aren’t exactly zero.
“I did find a copy of it recently in a sock draw,” Gallagher explained to Matt Morgan in a recent interview. “The masters, somebody has them, the masters have not been destroyed – but it won’t be coming out any time soon.”
“It might be nice to go back and revisit it in years to come, because ‘Shoot A Hole Into The Sun’ is fucking great and there might be more stuff like that in there,” he continued. “Best to give it a bit of distance though I think.”
“It just wasn’t right for the time,” he explained when pressed for more info about why the record had been scrapped to begin with.
While it doesn’t look as though we’ll be getting the full record from Noel Gallagher’s collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous (or an Oasis reunion for that matter) any time soon, we can at least take solace knowing there’s a couple of tracks from these sessions doing the rounds out there to help tide us over.