Noel Gallagher has called the Oasis track ‘Songbird’, which his brother Liam wrote, “perfect”, and those two need to stop flirting already.
As per Radio X, Noel was appearing on The Matt Morgan Podcast when he revealed his views on the song, which came on the band’s 2002 album Heathen Chemistry.
“I thought ‘Songbird’ by Liam was great,” he said. “We did a demo of it and it was more like ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles. It’s got a mouth organ on it and it sounds like The Beatles. Then we took all the instruments off it and it became this acoustic thing that I think is perfect.”
Noel calling something that Liam did “perfect” really must be a sign of the apocalypse. Fear not though, he returned to his usual biting form immediately after: “The ironic thing about that song is that he doesn’t even fucking play it now, work that one out,” Noel chided. “He’s only got one tune and that’s it, and he’s not playing the fucking tune.”
While Noel was of course the primary songwriter for Oasis, ‘Songbird’ was written about Liam’s ex-wife Nicole Appleton. On the band’s 2006 ‘Stop The Clocks’ boxset, Liam told the story of writing the song. “I wrote that as a one-off,” he said. “I was in France in this massive fucking mansion, doing our album. I went out one day sat under a tree, had a bit of a biblical moment and that was it. Didn’t do it to present [to] Noel, I just wrote it.”
It comes after Liam reached out to his brother and foe again, offering an olive branch via Twitter. “HNY Noel love you long time 2021 is our year c’mon you know LG x”, he tweeted on New Year’s Day, setting up this year to be THE year.
And let’s be honest, any Oasis reunion could probably singlehandedly help the music industry recover in these COVID-19 times. Think of the money Noel, think of the bloody money.
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