Talk about pressure!
Colm Hayes came across this amazing video of James Bay who recently performed a cover of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” in front of Noel Gallagher on BBC’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show with Fearne Cotton.
Performing the Oasis classic, with Noel Gallagher in touching distance, James Bay expertly delivers a stripped back and sublime version which you can check out here:
Written by Noel, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” was released on 19 February 1996 as the fifth single from Oasis’ second studio album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?.
It became the band’s second single to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it also went platinum.It was also the first Oasis single with lead vocals by Noel (who had previously only sung lead on B-sides) instead of his brother, Liam.
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” is one of the band’s signature songs, and was played at almost every single live show from its release to the dissolution of the band. In 2012, it was ranked number one on a list of the ’50 Most Explosive Choruses’ by the NME and the same year it was voted the fourth most popular number-one single of the last 60 years in the UK by the public in conjunction with the Official Charts Company’s 60th anniversary.
In 2015, Rolling Stone readers voted it the second greatest Britpop song in a poll (after “Common People” by Pulp).