We all know that Noel Gallagher is a prolific songwriter, however we didn’t realise he has so many songs that didn’t make the cut for previous records.
Noel reveals that he has at least 30 unreleased songs, some from the good old Oasis days and some leftover from his solo work with The High Flying Birds.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s John Wilson, for the ‘Mastertapes’ interview series, Gallagher claims he’s amassed a treasure trove of unheard material from the past twenty years.
“I’ve had a stockpile of songs since 1993. I’ve never written for a specific project, I’ve never been in the studio with less than 30 songs. I’ve just recorded an album, but I’ve still got another 30 songs.”
“Instead of writing 15 or 16 songs for a cycle of where [Oasis] were at, we were using five, but I was still writing 15, 20 songs, so there’s loads of stuff left over from those days. Albums and albums worth of material.”
“Because you move so fast as a writer, and you can only really do ten songs on an album at a time, lots get left behind.”
Noel described writing the song ‘Live Forever’ as a “eureka moment” for the Mancunian group.“That song changed everything for Oasis. For the two years before that, we were one kind of band, and I was writing one particular kind of song. I guess the term was coined ‘baggy’, I suppose, and I wrote that one night, and took it to the rehearsal room the next day. The look on Liam’s face when I sang that falsetto bit is something I’ll never forget.”