January 22, 2010

'(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' Nominated For Brit Award

'(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' Nominated For Brit Award

Oasis' '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' has been nominated for 2010's 'BRITs Album of 30 Years'. The 14 x platinum album has sold a staggering 14 million copies worldwide, 4.2 of which are in the UK alone.

The number one album marked the band's first UK number one single with 'Some Might Say' as well as live favourites, 'Roll With It', 'Wonderwall', 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Champagne Supernova'. Three of those were number ones.

The BRITs category is open to the top-selling, BRIT-award winning albums of the past 29 years to celebrate the Award's 30th birthday. Fans of the album can vote for it HERE

Click HERE  to view photos from Oasis' past appearances at the BRIT Awards.

Oasis have previously won five BRIT Awards including the award for 'Outstanding Contribution' in 2007.

Can't see Liam and Noel turning up to collect it together if they won eh?

Update. Oasis did win. Only Liam accepted and then thanked the ryhthm section and not Noel.

January 20, 2010

Whatever, Trevor

Here’s some history on the Oasis song, Whatever.

"Whatever" is a classic Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released on December 18, 1994 as a stand-alone single bridging the gap between Oasis' debut album, Definitely Maybe, and their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?.

"Whatever" entered the UK Singles Chart at #3, Oasis’ first single to enter the top 5, something every Oasis single released since has also accomplished, aside from the download-only single "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", "I'm Outta Time" and "Falling Down". Like "Lord Don't Slow Me Down," this is a non-album release. 

The strings were played by the London Session Orchestra which featured former ELO violinist Wilf Gibson. The strings were arranged by Nick Ingham and Noel Gallagher.

Part of the song's melody was lifted from Neil Innes' song "How Sweet to Be an Idiot". Innes successfully sued Oasis for plagiarism and was awarded subsequent royalties. The portion of the melodic line in question accompanies the lyrics "I'm free, to be whatever I" of the Gallagher version.

When Oasis performed the song for Top of the Pops, they mimed and one of the cello players from the string ensemble was replaced by rhythm guitarist Bonehead, who clearly had no idea how the instrument was supposed to be played and mimed terribly. Towards the end of the song, he gave up the pretense and started using the bow to conduct Oasis.

As part of the show, Whatever was introduced by Damon Albarn of Blur who would later famously feud with Oasis. As Albarn introduced Whatecer, the Gallagher brothers made rude hand gestures behind him which only served to heighten the feud between the bands – Noel went on to infamously wish that Albarn would die of AIDS.

"Whatever" has been performed live by Oasis many times. They often ended live versions of the song with lyrics adapted from The Beatles song "Octopus's Garden".

They have also been known to add the lines "All the young blues....carry the news...," in reference to the Mott the Hoople song "All the Young Dudes". The "blues" in the lyric are the fans of the Gallaghers' beloved Manchester City Football Club. This line had to be omitted from the original studio version of Whatever because of copyright concerns.

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January 7, 2010

Swollen Hand Blues Guitar Chords Oasis

Swollen Hand Blues Guitar Chords Oasis

Check out the guitar chords/tab for Oasis's b-side from the Falling Down single. It's a pretty basic chord arrangement but it does the job - it sounds like a fine tune. 

Swollen Hand Blues Chords/tab for Guitar

Tuning: standard form 

D: xx0232
Bm: x24432
C: x32010
G: 320033

Intro: D

Verse: D   Bm   C   G   x2

Chorus: Change between G and C

End on C

Swollen Hand Blues Lyrics Oasis

Swollen Hand Blues Lyrics Oasis

Swollen Hand Blues was a b-side to the very final Oasis single, Falling Down. Recorded at Abby Road studies, Falling Down reached number 10 on the singles chart. As usual, Noel Gallagher is chanelling The Beatles but referring to the Rolling Stones. The b-side was notable that it was the only song that was not a remix b-side that were included with the 3 singles from Dig Out Your Soul.

An excerpt of the b-side song "Those Swollen Hand Blues" appears at the end of "Mucky Fingers", second track of Oasis' 2005 album Don't Believe the Truth.

Swollen Hand Blues Lyrics by Noel Gallagher

I can’t see the wood for the trees
Life is like a rollercoaster
I can’t find the birds or the bees
Hope they’re down the back of my sofa

Feeling like a rolling stone
Playing the guitar on my own
I’m the apple of my eye
If only I could keep myself sober I’d remind myself why

They stare at me wherever I go (there he is!!)
Why won’t everybody give over?
I wish I’d learnt to play piano
If only I could keep myself sober for more than a day

Here's The Swollen Hand Blues guitar chords.

Listen to Swollen Hand Blues with this Youtube video:

Check out the lyrics to Falling Down here and the chords here.

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