Noel Gallagher has revealed songs used on his debut High Flying Birds record were originally supposed to appear on “the next Oasis album” that he was writing before the band split.
Gallagher is currently gearing up to release his upcoming High Flying Birds greatest hits record, Back The Way We Came: Volume 1 (2011-2021), which arrives on June 11th through Sour Mash Records. Now looking back at the start of the musical venture, Gallagher has opened up about the tracks which made up the group’s eponymous 2011 debut album.
“No, that was going to be the next Oasis album,” he said in a new interview with MOJO about whether it was always intended to be a solo record. “On the last [Oasis] tour I wrote ‘If I Had a Gun’, ‘Everybody’s On the Run’ and ‘(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine’,” he recalled. “‘AKA… What A Life!’ was the last thing I wrote. That’s my birth as a solo artist.”
In the same interview, Gallagher also spoke about how he struggled creatively with Oasis and wasn’t on the same wavelength to the rest of the band. “It’s difficult to make this statement without sounding like I’m slagging Liam [Gallagher] off but… he was way more conservative in his tastes than I am,” Noel said. “He literally listens to The Beatles and John Lennon and that’s it.”
Gallagher continued: “When we were doing [2000 Oasis album] Standing On The Shoulder of Giants, Spike [Stent], who was producing, got the drum machines out and I said: ‘Our kid will be up in 40 minutes. Have them out of the room before he gets here because it will frighten him. All these flashing lights will freak him out.’”
Adding: “Bonehead and Guigs never really said why they left but I think they thought: ‘This music is changing and it’s not the way that it was. [But it was] not enough for me. When you play a song to your bandmates, you need them all to stand up and say: ‘That’s amazing.’ If one of them is going ‘Pthrrrrt’ and that one happens to be the singer, forget it, it isn’t happening. It’s like you want the love of a parent. You do things to please people.”