In 1995, Oasis were at the height of their career, their second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory was to be released and make them the biggest band in the UK. Wherever they went carnage ensued and whenever they performed they created a supercharged atmosphere that bounced off the walls. They were untouchable and looked like they were ready to take over the world. Listen to Liam Gallagher’s isolated vocal on ‘Champagne Supernova’.
The release of their second album What’s The Story (Morning Glory) on 2nd October 1995 was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. The band showed critics and fans alike that they weren’t just one-hit wonders but truly was the real deal. The album consists of now well-established classics like ‘Wonderwall,’ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and ‘Roll With It’.
The album’s closer is a gigantic seven minute anthem, ‘Champagne Supernova’ has everything. From the minimalist start that gets heavier and heavier as the tune progresses to the sumptuous lyrics. It truly is the ultimate finisher for an album of that calibre. It was released in the US as a single and was the band’s second no.1 on the Modern Rock Charts.
When speaking to The Sunday Times back in 2009 Gallagher discussed a critic evaluating his lyrical style: “He actually said to me: ‘You know, the one thing that’s stopping it being a classic is the ridiculous lyrics.’ And I went: ‘What do you mean by that?’ And he said: ‘Well, ‘Slowly walking down the hall / Faster than a cannonball’ – what’s that mean?’ And I went: ‘I don’t fucking know. But are you telling me, when you’ve got 60,000 people singing it, they don’t know what it means? It means something different to every one of them.'”
Liam Gallagher is a unique frontman. He manages to emit raw emotion into his brother’s lyrics that resonate with a crowd. Whether it is the brotherly connection and their shared upbringing or his unique singing style, his swagger is one that cannot be imitated. The isolated vocals of that track in particular not only show that swagger but also the supreme skill of his vocal.
Listen to the vocals below and enjoy the pure joy that is early Liam Gallagher.