Noel Gallagher once described ‘Some Might Say’ as the “archetypal Oasis tune”, which considering theirs is a catalogue rich in typifying moments, really says something. Released as the first single from their landmark sophomore album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory the song has gone on to become one of the Mancunian legend’s most revered songs. But while it was Noel’s hand that wrote the song, for the most part, it was frontman Liam Gallagher’s mesmeric vocal that stole the show.
As a way of paying tribute to the loutish but legendary singer we’re resisting the classic song but with a focus on his vocal performance through this isolated track. ‘Some Might Say’ exceeded all expectations, rose to the top of the charts and chartered Oasis’ course towards their dominance over the decade. This was the song where things got serious.
From the first moments of Noel Gallagher’s buzzsaw riff, there’s a hint to the inspiration behind the track. When his brother Liam enters with his fabled tambourine the inspiration is plain as day, Oasis were going a bit glam. Largely thought to have been inspired by The Small Faces and T.Rex, the track is on the shinier side of classic rock tones. Yet with Noel’s splashy guitar and Liam’s undeniable magnetism, it felt new and engaging.
It was a song that Noel took extra care in creating. One of only three songs to be demoed for (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (alongside ‘She’s Electric’ and ‘Hey Now’) Noel took on all the instrumental duties during the initial recording. Naturally, perhaps because of this, Noel has always said he preferred the original demo, saying it was “sleazier and dirtier” and they the album version was “more Britpop.”
It’s hard to argue with that assessment. When ‘Some Might Say’ was released it was the moment Britain finally found itself a new unifying subculture following years of tribal infighting. Finally, we all had a reason to be proud of our current, we had this new thing that everybody wanted, we had Britpop. Oh, and Oasis.
Liam Gallagher would lead the charge for Oasis and while Noel Gallagher was the mastermind behind the song, it was the frontman who pushed forth with gusto. It’s no better seen than on this impressive take. Liam, seemingly unbothered by the looming ‘second album syndrome’ walked into the studio and crashed out his vocals within two takes, proving that while he may have talked the talk, Gallagher always walked the walk too, usually bowling it as he went.
Love him or loathe him, there’s no denying that Liam Gallagher has an iconic singing voice. When you isolate the vocal track from Noel’s powerful Britpop guitars it is given even more room to shine. Check it out below as we’re revisiting the isolated vocals for Oasis song ‘Some Might Say’.