Rarely seen footage of Oasis recording ‘Champagne Supernova’
Oasis song ‘Champagne Supernova’ is a true piece of art, one that is high up in the echelons of Noel Gallagher’s creations. That, coupled with brother Liam’s finest vocal effort to date, sees the song capture the positive energy that flowed out of everything that the now-iconic Manchester band put together.
Following the success of their seminal debut record Definitely Maybe, which completely changed the landscape of British music, Oasis wasted no time in getting back into the studio to reunite with producer Owen Morris at the now-legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales. It was during these sessions that the band recorded one of the greatest sophomore records that dispelled the ‘difficult second album’ myth.
Fortunately, their time spent in the studio was captured on film and made up a large part of the mercurial Supersonic documentary which includes the very moment that Liam Gallagher absolutely nailed his vocals on ‘Champagne Supernova’ in a typically cool and relaxed fashion.
The seven-minute gargantuan track is a perfect way to end the album and to see this footage of Liam’s stellar vocal performance is a historic piece in the tale of British music. What makes the clip even more special is the comment from producer Owen Morris who, at the time, said that Liam had only heard the song once before delivering one of the most iconic vocals of his esteemed career.
When speaking to the NME in 1995, Noel Gallagher said this of the track which speaks volumes about why the song is such an exemplary piece of music: “It means different things when I’m in different moods. When I’m in a bad mood being caught beneath a landslide is like being suffocated. The song is a bit of an epic. It’s about when you’re young and you see people in groups and you think about what they did for you and they did nothing.”
Adding: “As a kid, you always believed the Sex Pistols were going to conquer the world and kill everybody in the process. Bands like the Clash just petered out. Punk rock was supposed to be the revolution but what did it do? Fuck all. The Manchester thing was going to be the greatest movement on earth but it was fuck all.”