Looking back at Oasis covering Slade’s Christmas hit ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’
Oasis were never afraid to pay homage to artists of the past. In fact, many will suggest that their entire career was in tribute to The Beatles. As well as the Fab Four, the Gallagher brothers have also taken on songs by David Bowie and, perhaps more surprisingly, Slade. Even more curiously, they’ve even taken on Slade’s notorious Christmas party banger ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’, which you can hear below.
The band took on the cover as part of an initiative from NME called 1 Love in support of the War Child charity which worked with children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. So, as well as having a searing Britpop attitude laid atop the classic Christmas fare there is a healthy charitable angle too.
As part of the album compilation, artists were asked to pull together one of their favourite covers out for the record. The list of artists includes the likes of Faithless, The Prodigy, Jimmy Eat World as well as the Manc overlords of Britpop Oasis.
Noel Gallagher takes the lead on this classic 1973 hit ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ and delivers a delicious cover full of Christmas cheer. Although it may seem strange to have the two artists crossover—it’s not the first time. It’s hard not to enjoy such a showing, irreverent and comforting, it’s a clash of British culture we’re more than happy to revel in.
It’s not the first time the band have taken on the slightly unfashionable glam rock group. Oasis also took on the band’s ‘Cum On Feel the Noize’ at their iconic Maine Road gig in 1996 for an equally brilliant cover as Liam Gallagher does his best Noddy Holder impression.
You can listen to both of those brilliant covers below and try to get in the Christmas spirit as Oasis and Noel Gallagher cover ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’.