Monday, July 18, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: OASIS - WONDERWALL

"Wonderwall", by Oasis
"Wonderwall" is a song by Oasis, written by the band's guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher.

Released as the third single from (What's the Story) Morning Glory? in October 1995, "Wonderwall" peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart and proved to be their American breakthrough, reaching number eight on the Hot 100 singles chart and giving them their only top-ten U.S. hit. It also proved a hit in Australia, reaching number one in February 1996. "Wonderwall" is their signature song and it continues to have enduring popularity in Oasis's canon; as of 2008, it was 76th in the UK's list of best-selling singles, and sold over a million copies in single and download sales in the UK, where it went platinum. 

The song is included on the band's compilation albums Stop the Clocks and Time Flies... 1994–2009. On these two albums, an audible cough is heard at the start of the song, whilst on (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, the cough is actually at the end of the previous track "Roll with It".

It is often claimed that "Wonderwall" was written for Gallagher's then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews (Gallagher married Mathews in 1997; the couple divorced four years later). Gallagher now claims that the song was not about her at all, but he felt he had to go along with the rumour, saying "The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it. How do you tell your missus it's not about her once she's read it is? It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."

The song was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, during a two-week recording of the Morning Glory album in May 1995. According to producer Owen Morris, the song was completed in 6–8 hours.

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