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6 Things You Don’t Know About Wonderwall by Oasis

Wonderwall by Oasis is a single that sold over a million copies in the UK alone. It is still widely listened to on Spotify and makes the Manchester band earn millions of dollars.

The song was released in 1995 and you can find it on the album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”, currently in the top 5 of the best-selling records in the United Kingdom.

You have certainly listened to it many times but you don’t know everything about the history of this song. So here are the 6 things you don’t know about Wonderwall by Oasis.

6 Things You Don’t Know About Wonderwall by Oasis

1. A tribute to a member of the Beatles

Wonderwall is a tribute to George Harrison, Beatles guitarist, and to his first solo album entitled “Wonderwall Music” (1968). Harrison made this album as a soundtrack for Joe Massot’s “Wonderwall” movie.

2. Wonderwall by Oasis is dedicated to…

What is the Wonderwall, that is “the wall of wonders”? The original title was to be “Wishing Stone”. According to some, the song is dedicated to Meg Mathews, the fiancée of Noel Gallagher at that time. According to others, it talks about a person who wants to end his life and speaks to an imaginary friend. The song was written by Noel although it is sung by Liam. Noel decided to sing “Don’t Look Back in Anger”.

3. The opening words of Wonderwall in another Oasis song

On the album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” as first song we meet “Hello”. The opening of this song uses the beginning of Wonderwall (about 10 seconds) and then stops and starts the real “Hello” song.

4. The location of the video

Many of you will remember the video for Wonderwall by Oasis. It’s in black and white and circulated a lot on MTV in the 90s. The location was a disused factory in London. The video starts with a clown who puts the Oasis record on the turntable. We then see Noel from behind and sitting on a chair playing. The following scenes show the band performing or moving in the environment together with circus artists.

5. Guitars and saws that swing: why?

In the video we see hanging acoustic guitars that swing like a metronome. On the same thread there are also saws that swing and they are 5 like the band members.
Perhaps a metaphor for existence: guitars are life while saws represent the end of life. Alternatively they could represent the beautiful and ugly things in life.

6. Change of bass player in the video

In the video there is not the bassist Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan, who left the band in 1995 due to a nervous breakdown. Even if he returned after a few months. In his place in the video we see Scott McLeod, who in any case did not stay too long with the band because he missed his girlfriend. In the video he wears a light sweater and a dark shirt.

The video Morning Glory by Oasis in the Balfron Tower

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