Roll with It (Oasis song)

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"Roll with It"
Single by Oasis
from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
B-side "It's Better People"
"Rockin' Chair"
"Live Forever" (Live at Glastonbury '95)
Released 14 August 1995
Format CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded Rockfield Studios, (South Wales), 1995
Genre Britpop
Length 3:59
Label Creation
Writer(s) Noel Gallagher
Producer(s) Owen Morris
Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Some Might Say"
(1995)
"Roll with It"
(1995)
"Morning Glory"
(1995)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? track listing

"Roll with It" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released on 14 August 1995 as the second single (the lead single) the from their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

'Battle' with Blur[edit]

"Roll with It" received a great deal of attention when Food Records, the label of Britpop rivals Blur, moved the original release date of the single "Country House" to clash with it, sparking what came to be known as "The Battle of Britpop". The British media had already reported an intense rivalry between the two bands and this clash of releases was seen as a battle for the number one spot. The media sensation was spurred on by verbal attacks from the respective camps (in particular Noel and Liam Gallagher, Damon Albarn and Alex James), that extended beyond the music industry to the point where the two bands were regularly mentioned on the evening news. In particular, public imagination was sparked by the contrast between the gritty, working class Oasis and the artsy, middle class Blur. In the end, Blur's "Country House" single sold 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 copies of "Roll with It". The singles charted at number 1 and number 2 respectively.[2]

Top of the Pops performance[edit]

When Oasis played "Roll with It" on British chart show Top of the Pops, the Gallagher brothers switched roles with Liam pretending to play guitar and Noel pretending to sing (equipped with Liam's tambourine). It mocked the public's inability to tell them apart and also the institution of miming and lip synching on programmes such as Top of the Pops (it is widely believed that the brothers' dislike of miming led them to do it). The set ended with the band erupting in laughter at the Gallaghers' impressions of each other. A video of the performance can be seen at YouTube.[3]

Marketing[edit]

The single artwork features a photograph of the band on the beach at Weston-super-Mare. Many potential locations were examined along the Somerset and Avon coastline (Oasis were playing Glastonbury that weekend, so a beach within striking distance of the festival site had to be found).[4] In the background is the Grand Pier which burnt down in July 2008. This has made the original vinyl artwork (particularly the 12" single) highly collectible.

Oasis had been following in the footsteps of The Beatles, who were photographed on the beach wearing Victorian bathing costumes in 1963.[citation needed]

Themes[edit]

The song is like several other Oasis songs, such as "Supersonic", in that it preaches the importance of being yourself.

Uses[edit]

Recently the song has made it back into Oasis' live set-list, being played on their 2009 stadium tour.

When Manchester City won the FA Cup final in 2011, "Roll With It" was played through the PA of Wembley Stadium. It has since been played at the end of every home game at the Etihad Stadium

The song was used by Team England (Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis) as their walk-on music at the 2012 PDC World Cup of Darts.

The melody for this song also appears in part in The Lemonheads' song "Purple Parallelogram", which was co-written between Gallagher and Evan Dando.

The song's chorus is frequently played as background music for the Fox Sports English Premier League adverts in Australia.

Roll With It is regularlly played after matches at Celtic Park.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD CRESCD 212
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  3. "Rockin' Chair" - 4:36
  4. "Live Forever" (Live at Glastonbury '95) - 4:40
  • 7" CRE 212
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  • 12" CRE 212T
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  3. "Rockin' Chair" - 4:36
  • Cassette CRECS 212
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  • Australian CD HES 662325-5
  1. "Roll with It"
  2. "Talk Tonight"
  3. "Acquiesce"
  4. "Headshrinker"
  • "Headshrinker" was a B-side of the band's previous UK single "Some Might Say" and was one of the last tracks to feature original Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 2
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 17
Irish Singles Chart 2
Polish Singles Chart[5] 26

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