Slide Away (Oasis song)
"Slide Away" promotional single cover
|Promotional single by Oasis|
|from the album Definitely Maybe|
|Released||29 August 1994|
|Definitely Maybe track listing|
"Slide Away" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, taken from their debut studio album Definitely Maybe (1994). It was written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher and serves as the tenth track on the album.
Composition and recording
Noel Gallagher claims he wrote it on a Les Paul guitar that Johnny Marr sent to him, since he had few guitars available to him at the time. On the Definitely Maybe DVD, he also notes that he took Marr's guitar out of the case, sat down, and "the song wrote itself". Gallagher wrote it about his girlfriend at the time - Louise Jones and the song was written about their stormy relationship. He described them as "soulmates" and when they finally split up in June 1994, Noel said 'I don't think I'll ever get over it.'
During the recording of Definitely Maybe, there was an argument between Gallagher and rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. Gallagher was taken to the pub by bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan where he calmed down, had a few drinks, went back to the studios and recorded "Slide Away".
It is featured on their debut album Definitely Maybe, on the "Whatever" single, and on the "Champagne Supernova" US single. Also in the Stop the Clocks interview, Noel claimed that he was told to release it as a fifth single from Definitely Maybe, but Gallagher refused, arguing, "You can't have five [singles] off a debut album." Furthermore it is claimed to be Paul McCartney's favourite song by Oasis in the same interview. A limited edition UK promotional CD was pressed to celebrate the band's success at the 1995 Brit Awards. The song is included on Oasis' best-of album Stop the Clocks in a slightly different mix; Noel's backing vocals during the bridge have been removed.
Both of the Gallagher brothers claimed that the song should have been played more often at concerts, and although it was rarely played, it remains a fan favourite. However, it was included on the set list of the band's Dig Out Your Soul Tour. Described by guitarist Gem Archer as, "the one for the fans", the song is considered by many to be the epitome of Oasis as a brash, flowing song that contains some of Noel's finest penned lyrics.
A live version recorded on 17 April 1995 at the Southend Cliffs Pavilion was included on the video album, Live by the Sea. A live version of the song was released in 2007 on the live album The Dreams We Have As Children by Noel Gallagher. Liam Gallagher has performed the song at his solo performances, most notably at the Glastonbury Festival and Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2017.
While reviewing the Definitely Maybe album, NME writer Keith Cameron described "Slide Away" as "a completely heart-rending love song" that showed the band possessing "both the sweetness and tenderness to complement their well-proven hooligan qualities." Gibson Guitar.com listed the song as one of a ten of Noel's best guitar tracks. In the 11 May 2013 edition of NME, the song was listed at number 57 in the magazine's "The 100 Greatest Britpop Songs" list.
- Liam Gallagher – lead vocals, tambourine
- Noel Gallagher – lead guitars, bass, backing vocals
- Paul Arthurs – rhythm guitar
- Tony McCaroll – drums
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