Background[ edit ] By the summer of , Oasis were widely considered, according to guitarist Noel Gallagher , "the biggest band in the world During their last stay on the island, Noel wrote the majority of the songs that would make up Oasis's third album.
After a few weeks "idling", he disciplined himself to a routine of songwriting where he would go "into this room in the morning, come out for lunch, go back in, come out for dinner, go back in, then go to bed. So I very sadly admit that I mucked up royally there. Four days later, Liam declined to participate in the first leg of an American tour, complaining that he needed to buy a house with his then girlfriend Patsy Kensit.
He re-joined the band a few days after for a key concert at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, but intentionally sang off-key and spat beer and saliva during the performance.
He later admitted "If the truth be known, I didn't want to be there anyway. I wasn't prepared to be in the band if people were being like that to each other. With an album's worth of songs already demoed, the general feeling among the Gallaghers was that they should record as soon as possible.
Their manager, Marcus Russell, said in that "in retrospect, we went in the studio too quickly. The smart move would have been to take the rest of the year off. But at the time it seemed like the right thing to do. If you're a band and you've got a dozen songs you think are great, why not go and do it.
It would have been a much different album: So on we went. A media frenzy ensued, and the band's management made the decision to move to a studio less readily accessible to paparazzi. The Sun's showbiz editor Dominic Mohan recalled of the period: I don't know whether any were drug dealers, but there was always a few dodgy characters about.
According to Johnny Hopkins, the publicist of Oasis's label Creation Records , "People were being edged out of the circle around Oasis. People who knew them before they were famous rather than because they were famous. As he explained, "[o]nce you're in that situation you lose sight of reality.
Though the band reconvened with more energy, the early recordings were compromised by the drug intake of all involved. Morris recalled that "in the first week, someone tried to score an ounce of weed, but instead got an ounce of cocaine. Which kind of summed it up. Morris thought that the new material was weak, but when he voiced his opinion to Noel he was cut down: In many instances he dubbed ten channels with identical guitar parts, in an effort to create a sonic volume. Owen was out of control, and he was the one in charge of it.
The music was just fucking loud. Obviously, the one not in control was the head of the record company. The structures are traditional,  and largely follow the typical verse — chorus — verse — chorus — middle eight — chorus format of guitar-based rock music. Reviewing for Nude as the News, Jonathan Cohen noted that the album is "virtually interchangeable with 's Definitely Maybe or its blockbuster sequel, What's the Story Morning Glory?
A 's " Straight Outta Compton ",  while "Magic Pie" features psychedelically arranged vocal harmonies and a mellotron. According to Noel, "All I did was run my elbows across the keys and this mad jazz came out and everyone laughed. Noel Gallagher later said that he had expected to be asked to reduce the length of the song by two minutes. However, nobody had the courage to ask him. The vocal melodies continue Noel's preference for "massed-rank sing-alongs", although Paul Du Noyer concedes that not all are of the "pub-trashing idiot kind" of previous releases.
One Creation employee recalled "a lot of nodding of heads, a lot of slapping of backs. I thought it was too confrontational. McGee's hyperbole alarmed both Oasis and their management company Ignition, and both immediately excluded him from involvement in the release campaign.
Ignition's strategy from that point on centred on an effort to suppress all publicity, and withheld access to both music and information from anybody not directly involved with the album's release.
Fearful of the dangers of over-hype and bootlegging, their aim was to present the record as a "regular, everyday collection of tunes. According to Greengrass "We want to keep it low key. We want to keep control of the whole mad thing. However, three stations broke the embargo, and Ignition panicked. The day after Lamacq previewed the album on his show, he received a phone call from Ignition informing him that he would not be able to preview further tracks because he didn't speak enough over the songs.
Lamacq said, "I had to go on the air the next night and say, 'Sorry, but we're not getting any more tracks. You had this Oasis camp that was like 'I'm sorry, you're not allowed come into the office between the following hours. You're not allowed mention the word Oasis. It basically said don't talk to your girlfriend about it when you're at home in bed. We sit in [Oasis] meetings today and we're like 'It's on the Internet. It's in Camden Market. I think we've learned our lesson. I remember listening to " All Around the World " and laughing—actually quite pleasurably—because it seemed so ridiculous.
Christ, there is so much coke being done here. It shows the band standing outside the hotel surrounded by various props, at the centre is a Rolls Royce floating in a swimming pool. Photographer Michael Spencer Johns said the original concept involved shooting each band member in various locations around the world, but when the cost proved prohibitive, the shoot was relocated to Stocks House.
It was Alice in Wonderland meets Apocalypse Now. Two props considered were an inflatable globe intended as a homage to the sleeve of Definitely Maybe and the Rolls Royce, suggested by Arthurs.