Noel Gallagher tried to record Wonderwall sat on an actual wall
2 October 2020, 11:44
The Oasis songwriter has been sharing stories of the making of (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
Rockfield was the studio in Monmouthshire, South Wales where Oasis recorded in 1995, which was also the location that saw The Stone Roses make The Second Coming and Queen create their masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody.
Returning to Rockfield Studios with engineer Nick Brine, Noel recalled the attempt at recording in the chilled environment of the Welsh countryside.
"I remember saying to Owen (Morris, producer of the album), I've got this song called Wonderwall, I want to record it on a wall."
He went on: "I remember a lot of sheep were watching me do Wonderwall," he says. "I was, don’t know who was more freaked out, me or them."
"And it was f**king freezing. There were step ladders, a big f**king microphone stand."
When Rockfield owner Kingsley Ward arrived, he was concerned about "20 grand's worth" of expensive studio microphones being laid open to the elements.
"I remember saying into the mic to Owen, I think this is a shit idea." Noel revealed. "And he was like no, it sounds f**king great.
"But that made it, that’s on the very start of the album. Cos you can hear birds singing. The glamour."
A brief snippet of Noel's outdoor attempt at playing Wonderwall can be heard just before the opening track of the album, Hello, kicks in.
Oasis have released some special 25th anniversary editions of (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, including two limited edition vinyl pressings.
Radio X is playing Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory in full from 1pm on Friday 2 October - the 25th anniversary of the classic album's first release. Dan O'Connell will also be sharing your memories of the album, plus hearing from some of our favourite artists on what the record meant to them.