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Champagne Supernova by Oasis
Album: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Released: 1995
Noel Gallagher got the title when he misheard the name of the Pixies album Bossanova. He was watching a documentary about champagne at the time.
Noel Gallagher has a house in North London that he named "Supernova Heights."
Paul Weller, former frontman of The Jam, played guitar on this.
This was one of the few Oasis songs released as a single in the US. It went to #1 on the Modern Rock chart, and for a while it looked like Oasis was going to break through in the States.
Noel came up with the phrase "Caught beneath the landslide" when he saw a sugar jar in his girlfriend's kitchen. You can see this peculiar jar in the disk booklet where the lyrics are printed.
Critics have been habitually sniffy about the incomprehensibility of some of Noel Gallagher's lyrics, a prime example being this song's "Slowly walking down the hall / Faster than a cannonball." Gallagher recalled to The Sunday Times March 8, 2009 that a writer was going on about the lyrics to this song, "and he actually said to me: 'You know, the one thing that's stopping it being a classic is the ridiculous lyrics.' And I went: 'What do you mean by that?' And he said: 'Well, 'Slowly walking down the hall / Faster than a cannonball' - what's that mean?' And I went: 'I don't f---ing know. But are you telling me, when you've got 60,000 people singing it, they don't know what it means? It means something different to every one of them.'"