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Album: Definitely MaybeReleased: 1994Charted:
Noel Gallagher wrote this song in one day. The band had most of Definitely Maybe
recorded and mixed at the time but Noel and the guys couldn't agree on which song would be their first single so he wrote this. Alan McGee, who produced the album, wanted "Bring It On Down" to be the first but changed his mind as soon as he heard this.
The lyrics are more or less nonsense - especially interesting the lines, "I know a girl called Elsa, she's into Alka-Seltzer" - the band loves to tell that those are related to a huge female dog called Elsa, that spent her days underneath the mixing-desk, constantly farting.
After the first recording session with producer Dave Batchelor was abandoned for not producing the wanted powerful "Live Sound," the song was in a second session recorded by Mark Coyle and produced by Owen Morris, who subsequently became the band's producer for the the next 4 years; being responsible for the recording of the hit albums Definitely Maybe
, (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
and Be Here Now
Anthony Griffiths sang the backing vocals.
Noel Gallagher wrote Oasis' first three albums whilst in hard drugs. The rocker admitted to Spin magazine: "Before 1997, I hadn't written a song without the aid of the old Colombian marching gear (cocaine). Don't forget, I was on drugs before I was even in a band. The whole of the first three albums were written on drugs." Gallagher added "That's why they're so good. And that p--ses me off. I think, 'Maybe I should get back into taking drugs, and then it would be brilliant again.' But that thought lasts less than a second." Gallagher recalled writing this song: "I remember being off my nut and going into the back room and setting the goal of writing a song in 10 minutes - that was Supersonic."
Oasis made their UK television debut on March 18, 1994 when they played this song on the Channel 4 show The Word. Guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs recalled to Mojo magazine in 2014: "There were a lot of nerves. Certainly on my part. We weren't miming, we were playing for real. I remember worrying about what shirt to wear. Noel had a great green cord jacket, which I borrowed. When we got on, I hit the opening chord of 'Supersonic' and we were fine."
This wasn't originally meant to be Oasis' first single. Guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs recalled to Q magazine: "We were recording, 'Bring It On Down' and halfway through Noel disappeared into the control room. When he came out, he said, 'Stop the session, I've written a new song.' Within a couple of hours we'd finished 'Supersonic.' That's Noel for you. Put him in a room for 10 minutes, and he'll come out with a classic."