Album: Chasing Yesterday (2015)
Charted: 70
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  • This originated from a drinking session between Gallagher, Russell Brand and Morrissey in LA when Morrissey asked them to play a compilation CD he'd made. Gallagher recalled: "The music would be going on and we wouldn't be paying much attention to it and suddenly he'd go, 'Name . This tune, name me this tune,' and I would be like, 'Urm... I don't know.'"

    One of the songs Morrissey played was the 1974 single "Pinball," which provided the key to a "Bob Dylan sort of thing," Gallagher was playing around with. He recalled: "One night before we left, to my engineer and my drummer, who are twin brothers, I said, 'Have you heard this track 'Pinball' by Brian Protheroe?' And they said, 'No,' so we played it at a light came on and I thought, 'What if I played this track in that style?'"
  • The use of saxophone on "Pinball" was one of the ideas that Gallagher borrowed for this song. He recalled: 'We made a demo of Riverman and we knew it was amazing,' 'And then I was listening to 'Pinball' by Brian Protheroe and thought: Shall I actually get a saxophone player? And what if I get him to play not one but two solos? I know I'm going to be accused of sax crimes. But f--k it. There's nobody to tell me not to do it. And when you listen to that saxophone, please, don't think about the guy from Spandau Ballet."
  • The acoustic opening guitar figure is reminiscent of Gallagher most recognizable tune, "Wonderwall." When asked by The Quietus about the similarity, the former Oasis songwriter responded, "I don't really over-think it that much to be honest. If I did that, I'd never release anything. I'd think, "Oh, this is a bit similar to 'Wonderwall'". To me, it's just a good song. The end. It's for other people to decide what it sounds like. I refuse to overthink it."
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