Columbia

Album: Definitely Maybe (1994)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first song that Noel Gallagher wrote with Oasis. He recalled to Q magazine: "One Sunday afternoon I was at home watching EastEndersd when our kid rings up and says, 'You coming down for a jam?' I'd never played with anyone else ever. I went, 'Alright.' I'm asking, 'Do you know any Beatles songs?' 'No.' 'Not Ticket To Ride?'

    "We sit there for hours and hours, dead hot and sweaty, and its great," Gallagher continued. "Same the next Sunday and – just because they didn't know any Beatles, really – we decide to write a song ourselves and I come up with what turns out to be Columbia."
  • Oasis opened their first gig at Manchester's Boardwalk on (probably) January 15, 1992 with this song. Noel Gallagher recalled to Q magazine: "It went down like a f---ing knackered lift (laughs). We played this epic, six minute, stone-grooved song, dow, wow, dow, duh duh, the total crossing of rock music and dance music beyond anything that's been heard before and everyone's like (blank face). Soul destroying. This bowl of silence."
  • This was Bonehead's favorite song to play live. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Daragh - Dublin, Ireland
  • Noel Gallagher explained the song's background in the liner notes to Definitely Maybe's 2014 reissue: "When we started, we didn't have a lot of songs so we would jam out current Acid House favourites and f--k about. 'Columbia' derived from one of those nights. It was an instrumental and we played it the first night I ever did a gig with Oasis. When we started at The Real People's studio, somebody had the idea of adding lyrics and it's still a bone of contention to this day who actually wrote the words. We were all on acid at the time but I know I wrote 90 percent of them. It's named in honour of the hotel (in London). Because when I was a roadie with Mark Coyle working for the Inspiral Carpets, we loved that hotel, it was the scene of many nights of nonsense. And it sounded like a good title. I mean, why call anything anything?" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 5

  • Lukas from Panevëþys, Lithuaniathere was made a documentary about oasis named "There we were, now here we are". those lines are from song lyrics
  • Simon from London, EnglandJust a rocking tune, typifies London of the early 90's, under a blizzard of coke. Stick the tune on, turn up to 10 and imagine just being there when they played this live.Awesome !
  • Ben from Whittier, Canoel wrote this song while working in the british gas Company. he lift a gas tank but another one fell on his foot shaterd it badly so he work in a storehouse for a while in his free time he played guitar and claims that he wrote Columbia also other songs.
  • Brendan from York, Englandits called columbia cos thats the hotel they were stayin in at the time
  • Matt from Bristol, EnglandThe lyrics are about cocaine. They just called it columbia cos thats where Noel was when he wrote it
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