Supersonic

Album: Definitely Maybe (1994)
Charted: 31
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Songfacts®:

  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Daragh - Dublin, Ireland
  • 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 because they couldn't get the powerful live sound they were after, the song went to a second session recorded by Mark Coyle and produced by Owen Morris, who subsequently became the band's producer for the next four years, a time when the band recorded the hit albums Definitely Maybe, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Florian - Munich, Germany, for above 2
  • Anthony Griffiths sang the backing vocals. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • 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."

Comments: 7

  • Robert from Chicago, IlOne of the best songs by Oasis with probably one of the most infectious riffs in music history. In America this song is still unknown as, everything British to America. One of the most underrated songs in music history
  • Sam from New York, NyDanny from NY, you're blantantly wrong. Look it up they are two different guitar riffs that sound somewhat similar, but that happens constantly in rock.
  • Danny from New City, NyThe main guitar riff is all but the same one used for "Layla." I mean, cmon, this is blatant plagiarism.
  • Luke from Cambrigeshire, Englandnoal wrote this wile recoreding "bring it on down" he had some time to waste in the session becouse the drummer at the time tony mccorrol kept getting the opening drum beat wong, so noal did what he normal did and sat in the corner of the recording studio and writing songs, They recorded it stright after noal had wrote it.
  • Mark from Virginia Beach, Vainfectious guitar riff!!
  • Ronnie from Huddersfield, EnglandIt peaked at #31 in the British Charts on April 11, 1994 making it their lowest charting single to date and themselves being small at the time. However, despite this, it has become one of their most popular songs and a standard at live gigs.
  • Bones from New Plymouth, New ZealandElsa was a dog at the Studio
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