Before we dive right in, let’s get the Oasis thing out of our system… We’ve already made our 5 best of Oasis before but this has nothing to do with them, it’s all about Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds. We all know that Noel is the Chief and the mastermind lyricist back in his Britpop days with the group but the legendary status continues with his solo work.
The GATRS are currently in Chicago to see him perform live (check back for a review later) since Chasing Yesterday is the latest album (it’s the follow-up to 2011’s Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds debut with the same name) so we wanted to countdown 5 Best of Noel Gallager and I must say.. It was not easy to select only five songs but I think I managed to do the job. Enjoy.
5). Everybody’s on the Run
This song is well-stocked with guitar melodies, drawn out vocals sung over beautiful strings, horns, and piano. The video itself features Noel driving a cab, a guy getting his new shoes stolen by an elderly hipster, and even Mischa Barton running around after losing her dress in Noel’s cab.
4). AKA… What a Life
This song is incredibly catchy and surprising from Noel, it’s a dance-infused tune that is borderline disco-ish. With a psychedelic song comes an equally trippy video, which is over eight minutes long and features Russell Brand as some sort of demented magician trying to get a waitress to take a magic potion.
3). Lock All the Doors
Lock All the Doors was originally written back in 1992, it began as an Oasis track which is why it has a certain Mancunian feel to it, an original demo still floats around but the modernized new take is tight and filled with so much energy.
(Revolution Song was also a tight contender, it’s also another song that dates back to Oasis… Particularly the Standing on the Shoulder of Giants sessions from 1999.)
2). Ballad of the Mighty I
Noel collaborates with Legendary Johnny Marr on this track. This song is a standout track on the album because it’s so different and he pushes himself musically and vocally with interlaced tempo changes that leads to an epic chorus It’s hard to not sing along.
Noel himself describes it as “one of the best songs I’ve ever written. I tried to get him [Marr] to play on the last album but it never happened. So when I put this track together and knew he would be perfect for it I called him and asked if I could send him the rough mix. He said: ‘No, I don’t want to hear it. I’m just going to react to it on the day.’ He didn’t even want any pointers. Well, that was brave of him. He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals. And I have to say, he’s unbelievable. He’s way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make ‘Mighty I’ one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
Do The Damage isn’t even a single, it’s the b-side to In the Heat of the Moment and the track takes you on an intergalactic journey with its celestial melodic singing by Noel and its interstellar riff-heavy guitar draws you in immediately. The pulsating drumming and the meteoric organ make up the constellation of beauty that is this b-side.