Bonehead recently revealed his reaction to when the former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher first played him the song ‘Champagne Supernova.’
Bonehead talks about the matter
Champagne Supernova is one of the many, many Oasis tracks that “should have been a single”. It was released as one in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in May 1996, but for Britain it remained as one of the highlights of the mammoth (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? album.
The song was part of the embarrassment of riches that was Noel Gallagher’s songwriting catalogue in the mid-90s. He could afford to stick tracks like Half The World Away and Acquiesce on the b-sides as he was writing instant classic after instant classic.
Noel unveiled the song when the band were touring Europe in November 1994. He explained in 2006:
“Just before we went in to record Morning Glory, we were sat on the tour bus in Germany. We’d got to the hotel early, so we sat in the car park.
“Somebody says, have you got any tunes for the new album. So I said, I’ll play them for you if you want. I played Cast No Shadow and all that. I played Champagne Supernova in its entirety on acoustic guitar. At the end, I looked up and Bonehead was crying. He said, ‘You’ve not just written that have you?’ I was looking at him thinking, you f**king soft lad. Either that or its sh*t.”
Bonehead himself told Radio X’s Toby Tarrant:
“Noel was saying, I’ll play you a couple of songs that I’ve written – I think he played us the whole of the next album. The first one he did was Champagne Supernova, from start to finish, in the back lounge of the tour bus, at about 8 o’click in the evening. And I just fell apart. That’s the Cancerian in me. It hit me, I was a blubbering wreck on the floor.
“I heard it really stripped down, it was just Noel’s voice and an acoustic guitar. Which is not a million miles away from how it came out. But you knew it was a hit. I was that Oasis fan, hearing it for the first time. It was too much.”