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On This Day: Cigarettes and Alcohol was released

Cigarettes & Alcohol” is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher. It was released as the fourth single from their debut album Definitely Maybe, and their second to enter the UK top ten in the United Kingdom, peaking at #7 (three places higher than “Live Forever”), eventually spending 35 weeks on the charts, re-entering the Top 75 on several occasions until 1997.

Music video for the ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ single – directed by Mark Szaszy

Upon first hearing the song, the man who discovered the band, Alan McGee, claimed that the song was one of the greatest social statements anyone had made in the past 25 years.

Interesting bit of info not known by many, maybe? Contrary to the sleeve notes, which claimed it was recorded at the Glasgow Cathouse in June 1994, “I Am the Walrus” was actually recorded at a soundcheck for a gig at the Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland on 6 February 1994, as part of a Sony Music seminar. The reason why this wasn’t mentioned on the original sleevenotes is that Noel thought mentioning the fact that it was recorded at a corporate event would “look shit”. The crowd noises at the beginning and end of the track are from a Faces bootleg of Noel’s.

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