Day Six of My week with Oasis, and today my pick is Half the World Away. Originally released as a B-side to the Oasis track "Whatever" and reached number 3 in the UK charts back in 1994.
My picks for last five days have all been tracks with Liam on the vocals. This track, once again penned by Noel Gallagher is also Noel on vocals. This lends an entirely new element to the sound of the music, as Noel has a much softer, much less snarly voice as a starting point.
That isn't the only difference. The whole feel of this song is slower and more plodding, less big guitar anthem, more gentle and endearing. That's more than likely that it was chosen as a very well known theme tune to the Royle Family, no doubt.
In 1998, the song was included on the album The Masterplan, which was a collection of the band's B-sides. Given that this was originally a B-side, it rivals some of their best releases in my humble opinion. Maybe it is its association with the Royle Family, but it gives you a feeling that isn't the norm for a rock and roll band, known for confrontation and sibling rivalry.
It's actually a very simple song, with a slow pace and nice lyrics. No big ego's present here. It's a beautiful track and Noel, whilst not a patch vocally on Liam as a rule, is perfectly suited to this number. It wouldn't have sounded right at all with Liam singing. Totally wrong style for this lovely song.
If you like big anthems, this isn't for you. If you want well written and simplistic perfection go and listen. You may well know it as the song off the Royles, but its so much more than that in itself. I love this song. Simple, understated, class.
Check out days 1-5 here on My Music page. Happy listening :)