Oasis: Their Top 5 B-Sides

Oasis was one of those bands that had plenty of left over songs from their albums. They had so many B-side songs, that after only three studio albums, Oasis released a B-sides compilation album in 1998 entitled, The Masterplan. Oasis had at least two dozen more B-sides before guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher walked away and disbanded the band in 2009. Without further delay, let’s take a look at some eclectic B-sides from one of the most successful bands to ever come out of England.

5. I Will Believe

This track was the beginning of the B-sides era for Oasis. Released on April 11th, 1994, I Will Believe is the flip side to Oasis‘ first hit single, Supersonic. To this day, Supersonic and I Will Believe have sold over 215,000 units. I Will Believe was recently remastered and is featured in the 2014 Definitely Maybe deluxe set with many other b-sides.

4. D’Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?

This acoustic track has a similar and structured style to Married With Children and features Noel on lead vocals while Liam sings two-part backing vocals. The melody is catchy and every Oasis fan should have this song in their collection. Noel sang D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman? in their early touring years which is found on Oasis’ Live By The Sea concert film.

3. Underneath The Sky

Released as one of the B-sides to the Don’t Look Back In Anger single in 1996, Underneath The Sky opens up with one of the best (if not the best) guitar riff Noel has ever created for Oasis. As heavy as this song sounds at first, it’s also one of the first by the band to feature a piano solo which is rare to have in Oasis songs. This B-side celebrates the accomplishments and the progression of the band as they head for musical and global domination.

2. Fade Away (Warchild Version)

Originally part of the B-side to Cigarettes and Alcohol in 1994, this version of Fade Away has a slower melodic tempo and features Noel on lead vocals while Liam is backing him up. This version was originally conceived for The Help Album in 1995, which was a compilation charity album that devoted to War Child’s charity aid efforts in war-stricken areas in such places like Bosnia and Herzegovina. Actor Johnny Depp plays guitar while his then girlfriend, model Kate Moss played the tambourine. Lisa Moorish, who Liam was seeing, sings with Noel at the end of the track. The Help Album raised over $1.25 million pounds for War Child.

1. I Believe In All

If this isn’t the catchiest B-side track in Oasis‘ discography, you’re going to have to tell me which song is. Liam penned I Believe In All and is definitely one of the best he’s ever written in his career. You couldn’t get to a closer influential song to a Who like sound since Liam was reaching to one of his favourite bands, The Who. Although this track isn’t technically considered a B-side since it’s part of a bonus disc for their last studio album, Dig Out Your Soul, this song is mentioned on this list since it’s one of their best songs that didn’t make their last studio album.

Oasis was one of the most iconic rock and roll bands of the 90’s and even though they were consistently making albums and touring throughout the 2000’s, a lot of rock and roll listeners and concert goers took them for granted thinking they would be together for years to come. Presently, that isn’t the case but there have been some dashes of light with Liam disbanding his band Beady Eye late last year and then showing up with a backstage pass around his neck to watch his older brother Noel in concert with his High Flying Birds band just last week. Time will only tell if Oasis will reform to perform for us one day. Fans must wonder if this is really all a part of The Masterplan.

 

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