10 Things You Didn't Know... - October 13, 2016

10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Oasis’ Be Here Now
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Oasis’ Be Here Now

It might have felt last year that no album was as anticipated as Adele’s 25, but believe us the hype, the waiting, the anticipation, the build-up, has nothing on the wait for Oasis’s third album Be Here Now.

Released in August of 1997, the album was the follow-up to the band’s all-conquering second LP (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and arrived after the band’s record-breaking three-night stand at Knebworth where they played to over 700,000 people.

Today the album gets a lavish re-release on various formats with an hmv exclusive 12” single of ‘Stand By Me’ also available. You can find full details here.

To celebrate its re-release we thought we’d take a look back and present 10 things you didn’t know about Be Here Now...

 

They started recording in Abbey Road, but that didn’t last long…

Sessions for the album began in early October at Abbey Road Studios but very quickly turned into a media circus, especially after Liam Gallagher was arrested for cocaine possession. The sessions at Abbey Road, which were described as “f***ing awful” by producer Owen Morris, were soon scrapped and production moved to the rural Ridge Farm Studios in Surrey.

 

The songs were mostly written on a luxury island…

Enjoying his new celebrity status Noel Gallagher and then girlfriend Meg Matthews had taken to holidaying with Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in Mick Jagger's villa on the Caribbean island of Mustique. It was during the last of these holidays that Gallagher wrote the majority of the songs for the album, the change of scene had clearly suited him well as he’d been suffering from writer's’ block, admitting that the previous winter he’d only been able to write one solitary guitar riff.

 

‘Fade In/Out’ features a guest solo from one Johnny Depp…

While on holiday on Mustique, Gallagher and Depp got drunk one night and decided to do some recording. The story goes that Gallagher tried to play a slide guitar solo and failed miserably leaving Depp to step in and show him how, a take that was then kept and put on the record.

 

The cover cost almost $100,000!

The album’s cover features a Rolls Royce half submerged in a swimming pool at Stocks House, a mansion built in 1773 that was once home to Playboy executive Victor Lownes. It took a crew two days to get the car into the pool, but they did so, rather than relying on Photoshop, which would have been cheaper, much cheaper…

 

The title is the band’s second major ode to George Harrison…

After naming their megahit ‘Wonderwall’ after the Beatle’s 1968 album Wonderwall Music, they went one further with the album that came next taking the name from the singer’s 1973 track of the same name.

 

Paranoia about leaks got pretty extreme…

When journalists were given the album by press officer Johnny Hopkins they were made to sign a lengthy contract that included the demand to “not discuss the album with anyone—including your partner at home”. Blimey...

 

Steve Lamacq was given an early preview with a strange caveat…

Part of management’s paranoia extended to giving out early copies, with most of the music kept secret. Management relented temporarily for Radio 1 and gave Steve Lamacq a promo copy 10 days ahead of release and told him he could preview the album on one condition: he had to talk over the tracks to make sure no illegal copies were made. It didn’t matter, the day after he premiered the first track he was told by management he wasn’t allowed to preview anymore...

 

It sold over 420,000 copies on its first day!

Despite being released on a Thursday the album racked up sales of over 695,000 and debuted at Number One from just three days of sales. Statistically it has the second highest week in UK chart history with 695,761, behind Adele’s 25 on 800,307. That said Be Here Now’s first full week sales were 813,000, meaning if management had given it a usual release date it would still have the record...

 

It held the record for fastest to a million sales until 2015…

It took Be Here Now 17 days to hit a million copies sold, a record that stood until last year when Adele’s 25 beat it and scored sales of a million in 10 days.

 

A young Pete Doherty was filmed queuing to get the album...

The Libertines singer was filmed aged 17 queuing outside an hmv store in a bid to be one of the first to pick up the album. Doherty has since claimed the stunt was merely a bid to get on the telly.

 

 


Oasis’s Be Here Now is re-released today and is available to order here in various formats in hmv’s online store.

Be Here Now/Stand By Me Bundle
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