Champagne Supernova

Champagne Supernova" is a song by the band Oasis. It was written by Noel Gallagher and sung by his brother Liam. The seven-minute anthem is the closing track on the record-breaking album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. Though only released as a single in Australia, France and the United States, a music video was released to the music channels and, as a result, the song received much television and radio airplay. The song achieved US success, becoming the band's second #1 single on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The song is a fan favourite, and has received widespread critical acclaim. This is despite the fact that Noel claimed in a 2005 interview that he has still not made up his mind as to what the song actually is about, though he thinks it might be about reincarnation.[citation needed]

In the music video, Liam bears a resemblance to John Lennon, wearing rose-colored glasses and a beard.

Although the song was a commercial success, it did take its criticism mainly to the line: "Where were you while we were getting high?"[citation needed]

In a radio interview for BBC, Noel joked that rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs began crying during the recording of the song because the song was so beautiful. This story was backed up by Ian Robertson who claimed, in his book Oasis: What's The Story?, the first time Noel played the song to the rest of the band – an acoustic version on the tour bus – Bonehead did indeed cry.

Paul Weller, former frontman of The Jam and friend of Oasis, provided the lead guitar and some of the backing vocals on the track.

The song is included on Oasis' compilation album Stop the Clocks.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Champagne Supernova" at number 39 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

"Champagne Supernova" was the first song to feature on the Video Vault of the 2008 revival of The Chart Show.

Alternative versions

An official remix of the song was produced by Brendan Lynch, and was issued on the b-side on a promo-only 12" of Oasis's cover of "Cum On Feel the Noize". Known as the "Lynchmob Beats Mix", this track has been reissued on promotional material for Oasis's "best-of" album Stop the Clocks.

Live versions of the track were released on …There and Then, and Familiar to Millions.

Covers

Angie Aparo covered "Champagne Supernova" on the album "The One With The Sun" released 2003.

Ben Folds Five released a live cover of this song as a B-side of their single "Battle of Who Could Care Less". The performance, which took place in London, was introduced as a country song and performed in an exaggerated country-music style.

The song was covered by American band Matt Pond PA specifically for use on the hit TV show The OC.

90's dance act Urban Cookie Collective did a dance cover of this song but Noel Gallagher stopped them from releasing it as a single.

The Early November covers this song as the end of "No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)" when played live.

Hootie & the Blowfish covered the song at their live shows during their 2007 and 2008 summer tours.

Track listing

CD 663344 1
"Champagne Supernova" (Radio Edit) - 5:08
"Champagne Supernova" (Album Version) - 7:31
"Slide Away" - 6:29

OASIS - Champagne Supernova