Liam Gallagher’s foul-mouthed contempt for Wonderwall before Noel barred him
It’s 25 years today that Oasis released their global hit Wonderwall, only to be kept off the top of the charts by… Robson and Jerome.
Nevertheless, the song from Liam and Noel Gallagher’s second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, went on to become a true nineties anthem.
But not everyone is quite so fond of it, especially the man who actually sung it.
Noel gave Liam, 48, the choice between singing lead on Wonderwall or Don’t Look Back In Anger, and Liam reluctantly chose the first, despite despising it.
When Noel first played him the record in rehearsals – which had a different beat and was called Wishing Stone – Liam was reportedly incandescent.
“What do you think you’re doing, d***head?” he raged, according to NME. “Oasis aren’t a funk band.”
Liam was also supposed to appear on the artwork for the single, but Noel shut it down with just minutes to spare when he arrived on set in a taxi.
“It’s a f***ing love song… no way was Our Kid appearing on the cover,” he said.
And the director of the moody black and white video once revealed that filming descended into a furious row between the famously fiery brothers.
“It was one of the most shocking arguments I’d seen in 30 years of making films,” Nigel Dick previously told The Mirror.
“They just started yelling at each other out of nothing, really letting off.”
“They were snarling, effing and blinding for about 90 seconds and I feared one might lift a fist. The whole crew took a pace backwards.
“Then just before it really escalated one of them turned around and walked away.
“It was the first time I’d seen the distaste they had for each other at a certain level. Nothing was said about it and I just filmed them on their own after that.”
Its fractious birth aside, the record – which was named loosely after George Harrison’s first post-Beatles album Wonderwall Music – went on to become a worldwide hit.
Noel was quoted as saying he’d written it for his then-wife Meg Matthews, but in 2002 stated it was actually about an “imaginary friend” who was going to save him from himself.
Meanwhile, the definition of the actual word ‘wonderwall’ was perhaps most bizarrely described by Liam, who vaguely summised that, “A wonderwall can be anything.”
“It’s just a beautiful word. It’s like looking for that bus ticket, and you’re trying to f***ing find it, that b**tard, and you finally find it and you pull it out, ‘F***ing mega, that is me wonderwall,'” he told Rolling Stone in 1996.
But while the word might be beautiful, Liam once admitted he “can’t f***ing stand that f***ing song!”
“Every time I have to sing it I want to gag,” he said, although he does perform it with his band Beady Eye to give fans what they want.
“Problem is, it was a big, big tune for us. You go to America and they’re like: ‘Are you Mr Wonderwall?’ You want to chin someone.”