For My Sunday Song #244, we are going to discuss the song “Elegantly Wasted” by the band INXS. The song is the title track to the 1997 album of the same same. The album and song were produced by the great Bruce Fairbairn and was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss. The song was the first single off the album but the song did not chart on the Billboard Top 40.
It is believe the song was inspired by a night out that Michael had with Bono from the band U2. And from the lyrics it sounds like they had a good time. It sounds like Bono lives the good life and they saw a lot of things that weren’t actually morally decent. Michael realizes that it really isn’t the good life. I don’t know if it is really about Bono or just Michael blasting the media for the trashy coverage he received from the tabloids. Either way, it is a fun song to play when on the dance floor.
An interesting story I have read about the song, apparently Michael went back in to the studio after the song was finished and added another line to the chorus after an altercation he had with the Gallagher brothers from Oasis at the 1996 Brit Awards. When accepting an award presented to him by Michael, Noel made the following statement…”Has-beens should not be presenting awards to gonna-be’s.” This pissed off Michael and he went and added the line “I’m Better than Oasis” to the song. Now, I don’t know if I believe it or not as it is really hard to tell.
For this month’s This Original vs The Cover is the song “Wonderwall” originally by the band Oasis. The song was released in October 1995 and on the band’s album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’. The song did really well and went to #8 in the U.S. and #1 in several countries and charts. The cover version we are battling with is Ryan Adam’s cover which was released back in 2003 on his album ‘Love is Hell, pt 1’ EP.
The song was written by Noel Gallagher and was originally titled “Wishing Stone. There is a little mix up on who and what the song is about. Originally the thought was the song was about his girlfriend at the time Meg Mathews who later became his wife and then even later became his ex-wife. It was after that divorce that the story of the song changed. It was no longer about his ex-wife, it was now about an imaginary person or friend that shows up and helps you save you from yourself. Ok. Noel has stated that it was the media’s fault for the confusion and once it was out in the universe he didn’t want to spoil it for his girlfriend/wife. But now that they are divorced, I guess it doesn’t matter anymore.
That is enough backstory. Let’s get to the song and we will start with the original version as well always do, no need to change now.
Is anyone else tired of see ing Liam and Noel in the news and everyone mentioning a reunion? Well, I sure as hell am. So, to celebrate that fact, lets do a day of memes associated with Oasis. Like them or not, we are going to do it. I hope you enjoy, or hate them, either way is fine with me.
For My Sunday Song #42, I bring to you one of my favorite Oasis’ songs “Champagne Supernova”. The song is off their album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’ that was released back in 1995. The single was released in 1996 and went to #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and actually to #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
There is something about this epic 7 minute song that resonates with me and I do not know what it is. The psychedelic sound of the song and the complete ridiculousness of the lyrics spoke to me for some odd reason. Musically and sonically it was so rich and it sucked me in to its vortex.
And the lyrics…What the hell do those lyrics even mean? What is a “Champagne Supernova”? Does anybody know? It turns out, NO! Noel Gallagher was apparently really high when we wrote the song…duh!!…and he doesn’t even know. He believes the lyrics can mean something different to everyone and I guess that is actually true.
For me, it is the story about how hard life is and how we get caught between the “landslide” of the heaviness of that life. We think we are going to be and do great things, but it doesn’t really matter as we are going to die and the world will go on without us. We are just a blip in the universe, inconsequential. Kind of sad actually.