Somewhere, out there, there are Definitely, Maybe some unreleased Oasis songs written around the same time as their debut.
Unfortunately, Noel Gallagher has no idea where.
“I did lose a load of lyrics early on in Oasis,” he admits. “We got slung out of a hotel in Manchester – The Britannia, The Midland…one of those – by the police and a lyric book went missing.
“It has not surfaced, and it was in 1993 or 1994, so somebody has just launched it in a bin haven’t they?”
It’s hardly the worst of the group’s mishaps, however. Noel says they scuppered their chances of breaking the US during their first gig, when they accidentally got high on meth.
Such an easy mistake to make.
“It was the start of our big crack at America and our first gig was an absolutely f***ing shambles of drugs and booze,” says Noel.
He said the band had thought they were snorting cocaine, but realised they probably hadn’t two days later, when they were still experiencing the effects.
“I did not know what it was,” Noel, 53, admits to Matt Morgan’s Funny How? podcast.
“I had no clue. You’re up for going into the second day and night, and you’re like, ‘Just hang on a minute’. Someone said: ‘It must have been meth’. We were all f***ed.
“That part of the tour, I don’t really remember it. They were crazy days. It was fun. We wore it well.
“But the thought of that now, the excess of that now and still doing the gigs would be insane at this grand old age.
“The American tours were always fraught with tension. We were just being drunk and idiots – young and daft and running with the wheels off.
“You can only do it at a certain age.
“It’s insanity – but they were good days, though.”
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