Noel Gallagher has opened up about the unprecedented collaboration with Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, which sparked a row between the pair.
The former Oasis songwriter and High Flying Birds frontman worked on a song with Dando about two decades ago, but the two fell out over the issue, which was not published and led to a dispute.
Now, in a new interview, Gallagher has reflected on the incident and explained what happened to make the relationship between him and Dando “uncomfortable”.
According to Gallagher, the song was called ‘Purple Parallelogram’ and was written with the Lemonheads singer during the height of Oasis’ fame in the 90s. Speaking on Matt Morgan’s Patreon podcast, he also said the conflict arose when Dando recorded the pair fiddling with their guitars and said he was going to release it as a new song.
“We were on this festival circuit in 1994 and every festival that year was Oasis and The Lemonheads,” began the singer/songwriter/guitarist. “Them, Us, Heroes of Hypoprisy and House of Pain.”
“Evan always had a tape recorder and he was always like, ‘Hey man, let’s record a song,'” Gallagher said. “Then he went and recorded it and said, ‘I’m going to put it out.
“And it was a little bit [como]’Wait a minute – you can’t do that’… “I heard it and I didn’t like it and I was like, ‘No.’ It was a little awkward.”
NME first reported on the previously unreleased collaboration, writing that the song was never released because “Sony Music, the company that publishes Noel Gallagher’s songs, was against the release” (via MTV).
Dando also described the origins of the song at the time, saying: “I was saying this phrase that actually represents a certain substance. I was prescribed it, a legal drug, Eurythnol, because I had sleep problems and we were around Amsterdam trying to get drugs all night and we couldn’t find any.
He continued: “Noel woke up the next morning singing this song ‘Purple Parallelogram,’ as he called it, and we finished the song that night at some hotel table.”
At the time, an Atlantic source clarified that the disagreement over the song wasn’t that big, writing (via MTV): “Noel and Evan decided they didn’t like the song very much and wanted to redo it. bit and not released yet.”
In other Noel Gallagher news, earlier this year the singer-songwriter released “Council Skies”, his latest album with the High Flying Birds. The album received a four-star review from NME, who described it as “the brightest and easiest-listening collection of songs she’s put together in a while”.
Also, earlier this week Gallagher reflected on his long-standing friendship with Bono, recalling the time he and Bruce Springsteen made fun of him when he sent him a selfie.