In the Spring of 1993 Oasis recorded
their first professional sounding demo tape at the Real People's studio
in Liverpool. The original tape, named Live Demonstration featured the
now familiar looking Oasis swirling Union Jack motif. Only ten copies of
this demo tape were made, one of which was given to Alan McGee which secured
Oasis a record deal. The tape includes an unreleased song,'Strange Thing'.
A full on rocker, backed by a Manchester beat, it shares the same bluesy
intro riff as the Stone Roses ''Love Spreads', which may be one reason
it hasn't become a single or album track. The lyrics, although clumsy in
places, are classic Noel Gallagher:
Seven minutes long, Colour My
Life, is another Manchester influenced track recorded around 1992. The
Stone Roses influence is startling as Liam sounds almost exactly like Ian
Brown. The drum pattern sounds almost like house music - a far cry from
the straight rock and roll of Definitely Maybe.
Probably the most interesting
of all Oasis' early demo recordings (again around '92) as Take Me was written
by Liam Gallagher and Paul Arthurs. Take Me is apparently the famous Liam
track that Noel has always wanted to record properly - Liam won't let him.
The lyrics are pretty basic but the song as a whole certainly shows that
Liam can write:
"Take Me when I'm young and true/
Was it me or was it you?/ Take me when I'm not so strong/ Why is it taking
you so long?"
"Take me when you feel I've gone/
I always knew I could be someone/ Take me if you think you're right/ Do
it now before it's light."
A cover of an early '90s house
track, Better Let You Know really shows up Oasis' baggy roots. This is
the song that during last year's Radio 1 documentary, Noel recalls playing
at the band's first ever gig. Liam's vocal is badly distorted and echoed,
Tony's drumming is far faster than anything on Definitely Maybe, and Noel
plays an obvious lead throughout the entire song rather than just the backing.
Again, lead by a strong house
beat, See The Sun is a great song similar in feel to Colour My Life. The
lyrics are certainly a bit basic but the chorus is fantastic - really catchy,
ending with the lines:
Pretty short by Oasis' standards
Must Be The Music (demo) lasts for just over three minutes. The feel is
very much like other earlier demos. The track is almost like a Noel instrumental
- Liam repeating a chorus over and over with long guitar solos through
out the song. Interesting but ultimately a bit boring.
A great Noel instrumental jam
featuring much more of a rock riff than any of the other demos. Snakebite
is a lot closer to the traditional Oasis of Definitely Maybe. The demo
fades out after about two and a half minutes.
A brilliant slow, acoustic track.
Liam, singing with a really silky, clean cut voice sounds really strange
on the live version- perhaps because the vocals are echoed. Noel's lyrics,
about leaving a relationship, are pretty scathing - brilliant stuff.
I Will Show You is a simple 'rock
'n' roll' song with some pretty appalling, droning vocals from Liam. Noel
plays the Squire-like,'jangly' guitar riffs pretty well, but ultimately
this track is a bit of a disappointment.