Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! This past weekend I payed a visit to the summer camp I worked at for 15 years. I love visiting and remembering all the great times I had there as a kid, teenager, and twenty-something. It’s always hard to leave that place after a visit. As I was driving away, the song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis came on the radio. I was immediately taken back to being a 15-year-old Counsellor-In-Training back in the summer of ’96. What great memories.
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 19, 1996
TRIVIA: The title was picked as a reference to the 1979 David Bowie song “Look Back In Anger” from the seminal art rock album Lodger, with Bowie’s work being a massive Oasis influence.
It is one of the band’s signature songs, and was played at almost every single live show from its release to the dissolution of the band. It was ranked number one on a list of the ’50 Most Explosive Choruses’ by the NME, and was voted as the fourth most popular single of the last 60 years in the UK by the public in conjunction with the Official Charts Company’s 60th anniversary.
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” was also the first Oasis single with lead vocals by Noel (who had previously only sung lead on B-sides) instead of his brother, Liam.
Noel admits that certain lines from the song are lifted from John Lennon: “I got this tape in the United States that had apparently been burgled from the Dakota Hotel and someone had found these cassettes. Lennon was starting to record his memoirs on tape. He’s going on about ‘trying to start a revolution from me bed, because they said the brains I had went to my head.’ I thought ‘Thank you, I’ll take that’!”
See you next Tuesday!