Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

'Demos 1998' - a cassette tape sold online in 2013.
‘Demos 1998’ – a cassette tape sold online in 2013.

These songs were recorded in Noel’s home studio at Supernova Heights and at Wheeler End Studios with the assistance of Mark Coyle and Paul Stacey between 1998 and early 1999.  All tracks are sung by Noel with the exception of Little James which is sung by Liam.

“The thing about Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is that I had a full year to sit in my 16-track bedroom studio with an engineer friend and make demos, whereas the demo sessions for Be Here Now were finished in two weeks — and they were really rough. We didn’t bother about what sounds we were going to use, or the arrangements, or anything. I thought, “We’ll work all that out when we get to the studio.”  This time, however, I had basically done the album twice before it even got to the band. I had written and recorded the songs on a little Walkman, and then I demoed the tracks on ADATs in my bedroom. And we ended up using a lot of stuff from the demos on the actual record because the demos were that good.”Noel Gallagher, guitarplayer.com, 2000

See some pictures of Liam and Noel at Wheeler End at engineer Stuart Epps’ personal site – http://www.stuartepps.co.uk/stusstory.htm

'Demos Dec 98' - a cassette sold online in 2013.
‘Demos Dec 98’ – a cassette sold online in 2013.

15 tracks were leaked onto the Internet via a private FTP on the 31st January 2000.

'16.2.1999 demos' - A CD sold online in 2013.
‘16.2.1999 demos’ – A CD sold online in 2013.

The following songs are known to have been recorded during these demo sessions before the band converged to the south of France with Mark Stent to record the album proper:

(As Long As They’ve Got) Cigarettes In Hell

 

 

Carry Us All

For One So Young

Full On

Fuckin’ In The Bushes

Gas Panic!

Available on the 2000 Japanese ‘Who Feels Love?’ single.

Listen to Noel briefly speak about this demo in an interview for RTE 2FM, Dublin on the 22nd February 2000 here.

Go Let It Out

The original version of this demo featured a sample from the film ‘Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery’.  However, when this demo was released officially on a Virgin Megastores exclusive CD, this sample was edited out, most likely for copyright reasons.

“It starts with a drum loop and you’ll go, “That’s not Oasis.” It’s really short and catchy, it hasn’t got a guitar solo and there are no backing vocals. You know like in “Live Forever” there isn’t actually a chorus, just a little refrain? It’s like that, and there’s a sort of hole in the song where everything goes swirly and mental – backwards stuff from Camberwick Green, Windy Miller dialogue – and then there’s like a false key shift which kicks the song into a totally new gear.”Noel Gallagher, Q Magazine, February 1999

I Can See A Liar

Idler’s Dream

Just Getting Older

Let There Be Love

Let’s All Make Believe

Little James

Noel claimed in an interview on RTE 2FM, Dublin on the 22nd February 2000 that Liam had demoed this song with Steve Craddock and Paul Weller.  Whether it’s this particular demo or not is unconfirmed.

One Way Road

One Way Road (version 2)

An instrumental version, in a different key to the other demo, and to he final version released on the 2000 ‘Who Feels Love’ single. It was played as the intro music to Noel’s appearance at Liverpool’s Zanzibar Club on 3 May 2003.

Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is

Revolution Song

“We did have one track which didn’t go on called ‘Revolution Song’.  It was demoed two years ago and it’s an out-an’-out gospel song, but not in the sense that ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ by U2 is a gospel song.  I think it’s a really, really good song.  We were going to have the full-on gospel choir singing it until fucking Blur put out ‘Tender’ and then we went, ‘fucking bastards!’.  That’ll have to wait for the next one.  They always nick our ideas!”Noel Gallagher, Melody Maker, 23 February 2000

Noel talked about this song in an an interview for the Chris Moyles show on BBC Radio 1 on the 4th July 2002.  Listen to those comments here.

After years in the wilderness, the song was reworked by Noel for his 2015 album ‘Chasing Yesterday’.

Roll It Over

[The guy who plays the solo] is Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey. He was the engineer on the album and did all the demos with me. We were doing the demo for ‘Roll It Over’ in the studio at Supernova Heights and it got to the bit for the solo and I couldn’t play it.  So he did.  We listened back, it was good, and left it on the demo and we were going to re-do it when we came to record it.  But as luck would have it, we never got the sound back that matched that so we just left it.  But I can play it, honest. I can.”Noel Gallagher, NME, 23 February 2000

Sunday Morning Call

Teotihuacan

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Who Feels Love?

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One thought on “Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

  1. This is a fantastic site. And one of the only places I can find that refers to the original demos for SOTSOG.

    The one I have clear memory of from when the demos leaked was Where did it all go wrong? The version I heard was quite different from the album or other more widely available demos. It featured a flute part, and repeated the guitar solo as part of the fade-out.

    I’d give my right arm to find that again. Any ideas if it is still circulating anywhere?

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