Oasis – TOP21-songs: 3 – SupersonicOasis – TOP21-biisit: 3 – Supersonic

From the album Definitely Maybe (1994).

A debut single this great is a rare possession. Noel has claimed that he wrote this song very quickly. The legend also tells that when the band had recorded Supersonic they went driving around Manchester listening the song from a cassette and admire how good a song they had produced.

The moment when this song struck has been also clearly stayed in my memory: driving a bike around Lieksa in the summer of 2006. Just before Lamminkylä’s school, in the middle of fields, I first time listened this until the chorus. Until that I had ignored this song as intoxicated, neutral clumping. But after listening to the refrain for the first time there was no going back.

The verse has the self-confidence, the refrain has the melody. This is Oasis in a nutshell. Gem Archer has said that Supersonic’s trick is that it’s just slightly too slow. Just like Liam prancing in his usual manner… The guitar plays catchy melodies in both intro and interludes and when played live the outro also streched a bit longer with Noel riffing his heart out.

Supersonic was a live favourite from the start until the end although it had it’s moments out of the setlist. During the last tour it rose in almost a renessance and sounded better than ever in the 00s. Sadly then happened what happened…

What’s this song about? That’s left for every listener’s own imagination. What a great song. “You need to find a way for what you wanna say / but before tomorrow / ’cause my friend said he’d take you home / he sits in a corner all alone / he lives under a waterfall / nobody can see him / nobody can ever hear him call”.

I need to be myself
I can’t be no one else
I’m feeling supersonic
Give me gin and tonic
You can have it all but how much do you want it?
You make me laugh
Give me your autograph
Can I ride with you in your B.M.W?
You can sail with me in my yellow submarine

You need to find out
’Cos no one’s gonna tell you what I’m on about
You need to find a way for what you want to say
But before tomorrow

’Cos my friend said he’d take you home
He sits in a corner all alone
He lives under a waterfall
Nobody can see him
Nobody can ever hear him call

You need to be yourself
You can’t be no one else
I know a girl called Elsa
She’s into Alka Seltzer
She sniffs it through a cane on a supersonic train
She made me laugh
I got her autograph
She done it with a doctor on a helicopter
She’s sniffin in her tissue
Sellin’ the Big Issue

She needs to find out
’Cos no one’s gonna tell you what I’m on about
She needs to find a way for what she wants to say
But before tomorrow

’Cos my friend said he’d take you home
He sits in a corner all alone
He lives under a waterfall
Nobody can see him
Nobody can ever hear him call”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8EHSd_QSoo

Albumilta Definitely Maybe (1994).

Debyyttisingle, jollaista harvalla bändillä on. Noel on todennut kirjoittaneensa tämän todella nopeasti. Tarina kertoo myös, että kun bändi oli saanut Supersonicin äänitettyä, he olivat lähteneet ajelemaan ympäri Manchesteria kuunnellen c-kasetilta miten hemmetin hyvän biisin olivat saaneet aikaan.

Se kuuntelukerta, kun tämäkin kolahti, on tiukasti muistissa: pyörällä Pokron lenkkiä ajellessa kesällä 2006. Jossain siellä juuri ennen Lamminkylän koulua keskellä peltoja tuli ensi kertaa ajatuksella kuunneltua kertosäkeeseen asti. Siihen asti olin sivuuttanut tämän biisin vain päihdehöyryisenä, tasapaksuna tallusteluna. Mutta kun kuulin kertsin ensimmäisen kerran, ei paluuta ollut.

Säkeistössä on uhoa, kertosäkeessä melodia. Oasis pähkinänkuoressa. Gem Archer on todennut, että Supersonicin juju on siinä, että se on juuri hieman liian hidas. Aivan kuin Liam tepastelisi ominaisella tyylillään… Kitaralinjoissa on tarttuvia melodioita niin introssa kuin välikkeissäkin ja livenä outro venyi hieman pidemmäksi Noelin riffitellessä.

Tämähän oli keikkasuosikki alusta loppuun saakka, vaikka olikin välillä poissa settilistoilta hetkittäin. Viimeisellä rundilla Supersonic nousi uuteen loistoon kuulostaen paremmalta kuin kertaakaan vuoden 2000 jälkeen. Harmi että bändille kävi kuin kävi…

Mistäkö tämä kertoo? Sen voi jokainen kuulija kehitellä itselleen. Onpa taas mahtava biisi. “You need to find a way for what you wanna say / but before tomorrow / ’cause my friend said he’d take you home / he sits in a corner all alone / he lives under a waterfall / nobody can see him / nobody can ever hear him call”.

I need to be myself
I can’t be no one else
I’m feeling supersonic
Give me gin and tonic
You can have it all but how much do you want it?
You make me laugh
Give me your autograph
Can I ride with you in your B.M.W?
You can sail with me in my yellow submarine

You need to find out
’Cos no one’s gonna tell you what I’m on about
You need to find a way for what you want to say
But before tomorrow

’Cos my friend said he’d take you home
He sits in a corner all alone
He lives under a waterfall
Nobody can see him
Nobody can ever hear him call

You need to be yourself
You can’t be no one else
I know a girl called Elsa
She’s into Alka Seltzer
She sniffs it through a cane on a supersonic train
She made me laugh
I got her autograph
She done it with a doctor on a helicopter
She’s sniffin in her tissue
Sellin’ the Big Issue

She needs to find out
’Cos no one’s gonna tell you what I’m on about
She needs to find a way for what she wants to say
But before tomorrow

’Cos my friend said he’d take you home
He sits in a corner all alone
He lives under a waterfall
Nobody can see him
Nobody can ever hear him call”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8EHSd_QSoo