Noel: Be Here Now followed "too quick"
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Noel Gallagher has explained why Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was 'bloated' saying it followed their second record "too quick".
Speaking on the BBC's Seven Ages of Rock programme, shown on BBC2 this Saturday at 21:00 BST, Noel described the immense freedom thrust upon the band which was mismanaged.
"It was too quick after Morning Glory," Noel said. "There was no kind of time to sit down and think, right, what are we going to do next."
He added: "We were given
unlimited studio time, wherever you want. 'Can I have a 40-piece orchestra?' 'Have a 100'. Why not? At the time we all thought it was the
greatest thing that had ever been committed to tape, but we were all on drugs."
The Oasis elder statesman described what was supposed to be the first single from the album, clocking in at over eight minutes and taking two minutes for the drums to kick in. "It's all feedback," Noel added.
The band also went on what Noel described as a "ridiculous" tour with Be Here Now, emerging from a "12ft phone box" every night.
Concluding the BBC's seven-part series, What the World is Waiting For will document the rise of British indie music from the Smiths to Arctic Monkeys.
Previous episodes have included punk rock, stadium rock and the likes of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.