Nothing in the music industry can really be called original anymore. The phrase has always been that it takes a professional to borrow, but a genius to steal something from the rock industry. And since Noel Gallagher enjoys hanging out with geniuses, well, you can see where that leads.
Throughout Oasis’ tenure, Noel hasn’t been shy about tapping into his influences, whether it’s picking up lyrics from a Beatles track or referencing them by name. These are a little more serious this time around though, as Noel ended up taking bits of songs and just slotting them into an Oasis track without a care in the world.
Compared to the occasional surge here and there though, there’s practically a gold mine of songs that Noel has taken direct inspiration from over the years, with homages to specific tracks or melodies that sound extremely similar.
As much as you’d call that lazy of him, there’s a strange sense of arrogance that comes with these songs that only someone like the Gallagher Brothers could pull off.
Not all of these songs are created equal.
For the most part, Supersonic sounds pretty original, considering most of the song was written on the fly by Noel when the band was recording. He seemed to slack off when it came time to do that guitar part, however, it being extremely similar to the opening of George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord. From Noel’s perspective, it was completely unintentional, saying that this riff just came to him when he was playing rather than being premeditated.
If you move these two songs into the same key, the guitar parts are unmistakably similar, with Harrison’s version simply having a different guitar harmony added to the mix.
Any similarity to this particular track, however, is a bit ironic, since Harrison himself was called out for plagiarism for My Sweet Lord by the writers of He’s So Fine by the Rags.