Pre-Definitely Maybe Oasis demos

These 6 songs are believed to have been recorded in Stockport and Manchester in late 1991/1992. A demo tape was circulated at the time with these songs (with Demo 1 of Take Me) on it and you can see a picture of this demo tape here.

1. Colour My Life

(6:56)
There was a review of an early Oasis demo tape in the Christmas 1991 issue of Manchester listings magazine City Life by music editor Chris Sharratt. Two tracks were reviewed, 'Colour My Life' and 'Take Me', but it's not known if they were the same versions as you can hear on this website. He summed up the two tracks as,"interesting, but I’m not too excited." 'Colour My Life' was described as "[going] for the dramatic build-up here, first acoustic guitar, then pattering drums and bass, then vocals. A bit nasally in places, sort of like Dermo from 'Northside' but with a cold. In fact, the whole song is in that 'Northside' vein."

Listen to Noel discuss 'Colour My Life' in an interview for BBC Radio 1 on 6th September 2004 here.

2. Take Me

(Demo 1 - 3:17) (Demo 2 - 3:12)
This track was co-written by Liam and Bonehead. It was also demoed by Oasis before Noel joined in 1991. A tape of this demo session was auctioned on eBay in March 2003. Read two news reports on this sale here and here. It's not known if the demo from that tape was the same as Demo 1 or Demo 2 which you can download from this website.

Demo 2 is an alternative recording to Demo 1. A couple of lines are also slightly different.

There was a review of an early Oasis demo tape in the Christmas 1991 issue of Manchester listings magazine City Life by music editor Chris Sharratt. Two tracks were reviewed, 'Colour My Life' and 'Take Me', but it's not known if they were the same versions as you can hear below. He summed up the two tracks as,"interesting, but I’m not too excited." 'Take Me' was described as, "…urgent and weird, sort of Inspiral [Carpets] on psychedelics."

A demo tape with two mixes of the song was handed out by the band in 1992 to try and get on a local TV roadshow in 1992. This tape was sold at the eil.com store, read their description and see a picture of the tape here. This tape was recently put up for sale on eBay. You can see clearer pictures of the tape here. I asked the seller for information on the contents of the tape and he revealed that track 2 (entitled 'Take Me - Original Mix + Sirens') is the same as Demo 1 available on this website, but includes air-raid sirens at the beginning. He also revealed that track 1 (entitled 'Take Me - Bass Boost + Sirens') is "basically the same as the other one but with 'bass boost'." Demo 2 doesn't feature on the tape at all.

Listen to Clint Boon from the Inspiral Carpets play Noel an extract of Demo 2 here from an interview done in 2005. In it, Boon says the synthesiser on the track was one of his own that Oasis borrowed. He also thinks the track was recorded at the Out Of The Blue studios in Manchester.

In an interview for the July 1995 edition of Q magazine, Noel briefly mentioned the song whilst talking about his first Oasis gig in 1991. "There was about 20 people there and we did four songs [including] a song called 'Take Me' that Liam and Bonehead had wrote that I still wish to this day they would record and they won't."

Listen to Noel discuss 'Take Me' briefly in an interview for BBC Radio 1 on 6th September 2004 here.

In an interview with the programme 'My Top Eleven', recorded during Oasis' November/December 2005 tour of Australia, Noel briefly mentioned this song. "When I joined, they had two songs, one was called 'Take Me'. Very, very questionable title I've got to say. We used to call it 'Chase Me'." Listen to Noel here.

3. See The Sun

(5:54)

4. Must Be The Music
(3:38)

5. Better Let You Know

(4:35)
This was influenced by, and takes elements from, a 1990 house track called 'Feel The Groove' by Cartouche. Listen to a clip of one of the many different available mixes of that track here. Listen to Noel mention this track briefly in the BBC Radio 1 documentary, 'Oasis: What's The Story?' broadcast on the 4th February 1996 here.

In an interview for the July 1995 edition of Q magazine, Noel briefly mentioned the song whilst talking about his first Oasis gig. "There was about 20 people there and we did four songs [including] a cover of a house tune that I can't remember the name of and went on for about 20 minutes."

6. Snakebyte

(3:08)

When Oasis found the tape

In Paolo Hewitt's 1997 book 'Getting High: The Adventures Of Oasis', the author documents the time in 1996 when Noel came upon a copy of a new bootleg CD which included these tracks, and the moment where he revealed this to the rest of the band.

At about one-thirty in the morning, as the coach travelled towards St. Louis, Noel Gallagher stepped into the front area where Guigsy, Bonehead, Liam and Alan White were sitting, and said, 'Have I got a tape to play you.' 'What?' Liam quickly demanded. 'What you got? What is it?'. 'Ah, ah,' Noel said, bending down to slot the tape into the machine. He pressed the play button and then sat down with an all-knowing smile on his lips. 'Come on,' Liam demanded. 'What the fuck is it?' Suddenly, the old Oasis number 'Colour My Life' started up through the speakers. 'Fucking hell,' Bonehead exclaimed, 'it's us!' 'Where do you get it? Where do you get it?' Liam demanded. 'Bootleg CD that's just come out,' Noel informed him. 'No prizes guessing who's put it out.' 'Who?' Liam asked. 'Well, who else apart from us and Coyley would have access to rehearsal tapes or a gig from the Boardwalk?' Noel replied. For the next hour the band settled down, delighted to hear themselves and their music from four years ago. Songs such as 'Take Me', 'See The Sun', 'Must Be The Music', 'Better Let You Know', 'Snakebyte', 'I Will Show You' and the acoustic number 'Life In Vain', took them straight back to the Boardwalk, to rehearsing and dreaming, of Liam being regularly thrown out of the club, of Noel bouncing cheques to pay their way. Part of the CD also featured an early gig at the Boardwalk. 'There were four people at that gig,' Liam remembered, 'and we were fucking giving it to them. Come on, Oasis!' 'You know,' Noel commented as the last song died away, 'that's better than the Beatles' demo tape. Some of those lyrics aren't too bad. I think I'll use some of them.' Then he paused to think. 'How top would that be? I've ripped everybody else off. Now I'm ripping myself off.'

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