The Masterplan

WRITTEN: Hotel room in Japan at 4 or 5 in the morning. (Masterplan promo interview). August 1995? I wrote that in a hotel room in Japan. (NME, 7th November 1998)
RECORDED: Rockfield Studios, South Wales - May 1995 (correct? see japan info?)
COMMENTS: Written fot a b-side. Songwriting: "the thing just came out". Put in intro on afterwords. Noel likes every lyric, singing, playing. Most complete thing he ever done in the studio. Guitar solo random notes put backwards with a couple of notes taken out. Couple of days spent on the intro and brass. (Masterplan promo interview)

"looking back on it, it's the only song where I think I got it right. I got the sound of it right in the studio, I got the words right…When I was writing the lyrics down and I read them back, I thought, 'F*g hell, this is it! I've come of age as a lyricist! I'm gonna be really good from now on!' I was really f*g proud of it and I still am. It's everybody's favourite B-side. I think it's the best song I've ever written. But I was gutted because Our Kid - who loves it, it's one of his favourites - but he was just walking around going, 'You f*g knobhead! Why did you write that now? Why couldn't you have waited for a year so it could go on the next album? Or why didn't you write it for the last album, you f*g dick!' And he works himself up into a frenzy where he hates me for writing this great song at that particular point. And I'm going, 'So basically what you're syaing is you love me and it's a great song?' 'Yeah! You f*g knobhead!'"
Were you always going to sing it? (NME, 7th November 1998)
The fact that it's a b-side is incredible, I don't know what the fuck I was thinking. I was young and stupid. If that would have beeen the first single off be here now, it would have had a very different feel to it. We were literally in the studio and someone said "we need another track" and i said, "i have this song claled the masterplan". and it started off on an acoustic guitar and it jsut built and built and built and by teh time we got the orchestra in it we were committed to using it as a b-side. in a kind of way, you can take a perverse please out of it cos it does people's heads in. (Noel, Giel - 24th November 2005)

OTHERS: Strings and Horns/Brass arranged by Nick Ingman and Noel Gallagher. Trumpets by Steve Sidwell, Derek Watkins and John Barclay. Tenor sax by Phil Todd and Dave Bishop. Violins by Gavyn Wright, Wilf Gibson, Perry Montague Mason and Vaughan Armon. Viola by George Robertson and Bill Hawkes. Cello by Tony Pleeth and Paul Klegg.
LIVE (BAND) DEBUT: Maine Road, Manchester - 27th April 1996

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