A new song from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was inspired by Morrissey
Noel Gallagher’s post-Oasis band High Flying Birds is coming up on the release of a new studio album, “Chasing Yesterday,” and one of the album’s tracks came from an unlikely inspiration: Morrissey. Speaking with Q Magazine, the former Smiths singer helped inspire the opening track on the album— a tune called “Riverman.”
Gallagher tells the tale of a night at a Los Angeles bar that saw him hanging out with Morrissey and comedian Russell Brand, as odd as that sounds.
“We all go out to this bar and Morrissey brings this mix CD with him, because he hates listening to other people’s music,” Gallagher said. “We were chatting away, bullying Russell mainly, and then Morrissey would point at the speaker and go, ‘Name this tune!'”
Gallagher wasn’t able to come up with the name of the song “Pinball” by Brian Protheroe, and the experience stuck out. After listening to the horn-heavy piece, Gallagher was inspired to include saxophones on his album.
“I have to thank Morrissey for that, but I will state that he’s not getting any…royalties for it. Or a credit,” Gallagher said. “I’m just saying thank you now.”
“Chasing Yesterday” will arrive on March 3.
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