Potatoes have long memories! We’re nearing the 20th anniversary of Be Here Now, Oasis’ grand and bloated third album, the one they made when they were absolutely on top of the universe and when they couldn’t imagine that they wouldn’t stay there forever. And as the third in a series of 20th-anniversary Oasis reissues, Big Brother Recordings is planning a grand, deluxe Be Here Now 20th-anniversary reissue. It’ll include a version of the album that’s been remastered from the original tapes, as well as a set of unreleased demos that the band recorded in 1996, and some rare tracks from that era. It’ll also include a new version of the gloriously meaningless first single “D’You Know What I Mean?” — the one with the helicopters in the video — that co-leader Noel Gallagher recently put together. Gallagher says that he had been planning on remixing the entire album but that he only got as far as the first song. If possible, the new version of the song sounds even more grand and silly than the original. Listen to it and read some words from Noel about it below.
Noel Gallagher writes:
As the years went by I’d started to accept that the songs on Be Here Now were in fact insanely long… too long! Someone (I can’t remember who) had the idea that we re-visit, re-edit the entire album for posterity’s sake. We got as far as the first track before we couldn’t be arsed anymore and gave up….it does sound fucking mega though!
Be Here Now: Chasing The Sun Edition is out 10/7 on Big Brother Recordings. Also, Noel’s brother and forever-enemy Liam Gallagher is teasing some new music of his own in his own inimitable fashion:
Be afraid you so called troubadours and you plastic rock n rollers give your paper crown 1 last cuddle coz I'm on my way LG X
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 21, 2016
UPDATE: Here’s the video for the rework featuring previously unreleased footage.
And a statement from the directors Dom & Nic:
Back in those heady days we shot the video on beautiful looking 35mm film, then the height of movie making technology, just like it was a feature film. Shooting like that today would be unthinkable for a music video of this scale, film simply costs too much compared with digital cameras for all but the most extravagant projects. We also had the help of The British Army who cleverly saw it as the perfect recruitment drive, though questions were later asked in the House of Commons concerning the British taxpayers helping Oasis make music videos!
We were also shooting at the location where Stanley Kubrick made the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket’ complete with bombed out buildings which was private land so we could do whatever we wanted, despite the police and London City Airport threatening to shut us down at any moment.
The 35mm film from the original shoot had been stored safely in the Oasis archive, which meant we could go back to the original film to re-master and recreate the video. This was the film equivalent of finding the band’s long lost studio master tapes in pristine condition. During the process of re-editing we discovered even more powerful performance moments from the band, more epic helicopter shots and a new pacing with greater drama and energy than before.