Oasis Leader Readying Songs For New Album

Oasis' Noel Gallagher has penned nine new songs; group may begin recording in early 1999.

Oasis mastermind Noel Gallagher already has penned nine songs for the British

pop-rock group's next album, according to a source at the band's London-based

management firm, Ignition. "There's no plan yet when they will release it," said the

source, who requested anonymity, "but he's been working on these new songs for a bit

now."

Although Gallagher previously said he was not interested in releasing a new album

before 2000, the source speculated that the group would begin recording the new

material in early 1999.

The album would be Oasis' first release of new songs since 1997's disappointing Be

Here Now, the follow-up to their more than five-times platinum (more than five million

copies) 1995 sophomore smash, (What's the Story) Morning Glory.

The band -- which also includes singer (and Noel's younger brother) Liam Gallagher,

guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, bassist Paul McGuigan and drummer Alan White --

recently released a B-sides album, The Masterplan, which features such live

staples as "Acquiesce" (RealAudio excerpt).

The source said no live gigs or appearances currently are scheduled for 1999 and no

producer has been selected for the new studio album. Oasis' previous releases have

been produced by Owen Morris.

England's New Musical Express magazine recently reported Oasis will release a

new single in September. But the management source declined to comment on the

NME report, saying that it was just "Noel being Noel."

In late October, Johnny Hopkins, spokesman for the band's British label, Creation

Records, said Noel Gallagher already had been in a studio outside London for an

unspecified amount of time working on demos, with bandmembers stopping by to listen

to tracks-in-progress.

In a relatively quiet year for the outspoken band, most of the news surrounding Oasis in

1998 was of the non-musical variety. Singer Liam Gallagher avoided charges of

attacking a photographer in November when police decided not to pursue the case,

citing lack of evidence. In July, the irascible singer settled out of court with Australian fan

Ben Jones over an incident in which the 21-year-old Jones was allegedly a recipient of a

post-show head-butt from Gallagher.

Although Noel Gallagher has penned all of the band's songs to date, earlier this year

Liam Gallagher wrote an untitled homage to his five-year-old stepson, James, according

to an Ignition spokesperson. It is still unclear whether the song, recorded with Steve

Craddock, guitarist for British rock band Ocean Colour Scene, will make it onto the new

album.

Until more information surfaces, fans can look for a soon-to-be-released copy of Noel

Gallagher's remix of a song from the experimental Mo' Wax Records band UNKLE,

entitled "The Knock (Drums of Zep Noel Gallagher Remix)." The song, which features

vocals from Beastie Boy Mike D (born Michael Diamond), is the B-side to the upcoming

UNKLE track "Be There," a collaboration with former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown, due

in England on Feb. 1. According to the NME, the remixed track samples Led

Zeppelin's late drummer, John Bonham.