Don't Stop...

"Don't Stop..." is a song by the English rock band Oasis. Released as a single on 30 April 2020, it was the first track to be released from the band in over 11 years since their 2009 single "Falling Down".[1] Written and sung by Noel Gallagher, the song is a lo-fi acoustic demo of an unreleased song believed to have been originally recorded in the mid-2000s. The song is undated, but the music journalist Alexis Petridis speculates it was intended for release on either the Don't Believe the Truth or Dig Out Your Soul albums, recorded with Oasis.

"Don't Stop..."
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Single by Oasis
Released30 April 2020
Recordedc. 2005
GenreRock
Length4:56
LabelBig Brother
Songwriter(s)Noel Gallagher
Producer(s)Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Falling Down"
(2009)
"Don't Stop..."
(2020)

"I've had infinite time to kill lately so I thought I'd finally look and find out what was actually on the hundreds of faceless unmarked CDs I've got lying around at home. As fate would have it, I have stumbled across an old demo which I thought had been lost for ever... Hope everyone is staying safe and trying to ride out the lockdown with a minimum of fuss. You're welcome by the way."

—Noel Gallagher, 29 April 2020

BackgroundEdit

Until its release, the song was only known from its presence on a rough soundcheck tape recorded before a performance in Hong Kong "about 15 years ago", tweeted Gallagher the day before its release.[1] He stated that he had found the song on a seemingly-blank CD as a result of the lockdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, which drove him to look through old material.[2][3] Due to Gallagher stating that he thought the song was "lost forever", it appears to have been the only existing copy of the song.[3]

Release and receptionEdit

The BBC's Mark Savage described the song as "a laid-back, acoustic ballad ... sharing its DNA with classic Oasis songs" as "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" and "Don't Look Back in Anger". The Guardian also reacted positively to the song, called it "one of Noel Gallagher’s best latter-day efforts".[4]

In response to the announcement, Gallagher's ex-Oasis bandmate and younger brother, Liam, tweeted, "Oi tofu boy if your [sic] gonna release old demos make sure im [sic] singing on it and boneheads [sic] playing guitar on it if not it's not worth a wank as you were LG x".[3] Liam also accused Noel of overdubbing the raw recording in a recording studio, calling it a "PR stunt", although The Independent suggested that Liam had claimed to have been "disappointed" at not featuring on the single.[5] Despite this, he later stated that he thought the song was "not a bad tune".[6][non-primary source needed]

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for "Don't Stop..."
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Scotland (OCC)[7] 10
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 80

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (29 April 2020). "Noel Gallagher announces release of lost Oasis song". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Noel Gallagher is sharing a previously unreleased Oasis song at midnight". The Independent. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Oasis: Liam Gallagher sparks fresh row with brother after Noel releases 'lost' track". Sky News. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (30 April 2020). "Oasis: Don't Stop… review – optimistic lost song is a minor gem". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "'Oi tofu boy': Liam Gallagher calls Noel's new Oasis release a 'PR stunt'". The Independent. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  6. ^ "'It's not a bad tune it's just executed in a way that doesn't appeal to me'". 1 May 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 May 2020.