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"Roll with It" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released on 14 August 1995 as the second single (the lead single) from their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

"Roll with It"
Oasis, Roll With It single.png
Single by Oasis
from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
B-side
  • "It's Better People"
  • "Rockin' Chair"
  • "Live Forever" (Live at Glastonbury '95)
Released14 August 1995
FormatCD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
RecordedRockfield Studios, (South Wales), 1995
Genre
Length3:59
LabelCreation
Songwriter(s)Noel Gallagher
Producer(s)Owen Morris
Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Some Might Say"
(1995)
"Roll with It"
(1995)
"Morning Glory"
(1995)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? track listing
12 tracks
  1. "Hello"
  2. "Roll with It"
  3. "Wonderwall"
  4. "Don't Look Back in Anger"
  5. "Hey Now!"
  6. Untitled
  7. "Some Might Say"
  8. "Cast No Shadow"
  9. "She's Electric"
  10. "Morning Glory"
  11. Untitled
  12. "Champagne Supernova"

Contents

'Battle' with BlurEdit

"Roll with It" received a great deal of attention when Food Records, the label of Britpop rivals Blur, moved the original release date of the single "Country House" to clash with it, sparking what came to be known as "The Battle of Britpop"[citation needed]. The British media had already reported an intense rivalry between the two bands and this clash of releases was seen as a battle for the number one spot. The media sensation was spurred on by verbal attacks from the respective camps (in particular Noel and Liam Gallagher, Damon Albarn and Alex James), that extended beyond the music industry to the point where the two bands were regularly mentioned on the evening news[citation needed]. In particular, public imagination was sparked by the contrast between the gritty, working class Oasis and the artsy, middle class Blur. In the end, Blur's "Country House" single sold 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 copies of "Roll with It". The singles charted at number 1 and number 2 respectively.[2]

Top of the Pops performanceEdit

When Oasis played "Roll with It" on British chart show Top of the Pops they were required to mime the song, and in doing so the Gallagher brothers switched roles with Liam pretending to play guitar and Noel pretending to sing (equipped with Liam's tambourine).[3]

MarketingEdit

The single artwork features a photograph of the band on the beach at Weston-super-Mare. Many potential locations were examined along the Somerset and Avon coastline (Oasis were playing Glastonbury that weekend, so a beach within striking distance of the festival site had to be found).[4] In the background is the Grand Pier which burnt down in July 2008. This has made the original vinyl artwork (particularly the 12" single) highly collectible.[citation needed]

Oasis had been following in the footsteps of their idols The Beatles, who were photographed on the beach wearing Victorian bathing costumes in 1963.[citation needed]

ThemesEdit

The song is like several other Oasis songs, such as "Supersonic", in that it preaches the importance of being yourself.

UsesEdit

The song had made it back into Oasis' live set-list, being played on their 2009 stadium tour.

When Manchester City won the FA Cup final in 2011, "Roll With It" was played through the PA of Wembley Stadium. It has since been played at the end of most of the home games at the Etihad Stadium.

The song was used by Team England (Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis) as their walk-on music at the 2012 PDC World Cup of Darts.

The melody for this song also appears in part in The Lemonheads' song "Purple Parallelogram", which was co-written between Noel Gallagher and Evan Dando[citation needed].

The song's chorus is frequently played as background music for the Fox Sports English Premier League adverts in Australia.

"Roll With It" is regularly played after matches at Celtic Park.[citation needed]

"Roll With It" featured at the end of the Red Nose Day 2015 sketch titled "Who's Got What It Takes to Be a National Treasure", which featured a cameo appearance from Liam Gallagher who was made a National Treasure by Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith.

In Mexico was used for a 1997 CONACULTA TV Spot.

Track listingEdit

  • CD (CRESCD 212)
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  3. "Rockin' Chair" - 4:36
  4. "Live Forever" (Live at Glastonbury '95) - 4:40
  • 7" (CRE 212)
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  • 12" (CRE 212T)
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  3. "Rockin' Chair" - 4:36
  • Cassette (CRECS 212)
  1. "Roll with It" - 4:00
  2. "It's Better People" - 3:59
  • Australian CD (HES 662325-5)
  1. "Roll with It"
  2. "Talk Tonight"
  3. "Acquiesce"
  4. "Headshrinker"
  • "Headshrinker" was a B-side of the band's previous UK single "Some Might Say" and was one of the last tracks to feature original Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll.
  • "Live Forever" was recorded live at the Glastonbury Festival on 23 June 1995.

PersonnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oasis — Roll With It — Listen and discover music at Last.fm".
  2. ^ BBC. "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock - Events - Blur vs Oasis".
  3. ^ "Oasis Make A Mockery Of Top Of The Pops As Nirvana Did". FeelNumb.com.
  4. ^ "Oasis - Microdot Creative".
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Oasis – Roll With It". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9925." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  7. ^ "Oasis: Roll With It" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  8. ^ "Tonlist Top 40". DV. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Roll with It". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Oasis – Roll With It". VG-lista.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Oasis – Roll With It". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Notowanie nr719" (in Polish). LP3. 10 November 1995. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Oasis – Roll With It". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 1995" (in Swedish). Topplistan. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Singles 1995". Music Week. 13 January 1996. p. 9.
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Oasis – Roll with It". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 June 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Roll with It in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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