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35 things you (probably) didn’t know about ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’

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(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? is quite simply one of the greatest British albums of all-time; a record which propelled Oasis into the stratosphere, coming to help define a generation and culminating in their two shows at Knebworth, where they played to half a million people (a staggering 2.6m people applied for tickets).

Here’s a chance to brush up on your knowledge by discovering 35 things that you probably didn’t know about the record.

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    The album sold 347,000 copies in its first week on sale - at the time, the second fastest-selling album of all time, after Bad by Michael Jackson.

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    The video for Some Might Say is made up of footage from the Cigarettes and Alcohol, Whatever and US Supersonic videos - Liam didn't turn up for the planned video shoot for the new video.

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    Owen Morris produced the album following the recording of Verve's A Northern Soul - a job he got after Noel recommended him to Richard Ashcroft.

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    The sleevenotes give 'Eternal respect to P.W. and P.H.' - The former is Paul Weller, the latter was the official Oasis biographer Paolo Hewitt.

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    Tony McCarroll plays drums on Some Might Say - Alan White was in the drummer's chair for every other song.

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    B-side Step Out was originally supposed to be on the album as track 8, but had to be removed due to the threat of legal action from Stevie Wonder's estate, who claimed that it sounded too similar to Uptight (Everything's Alright).

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    Legend has it that Noel wrote Cast No Shadow when he was stuck on a train under the River Severn for two hours on his way back to the studio.

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    Owen Morris claimed that the album was recorded in just 15 days - the first 5 days saw Roll With It, Hello, Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger and Champagne Supernova recoreded in consecutive days. After a two day break, they then recorded Morning Glory, She's Electric, Cast No Shadow, Step Out, Hey Now! and then Bonehead's Bank Holiday.

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    The two figures on the album cover are DJ Sean Rowley (pictured), who founded club night Guilty Pleasures, and album sleeve designer Brian Cannon. Cannon has his back to the camera. Producer Owen Morris can also be seen in the background, holding the album's master tape in front of his face.

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    The Roll With It vs Country House chart war saw overall singles sales that week rise by an incredible 41%.

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    Hello was written in 1992, with Noel's believed to have always wanted to open the second album with it.

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    The album didn't leave the top 3 of the album chart for an amazing seven months.

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    Gary Glitter and Mike Leander are listed as co-writers for Hello, due to the 'Hello, hello, it's good to be back' lyric, taken from Glitter's 1973 hit Hello, Hello I'm Back Again.

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    Noel had Stand By Me, Don't Go Away and All Around The World already written during the sessions for (What's The Story) Morning Glory? but decided to hold them back for the third album.

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    The cover of Some Might Say features Cromford station near Matlock in Derbyshire, a Grade II listed building built in 1860.

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    The video for Wonderwall features Scott McLeod, who briefly replaced Paul McGuigan when he left the band suffering from exhaustion.

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    The use of The Swamp Song's two clips were inspired by Paul Weller doing the same thing on his 1993 album Wildwood.

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    There were originally plans to release every song from the album as a 7 inch single, with a cover as the B-side, but this never happened.

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    The bass on Wonderwall is played by Noel.

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    The Swamp Song, heard on the two instrumentals, was based on the drum track recorded at Glastonbury 1995 - Alan White's second-ever Oasis gig.

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    Hey Now! has never been played live.

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    The girl on the front of the Wonderwall cover was a girl from Creation Records called Anita Heyert.

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    Early pressings of Roll With It had the wrong music pressed: an obscure reggae artist instead of Oasis.

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    The cover photograph of Roll With It was taken on Western-Super-Mare beach, with the Grand Pier behind them, which burned down in 2008.

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    Part of the melody for Roll With It also appears in Purple Parallelogram by the Lemonheads, which was co-written by Evan Dando and Noel Gallagher - it was originally supposed to be on their 1996 album Car Button Cloth but was removed at Noel's request.

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    Urban Cookie Collective recorded a dance version of Champagne Supernova but Noel stopped them releasing it as a single.

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    Wonderwall was kept off the UK no.1 singles spot by Robson & Jerome's I Believe/Up On The Roof.

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    She's Electric wasn't performed live until 2001.

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    Morning Glory was originally two songs which were combined together; the one second clip at the end is Soul II Soul's Love Enuff, a July '95 hit at the time of the album's mixing.

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    (What's the Story) Morning Glory? has sold 22 million copies worldwide.

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    The single cover of Don't Look Back In Anger is a tribute to the time when Ringo Starr briefly left the Beatles and, after persuading him to return, decorated his drum kit in red, white and blue flowers.

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    Oasis became the first band to perform two songs on Top Of The Pops since The Jam when they played Don't Look Back in Anger and Cum On Feel The Noize.

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    Morning Glory was released in Australia and also released to radio in the US.

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    Paul Weller plays harmonica on Untitled (#1 and #2), as well as contributing guitar and backing vocals to Champagne Supernova.

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    Noel wanted to sing lead vocals on either Wonderwall or Don't Look Back In Anger. He gave Liam the choice, but played him Wonderwall first, which Liam promptly chose; many believe this is because he actually wanted Don't Look Back In Anger for himself. If he did, it worked.

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