13 June 2015

On This Day In Oasis History...















"Shakermaker" is a song by British rock group Oasis, written by their lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. First appearing as a single, released on the 13th June 1994, which peaked at number 11 in the UK charts, it was later released on Oasis' groundbreaking debut album Definitely Maybe. It was also the first song performed by the band on the UK's world famous music program, Top Of The Pops.

Gallagher admits the lyrics are taken from the world around him, for example, a Shaker Maker was a popular toy in the 1970s, the character of "Mr Soft" was taken from a Trebour Soft Mints commercial, which featured Cockney Rebel's song "Mr Soft", "Mr. Clean" is a song by The Jam, one of Gallagher's favourite bands, "Mr Benn" is a British children's cartoon and the entire last verse - Mr Sifter sold me songs/When I was just 16/Now he stops at traffic lights/But only when they're green - was written in a taxi on the way to the recording studio to record the song. Apparently, Liam Gallagher was pestering Noel to finish the song. At this point, the taxi stopped at the traffic lights outside 'Sifter's"' (a record shop in Burnage, Manchester). Noel penned the lyric and it became part of the song. Noel used to frequent the store to buy old records before Oasis started releasing albums and Mr Sifter refers to the owner of the record store.

















Track listings

CD CRESCD 182
"Shakermaker" - 5:11
"D'yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?" - 2:41
"Alive (8 Track Demo)" - 3:56
"Bring It On Down" (Live) - 4:17

7" CRE 182
"Shakermaker" - 5:11
"D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?" - 2:41

12" CRE 182T
"Shakermaker" - 5:11
"D'yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?" - 2:41
"Alive (8 Track Demo)" - 3:56

Cassette CRECS 182
"Shakermaker" - 5:11
"D'yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?" - 2:41

Music Video



The field they are playing football in is Didsbury Toc H rugby field in Ford Lane (Didsbury South Manchester) near Fletcher moss.

The Album Liam shows to the camera is Paul McCartney's Red Rose Speedway from 1973.

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