One half of Manchester’s most famous brothers has agreed to release a lost Oasis track with all proceeds going to Manchester’s Canal Guardrail Charity (MCGC) who will use the proceeds to build guardrails on the towpaths of all the city’s canal sides.
The charity, headed by Skip Flipper, is hoping to put an end to the recent spate of accidents and possible murders across the city’s canal network. “It’s time for change,” said Mr Flipper. “We needed action and luckily for us Noel has agreed to help our plight by making canals safe again.”
Noel discovered the track on cassette after a lengthy spell in his attic trying to evict a family of pigeons who’d taken residence in the eaves of the singer’s London home.
Spokesperson for Mr Gallagher, Liz Balltickle, explained: “He’d separated everything the pigeons had shit on to be thrown, mostly songs Liam had written but amongst them he found old demo’s and decided to release the track for charity.”
“…[It’s] a sort of homage to the Scottish group The Proclaimers…”
The song, entitled Sunshine Saturdays, written by Noel and recorded during the group’s three-week recording session at Felch Farm in Stockport, the home of legendary record producer Zeb Knuckle. During that time other Manchester bands such as Rim Lords, Slagtastic and Shelby Johnson & the Piss Pots recorded seminal albums, but none of them reached the dizzy heights of fame like Oasis.
Winston Vesuvius, editor of Manchester record magazine Fuck Digital said: “I saw Oasis perform the track when they played one of their first gigs in The Goblin’s Bollock pub just off Whitworth Street. The song was unique because both Liam and Noel swapped vocal duties after each line in an homage to the Scottish group The Proclaimers. I’d never given up hope of hearing it again.”
But Ms Balltickle was quick to quash any rumours of an Oasis reunion. “No fucking chance; Noel’s too busy with his band. Over the years he has become concerned with public safety on Manchester canals and see’s the MCGC as a worthwhile cause. He’s been prolific about it on Twitter and Instagram, and at live shows he encourages fans not to use the canal towpaths to get home.”
Sunshine Saturdays is released on March 1st and if you would like to donate to the MCGC go to www.MCGC.co.uk/gotasparequidmate
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