#53 -- Fuckin' In The Bushes

Album: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

The best non-lyrical album and show-opening track I can think of off the top of my head, period. If I were to rank just the first songs on each album on their merits as openers, this would be right behind D’You Know What I Mean. Great jam, and a super tune for the band to walk out to on stage. I just wish they ever played it live instead of entered with the recorded version. Fun. Nice. Life. Beautiful. I’m all for it.

#54 -- Solve My Mystery/Revolution Song

Album: Unreleased (demo)

As this is just an unreleased SOTSOG demo, I’ve heard it called both titles. If you can find it, I recommend you download it. “They told me that I lost my mind/but I believe that I rule the world” is one of my favorite Oasis lines ever. I have no clue whatsoever why they didn’t release this on an album yet. If they do, I hope Noel thinks of something better for the first line (“They took my faith/they put it in a headlock…”), uugh. Try to ignore that one while you listen to the rest of it.

#55 -- (You've Got) The Heart of a Star

Album: Songbird (single)

This would be a lot easier to find on my iPod if the damn title didn’t start with a parenthesis. Oh well. It’s a beautiful song, and another one that speaks to something deep inside me. The middle is a little quirky – almost sounds like a vagabond band until everything drops out on the offbeat and Noel’s voice just echoes. Chills. Every time.

#56 -- Let's All Make Believe

Album: Go Let It Out! (single)

Of all the SOTSOG-era B-sides, this one is almost the most frustrating – in the sense it should have been on the album, it’s so good. The lyrics are phenomenal – some of Noel’s best, and the whole thing sounds like it was written specifically around Liam’s vocal style. It all works so well. As a B-side to Go Let it Out, it couldn’t be a bigger contrast, but in a lot of ways, those are the B-sides that work the best.

#57 -- Rockin Chair

Album: The Masterplan

The lyrics to this one really strike a chord with me – they seem to describe a lot of the places I’ve been and the way I look back upon them. Noel has said this is a really old song, but if it weren’t for Liam’s voice, I’d assume it was more recent. So simple, yet so soulful – it’s like the song would convey the same feelings even without the lyrics. I love the organ in the background too.

#58 -- (It's Good) To Be Free

Album: The Masterplan

The first B-side to Whatever, (It’s Good) To Be Free was recorded on the same day. Very much like a slower Columbia with some annoying microphone feedback at the beginning. I really like this track – the lyrics fit well with everything else on the Masterplan – it seems more went into then than most of the A-sides on other albums. It’s just laden with quotable lines. The guitar bridge is simple, yet rockin, and the accordion music at the end is well, strangely cute.

#59 -- Carry Us All

Album: Sunday Morning Call (single)

I don’t like this song too much, and I’m not sure why. It’s great, the lyrics are classic Noel – poetic, deep, yet nonsensical in places. Neat guitar work, and cool backing vocals at the end, but a little bleak and dreary for my tastes. I can’t deny that it’s a great song though – very much like Lets All Make Believe and enough like the A-side (Sunday Morning Call), but not quite as good as either, but probably better still than quite a few of the songs on SOTSOG.