At the end of the monumental hit movie Back to the Future, as a joke, the time-travelling Delorean containing Doc Brown and Marty McFly alongside Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer, takes off and zooms into the year 2015. Doc utters the words “roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!” and the credits roll. The creators of the film never intended to make a sequel and ending the Back to the Future in this way created problems they’d struggle with once a sequel became inevitable, problems being the flying vehicle, and the presence of Marty’s girlfriend.
The second any film goes into the future, the makers are on a hiding to nothing because the majority of the future we see will be guess work. We are still waiting for a motorway in the sky and flying cars, for instance, but multi channel television screens are a thing, house security is pretty much where they said it would be and we had enough fun pubs in the nineties to show you the cafe 80’s looked positively prophetic.
One of the major plot points centres around a sports almanac Marty buys in an ‘antique’ store. In Hill Valley of 2015, books and magazines are considered artefacts of a bygone age. We watched that at the time and we thought it was funny.
Noel Gallagher releases the single ‘Dream On’ on March 12th. It’s the fourth single release from the album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and as always with Mr Gallagher, the B-Side is worth a listen. It features a song which is included on his collaboration with the Amorphous Androgynous. The full album of 18 songs features completely new material and 3 re-workings of tracks featured on HFB (including this, Shoot A Hole Into The Sun, reworked from If I Had a Gun and played before Noel takes to the stage on his live tour). The song is also briefly featured in the Ride the Tiger video trilogy of If I Had a Gun, The Death of You and Me and AKA What A Life!
“I’d go back to the beginning tomorrow, as long as I ended up here today” – Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher’s plans to return to the music world with a whisper rather than a bang don’t seem to have worked. Since the Chief himself sat in the press conference in the summer and announced the debut album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds everyone has been talking about it. In fact the lid was blown off the plans when another band tweeted about his presence at the studio in Los Angeles. So now, with the dust settled, the promotional interviews done and dusted and the tour underway, was the wait…the hype and the expectation worth it? Given to Sound answers with a resounding YES.
We are a few weeks away from the release of the album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The words highly and anticipated would be used here but you can take that as a given. When Noel’s former group imploded so publicly and the Brothers Gallagher went their separate ways everyone waited to see what roads each took but the writing was already on the wall; Liam carried on driving in a new motor made of trusted parts. It’s good that they continued, there is an audience out there for them. There are some that will like both Noel’s and Liam’s offerings, some that like either and some that like neither. The latter lot probably don’t think Oasis did anything remotely noteworthy after 1995.