December 21st 1988 , my friend Noel Gallagher came to an audition for the role as lead singer with my band Inspiral Carpets, the audition was unsuccessful, but the eager Gallagher began to help out as an unpaid roadie, that developed into a full time job for him, working in our office and also travelling the world with us on tour.
A friend of mine lived next to Noel in the city centre India House flats, he told me Noel must have joined a band as he was seen leaving the flat every night with his guitar, Noel had kept this quiet from us, but when quizzed, he came clean and told us that he had joined his brothers band ‘Oasis’, who had in fact taken their name from an Inspiral Carpets tour poster (also to be found on here).
We found out Oasis had a gig booked at The Boardwalk, we couldn’t miss the chance of finally seeing Noel on stage performing for the first time, me and a some other members of the Inspiral Carpets went to see them play, I’d say there was at most 20 people in the audience that night.
They opened with a loop of ‘Columbia’, the first song Noel had presented to the band, even then he hadn’t penned any lyrics for it, I remember they did a cover of dance track by Cartouche called ‘Feel The Groove’ they called it ‘Better Let You Know’ they also played an acoustic track called ‘Life in Vain’ Noel said he thought the title of the track sounded too depressing, on the track listing he changed the title to the misspelt ‘Accoustic’.
Noel got Inspiral Carpets sound man Mark Coyle to record the gig direct from the mixing desk, producing a good quality live recording, (Mark went on to produce Definitely Maybe).
Shortly after the gig Noel was copying some cassettes in our offices to give out to the music industry, he kindly gave me a copy, its been hand decorated with highlighter and marker pen.
The track listing:
A Bit Of Columbia
Must Be The Music
Accoustic (sic) AKA. Life In Vain
Arkayla (sic) AKA. I Will Show You
Better Let You Know (cover version)
Take Me (Demo Autumn 91)
The last track ‘Take Me’ was taken from a demo recording in 1991 (it’s unsure if Noel played on this), Noel was said to be unhappy with this, therefore that recording never fully seen the light of day, so this live demo cassette tape has become known as the first ever recording with Noel in the band.
Craig Gill, 2015