The Masterplan (song)

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"The Masterplan"
Song by Oasis
from the album The Masterplan
Released30 October 1995
RecordedMay 1995, at Rockfield Studios, (South Wales)
GenreRock, Britpop
LabelCreation Records
Songwriter(s)Noel Gallagher
Producer(s)Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher
Stop the Clocks track listing
"Cigarettes & Alcohol"
""The Masterplan""
"Live Forever"

"The Masterplan" is a song by English rock band Oasis. It was written by lead guitarist, Noel Gallagher.

The song was first released as a B-side to the CD version of their hit single "Wonderwall" in October 1995. "The Masterplan" was also released with the Stop the Clocks EP in November 2006. It also shares the name with the 1998 B-side compilation album, The Masterplan, on which it is featured as the last track.

Noel Gallagher has regularly declared "The Masterplan" as one of the best songs he has ever written. However, he regrets the fact that it was first released as a B-side, admitting he was "young and stupid", when he made that decision. He also claims that Creation Records boss, Alan McGee, upon hearing the song, told Noel it was "too good" to be a B-side. Noel reportedly replied, "Well, I don't write shit songs!".[1]

"The Masterplan" is sung by Noel, and features all band members except for Liam Gallagher, in addition to an orchestra. The song features a backwards guitar solo after the first chorus. Approximately 30 seconds from the end of the song, Noel can be heard singing the chorus from "Octopus's Garden" by The Beatles.

The song is included in Oasis' album Stop the Clocks. An animated video was created to promote the album.

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  1. 3FM interview, November 24, 2005