Noel Gallagher Says Morrissey Helped Inspire Track on New Solo Album

Image Courtesy of Lawrence WatsonNoel Gallagher's High Flying Birds has a new album on the horizon, entitled Chasing Yesterday, and the former Oasis man has Morrissey to thank for the record's opening track. As Gallagher tells Q Magazine, the former Smiths frontman helped inspire the song, called "Riverman."

Gallagher says it all started when he, Moz and actor/comedian Russell Brand were hanging out together in a Los Angeles bar.

"We all go out to this bar and Morrissey brings this mix CD with him, because he hates listening to other people’s music," Gallagher says. "We were chatting away, bullying Russell mainly, and then Morrissey would point at the speaker and go, 'Name this tune!'"

One of the songs that Gallagher couldn’t name was "Pinball" by English musician Brian Protheroe. However, the horn-laden track inspired Gallagher to include saxophones on "Riverman."

"I have to thank Morrissey for that, but I will state that he’s not getting any f**king royalties for it. Or a credit," Gallagher says. "I'm just saying thank you now."

Chasing Yesterday will be released on March 3.

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