Writing To Reach You
"'Writing To Reach You' was actually inspired by Franz Kafka's Letters To Felice. He wrote to this woman he was in love with hundreds of times, yet never met her. None of her replies are in the book, so you have to piece together their relationship. I was reading that one day, and 'Wonderwall' came on the radio. I nicked the chords, then changed the rhythm and the melody. I'm pleased we managed to draw on Kafka and Oasis in the same song."
"I actually wrote 'The Fear' about a year before we even had a record deal. I was on the dole and I was scared that I was going to get chucked by my girlfriend. I'd much rather write about the politics of the heart and the things that really matter to people."
As You Are
"At the end of the train journey this guy gave us this little poem on a piece of paper: 'As you are/So once was I/Remember this, as time goes by/As I am now/Soon you will be/Remember this, and pray for me.' I was telling manager about that the other day, and he said: 'Right - so that's where 'As You Are' on the new album comes from'. I hadn't even thought about it."
"I was doing the dishes one day and I started singing 'You're driftwood, de de de de de de', so I ran upstairs, put the tape on, went back downstairs and forgot all about it. I went back to it the next day and all you can hear is me walking about for two hours, Andy coming round, making cups of tea, this guy coming to fix the phone and I was going, 'I've lost it, oh fuck, I knew it had a good tune.' Then about 30 seconds before the tape runs out I sing it again."
"I think it's about how if you go around and you don't really do anything with your life, basically, if you act like a bit of driftwood, you'll end up like a bit of driftwood."
The Last Laugh Of The Laughter
"I wrote that on holiday in Israel, on a boat with these four French hairdressers I'd met in the hotel. I got them to translate lines in the song and by teh time they'd done it, I'd finished the music. One of the girls fancied herself as a bit of a singer, so she sang the French lines. When I listened to the tape, she was singing it better than me."
"It was written at the same time as 'All I Want To Do Is Rock' on this little island off the west coast of Scotland. It was the first time I'd gone off to write somewhere, done it properly. It's kind of a list of wishes."
Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
"Most of the time, I'm racked - there's a song on the album called 'Why Does It Always Rain on Me?', which is probably to do with coming from Glasgow. There's a line in the second verse that says, 'I can't stand myself'. It's like the line in 'The Line Is Fine' - 'Look at me I'm so disgusting.' I'm an eternal..."
"I went on holiday after we did the first record and it was like suppose to be sunny and it like, pissed with rain the whole fuckin' time I was there and it was a shite holiday but I got this song out of it. I wrote it to cheer myself up and it's done us good."
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"I wrote it when my ex-girlfriend left to go to St Andrew's University. I was feeling really, really shit so I sent her the four-track demo. I saw her at Christmas and said, 'Did you get it?' and she was like 'No'. But I knew it had got to her."
She's So Strange
"I saw Pyscho and it came from there. Except the bit with the girl with the moustache, I don't know where that came from. It rhymed with cash. It's about a woman who rips off the company she works with. It's an old song from five years ago."
"That's about the way that, if you're sitting in the car and you hear a song on the radio, suddenly it takes you back about ten years and all these feelings come rushing back - to me it's like a slide show."
Blue Flashing Light
"It was recorded during a b-side session after we'd finished the album. But it's an odd song, we couldn't just stick it in the middle of the album bacause it'd blow the whole continuity of gentleness, so we put it on as a secret track. It still scares the shit out of me cos I forget it's there."