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Amorphous Androgynous on why their Noel Gallagher collaborations didn’t result in much

By | Published on Monday 11 May 2015

Noel Gallagher

Garry Cobain off of Amorphous Androgynous has been discussing his collaborations with Noel Gallagher.

As previously reported, Gallagher originally planned to release a collaborative album with Future Sound Of London’s psychedelic rock offshoot, but then he said the success of his debut solo record had delayed the venture somewhat, adding in October 2012 that the “moment had now passed” for the joint venture.

Speaking to the Guardian, Cobain says that their collaboration ran aground when it turned out that Gallagher wasn’t looking for quite the radical new sound he’d initially implied: “It started out promisingly. When Noel first came round to my house with a bunch of demos, he was strangely subdued and insecure. Oasis were past their sell-by date. I saw a guy with a guitar who needed something exciting. We were all over the press with our new vision of psychedelia and he leaned very heavily on us. He went into it with all the right intentions”.

But, Cobain goes on, “[while] the studio wasn’t disharmonious, I did have to work around his limitations and it quickly became apparent that rather than singing and playing differently, he wanted to do things exactly the same as ever. We tried to force him to write new material. But he dragged his heels and failed to stretch himself”

In the end Amorphous Androgynous did provide the backing tracks to two songs that appeared on Gallagher’s more recent High Flying Birds album ‘Chasing Yesterday’: ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘The Mexican’.

“We spent six months on them”, Cobain says. “[And] now people are citing ‘The Right Stuff’ as one of the best things he has done, and proof of how good he can be when he explores”.