July 24, 2021

The song from the 50s that the group plagiarized to create “Wonderwall”

There were several successes that Oasis it harvested during its almost 20-year history, however; perhaps some will not know that many of these radio hits borrow chords and lyrics from other compositions, a practice that many call plagiarism.

Examples there are some. The mega hit “Don’t Look Back In Anger” has an intro very similar to that of “Imagine” by John Lennon; “Hello” takes the chords and some verses from “Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again” by Gary Glitter and the rhythm of “Cigarretes and Alcohol” is basically the same as “Get In On” by T-Rex (here even the band paid royalties).

And what can we say about “Wonderwall”, the most famous song of Oasis? That has not been saved from accusations of plagiarism either. The pair of Gallagher was noted for subtly integrating some rhythmic lines from “Bonnie and Clyde” by Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot, an old song, from 1968.

However; once there was also a rumor that Oasis he had actually completely copied “Wonderwall” from an ensemble called The Mike Flowers Pops, but in reality it was all about a radio tricks, which naturally made the blood of Noel Gallagher 🌋.

Someone from Radio 1 [de la BBC], said they had found the original “Wonderwall”. They put it on the radio so that people would say ‘oh these bastards, it’s a song from the’ 50s’.

I got a damn call. I was in the USA and it was like “Do you know Wonderwall?” and i said “of course“. “You wrote it, right?”, I replied, “Sure!”.

Appreciated this version in England and they claimed (….) They made me listen to it on the phone and I told them “They are a bunch of idiots.”

Vía ‘Lock the Box’.

The Mike Flowers Pops is a band of easy listening English led by Mike Flowers, whose real name is Mike Roberts. Became famous in UK back in 1995 when he released his own version / parody of “Wonderwall.”

The BBC producer, Will Saunders, recruited Flowers to appear with Kevin Greening and re-version the ‘Hits of 95’ for the Saturday show. “Wonderwall” was his first project.

Chris Evans heard the song and made it the “Single of the week”, telling listeners that it was the original version of the song. The topic was published under the name of The Mike Flowers Pops, and appeared while the original of Oasis it was still on the UK singles chart, and even made it to the Top 10. When asked Lou Reed if you ever heard anything of Oasis, He said:

Not that I know. Oh wonderwall? The one I know is that of Mike Flowers. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

After the success of “Wonderwall”, The Mike Flowers Pops He quickly went from performing in bars and small concert halls to touring festivals and the larger venues of Britain Y Europe, all thanks to “Wonderwall” 😅.