Everyone Covers Oasis' "Wonderwall" At Least Once In Their LifeBy Angela Wig
I’m pretty convinced that most people in the Western world know (at the very least) the chorus to Oasis' “Wonderwall.” This is one of the most covered songs in musical history. From other professionals, to children first learning the guitar, to drunken dads at birthday parties to parody singers, “Wonderwall” has been attempted by everyone and almost everyone has failed.
There is only one decent, respectable cover of “Wonderwall” and Cat Power did it—obviously. Chan Marshall is a rare songstress because she manages to make any cover she does sound like she actually wrote it herself. I think it has something to do with her limited guitar skills, which end up working in her benefit.
Anyway, aside from the fabulous Cat Power, everyone else has ruined “Wonderwall,” including Liam Gallagher. Let’s look at some of the winners.
When I watch these British pre-teen pop tarts lounge on the beach singing “Wonderwall” all together as though their matching khaki pants are a bonfire, all I can picture is Liam Gallagher walking over casually then kicking sand in their faces. He’d also probably smash their guitar and spit on them.
Lil J gives Miley Cyrus’s cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for a run for her money as the most annoying teenager wearing black leather singing a hit from the year she shot out her mother’s vagina.
The Mike Flowers Pops
Okay, fuck. This is kind of cool.
Obviously the concept of The Beastie Boys covering this song means that the song would be transformed into some weird-ass trippy joke. According to some, they covered “Wonderwall” the most when the tour hit Japan. They wore ill-fitting, matching outfits and yelled a lot, kind of like the Gallagher brothers themselves.
Why did Paul Anka decide to do this cover? Was he just driving around in his neutral-colored vintage convertible and suddenly, “Wonderwall” came and the radio and he snapped his fingers declaring, “That’s a jazz hit! I’m going to make this song really swing, cats!” Listening to this makes me realize that Paul Anka could take pretty much any song, turn it into a smooth swing track, and take any ounce of “cool” the song had in it and flush it down the toilet with one note.
Once upon a time, there was a bunch of turbo nerds from Australia who tried to do parody songs like Weird Al. They performed a version of “Wonderwall” in an attempt to insult Oasis. Something tells me they wouldn’t have had the balls to do this if they lived in Manchester during the late 90s when Liam was really into beating random people up.
When you write the song, it’s okay if you change the words or phrasing. It’s your song. However, when you fuck up the words and then look at your brother with a shameful face, it leads people to believe that you did not, in fact, write the song. Oh, Liam.
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