Track previously named 'Velvet Building' and was planned for release in 2004 on Oasis EP
Grace Carroll

10:51 11th April 2013

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Beady Eye member Gem Archer has revealed that the band's latest track 'Flick Of The Finger' was originally meant for Oasis.

The song was previously titled 'Velvet Building' and was going to be on a 2004 EP, produced by Death In Vegas, before Oasis scrapped those plans. The track has been changed since then - new lyrics have been added, as well as a brass accompaniment and a spoken word section read by Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak.

"It was on cassette, that's how long ago it was," Archer told Shortlist magazine about the recording the original song. He went on to speak about the collaboration with Novak, adding, "We needed to re-record it anyway, and Kayvan came on board to do it. I just love that it's this heavy, heavy piece of wordage, but delivered by Fonejacker."

Liam chimed in, "So that's the only guest appearance on the album - Fonejacker. And the first thing that people will hear of our new stuff is his voice, 'Say what you believe.' So he's lucked out there, the little f**ker!"

Beady Eye live at Brixton Academy in 2011

The spoken word piece is taken from Tariq Ali's book Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography Of The Sixties. Novak said that he was asked to do the track after performing an Oasis track on his show Fonejacker - albeit while pretending to be a mouse.

"We recorded it round Gem's house and Andy and Liam were there in big fur coats," he explained. "They like the show - the mouse is their favourite. I did a call where I was a mouse calling a talent agency, telling them I was an Oasis tribute act and sang 'She's Electric' down the phone."

The many faces of Liam Gallagher - and they're all the same

  • 1997: Globe Arena, Stockholm

  • 2005: The Point Theatre, Dublin

  • 2007: BRIT Awards, London

  • 2008: Odyssey Arena, Belfast

  • 2009: Assago Forum, Milan

  • 2009: Heineken Music Hall

  • 2011: Heineken Music Hall, Amersterdam

  • 2011: The Troxy, London

  • 2011: The Atlantico, Rome

  • 2011: Brixton Academy, London

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