Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 304
Tues, Nov 13, 2012
“It was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Noel Gallagher once said talking about his dynamic “Setting Sun” collaboration with The Chemical Brothers. For the psychedelic sequel “Let Forever Be” Gallagher admitted that the instrumental was better, not that I agree, but the original working title of “Setting Sun” was “Tomorrow Never Noels—” sounds like “Sun” was definitely meant to be.
“It’s fucking mad isn’t it? It’s totally twisted and full on. It was amazing that he managed to make a song out of the mono-tonal mess that we gave him. It was an amazing thing that he pulled it off.” Tom Rowlands said describing how Noel Gallagher came up with the lyrics to their number one UK smash “Setting Sun. The Brothers Chemical, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, discussed how “Setting Sun” came to life when Ed explained to The Quietus when he said, “Noel approached us. He came up to us at Glastonbury 1995. He came stumbling up to us and said he heard the [“Life is Sweet”] track we’d done with [Charlatans UK’s] Tim Burgess and said, ‘I’m fucking God’s gift to music at the minute. I can do that.’ We’d always had him in mind and when we had some of it done we gave him a tape and two days later he said he’d written it.”
Noel, himself, talked about the genre bending greatness that was “Setting Sun” when he said, “I think that’s what makes it what it is because you couldn’t put your finger on it. [The Chemical Brothers] seem to have a way for drums; for starters, they are one of the few dance acts to make a couple of pretty good fucking albums. It’s just fucking good. I like the fact that it can be quite scary and quite soulful as well. They are just mega. The Chemical Brothers are as good as it gets.”
What’s amazing is that Tom and Ed new what kind of Beatles fanatic Noel was and created the Revolver like template for Gallagher to sing over. Apparently it was too good because The Beatles Apple Corp filed copyright suit claiming Tom & Ed used unauthorized Beatles samples on “Setting Sun.” A musicologist proved that “Setting Sun” was a simply a sincere 1996 tribute to The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows” with a definite post modern spin.
Remember when electronic music made a statement trying to put a soulful face on dance music? The Chemical Brothers are the few acts still left standing with a legacy that reaches past the dance floors of their club scene grooves. The Chemical Brothers proved fearless with their big beat dedication to erasing genre labels, and reaching for the future with a few backbeats into the past, Tom and Ed took electronic music to a new mainstream stratosphere of success. Re-experience the rising grooves “Setting Sun.” From the ashes of Oasis comes this modern psychedelic monster trip. Get on your feet. Let Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, aka The Chemical Brothers with Noel Gallagher move you once again.