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How Oasis went 'Supersonic' 20 years ago today

Oasis pictured in 1994. Credit: Empics

Twenty years ago, Oasis released debut single Supersonic, kick-starting Britpop culture in the UK.

To coincide with the anniversary of the singles release, a free London exhibition will showcase rare and iconic photographs, artifacts and memorabilia from the early years of Oasis.

Fans of the band have been tweeting images and their memories of the singles release:

Recorded in a single day at The Pink Museum recording studio in Liverpool, Supersonic took just 11 hours to be fully recorded, says recording engineer Dave Scott.

The band Oasis line up before their Knebworth Park concert. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Once released, the song peaked at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart, Oasis's lowest-peaking single.

It did amass sales of over 215,000 over time, making it their 13th biggest selling single ever in the UK.

Speaking to Spin magazine, Gallagher recalled writing the song high on drugs:

I was a roadie for three years with Inspiral Carpets. What do you think I was doing then? Drinking mineral water and eating Twiglets?

The whole of the first three albums were written on drugs. I remember being off my nut and going into the back room and setting the goal of writing a song in ten minutes. That was "Supersonic."

– Noel Gallagher - Spin Magazine Interview 2008

The song appears on their debut album Definitely Maybe, released in August 1994.

It was also the band's first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Oasis stars Liam and Noel Gallagher pictured at the Q Magazine music awards in 1996. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA

Q magazine has placed "Supersonic" at number 20 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks in 2005.

In the lyrics to the song, a reference to "Elsa" was apparently due to a nine-stone rottweiler with a flatulence problem.

The dog belonged to the sound engineer Dave Scott and was in the studio on the day the song was written, hence the line "she's into Alka Seltzer".

Liam Gallagher on stage at Knebworth Park. Credit: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PA

The cover of the band 'Supersonic' by Oasis:

In an interview, Noel Gallagher has said that its his favourite Oasis single and still plays it at concerts for his new band 'Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds'.

Chasing The Sun takes us on the band’s supercharged journey from a Manchester rehearsal studio to international rock stardom, via three landmark albums - Definitely Maybe.

Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-97 is at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2, from 11-22 April