Stop The Clocks - The Information Page

An information site about unreleased overhyped Oasis song that Noel Gallagher has called "the best thing I've ever written". This page can only add to the hype, but I'm sick of answering questions about it every day so... NOTE: There are NO recordings of this song on the Internet at the moment, despite what you may have downloaded. They are all made up recordings performed by morons. As soon as the real thing finds it's way into widespread circulation, you'll hear about it on this page.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Stop The Clocks lyrics in STC album booklet

In May 2003 a set of lyrics purporting to be from the demo of 'Stop The Clocks' were posted onto an unofficial Oasis forum. They went as follows:

Stop the clocks and turn your love around
Let your love lay me down
And when the night is over there'll be no sound

Lock the box and leave it all behind
On the backseat of my mind
And when the night is over where will I rise?
And what if I'm already dead, how will I know?
How will I know?

Lost inside my head behind the wall
Do they hear me when I call?
And when the night is over where will I fall?
Where will I fall?

But if I'm already dead
How will I know?
How will I know?

And now my fight is over there'll be no sound...

Although these matched the theme that Gallagher had spoken about in the Japanese radio interview in 2002, the appearance of the lyrics were nevertheless greeted with some sceptisism and cynicism by some fans. The only hint that they could have been the real thing came in an NME review of the May 2003 live performance of the song, which included the line "Stop the clocks and leave it all behind".

Confirmation of the legitimacy of these lyrics seems to come in a page of the booklet included with copies of the "Stop The Clocks" album. The page has a distorted, warped, circular image of a variation of the main artwork of the album, with the following lines wrapped round it:

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Noel Q&A at Lord Don't Slow Me Down premiere, New York

at the Q&A, Noel was asked about the song and why it wasn't on the album of the same name. Here is his answer.

Monday, July 24, 2006

BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe
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Zane Lowe announced that an Oasis greatest hits album would be out in November. The title of the record was later confirmed by Oasisinet to be 'Stop The Clocks' and it will be out on 20 November 2006. The press release didn't mention anything about the song being on the record, and it was later confirmed that the song wouldn't be included on the album.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

99.3FM The Fox, Vancouver, Canada
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Noel: "There's actually that many versions of it now, there's about 8, and we still can't decide which is the best one, so I don't what's going to happen with that."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

NME Interview

Noel: "There are so many versions of that song now we could put it out as an EP on its own!"

Monday, May 30, 2005

XFM, London, England
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Noel: "...We've got about 20 versions of that and it's still never really sat in the pocket for to the end of mixing the album and it just seemed from a different time... I don't know what I'm going to do with the song to be's a great tune, all the versions we've done are great but not one of them are the definitive thing really."

Gem: "I prefer the first one, the demo."

Friday, April 22, 2005 webcast
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Noel: "It was written whilst Liam was doing vocals for Stop Crying Your Heart Out... the album was based round that song, it's a kind of long Champagne Supernova-thing... it's got fantastic lyrics and a great vibe... we've got six or seven versions of it 'cos none of them quite 'sat in the pocket'... originally the album was going to be called Stop The Clocks... it'll come out eventually."

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Daily Star / Q Magazine

A brief track-by-track description of the album, by Noel, for the May 2005 edition of Q Magazine, was published in the Daily Star. Stop The Clocks was on it as track 7, in between The Meaning Of Soul and Part Of The Queue.

Noel: "A song that's been around for a long, long time but it might not make it. There's a bit of a debate going on at the moment."

Friday, June 25, 2004

BBC3, Glastonbury Festival, UK
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Noel: "Stop The Clocks probably will never be performed live because it's seven minutes long and it's just me and an acoustic guitar and lots of backwards stuff and it's something to be listened to when one is very high".

Saturday, May 03, 2003

Zanzibar Club, Liverpool, UK

As part of a short acoustic set, along with Gem, Noel plays the track in Liverpool.

From the 14th May edition of the NME:
"NME's spy described 'Stop The Clocks', written at the end of the Heathen Chemistry sessions, as a cross between 'The Hindu Times' and 'Wonderwall', similar to late George Harrison-penned Beatles. It features the lyric 'Stop the clocks and leave it all behind/On the backseat of my mind'. review:
"New track 'Stop The Clocks' leaves the crowd divided and unsure, it's a fairly melancholic affair crossing 'Fade In-Out' with 'Who Feels Love'. It's classic Oasis but with more soul, fairly mature and well structured as opposed to 3 chord catchy pop songs. news story
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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

'Arena', Austria
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Noel: "...I think is the best song I've ever written because of the words and the music... it doesn't sound like anything we've done before or anything I've ever it's lyrical content it's quite near to The Masterplan... it's only an acoustic demo at the minute."

Saturday, February 15, 2003

Channel 4 Teletext (Planet Sound), UK

Noel: "It's called Stop The Clocks and people are saying it's the best song I've ever written," he enthuses. "And that's from mates outside the band who were: 'Aye, that's OK,' when I played them Wonderwall to them for the first time. "I've got so bored waiting for The La's to come back that it sounds like how I'd want them to if they did return."

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Today FM, Dublin, Ireland
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Noel: "I wrote it quite recently and to me I think it's the best song I've ever written, and the few people that have heard it really like it."

Saturday, October 26, 2002

BBC Radio 2, UK
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Noel: "I have written four songs for the album, one is called Stop The Clocks, which is one of the best songs I've ever written".

Friday, October 04, 2002

'Fast Forward', Germany
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Noel: "I have a song called Stop The Clocks, which at the moment is acoustic, but could be massive".

Sunday, September 29, 2002

J Wave Radio, Tokyo, Japan
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Noel: "It's about a dream I had one night. It's wondering about if you were dead, how would you know you were actually dead? How would you know you were actually alive? When you go to bed and dream dreams, if you never woke up, how would you know?"