«Whatever» is a song and single by the English rock band Oasis, and initially credited as being written by the band’s lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. A subsequent lawsuit awarded a co-writing credit to Neil Innes.The single was released on 18 December 1994 as a stand-alone single, bridging the gap between Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe, and their second album,(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?.Part of the song’s melody was lifted from Neil Innes‘ song «How Sweet to Be an Idiot«. Innes successfully sued Oasis for plagiarism and was awarded subsequent royalties.[4] The portion of the melodic line in question accompanies the lyrics «I’m free to be whatever I» of the Gallagher version. Innes made reference to this in the Rutles song «Shangri-La«.The video is filmed in a white room in black and white. Members of the LPO and ELO can be seen throughout the video.»Whatever» has been performed live by Oasis many times, sometimes with the string arrangement which accompanies the single version, sometimes without. They often end live versions of the song with lyrics adapted from The Beatles song «Octopus’s Garden«. They have also been known to add the lines «All the young blues….carry the news…,» in reference to the Mott the Hoople (originally written byDavid Bowie) song «All the Young Dudes«. At their famous performances at Knebworth in August 1996, the song was accompanied throughout by harmonica player Mark Feltham.

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