|"Roll with It"|
|Single by Oasis|
|from the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?|
|Released||14 August 1995|
|Format||CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette|
|Recorded||Rockfield Studios, (South Wales), 1995|
|Oasis singles chronology|
|(What's the Story) Morning Glory? track listing|
"Roll with It" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released on 14 August 1995 as the second single (the lead single) from their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?.
"Roll with It" received a great deal of attention when Food Records, the label of Britpop rivals Blur, moved the original release date of the single "Country House" to beat it on the charts, sparking what came to be known as "The Battle of Britpop". The British media had already reported an intense rivalry between the two bands and this clash of releases was seen as a battle for the number one spot. The media sensation was spurred on by verbal attacks from the respective camps (in particular Noel and Liam Gallagher, Damon Albarn and Alex James), that extended beyond the music industry to the point where the two bands were regularly mentioned on the evening news. In particular, public imagination was sparked by the contrast between the "working class" Oasis and the "middle class" Blur. In the end, Blur's "Country House" single sold 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 copies of "Roll with It". The singles charted at number 1 and number 2 respectively.
In 2019, Noel Gallagher reflected on the battle on Dermot O'Leary's Reel Stories, stating that both songs were poor and unworthy of the attention: "If it was [...] 'Cigarettes & Alcohol' and 'Girls & Boys', fair enough, but 'Country House' is fucking dog shit [and] 'Roll with It' has never been played by anybody since the band split up, so that tells its own story."
When Oasis played "Roll with It" on British chart show Top of the Pops they were required to mime the song, and in doing so the Gallagher brothers switched roles with Liam pretending to play guitar and Noel pretending to sing (equipped with Liam's tambourine).
The single artwork features a photograph of the band on the beach at Weston-super-Mare. Many potential locations were examined along the Somerset and Avon coastline (Oasis were playing Glastonbury that weekend, so a beach within striking distance of the festival site had to be found). In the background is the Grand Pier which burnt down in July 2008. This has made the original vinyl artwork (particularly the 12" single) highly collectible.
The song had made it back into Oasis' live set-list, being played on their 2009 stadium tour.
The song's chorus is frequently played as background music for the Fox Sports English Premier League adverts in Australia.
"Roll With It" is regularly played after matches at Celtic Park.
"Roll With It" featured at the end of the Red Nose Day 2015 sketch titled "Who's Got What It Takes to Be a National Treasure", which featured a cameo appearance from Liam Gallagher who was made a National Treasure by Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith.
In Mexico was used for a 1997 CONACULTA TV Spot.