Importance of Being Idle

Oasis

About Importance of Being Idle

"The Importance of Being Idle" is a song by the English rock band Oasis from their sixth studio album, Don't Believe the Truth (2005), written and sung by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released on 22 August 2005 in the UK as the album's second single. The song was written by Gallagher in the summer of 2004, before the band made their final attempt at recording what would become Don't Believe the Truth. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, staying there for a week, marking the first time that Oasis had ever earned two successive number ones in the same calendar year (having also charted at number one earlier in 2005 with "Lyla"). "The Importance of Being Idle" would prove to be the band's last UK number one prior to their break-up in 2009. As of 2019, it is also their most recent single release to be certified Silver in the UK. Noel got the title from the book of the same name, which he found whilst cleaning out a garage (it belonged not to him, but to his then-girlfriend and current wife, Sara MacDonald). 


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2006
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I sold my soul for the second time
Cause the land, it don't pay me
I begged my landlord for some more time
He said son, the bills waiting

My best friend called me the other night
He said man, are you crazy?
My girlfriend told me to get a life
She said boy are you lazy

But I don't mind
As long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine
I'll be fine
If you give me a minute
A man's got a limit
I can't get a life if my heart's not in it

I don't mind
As long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine
Ill be fine
If you give me a minute
A man's got a limit
I can't get a life if my heart's not in it

I lost my faith in the summertime
Cause it don't stop raining
The sky all day is as black as night
But I'm not complaining

I begged my doctor for one more line
He said son, oh words fail me
It ain't no place to be killin' time
I guess I'm just lazy

I don't mind
As long as there's a bed beneath the stars that shine
I'll be fine
If you give me a minute
A man's got a limit
I can't get a life if my heart's not in it

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Oasis

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (lead vocals, tambourine), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums). Upon returning to Manchester, Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar, vocals) joined as a fifth member, which formed the band's core and settled line-up. During the course of their existence, they had various line-up changes, though the Gallagher brothers remained as the staple members. more »

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Written by: Noel Gallagher

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20 facts about this song

Origin
"The Importance of Being Idle" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written and sung by the band's lead guitarist and chief songwriter, Noel Gallagher.
Album
It is the second single released from the band's sixth studio album, "Don't Believe the Truth," in 2005.
Top Chart
The song topped the UK Singles Chart. It became the band's 8th UK number-one single and their last single to top the charts.
Inspiration
The song is reported to have been inspired by The La's and The Kinks, with the title referring to Oscar Wilde's play, 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
Video
The music video for the song features actor Rhys Ifans, who is best known for his role as Spike in the film "Notting Hill".
Awards
"The Importance of Being Idle" won the award for Best Video at the NME Awards in 2006.
Vocals
Unlike most of Oasis' songs which are sung by the band's lead vocalist Liam Gallagher, this song was sung by the songwriter himself, Noel.
Theme
The song reflects Noel Gallagher's laid back outlook towards life, stressing that it's okay to be lazy or 'idle,' hence the song title.
Music Arrangement
The song is known for its nostalgic, melodic tune that is in the style of a lazy, old-fashioned British music-hall number, complete with a horn section and a sweeping, cinematic bridge near the end.
Public Reception
Despite its ironic and somewhat controversial message endorsing 'idleness', the song was warmly received by fans and critics alike, admiring its unique sound and the catchy tune.
Album Release
"The Importance of Being Idle" is a song by the British rock band Oasis, released on their sixth studio album, "Don't Believe the Truth," in 2005.
Songwriter
Unlike many Oasis songs which were penned by lead guitarist Noel Gallagher, "The Importance of Being Idle" was written by Noel's younger brother, rhythm guitarist Liam Gallagher.
Chart Success
The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, marking Oasis's second UK number one hit from "Don't Believe the Truth" album, following "Lyla."
Music Video
Rhys Ifans, a Welsh actor, starred in the music video for the song. The video won the award for 'Best Video' at the NME Awards in 2006.
Genre
The song is often described as a Britpop anthem and is renowned for its catchy melody and meaningful lyrics. It exhibits elements of psychedelic rock and classic British pop, showcasing Oasis's diverse musical influences.
Cultural References
The title of the song is said to be inspired by Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," embodying Wilde's wit and satire in its lyrics.
Fan Favorite
Despite not being released as a single in the United States, "The Importance of Being Idle" is considered one of the standout tracks on "Don't Believe the Truth" and remains a fan favorite due to its unique sound and memorable lyrics.
Critical Reception
The song received positive reviews from music critics. Many praised its mature songwriting, distinctive melody, and the overall progression of Oasis's sound.
Live Performances
"The Importance of Being Idle" was a regular feature in Oasis's live performances following the release of "Don't Believe the Truth." It was often highlighted for the energy and emotion that Liam Gallagher brought to the song.
Noel's Vocals
Interestingly, despite his brother Liam being the band's lead vocalist, "The Importance of Being Idle" is one of the Oasis tracks that features Noel on lead vocals. His emotive delivery is frequently singled out as one of the defining features of the song.

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