Oasis Butts Heads With Army Over Video

The British army is retreating in the face of a famously combative enemy: the rock group Oasis. The army said yesterday (June 23) that it was withdrawing a recruitment video featuring two Oasis songs

The British army is retreating in the face of a famously combative enemy: the rock group Oasis. The army said yesterday (June 23) that it was withdrawing a recruitment video featuring two Oasis songs after the Manchester-based group refused to give permission to use the tracks.

Lawyers for Oasis, led by brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, said the video for Scotland's Highlanders regiment used the songs "Wonderwall" and "Hello" without permission. The video, which was shown in schools and shopping malls, depicts soldiers conducting exercises in Kenya to the sound of the songs from the hit 1995 album "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?"

A Defense Ministry official said the regiment did not realize it needed permission to use the songs until it was brought to their attention. The regiment then contacted the group's record label to seek permission but was turned down and had to withdraw about 300 copies of the video, the official said on condition of anonymity. A spokesperson for Oasis did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

The group's new Epic/Big Brother album, "Heathen Chemistry," is due July 1 internationally and a day later in North America. Yesterday, 1.7 million enhanced CDs featuring promotional tracks from the set were distributed by Epic parent Sony in U.K. newspapers. The enhanced CD can be played in conventional CD players as well as on PCs.

In addition to the new tracks, the disc features previously unreleased Oasis demos, the video for the single "The Hindu Times," and an exclusive 15-minute interview with Noel Gallagher. PC users will be able to link to the HMV Web site to pre-order the new album. Users will also be able to E-mail the tracks to consumers who didn't receive the CD.

-- AP & Brian Garrity, N.Y.



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