As Oasis’ former chief songwriter, Gallagher is already known for writing massive earworm melodies, and there’s no shortage of those on “Pretty Boy.” With Marr’s immediately-recognizable guitar jangle backing him, Gallagher seems to wrestle with his own identity and sense of self: “Can you delete my number?/ I wanna get me free/ I wanna change my star sign/ Because it don’t suit me,” he sings in the final verse.
“For this new record it was the first thing I wrote, the first thing I demoed and the first thing I finished, so it’s only right that it’s the first thing people get to hear,” Gallagher wrote in a statement. “Massive shout out to my mainest man Johnny Marr for taking it somewhere special. Oh… and watch out for a cameo from me in the video… first one to spot me wins a bag of Flamin’ Hot Wotsits Giants!!”
The “Pretty Boy” video centers around a crew of drag queens as they put on their faces and wigs for the evening; try to spot Gallagher in it below.
Gallagher hasn’t yet shared a release date or other details for his High Flying Birds’ follow-up to 2017’s Who Built the Moon?, but we can expect to hear it next year. Last year, the band did share a greatest hits collection called Back the Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021).