Army recalls recruitment videos after Oasis refusal

Jude Sheerin
Monday 23 December 2013 02:21

The rock band Oasis have ordered the Army to remove two of their songs from a recruitment video soundtrack.

About 300 copies of the video have been recalled after The Highlanders regiment used "Wonderwall" and "Hello" without seeking permission from the band's songwriter, Noel Gallagher.

The film, which was shown in schools, was shot during a recent exercise in Kenya by the Edinburgh-based regiment, which has 600 members. Soldiers were shown exercising in fatigues and carrying rifles to the sound of the hit tracks, from the album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Oasis – who once rejected a request by the Smurfs to cover "Wonderwall" because they hated the cartoon when they were children – instructed their lawyers to refuse the British Army permission.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We didn't realise we needed it until it was brought to our attention. The regiment contacted the record label, but permission was turned down, so we've had to recall every one of the videos."

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