Now that the hangover is subsiding and events can be viewed in the cold light of day, I can look back at the Oasis gig last night at Sunderland with something like objectivity. And I'm happy to report that rumours of the Gallagher boys' demise as a serious force have been greatly exaggerated!
I'm sure there couldn't have been many of the 50,000 or so who streamed out of The Stadium of Light in the steady drizzle who were in any way disappointed.
Thankfully the rain stayed away for most of the day, allowing our company and several thousand others to descend on the watering holes of Sunderland. The local pubs could rarely, if ever had so profitable a Wednesday afternoon. So much so that we gave up on attempting to manhandle our way to the bar at one pub and instead sat in the beer garden with carrier bags full from the local offie. A tactic, I noticed replicated by many around us. This was important; as any connoisseur will tell you, the correct level of alcohol is vital to the enjoyment of the concert going experience.
Anyway, to the gig itself: I can think of no other band in the modern era with a sound more suited to the stadium atmosphere. By the time the boys took the stage and the tech guys had tuned things up during the warm up bands sessions, the levels appeared pitch perfect.
Straight into Rock 'n Roll Star and the crowd were hooked. From thereon in it was full throttle through a perfectly delivered set. Age certainly seems to be mellowing Liam as well as slightly maturing his voice, as there were no signs of any past bad boy histrionics or sibling warfare, just the memorable Manc drawl that, though certainly not beautiful or classic, just sits so well with Noel's guitar driven compositions. Fair enough, things did seem to dip ever so slightly during the, shall we say "less well regarded" numbers from later albums, but there were enough of the old favourites here to keep the assembled more than happy. "Cigarettes and Alcohol", "Slide Away", "What's the Story Morning Glory", "Live forever" and "Champagne Supernova" were the soundtrack to a certain part of mine, and I'm sure countless other's lives. To see and hear them played live to a crowd of this size was beyond memorable.
Stand out track of the night for me though was "Masterplan", a song that just seems to keep on growing in stature every time I hear it. It was sung word perfectly by almost everyone in the audience and perfectly encapsulated the ethos and attitude of the night.
"Say it loud and sing it proud and they...
Will dance if they want to dance"
Nights like this don't happen often enough. In days when weak, ring tone inspired download pap passes for music, we need Oasis more than they need us. Come back soon boys, come back soon.
Definitely not! I have always been a massive oasis fan right from the beginning in 1994, even though it wasn't cool to be an oasis fan i stuck in there and in my eyes they can do no wrong. Their attitudes and their ego's can only grow to add to the band that we all love! I have seen them play all over the place and although when i last saw them at the City of Manchester Stadium (on all three nights) i have to admit that it wasn't oasis at their best but then the stadium may have played a part in it plus the new then album Don't Believe the Truth had a few good songs on it but none of them were going to be the poignant anthems we all love such as Wonderwall, Don't look back in anger and Rock n Roll star.
The new album admittedly is one of the worst they have made but they are still going to be around for years to come. There is loads of material left in them yet and us fans are surely not going to turn our backs on them simply because there new material isn't as good as their previous? But then you have to think and look at the quality were comparing it to, the anathematic tunes we love to hear most bands will never be able to achieve, so whether the songs are years or days old Oasis will be around as long as they want to go on for!
I wanted to write a review of Oasis' new album 'Dig Out Your Soul' but its not on dooyoo yet.
I have been an Oasis fan since i was 15, when i first heard 'Definilty Maybe' in 1994 i was mesmerised and thought it was the best album i had ever heard, tracks like 'Slide Away', 'Supersonic' and 'Live Forever' were like nothing i had ever heard. On the basis of this album i went to see themlive for the first time and it was mindblowing, easily the best live band around at the time and with Liam's presence on stage they were magnificent.
Then i was eagerly awaiting the release of their 2nd album 'Morning Glory' in 1995 and i wasn't disappointed, the first time i heard 'Wonderwall' , 'Cast No Shadow', 'Some might say', 'Morning Glory' and 'Champagne Supanova' i knew they would go on to be one of the biggest bands in the world, and at this point they were indeed one the biggest, everything they touched turned to gold, they were always in the press, not always for the right reasons but that was part of the appeal.
I subsequently went on to see them another 8 times live before the 1997 release of 'Be Here Now' including the main road gig and the great night at Knebworth and everytime they were breathtaking.
Then in 1997 their 3rd album 'Be Here Now' was released and was totally slated by the critics, i didn't think it was as bad as everyone was saying and thought 'Do ya know what i mean' the first single off it was one of their finest tracks.
Again i went to see them live another 5 times and they were still brilliant.
The year 2000 saw the release of their 4th album 'Standing on the shoulders of giants', again this album was slated by the critics and everyone was saying they had lost their edge, i again didn't think it was that bad, though even i as a die hard fan could see it wasn't a morning glory or definitly maybe, but i just thought that peoples tastes were changing, the so called 'Britpop' era was well and truely over and thought the band were still making good music its just that the times had changed. I still carried on going to see them live and they were still impressive on the stage.
In 2002 their 5th album was released, 'Heathen Chemistry' and this was the first time i was a little disappointed in their work, there just didn't seem to be the same quality of songwriting from Noel, the album didn't flow aswell as it should of and it all sounded a bit overproduced and lacking in any real energy......i was gutted.
It was in 2002 that my first child was born and naturally money was a bit tight to be spending £100 plus on a night out to see oasis, so i stopped going to them live and generally was listening to them less and less as more of my time was taken up being a father and work commitments etc....and plus many more great bands were coming through at the time.
By the time 'Don't beleive the truth' came out in 2005 to mixed reviews my second child was on her way and i really hadn't noticed the upcoming release of the album. Then it was my birthday and my wife bought me a copy, i hadn't read any reviews or heard any of the new tracks. I put it on the when i was driving and i was pleasantly suprised, i really enjoyed it and thought it was a real return to form, the more raw sound had come back.......ok not to the quality of their heyday but it was still good in my opinion and the best since 'Be here now' in 1997.
So anyway i sort of got into listening to them again and when i heard the 6th album 'Dig out your soul' was going to be released this year i was really excited and thought that maybe their lack of success over the last few years would make them go back to their roots and do a album that was raw and full of energy.
I WAS WRONG!!!!!
Dig Out Your Soul is the worst album they have done in my opinion.................Don't get me wrong their is some good songs on this album but they are all ruined by the fact they have overproduced the vocals to the point of stupidity.
The best thing about Oasis has always been Liam's raw vocals like we heard in 'Wonderwall, champagne supanova, aquiesque, rock n roll star etc..etc.
On this album their is none of that, the vocals on every track including Noel's have been made to sound like that silly echoey, quiet, tinny sound. I just can't beleive it, why fix something that aint broke, Liam's voice has always been so raw and loud and that is what made them sound different, no one else sounded like Liam, not in their heyday and not now.....so why oh why have they felt the need to do this to such a raw talent. It is beyond me and i feel gutted that this once great and important band have put no effort into this album and i feel like they have completely let their fans down. And there is just no energy in this album its all a bit slow and boring.
There is not one stand out track on this album, there is no energy its all just mediochre boring rubbish, and this from a die hard fan,......sorry to sound so down on it but its just rubbish.
The CD is available on amazon for £6.98 + p&p.
But if you want my advice don't bother, its a waste of time!!
So as the title say's, are oasis' days numbered.......yes they are!!
DIG OUT YOR SOUL- TRACK LISTING:
1. Bag It Up
3. Waiting For The Rapture
4. Shock Of The Lightning
5. I'm Outta Time
6. Get Off Your High Horse Lady
7. Falling Down
8. To Be Where There's Life
9. Ain't Got Nothin'
10. Nature Of Reality
11. Soldier On
Oasis. The most charasmatic, attitude-ridden, stylish and influential British band of the 1990's. The music wasn't bad either. With anthems like Wonderwall, Don't Look Back in Anger, Roll With It and an endless stream of lesser known songs, I don't know how anyone can deny that Oasis weren't at one point a great band. Take their debut, Definetley Maybe. There's not a bad song on that album. It's simple guitar music that's as infectious as anything i've ever heard. Then they didn't dissapoint with their second offering, What's The Story (Morning Glory). It was a bit more mature, and still displaying the raw talent and swagger that Definetley Maybe did. Nobody was slagging Oasis off at this point. Liam maybe had an objectional attitude, but the music they were producing was on another level to anything else at the time, so nobody was complaining. In fact Liam's attitude got him a pretty good reputation and Oasis were real British icons. They were selling out gigs left right and center (something they will never cease to do), and nothing could go wrong. But then i think fame got slightly to their heads. They were living the real rock n roll dream with sex drugs and booze, and this effected both their public persona and their musical offerings. 'Be Here Now' was a shock, but perhaps not as much a shock as it could have been, because it followed a lot of controversy where the band was on the edge of splitting on numerous occasions due to rows between Liam and Noel Gallagher. Blood runs thicker than water, they say, and thank god, because if they weren't brothers, i think Oasis would have gone their seperate ways a lot earlier. An American tour was abandoned and the press really got on the backs of Noel and Liam, the latter taking badly to all the bad attention and not handling it in the most mature ways. Oasis were now a different band, who had a lot of knockers in the press and public
who were just waiting to pounce when Oasis did anything slightly out of step. Be Here Now, the third album, was hammered by the press. It was an album influenced by Noel's cocaine addiction and the band's booze problems. It resulted in an album which, despite being musically acceptable, was not what Oasis fans had come to expect. After this, the band had quite a break, which included a band clear-out, bringing in a couple of new guys, on Bass and Guitar, who Noel admitted were more competent. The next album they released was the very good 'Masterplan', a collection of B-Sides, which i think most music fans, could have been a set of A-Sides for any other band. I think it was during this period that the band really simmered. Liam's still a nutter, but a lot less nowadays, and thankfully Noel got over his drug addiction. The next recording they did was for 'Standing on the Shoulder of Giants'. This album was more mature and experimental. Another flop, many might say. I'd agree, but i felt this was a neccesary album. Summer 2000 showed that Oasis could still cut it live. They played a number of huge stadium gigs, including a couple of Wembley stadium night, one of which i was at, and i'd say they have matured live over the years. The older songs have improved, which i felt would be impossible, but they managed it. Obviously the songs from the first two albums were the best, there's no point hiding from the truth. So where do they go from here? Well they have nearly finsished recording their next studio album, and this will be the turning point in the scheme of things for Oasis. If it's a bad one, I don't think they will keep going much longer because the press will go to town. It could be the album that signals the start of the well anticipated Noel Gallagher solo career. But i hope not. The mood is confident though, and this album could be the one that turns Oasis into one of the greatest r
ock n roll groups in history. Noel is confident about this album too, which he says is really going back to their raw beginnings. He understands they haven't lived up to the first two albums, and it's certainly about time to do so. An album like Definetley Maybe will really put Oasis back on the map. They are still one of the world's greatest live acts, and certainly have the potential to come out with some more live classics. Keep Mad For It !!
Come on. Oasis are one of the best bands in the world and their new albums are just as good as there early ones. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants was a slight change of direction, but really it's business as usual. And now they're touring all over the place so there still going strong. Personally I can't wait for their next album to come out. There sound has progressed over the years, as shown by their album "The Masterplan" which includes music from several years, lasting from before the first album to material made at the same time as the Be Here Now album. It shows that they are still as strong a band as they were in the popular days of Whats the story Morning Glory. Their days are not numbered!
The troubled British Band Oasis continue to produce records and go on tour even though they appear to argue all the time. Is it long till they actually call it a day? Oasis have been together now for what seems like an eternity. They have released 4 stuio records and a live album as well as numerous videos and DVDs. They are probably the most successful British band over the past decade but they could have been so much bigger if it wasnt for the internal arguements that the Gallagher Brothers have. The constant arguements seem to have affected their album releases as well. The first and second albums were very good but gradually the quality has gone downhill. The last album "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" was very poor. It seems that everytime the band go on tour they seem to argue. The arguements seem to stem from Liam and his nutty behaviour! I think that the rest of the band have grown up since their heavy days and Liam has not. The last couple of gigs should not have been played as the Gallagher Brothers dont seem to get on together. I am a big fan of Oasis but they should either sorts things out together or call it a day. The fans don't want to see a band that are only playing for the money. It sad to see but one of the greatest British bands is slowly coming to an end.
For the last couple of years the most misbegotten couple of pairs of eyebrows in rock and roll have been well knitted in consternation as the Brothers Grimm have seen their stock plummet through the floor. God, it's enough to make you want to spit. Are their days numbered? They're bleeding over... It's getting on for a decade now since Alan McGhee's Creation Records unleashed a new talent upon an exciting world as Oasis emerged in a blaze of critical and popular acclaim. The band had come together in 1992 and spent the first couple of years of their life kicking ass around their native Manchester, but in 1994 an event happened that changed their lives for ever. They decided to take a trip up to Glasgow to see if they could get a gig. They wandered into a club and insisted on being allowed to play. Exactly how they enforced their will is anybody's guess, but who really cares. Fact is that Alan McGhee was in there, caught their act and immediately signed them up to his new Creation Records label. The band back then were a fiery and glittering universe of talent, oozing venom, verve and excitement and longing to give the world a bloody nose. The Gallagher brothers, guitarist and writer Noel and nasal singer Liam, have always been the axis of the band, but way back then they were only two among equals, rocking it up with old pals, rhythm guitarist Paul Bonehead Arthurs, bassist Paul McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll. In April 1994 they put out their first single, the marvellous 'Supersonic' and followed up with three more classic records: 'Shakermaker', 'Live Forever' and 'Cigarette & Alcohol'. All four triumphant, spirited, noisy celebrations of life, along with the other standout track 'Rock'n'Roll Star', were included on the first album, 'Definitely Maybe', which was an instant success. The singles had whetted the appetite and built up a
sizable following and that first album went straight in at the top of the charts, becoming the fastest selling debut album ever - Oasis had arrived. That first album was a pretty sensational piece of work and contained some tracks of quite mammoth proportions: the songs were soaring, grandiose, sweeping statements of epic proportion, towering above everything else that swam around those days in a sickly pool of pop plankton. They simply burned with anger and classic rock and roll attitudes. Peerless was a word that was being thrown around with gay abandon, and Oasis certainly revelled in the adoration, lovingly striking every pose known to rock historians and picking over the remains of all their spiritual ancestors, owing most to the Beatles, the Stones and the Who, though it was the Fab Four who were the influence most often referred to, not least by the Gallaghers. They embraced a rich rock tradition, yet somehow managed to bring to it a freshness and vitality that was extremely uplifting and joyous. They followed up their initial success with the superb 'Some Might Say' single, which became their first number one record. The sight of Liam in classic, crouching, bow legged stance, with hands clenched tightly behind his back in an anorak as he sung that song captured the Oasis style perfectly - we're good, we know we are, the songs are ace, and we don't give a toss. It was about then that there was an overhyped battle of the bands between Oasis and their London rivals Blur. The media created war culminated in a trumped up contest between the rival singles, 'Roll With It' and 'Country House'. It was the Blur song which took the honours ahead of the Oasis song, which seemed to be a sub standard rip off of Status Quo's 'Rockin' All Over The World' and was a disappointment, but the Gallaghers won the phoney war when their mammoth 'Morning Glory' exploded all over the char
ts and announced them spectacularly as THE BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD. After the cross between Glitter and Slade of 'Hello' and 'Roll With It', the album soared to the highest of highs with the phenomenal 'Wonderwall', one of the greatest songs of the 1990's, with its strummed acoustic opening, droning cellos and soaring but simple vocals. Just epic, epic stuff which was easily able to survive the twee MOR version of the song produced by Mike Flowers. The band's togetherness had suffered its first crack with the defection of McCarroll and his replacement by Alan White - the bitter legal wrangle which resulted dragged on for years and definitely took their eyes off the ball, but for the time being a remarkable album eclipsed all of the worries. The massive number one single 'Don't Look Back In anger' and the psychedelic 'Champagne Supernova' were other highlights and the quirky little 'She's Electric' was a throwaway classic. That summer marked the peak of the Oasis campaign and somehow things started to crumble around the edges. Previously, they could do no wrong, but now the increasingly testy behaviour of the two Gallaghers, especially the fearsome Noel, started to rub some of the shine off their star. They had both gone into high profile showbiz marriages, Noel with Meg Matthews, his long time girlfriend, and Liam with the actress Patsy Kensit, on the rebound from a long time relationship with the Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, and were constantly in the headlines. There was a deafening silence on the recording front as well and it was the second half of 1997 before they returned with a wonderful single, 'D'You Know What I Mean?', which soared to the top and seemed like a return to the feeling of the early material, but it was a false dawn and the resulting 'Be Here Now' album was patchy and derivative, with overstretched ideas and songs which
were spun out into lengthy, meandering messes, which were meant to be epic, but turned out to be vacuous, stodgy and unable to sustain the mood. 'Stand By Me' was pleasant enough and a well publicised TV documentary featuring the Gallaghers whipped up some temporary goodwill, but overall could not paper over the cracks which were becoming increasingly apparent. The creative muse seemed to have gone and the long lauded togetherness had faded. 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' the 1999 album failed to arrest the slide and now both Bonehead and Guigsy had gone, leaving the Brothers Grimm accompanied by White and new band members Gem and Andy Bell, seemingly faceless lackeys to their boorish, overbearing masters, the Baron Hardup and Widow Twankey of rock and roll. Their weddings are in tatters and all they have left are those thuggish eyebrows. They sit hand in hand in their rocking chairs, chewing their baccy and reminiscing of when life was young and oh so mellow. To all intents, Oasis ceased to function in 1997 and are now empty footnotes to a dead decade - they may return but for now they are irrelevant men behind the sturdy doors of their London mansions, mumbling inanities and remembering when "you're my wonderwall'. In reality, however, "the fire in your heart is out."
Anyone who was anyone in music in the mid 90s was involved in BritPop but there were only really two groups who lead the way. These of course were Blur and Oasis and at their height they were simply huge and nothing could touch them. The trouble was only one of them could be the best in the battle of the bands and so who was it to be? Personally, if I had had to choser then my vote would have always gone to Blur as they just outperformed Osis everytime. It was a long war with victories for both sides in the numerous battles as each single and album was released. However, Blur surely clinched the decisive victory when two of the singles, Oasis's Roll With It and Blur's Country House, went head to head in the charts on the same release date and Blur emerged on top. This was despite the fact that in my opinion Roll With It was on of Oasis' better songs whereas Country House was a rather somewhat ordinary song as Blur's standards went. After that Oasis never did challenge Blur's rule again and soon after, Britpop all but died out. However, even after this Blur continued to outperform Oasis and the proof of this was in the release of the latest albums, Blur's Best of and Oasis' Familiar to Millions. Both were basically the greatest hits style albums and when you hear them, Blur have so many quality tracks such as Song 2, Parklife and Coffe and T.V to name only a few. In contrast to that, Oasis have only had a few hits that compare such as Wonderwall, Roll With It and Don't Look Back in Anger. The fact that the group (or rather the Brother's Noel and Liam) have never settled down properly means that they could not sit down and plan their careers out as it has been so unpredictable. It would probably have been nice to see Noel go solo or with someone else as I think Liam is an utter idiot who wrecked what could have been a truely great band. Oasis have been a
huge group in their time but I feel that the conclusion of their reign at the top is now overdue. I think Oasis have been in decline for several years now and yes that it probably is time to retire now. They have no need to retire and the Familiar to Millions was a virtual Best of CD that come out when careers have been ended.
The best band of the nineties? But, we haven't heard a peep from this platinum record selling band for what seems like decades. Perhaps this has always been their fault. You cannot stay out of the limelight for too long, unless you are going to come back with something phenomenal! It saddens me to see pictures of Oasis that contain only three of the members that brought us the oh-so brilliant 'Morning Glory' and only two of the original band members. If I am to be perfectly honest with myself, I can't really see much of a future for the band. Noel Gallagher will always be a superb songwriter. Liam will always be remebered for his distinctive vocals. Perhaps they'll do another album, but unless it's something amazing then the future really doesn't hold much in store for them, other than a couple of number ones, courtesy of a faithful fan base. Unfortunately, music sales like so many other things, are highly influenced by fashion, trends, and hype. Oasis have had their day, but now the genres of britpop and indie are dying, I am afraid they've had their time. I don't like to simply follow current music trends, so any Oasis fans that read this will be glad to hear that I plan to continue listening to my Oasis albums for a long time yet. And, I don't believe Oasis will be forgotten for a long time yet! They are, and will probably always be the best thing to ever come from Manchester! (Are you a member of dooyoo? Join now by clicking on 'register' and become part of our wonderful community!)
Once upon a time, Oasis were arguably Britain's, possibly even the World's biggest and best band. Most people remember the chart battle between Blur and Oasis as they fought out for the number one spot with their singles "Country House" and "Roll With It", with the face of Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker popping up every now and again just to add a third party to this war; although generally Jarvis and Blur's Damon Albarn were allied against the Gallagher twins, Noel and Liam. Eventually, Blur's "Country House" was superior in that battle and perhaps even then signalled the end of Oasis. In 1995? Yes, I know, it does sound premature, but this was around the time when Oasis' classic "What's The Story? Morning Glory" album was released to critical acclaim and was undoubtedly winning the album war against Blur's relatively tame "The Great Escape", which was incidentally, a great step down for the award-winning "Parklife". But the victory in the singles war for Blur undeniably dented Noel and Liam's egos. So, therefore look at the picture today. Blur release a huge-selling "Greatest Hits" album - well, so do Oasis, but their live recording entitled "Familiar To Millions" is regarded as a major, major letdown and possibly the final straw in losing to Blur - again. Undeniably, the Gallaghers have an abundance of talent. Noel is arguably the greatest songwriter of his generation, and a more-than-capable frontman/vocalist (as proved on many songs), and Liam fits the bill perfectly for anybody requiring a cocky, unpredictable, outspoken face for their band. Combine the two and you create, essentially, what came to be known as Oasis. As I mentioned above, their second album "..Morning Glory" has, on many occasions been voted as one of the best ever, and I for one would not argue. Filled with classics, this album
did define the Brit-Pop genre, and classic Rock n' Roll in one fell swoop. The emotive "Wonderwall" is arguably their best song, when sung by either Noel or Liam, and "Don't Look Back In Anger" is regarded as one of the anthems of the 90's. But unfortunately, their work has declined rapidly since their masterpiece work and I see it as very, very unlikely that they will produce another great song. It's doubtful that they'll even produce another song altogether. Britpop died many years ago - Oasis then had to evolve to classic Rock work, a change which I believe they found hard looking at their attempts since the "..Morning Glory" album. Many a time an Oasis comeback has been hyped and hyped by the press and media, for their single to reach number one, then disappearing without trace for another nine months before returning with more new material and succeeding again. Sibling rivalry, marital problems and the constant pressure and controversy surrounding the band for all these years has undoubtedly taken it's toll, and perhaps the loss of their influential member Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, who was renowned for cooling down the arguments between Noel and Liam, was indeed the straw that broke Oasis' back. Oasis' legacy has undoubtedly been tarnished, and like the mass of 1990's bands splitting (ie. All Saints, Prodigy, and even the Spice Girls), I fear Oasis are next. But perhaps they don't know when it's time to go.
Hooray if they are! In my humble opinion, Oasis should never have been released on an unsuspecting and apparantly largely tone-deaf public in the first place. Noel and Liam Gallagher are two of the biggest thugs I have ever had the misfortune to hear about - and haven't an ounce of musical originality between them. Noel proclaims his adoration of all things Lennon, then proceeds to rip off Beatles songs right left and centre in order to sell records. You want an example? Listen to the opening bars of 'Don't Look Back in Anger', then play 'Imagine'. See my point? Also, neither of them can sing. So in the end, what was all the fuss about? In 10 years time will people still rave about them? I hope not, and I doubt it! I put their huge success down to a temporary lack of taste by the record-buying public, who really should have had more sense. But this is only my opinion.
I think it was fare to say that Oasis were probably the start of the depressingly manic Indie rock boom of the 1990s as the blossoming student population found a music genre that could make them feel less guilty being the privileged classes at Uni and nice and miserable to go with the regulation dress down and DMs. I remember the distinctive T-Shirts of Oasis that announced the arrival of a more commercial Indie college rock circuit culminating in their record breaking stadium shows to the middle and lad classes. With bands from the Manchester baggie scene like The Inspiral Carpets,The Happy Mondays etc and the dark and angst ridden bedsit rock sounds of Morrissey before the new money making era of the nineties,the whole Indie scene was very sad and isolated indeed. Im not a fan in any shape or form of Oasis and Indie in general and would say it and Oasis popularity grew as the "New Universities" mass record buying revenue kicked in and the students wanting to just "fit in"listening to this crap to be cool. I know that The Oasis and Blur records were released in October when the first student grant cheques came through the post producing massive sales at a time of falling over-all numbers. The Gallagher brothers music to me bares no resemblance to the Beatles as they like to think and perhaps the only similarity in the two was they were just right for their eras. Now the boys are marrying off with tons of money and parental responsibilities their tunes have lost the rebellious edge and pain.Not a feel good band in my book. The way forward for them now is to walk away and go solo and hopefully burying Indie for ever.
Oasis have been dying on their feet for a long time, but seem determined to spin it out as long as possible. How much of this is their fault, or how much of it is down to their PR men trying to extract the maximum publicity for the story, we probably won't know until one of them writes his memoirs in 30 years time. But it's the old law of diminishing returns - the endless exclusives, and 'Will they split or won't they' banners on the tabloids have long ceased to provoke anything more than a reaction of 'So what, and who cares?' Perhaps the group had the misfortune to walk head and shoulders above everything else in the music scene, except possibly Blur (a 1990s answer to Madness and the Small Faces at their best) when the first two albums came out. 'Whatever' had one fine single after another, and 'What's The Story…' bettered it and then some. At Christmas 1995 we had the extraordinary spectacle of 'Wonderwall' in the charts, their own version and the Mike Flowers send-up, challenging Michael 'Messiah' Jackson and even the 'new' Beatles single for No. 1. Then it went pear-shaped, and we've had the sorry spectacle of two mediocre albums failing to live up to expectations, Noel and Liam telling us how brilliant they were at the time of release, and then later admitting that they were pretty naff after all…then going back to continue counting the royalty cheques. At the risk of sounding like Methuselah, I've seen it before. For Noel and Meg, Liam and Patsy, once you could read John and Yoko, Paul and Linda. Admittedly John and Paul weren't brothers, but the parallels were there. Alternatively the Kinks' early music was overshadowed by the constant feuding between brothers Ray and Dave Davies, but they still continued to make excellent records over a chequered career which was still going (we think) in the mid-90s. Moreover there was Pete Townsh
end, who agonised ad nauseam if not ad tedium over the direction of The Who's music, yet they stuck it out till 1983 and still reform once every few years. On the other hand, take the Sex Pistols. They came, they spat, they made a few good singles and one album, a thinly-disguised 'Greatest Hits', and disbanded. John Lydon's inability to make more than the odd half-decent single since, and Steve Jones & Paul Cook's failure to catch attention in their subsequent band The Professionals, suggests that they split at the right time. Perhaps Oasis should make their excuses and knock it on the head before everyone but the ever-diminishing faithful lose patience altogether. Failing that, they should check their egos at the door, get a producer with the courage to stand up to them, and show us they can still make a proper single or album that will blow everything else within sight away.
Then yes, their days are numbered. They COULD have been great, but ever since the average Be Here Now, and the woefull Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, along with the constant band re-shapes and ego clashes, then we can forget about Oasis ever releasing a good record again. They were a tight, gifted, musical force, but now they're as messy as a playground scrap. Definately Maybe was an excellent LP, it was near bursting with creativity and instant classics, which instead of continuing the tradition, and they could have, the Oasis seemed to be just happy with stealing guitar riffs and appeasing the fans. Shame really, as they could have been great.
I was there on the 21st of July at Wembley stadium. I was impressed to say the least, the music played by the band was flawless, Noels guitar playing was excellent, Liam was singing perfectley and swaggered about in his usual fashion (much to the delight of the crowd). Try telling the 90,000 fans that were going mad, jumping around and loving every minute of the set, that Oasis are washed up, they are a great rock band who write and preform their own music, which quite frankly is a rare thing at the moment. Saturday nights preformance was I admit poor thanks to Liams drunken state. This is a shame as it really does not give credit to how good they actualy are playing live. I believe if people stop criticising the members of the band and start listening to the music, then they can be percieved as what they are, a pretty good rock band.