It was right after my twelfth standard or high school when I was preparing for my entrance exams to go to college did my father get me a desktop computer and internet was still dial-up in the year 2000. Napster was in its nascent stage and the first song that I downloaded on it was Oasis – Wonderwall which took me 40 minutes to download and the rest, as they say, is history. I don’t need an excuse for writing about Oasis, my favourite band, but today is as good a day as any. Besides, my last blog was an amalgamation of sports and a song which was again an Oasis classic and this time the bog giving Discover Prompts relayed that we had to blog on a song. Instead, I chose the band rather than the song. Wonderwall was also the first song that I sang for an impromptu audition in college but I didn’t pass muster.
Definitely Maybe was the first studio album by Oasis which consisted of Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Tony McCarrol, and the brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. Liam initially joined the first three for a band called Rain when Liam suggested that they change the name and Noel was eventually asked to join and he did on the condition that he would be boss. The Gallaghers are synonymous as the brothers from Manchester and they are notorious in the same breadth as a duo who were always at loggerheads right from the start to the band’s eventual demise in August 2009. Their rivalry and one-upmanship was the kind of music and entertainment nexus that a purist would frown at. although there is no denying that the brothers were the heart and soul of it all brimming with confidence and chutzpah. If Liam had the baritone to belt out numbers such as Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova, Cigarettes and Alcohol etc, he also had the suave and the belief to crouch in front of the mike, standing still to rock a live audience with a tambourine in hand. I might differ from the majority by stating that I wasn’t the biggest fan of an Oasis live performance, Liam’s vocals in particular but my opinion could be lost in a crowd. Consider this, Oasis sang over two nights at Knebworth for a crowd above 125,000. They were the biggest band in the UK since the Beatles and cynics never shied away from calling them clones of the Beatles.
My favourite album is (What’s The Story) Morning Glory which had evergreen originals such as Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova, Don’t look back in anger. The last song is when Noel came to the fore with his singing when I could build a case for him as one of the finest songwriters of his generation and an accomplished lead guitarist. He can at present be found lending his creativity to the band the High Flying Birds while Liam as embarked on a solo career.
The first half of Oasis offerings in terms of studio albums was pioneer work right from their debut album Definitely Maybe, (What’s The Story)…, Be Here Now, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, Heathen Chemistry but it petered out towards the end. Live Forever has been voted as the best song by Oasis fans over their official site. However, for the sheer pleasure of the guitar riffs and the simplicity of the lyrics, I would rate Wonderwall as the best. What do you think was the best Oasis album and song? Let me know your thoughts
Ps- Stand By Me is an original by Ben E King but my heading is for the Oasis song by the same name from the album Be Here Now