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What’s the Story(Morning Glory)?-Oasis (1995)   2 comments

I still remember when this album came out. I was 14 years old, so I was just the right age to get caught up in the whole Oasis hysteria. The single for ‘Whatever’ had just been released (off the ‘Definitely Maybe’ album) and I recall thinking:”Hey, this band is allright. I hope they have some more songs out.”

Then later that year, they came out with this- ‘What’s the Story (Morning Glory)?’ and all of a sudden, I was an Oasis convert. I didn’t care that the intro to ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ was lifted almost directly from the intro to ‘Imagine,’ and I didn’t mind that they sounded like The Beatles because I was already getting into The Beatles at that stage.

Now-and please don’t judge me too harshly because I was only 14- pre-Oasis my favourite bands had been East 17 and Take That, although I also liked Blur and Pulp so hopefully that restores my credibility a little.

But everything changed once I heard this album. I suddenly scorned boy bands and all that mattered was rock’n’roll, man! I don’t know how many times I played it but it’s a fair bet that by the end of the year, the pensioners who lived next door to us at the time knew all the words to ‘Roll With It’ too.

It was the best musical education I could ever have recieved, and even now there are songs on this album that are still absolute gems. ‘Wonderwall,’ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger,’ ‘What’s the Story,’ and ‘Champagne Supanova,’ to name just four.

At the height of their powers, the Gallagher boys were so revered that most people forgave them for their potty-mouthed rants and lewd behaviour. But the constant in-fighting between Liam and Noel eventually grew tiresome, and many fans lost interest.

Added to this, was that none of their subsequent albums ever achieved the kind of success that ‘Morning Glory’ did (it sold over 4 million copies in the UK alone) and the whole phenomenon of Britpop itself was sadly all too brief.

But for people like me who were young kids at the time, spending all their spare dosh on albums and copies of ‘Q’ Magazine, Oasis were so much more than just another band. Their music broadened my interest in The Beatles and introduced me to The Stones, The Kinks and The Who, and from there I got into The Sex Pistols, Led Zep and David Bowie.

Love them or loathe them, Oasis were one of the most influential bands of the ’90’s, and remain so to this day.

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