After the recent release of ‘Supersonic’, the world has gone “OASIS MAD” once again. Well, my world has. And it got me thinking what I would honestly give to see this game changing group put down their swords and join forces once again. Now, obviously my left kidney is quite dramatic and probably somewhat untrue. BUT. I’d give a lot. I buried a Charizard Shiny in a time-capsule in 2000. I get it back in 2050, be worth a fortune then surely? I’d give that.
For me they stand proud as the voice of the 90’s. Every decade has it’s game changer. That artist or group that not only changed music but changed the way people thought, acted, dressed, spoke, everything. The 50’s had Elvis. His incredible voice, his look, his hair, the famous lip curl look that should never, ever be replicated. The boundaries he broke down between black and white people. So much more than just music.
The 60’s were blessed with ‘Beatlemania’! Four nice lads from Liverpool that scrubbed up well and made everyone’s mum, dad, sister brother, auntie, uncle, cousin, step-uncle and the next door neighbours cat fall madly, head over heels in love with them. Oh yeah, it helped that they also wrote some brilliant songs. Even Noel himself said “If I saw an Alien, I’d tell it to F*** right off because whatever planet he came from they wouldn’t have the Beatles or any decent f***ing music… I aint going nowhere with them!” Led Zep took the 70’s by storm and are still widely regarded as one of the worlds most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history and Rolling Stone magazine calling them ‘The Biggest Band of the 70’s!’ Bowie. The late great. The 1980’s was shook by a man who changed everything. Broke down all sorts of barriers, tackled stigma’s, highlighted political issues and at the end of it all put on his red shoes and danced the blues. A true musical genius. And the 90’s got two ‘chavvy’ lads from MANCHESTAHH who were ready to knock out everyone who stood in their way. But my god were they good. And they were what England needed. England needed a voice for the common people. They spoke to a disenfranchised youth. They spoke to everyone. Every class. They weren’t rock stars like the Stones, they weren’t pretty boys like the Beatles, they were just two working class lads with the hunger to be the best band in the world. And they were.
I’m a strong believer in the fact that music takes you somewhere. It triggers memories. Lets stay together by Al Green takes me to a Sunday night in my childhood, waiting for my mum to come home from work and my dad cooking. Bomboleo by the Gypsy Kings takes me back on a family holiday to Mallorca and any Oasis song takes me back to the grotty flat I called home in University. Some of my favourite memories of University involve me standing on my couch with a pair of sunglasses on and my hands behind my back, belting out ‘The Masterplan’ at the top of my voice with three of my best mates. We’d spend some days only talking as if we were all either Liam or Noel, sometimes even re-enacting interviews with Liam…
We’d sit and watch clips on youtube, “The Best of Liam Gallagher”, ten straight minutes of Liam telling journalists that Oasis were the best band in the world or calling Robbie Williams a ‘fat tapdancer from Stoke’. There’s no one like that in music now is there. Everyone is so nice. Not that that’s a bad thing, but imagine Olly Murs offering out one of the lads from ‘One Direction’. Be crap that wouldn’t it. I hope I’m not being politically incorrect when I say this, but isn’t music wet at the moment. It’s like an ex-accountant come Lollipop Man in February. In my opinion, the industry is calling out for the next Oasis and I bet I’m not the only one who thinks that. The award winning producer of the film ‘Supersonic’ has claimed that his film is a “Call to arms for a new band!” There’s at least one person.
Noel wrote songs that will quite literally ‘Live Forever’. He’s possibly one of the greatest songwriters of all time. In my opinion, ‘Definitely, Maybe’ is one of the best albums ever made and it was their debut album. Noel was 26 years old and had achieved more than some mega rock stars had achieved in their whole career, and to think Oasis started without him is something worth thinking about. He’s still to this day releasing gold with the High Flying Birds and clearly reaping the rewards of it after Liam’s controversial interview last week.
A good friend of mine and someone I regard highly as a music connoisseur said to me “Yeah, ‘If I had a gun’ was a good song, but imagine if Liam sang it.” And do you know what, he was so right. The lyrics and the music are there, they’re incredible. But it’s just not Oasis. And when I say that I mean everything. I mean the lyrics, Liam’s incredibly unique voice, the controversial quotes, the unstoppable arrogance, everything. I’m dying for Liam to punch a photographer, I’m crying out for Noel to write the next ‘Live Forever’, I need them to get back together. We all need them to get back together. And maybe it won’t be the same and maybe they’ll be dreadful, but won’t you just kick yourself if it never happens? So from my not so grotty flat in Liverpool, playing ‘Definitely Maybe’ on the record player, please boys… Let there be Love.
Liverpool Arts Society