Post below is backlogged and time stamped as Oct 31, 2014 but was Posted today 11/19/14.
Today we present “The Oasis Appreciation Post”. I have to start out by saying that it is very unlikely that “Oasis Appreciation” would show up here at this website. The reason being that their album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”, is considered to be the start of the “Loudness Wars”. Actually it had started before that however, no other album before then had taken “Brick-walled Recording” and Compression to the level that WTSMG had gone. Most albums after that were produced with the ideology that “Louder is Better” at moving as many units as possible. Even though almost everyone had bought into it, Oasis did not know that they were damaging the music, they just wanted to be the loudest band in the world. The way I choose to look at it is, because of the album WTSMG we now have the emergence of Hi-Res audio. You can thank them for it when you get a chance.
It was interesting to me when I heard Lars Ulrich from Metallica say ‘Oasis was the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years.’ That is paraphrased because I can’t be bothered to look up his exact statement…but I have to show some F’ing attitude when It comes to paying homage to the Gallagher Brothers and their band Oasis. When Lars said this, it hit me in such a way that I realized that I had gone through a similar experience with the band Oasis albeit from a different perspective.
I really had not listened to much Oasis in the last decade but it reminded me at how much a part Oasis was in my wheelhouse in the 1990’s. They where loud, they were brash, and they could crank out songs and hooks with spine tingling hits. If you did not spend time in the UK during the 90’s or only heard a few songs on the radio you probably slagged them off. If it gives you any satisfaction, I can say that I hate the song “Wonderwall”. People gave me shit for liking them but I did not fucking care. You had to be there I guess.
As I’ve said before my biggest complaint about Oasis was their choice to record their albums so bricking loud and compressed that I’m forced to listen to their greatest live gigs on video when I want a fix. They are a much better live band than in the studio IMHO. It does not get much better than an Oasis set opening with “Fuckin in The Bushes” into “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” into “Lyla” into “Acquiesce” into “Columbia” into “Morning Glory”, where…
“All your dreams are made
When you’re chained to the mirror of your razor blade
Today’s the day that all the world will see
Another sunny afternoon
Walking to the sound of my favorite tune
Tomorrow never knows what it doesn’t know too soon
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to wake up, wake up
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to rest your minds
You know you should, so I guess you might as well”
Songwriter; Gallagher, Noel
Oasis obviously stole from the the Beatles but were heavier, twisted with a sour punk aftertaste of the Sex Pistols. Just as the Rolling Stones stole from Muddy Waters and Guns N Roses stole from the Stones, Oasis was just easier to hate because of Liam Gallagher singing adamantly about “My Big Mouth”. If you don’t believe my rip off analogy, listen to The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” followed by Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction” or “Lies” and you will know what I mean. I know people are now screaming at their monitors right now after having said that, but it’s what I believe. I think it was the renowned music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine who talked about bands who used other bands sound as a reference point and then built on that and that is what I got from Oasis. If the Beatles had continued on to the present day “the Oasis Songwriting style” is what I would hope them to sound like. Of course that’s my imagination running wild, as the Beatles were far superior musicians, singers, and harmonizers. Many will see that as sacrilege but I’m humored for the moment. Continue screaming at monitor.
So say what you will, but for a moment in time, Oasis was the biggest band in the world. A lofty feat for any band, one for which many would trade their souls. After extensive touring from 97-99 it was well documented that Liam Gallagher had blown out his voice over his harsh singing style and a cocaine drip. I still find their live videos great to watch and love their ornery interaction with the audience. You can tell it’s out of love and affection for their fans, it’s just the way they are, being from the working class council estates of Burnage Manchester and making it big. Where Cobain was saying “I hate myself and I want to die”, Noel Gallagher a Nirvana fan wrote the song “Live Forever.”
I imagine Oasis as the kind of guys, like your best friends, where you get rip roaring drunk and coked out, and go fucking nuts. Blood, sweat, snot, and guts with fists flying only to find your crew all hugging in the end amongst broken beer bottles, bare feet, pieces of furniture and a smashed TV…no doubt with the stereo still playing very loud throughout it all. I don’t know if that was your experience but it was mine, at least that’s the way it was with my friends.
Maybe you had to be there, definitely maybe.
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