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OASIS – “Some Might Say”

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#720, 6th May 1995

“And you still think you’re going to rule the universe? You wouldn’t know what to do with the universe. You’d only shout at it.” – Doctor Who, The Pirate Planet

“They ruined British music and they ruined British music journalism.” – Jeremy Deller, Mojo Magazine.

“I think you’re the same as me” – Oasis, Live Forever

This is not, you suspect, how anyone really planned it. The Kerenskys of Britpop, the intellectuals who dreamed back in ’92 and ’93 how a new British pop music might sound and feel – modernist, fashion-conscious, ironic, nostalgic (but naturally with excellent, unexpected taste), not really very much like rock – failed to predict anything like “Some Might Say”. They (we! I read Select too!) never anticipated this sound – swampy, lazy, loud as fuck, rolling with belligerent confidence, bleeding contempt for any music that wasn’t it.

For many, it was electrifying – I resisted hard enough to convince myself I wasn’t impressed, but listening back now to “Live Forever” and “Cigarettes And Alcohol” I still don’t love them but I can’t bring back the distaste, only the effort it took to maintain it. Where Take That pleaded, hand on heart, for classic status, Oasis simply demanded it, Visigoth-style.

To fans, the young Oasis were undeniable – but were they also inevitable? What they did rearranged British rock and your expectations of it, like the Pistols and the Beatles had, so that afterwards they seem obvious, a natural response to a lack. Once Oasis brought “rock’n’roll” and “attitude” and all that malarkey back to the mainstream people suddenly noticed its absence, but they did so with hindsight. The day – or year – before Oasis came was as full of crissed-crossed pop currents as any other, and some of these eddies paid homage to “rock’n’roll” too – the New Wave Of British New Wave, for instance, or Primal Scream’s calculated follow-up to Screamadelica. Nobody particularly missed what Oasis brought before they brought it.

So to change pop culture the band achieved the hardest thing to achieve in rock, which is to imagine, create and mobilise an audience nobody had counted on. Right at the start Oasis seemed to be, roughly, an indie thing – a post-Roses music press buzz along the half-forgotten lines of Adorable. But they devoured their context – even by the time “Some Might Say” came out, they were the biggest band in Britain, and they kept on growing.

Later on the Oasis Nation became the subject of speculation – some heroic, some damning. The heroic spin is the one you found in the mens’ mags – what Oasis helped awaken was the Great British Lad, hard-partying, up for a laugh, up for a line, Young Liams full of swagger. Some put a political skin on this – identify Oasis with the North, with young working-class men after Thatcher – but it’s not a necessary angle: too reliant on stereotype, and besides the band’s appeal went well beyond particular groups. In some ways though the Gallaghers really were the best of lad culture – funny, quotable, canny and charismatic. For a while, at least.

The damning version of the fanbase is very like the heroic one, but here it’s also a force of unbending conservatism, policing tastes, crushing the life out of British alternative music by sheer demographic weight, sponsoring a range of increasingly grim successor bands – not to mention the latter-day Oasis itself. The downside of Oasis would be apparent at every festival they played in the late 90s and 00s – hordes of lairy men in band colours, sitting in the beer tent all day, drinking and shouting and drinking until their heroes took the stage and never engaging with anything else. Unless Weller was playing too, of course.

Whichever version you prefer, Oasis’ fanbase changed the direction of British pop music in ways we’ll see play out over the next several years. But neither of these pictures seems wide enough for Oasis themselves in 1995 and 1996, in their pomp – the most genuinely inescapable band I’ve ever known. You don’t get to be that big – Morning Glory big, Knebworth big – without tapping into something an awful lot of people wanted. The question is – how much was it their energy, how much their traditionalism?

I want to say it was the energy – “Live Forever”, for example, is pop manifesting sheer force of personality in a way you hardly ever see outside of hip-hop, and rarely enough then. Liam Gallagher’s voice, at its early best on that song, was like a tear in the fabric of pop, a conduit for some primal, amoral will to rock. The extent to which “Some Might Say” works is the extent to which it carries this as a kind of background radiation – since the song itself is almost completely a nothing. If Liam, carried by the band’s sloppy noise, could turn this mid-tempo mess of “dirty dishes” and “itching in the kitchen” and “we will find a brighter day” homilies into something convincing then he really would deserve those Greatest Of All Time claims he (and Noel) liked to throw around. And he almost can.

But that remarkable energy was married to an utterly common-sense view of rock music and what it ought to get up to. Oasis’ success could easily have been down to tapping its audience’s more conservative impulses – certainly the Gallaghers rarely missed an opportunity to proclaim the virtues of the past and anoint its standard-bearers in the present (mostly themselves). It didn’t take much to see Oasis as a reaction against rave, or the arty wing of indie, or frankly progression in general. As the decade wore on it was hard to see them as anything but.

But that’s later, and this is “Some Might Say”, and they’re getting away with it. Just.



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    Mark G on 27 Jun 2013 #

    Not many people bought “Bandwagonesque”, but those that did all went out and got girlfriends.

    I know, I know, but actually it’s the one album that seems to have had a lot of “I met my g/f around this time” (I know I did).

  2. 227
    Mark M on 27 Jun 2013 #

    Re 226: Reviewed it and got a girlfriend off the back of that…

    Re 219: We had a pub conversation in the late-ish ’90s about doing a front-section piece for The Face called something like the ‘A&R genius of Alan McGee’ that would just be list of 20 rubbish bands he had signed. Then decided that the readership might not be as amused as we were. Probably more fit for a fanzine.

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    swanstep on 27 Jun 2013 #

    To be clear, when people draw attention to Creation’s ‘misses’ they mean just that Creation *isn’t an exception* to the rule that every label places bets on a large number of horses (with the relatively few winners having to cover the costs of all the rest), right?

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    Mark G on 27 Jun 2013 #

    Yes. Also, for every record head svengali (thinking Wilson, McLaren, Spector, Waterfowl) that makes it known that all they have to do is say so, and person/act is immediately a chart sensation, um, proves not to have that power at all…

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    fivelongdays on 27 Jun 2013 #

    @210 – ah, yes, me brain and eyes seemed to stop working.

    I need to reread My Magpie Eyes. From what I can recall, McGee started spending the labels money in a rather bonkers way (Adverts for how good the Sex Pistols were! Rollers for a bloke who couldn’t drive!), and that may well have been that.

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    Mark M on 27 Jun 2013 #

    Re 228: It depends whether you are comparing them to EMI or Postcard, really. Other high-profile indies of the time, from SST to 4AD, at least managed to give the impression that they put some thought into who appeared on the label, although, yes, they also released dodgy records.

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    Tom on 27 Jun 2013 #

    #229 this is one of the reasons why Cowell is such an extraordinary figure in pop – he doesn’t totally have the Midas Touch, but he has worked out how to rig the system to give him it better than almost all his predecessors.

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    MichaelH on 27 Jun 2013 #

    #231 SST is the very model of the indie label that fucked up its mission and fucked off its bands …

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    23 Daves on 27 Jun 2013 #

    #203 – “Hey Venus!” is a fantastic album. But yes, otherwise I’d agree that the quality of their last few records has not been that consistent. I think they’ve also openly stated that had it not been for Oasis they would not have had ‘proper’ careers in the music industry – Gruff in particular refuses to engage in any Gallagher brother sniping for that reason. I would concur that if the price we had to pay for SFA was the over-exposure of a few middling Oasis albums and singles, that’s not too much of a burden. I think I’d even let somebody lob another bottle of piss in my direction at Finsbury Park if it bought me another great SFA album.

    As for “Magpie Eyes”, I need to revisit it in light of various comments made on this thread, but it’s actually propping up my broken bed at the moment along with some reference books. I’m not joking, by the way. It genuinely is. It’s quite a weighty tome.

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    pootle on 27 Jun 2013 #

    I bought ‘Bandwagonesque’ and have never had a girlfriend in my life. I don’t particularly want one, really. Although I found Creation strangely irritating as a label but I was still in thrall to the last of Factory (imagine an era of competing record-label ethoses).

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    tm on 27 Jun 2013 #

    I really don’t get Teenage Fanclub: their mojo is meant to be that they’re these genius songsmiths but most of their stuff seems to meander along with no real hooks. I saw them a few years ago* and they bored the arse off me. I’m ho-hum about The Byrds, but I can enjoy the beauty of their sound even if I don’t find it terribly exciting, but TFC, apart from That Ain’t Enough, I just can’t hear anything special about what I’ve heard from TFC. Am I missing something? (Tell me what – I’m not just trying to piss people off here…)

    *At a festival sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s headlined by Super Furrys (who do have effortless-sounding indie-quirk songcraft in spades) who were pretty shambolic. Almost as if they’d been smoking cannabis…

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    Mark G on 27 Jun 2013 #

    As I say upthread, I did buy “Bandwagonesque” and liked it with a small l. Fairly sure I got it along with “Loveless” and would play it as a break from the noise. Eventually I liked it, but never felt the need for more.

    Happy they got a bonafide hit, but a lot of their influences are in the “meh” pile for me.

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    Auntie Beryl yet unlogged on 27 Jun 2013 #

    Grand Prix is the Teenage Fan club album that could have crossed over, but to be fair to Creation, they did go down the CD1/CD2 £1.99 route with the first two singles.

    No matter how the band spin it now, the label tried to have hits with that method, given how well it had worked with the Boo Radleys a few months before.

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    Patrick Mexico on 27 Jun 2013 #

    @236: I’m with you on Teenage Fanclub. The Smiths, Felt, very early Primal Scream and a lot of C86 I find much charm in, but I can’t seem to engage with that band at all. Perhaps the music hasn’t aged well given its revivalism even at the time, and the one step forward, two steps back approach of many bands of the early noughties put me off anything “West Coast” or transparently “Sixties” in the slightest for ages. Especially the blasted Thrills.. I just wish they had gone back to Big Sur, and stayed there. (Apologies for some hypocrisy on my part as I always warmed to the White Stripes and the Hives when they had the same retromania – only much more energetic and the latter providing cheap belly laughs, and I was a sucker for any “energy” because of – ha! – the often godawful New Acoustic Movement of the turn of the century Oasis’s ubiquity – though not the band themselves – were partly to blame for.)

    But it wasn’t just them – as well as the post-post-punk “Gang of Four without the wit or incisive anger” crop, even when it was cool to like a certain Tennessee bunnied act a decade ago, they struck me as tiresome Skynyrd/Allman Brothers/Exile on Main St-era Stones revivalists. We’ll talk much more about them later, but the following decade yielded so many bands who within two years or less declined from “heir apparent” to “influences completely transparent.” Then again, maybe it’s an individual rose-tinted childhood thing, forgiving of many bands who’ve done the same thing in the Britpop era. Exhibit B after the ‘Sis: Elastica. Yet Connection (Wire’s Three Girl Rhumba) and Waking Up (The Stranglers’ No More Heroes) steal in such a loveable rogue manner it’s impossible for me not to be suckered in by the zippy, economical charm of that band’s debut. Perhaps compared to the latter-day bands it feels less like reverence and more winningly cowboy (NOT alt-country.. we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it, as well as pop-punk and nu-metal.. but for now I’m just looking forward to seeing how Oasis could appear SEVEN more times on Popular, outliving a lot of the above trends as they came and went. And looking forward even more to how Marcello might eat some of the above acts for breakfast on TPL..)

    Quick couple of questions to the older readers (I’m 28): how were Oasis received by the wise sages in the pub 93-94? Did the general public genuinely believe they’d be around for well over another decade? And if so, did the fans back then have faith they could maintain the quality control?)

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    Tom on 27 Jun 2013 #

    “Too retro” was a damning and irrevocable card to play. But whether you played it or not depended on i) whether you’d heard the old stuff, and ii) whether you liked the new. A LOT of the ‘obvious influences’ were out of print, or just really expensive – so you were into post-rock and wanted to learn more about Can? Good luck with that – it was all more than full price CDs. I spent a hell of a long time in 93-94 trying to find copies of the 70s Wire LPs at a price I could afford. So making a fuss about Line Up, say, was partly just a way of saying WHY YES i HAVE heard I Am The Fly.

    But at the same time there really did seem to be something at stake in things not just ripping old stuff off (not everything could be as good as “Connection”) so the principle of “no retro” seemed a good and serious one even if the actual practise was utterly full of holes.

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    MichaelH on 28 Jun 2013 #

    #238 But the first single was Mellow Doubt, the least assertive song on the album. And the strangest choice in a summer of bright assertive Britpop its – up against Supergrass, Oasis, Blur and Pulp it’s no wonder it sunk like a trace. I remember NME’s review just being a dropped jaw that was the song they had chosen.

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    wichitalineman on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Re 238: The CD1/CD2 route would have been a sop to Sony who bought a chunk of the company in (I think) ’93. McGee was bragging that he became a millionaire (probably just about) by doing the deal with Sony, little knowing what was round the corner.

    Re 240: Very good point. Those Wire albums had been hard to track down in the mid 80s (hence a comp on the Pink label) let alone the mid 90s.

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    wichitalineman on 28 Jun 2013 #

    …and I think the notes on that Wire comp were by The Legend!, which brings us back to Creation quite neatly.

    I’d compare Creation/4AD to Joe Meek/Phil Spector, with one taking its time, making sure every release was an event (except the poor Wolfgang Press), and the other working frenetically, sticking out records by their mates (whether Joy & Dave or Ed Ball) and hoping they’d just sell enough to keep making more records.

    Re 234: If you sold your copy of My Magpie Eyes it would go a long way to buying a new bed. Not easy to find. I regret getting rid of mine (only because it took up so much space).

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    anto on 28 Jun 2013 #

    re236: I’ve never really got them either. I can never pick out anything that makes them distinctive, that’s for sure. An air of good humour maybe? A lack of pretentions, some ok harmonies.
    It reminds me of the girl in the sitcom who wanted to give her new boyfriend a compliment so she told him “you have a lovely sense of well-being.”

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    tm on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Re 236: It’s Ain’t That Enough, sorry…

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    tm on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Re: 239

    Personally while ‘too retro’ will make me feel guilty about liking an act (Raveonettes, Strokes before they were shit, Oasis before they were shit, Tennesee Bunnies before they were shit) it alone will never stop me liking them. What really turns me off, what I hear in TFC, is hamfisted appropriation of retro sounds: what puts me off The Thrills for example is not that they’re copying CSN&Y but that they’re not very good songwriters and the playing and harmonies are unremarkable: in other words, there’s no reason to listen to them over their influences whereas there are occasions when I would choose Oasis over The Beatles/Slade/The Pistols/The Roses or The Strokes over The Ramones (not that The Strokes were ever really influenced by The Ramones other than wearing leather jackets…)

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    tm on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Re 240: Personally my experience of the 90s retro thing was the opposite. It made economic sense to be retro: a new Blur album would cost you £14.99 on CD but Damon Albarn was always going on about the Kinks and you could get their greatest hits for £3.99 or maybe even taped for free from your parents record collection. I even ended up listening to a lot of classical music since you could always get the LPs for a pound in charity shops.

    I never saw retro as uncool at the time, either: it seemed a no brainer: 60′s; cool clothes, cool music, drugs, free love, social revolution 90′s; arseholes in sportswear hanging round outside Spar. It would take me some time to realise putting my schoolmates up against The Beatles and The Who wasn’t really comparing like with like and it was only much later when I got into Goldblade and started reading John Robb that it occurred to me that retro could be a bad thing.

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    tm on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Re 239: The Hives are an awesome little punk band whose reputation is perhaps tainted a bit by a) being hyped by the NME at their most posturing and banal and b) the rather ploddy Hate To Say I Told You So being their breakthrough and most famous single. They are riotously entertaining live. At their secret gig at NHAC a scuffle broke out and I got knocked on the ‘stage’, Howlin’ Pelle picked me up by the scruff of the neck and deposited me back into the mosh-pit. True story…

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    Mark G on 28 Jun 2013 #

    #243 Amazon has new hardback copies for £459 (yow!), but second hand copies for £15 or thereabouts.

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    punctum on 28 Jun 2013 #

    It’s a charity shop regular for even less than that.

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    Yes, my copy was £3 in the second-hand section of the bookshop across the road. Haven’t read it yet though.

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    wichitalineman on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Lucky yous two. It’s deffo not a ‘regular’ in N London. Marcello, if you see one, could you possibly pick it up for me?

    Sukrat, it’s a very good read. He’s overly sniffy about the early days, but there are few stones unturned.

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    I remember Cavanagh a little from my brief work at v.early Select (I got the Wire gig and stopped having time to contribute): he seemed a nice fellow.

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    MichaelH on 28 Jun 2013 #

    #243 However, EMI put out the (much more comprehensive than the Pink label comp) On Returning 1977-79 collection in 1989, which meant every single “famous” Wire song was widely available in the early 90s. Also, I certainly bought Pink Flag and Chairs Missing at mid-price in the early 90s, so I’m slightly baffled by the legendary unhearability of Wire at that point. And, as to Tom’s point about Can being hard to come by – Mute started reissuing the Can catalogue in 1989.

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    punctum on 28 Jun 2013 #

    #250: Yep, no problem. Personal copy is currently part of extensive piles of “bedside reading,” in between Jonathan Coe’s Like A Fiery Elephant and Henry Root’s World Of Knowledge.

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    MichaelH on 28 Jun 2013 #

    I interviewed a Major Creation Band a few months ago, and used some details from Magpie Eyes. Two days later I got an email from the singer’s wife saying all the stuff I’d cited was untrue. Which seemed odd given how extraordinarily well sourced the book is.

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    Izzy on 28 Jun 2013 #

    I don’t remember Wire being hard to come by, just obscure. It was an irritating strain of indie comment at the time, to dismiss, say, Teenage Fanclub as Big Star II, or Suede as Cockney Rebel Redux, as if 99% percent of the audience knew more than one song by such acts (less in Big Star’s case).

    With Can, there was just so much of it. I did see them on telly once doing ‘Oh Yeah’, so Tago Mago was the one I eventually diverted £12.99 to. I’m sure many a dullard (had I ever met another person irl who knew their work) would dismiss me with a “should’ve bought Future Days“.

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    wichitalineman on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Many thanks. I’d be intrigued to know what the Coe book is like too.

    Going back to my first comment on Some Might Say, it’s now blindingly obvious to me why this felt like the indie wars had been won. Ten years after the Pastels’ Something Going On, the Jasmine Minks’ Where The Traffic Goes and Biff Bang Pow’s There Must Be A Better Life had been touchstone 45s in a year of event number ones, Creation had their own event number one. Even now, I find this story quite remarkable.

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    MichaelH on 28 Jun 2013 #

    And just a footnote to the mentions of Elastica … In spring 95 I was in the US, and an Elastica video (I think it was Connection) was on heavy rotation on MTV. Curiously, it was a different clip from the one in the UK, and in it Justine F was very brightly lit, causing all her features to become a white blur out of which only her eyes, hair and mouth were noticeable. Which had the effect of making her look much, much less Jewish. I’ve always wondered if this was a deliberate thing to try to make Elastica more palatable in middle America.

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    Tom on 28 Jun 2013 #

    My memories of Wire availability are obviously full of holes – I even had On Returning! (Though discogs puts the actual CD reissues of the 70s LPs in 1994, so my memories of them being hard to find in 93 seem legit)

    Izzy is right though – it was obscure rather than unavailable. My context was being at Uni – a load of people were into Britpop, considerably fewer wanted to bother digging into the roots of it. (No slight on them, of course.)

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    MichaelH on 28 Jun 2013 #

    Ah, 94 reissues makes sense. It’s possible I had a secondhand copy of Pink Flag earlier.

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    swanstep on 28 Jun 2013 #

    @259, MichaelH. Connection went high in the alt-charts in the US, but didn’t even scrape into the regular Top 50. It nonetheless ultimately entered general consciousness in the US via a Budweiser ad (go 4 minutes in if the link doesn’t automatically deposit you there) for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

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    swanstep on 28 Jun 2013 #

    OK, this link has the start time right.

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    Rory on 29 Jun 2013 #

    You lot haven’t made it easy to find something new to say about Oasis and/or this song, but as I’ve been waiting for a Popular year for it I feel I should make the effort…

    In the few years after I’d spent a year studying in England, my main source of exposure to new UK indie music was via tapes from a friend who’d kept in touch, containing esoteric stuff like the Jennifers and Popdropper. In 1994 one of these contained Definitely Maybe, by a band he assured me was going to be even bigger than Suede; and so I became one of the minority of Aussies who paid Oasis much attention before Morning Glory.

    Without any of the hindrance of hindsight, or the contemporary UK critical context apart from my friend’s reports of it, I took the music on its merits, and… quite liked it. I didn’t rate it as highly as The Stone Roses (another album I came to almost context-free when I heard it during my UK year, and loved), or even as highly as Going Blank Again (by my friend’s favourite band), but it had some good tracks.

    So when Morning Glory came out, I became one of the first of the 22 million people who bought it worldwide – and this one I did love, unreservedly. The Beatles influences didn’t bother me; a lot of my favourite bands were overtly influenced by the Beatles, and while I was listening to it I was also in the grip of Anthology 1. Liam wasn’t my favourite rock vocalist, but I warmed to him in the context of the music as a whole.

    It was enough to carry me onto their next album, and eventually – despite that one – to all of them; even to Noel’s next band, although not Liam’s. It’s been in part down to lingering interest, in part curiosity, in part the remorseless logic of musical completism, and in part thanks to Fopp knocking them out for a few quid each in the 2000s after half their audience had moved on. But it’s all been with a much clearer awareness of their UK reputation, which has sucked a lot of the fun out of it. It’s been impossible to listen to any of those later albums with fresh 1994-95 ears, and hence to any of them more than a few times. Maybe I’ll revisit them when Popular reaches their hits.

    As to that reputation: all this talk about the thuggish tendencies (or not) of the band and/or some of their fans has given pause for thought, mainly about why that never deterred me, a standard-issue quiet nerdy/geeky type, from buying their music. And a couple of things have occurred to me.

    One is that the first bands I was exposed to in any depth were Australian pub rock bands in the early 1980s, and many of those had a solid ocker fanbase (“ockers” and their cultural successors being pretty much the direct Australian equivalent of the Loaded/lad culture discussed above). A band like Cold Chisel filled much the same space in Australian music as Oasis seems to have done here, the main difference being that they quit while they were ahead (though there have been a couple of reunions). Even an overtly left-wing band like Midnight OIl (essentially our Manics, but from the late 1970s through early 2000s), with a thoughtful lead singer who ended up as a federal government minister, had fans from the ocker end of the spectrum – because they rocked hard, and said lead singer had a shaven head back when that was well-hard. If you wanted to be a fan of such music as a quiet geeky/nerdy type, you just got on with it; worrying too much about your fellow travellers was pointless.

    Then there were the reports of brotherly bickering that started making the news not long after Oasis made it big. These didn’t bother me either, because brotherly bickering was all I knew growing up. The Gallaghers’ relationship strikes me as no worse than my brother’s and mine would have been had we spent three or four decades in close proximity instead of two. (Which says nothing about how thuggish or laddish either of us were, because we weren’t.) So that was no reason for me to dismiss the music, either.

    As to the music – and to turn finally to the track at hand – “Some Might Say” is a good Oasis track, but not their greatest, not even on its parent album. In the context of the album, I could even go with a 6… but I’ve just listened to it again in isolation, and it’s reminded me of what I did like about them, so it’s a 7.

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    Dan Quigley on 30 Jun 2013 #

    I recall being at first slightly embarrassed at proclaiming my (not unqualified) love for Oasis to my 13-year-old peers at the time, not because of their thuggish reputation – which I was not yet aware of – but quite the opposite: because I thought their twee turns of phrase and the cellos on Whatever and Wonderwall (their first two hits here in Australia) made them read as soft.

    So many great tangents on this thread – I am with Mark and Partick way back at #29 and #35 in noting that – boogie intros aside – the Oasis wash of sound recalls no one more than a slowed-down Hüsker Dü. ‘Slide Away’ in particular sounds to me as if it could almost have come straight off the second disc of Warehouse: Songs and Stories.

    As for the track under discussion, and having not listened to it for years, it took me about five different You Tube versions before I realised that it is supposed to sound *quite* so artlessly compressor-pumpy. The song is overlong, or to be more precise, about 10bpm too slow, but the chorus, not in the least bit hindered by its unrepeated string of endearingly daft lyrics is joyous – like a major-key answer record to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

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    enitharmon on 30 Jun 2013 #

    Thinking about my non-buying of new music in the mid-90s reminds me that one of the very few contempory albums I bought at the time was Morning Glory, and as a consequence this track is a bit of a landmark for me – the first number 1 to be in my collection “naturally” (that is, apart from those tracks I have sought out in connection with Popular) since “Every Step You Take” in 1983.

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    Patrick Mexico on 12 Jul 2013 #

    Re 265: Well our playground version of Smells like Teen Spirit usually went:

    “Here we are now, fucking tosspots;
    We like salads, we like hotpots”

    So a (technically) Lancashire band doing one of those shout-along anthems was a match made in heaven.

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    Ed on 5 Aug 2013 #

    David Stubbs in 1995 describing SMS as “brilliant” and “single of the year and the best thing on the album by a disturbingly large margin.”

    He is less than complementary about (Bunnied), though.


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    Izzy on 5 Aug 2013 #

    I’d never heard ‘Step Out’ before and don’t remember the story of it being pulled at all. It’s really good! Oasis at their best in fact, other than the slight lull in the bridge. They should absolutely have given Stevie 50% if that’s what it took to get it on the album (assuming the whole thing wasn’t just tedious publicity-generation); it would’ve raised the whole set a lot.

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    Erithian on 14 Sep 2013 #

    You don’t have to have been a “lad” to see the appeal of this – riffs and melodies from a pair of opening albums chock-full of them, bags of attitude and above all lyrics that feel great in the mouth – even if ou think Liam is a bit of a twat you could still appreciate the “she-yiiiine” snarl. And for me as a Manc (and for enough other people to get Wibbling Rivalry to number 52 in its own right), the bickering brothers were hysterical. Even now a Noel interview in any given magazine is the first thing I’d turn to.

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    tm on 15 Sep 2013 #

    Noel and Liam are on too, pithy form in the Live Forever documentary too…

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    Mark G on 16 Sep 2013 #

    I recommend the DVD with Noels commentary on all the singles’ videos, it came with the “Time Flies” box set.

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    hectorthebat on 17 Apr 2015 #

    Critic watch:

    Michaelangelo Matos (USA) – Top 100 Singles of the 1990s (2001) 20
    Gary Mulholland (UK) – This Is Uncool: The 500 Best Singles Since Punk Rock (2002)
    NME (UK) – The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2014) 484
    Q (UK) – The 1001 Best Songs Ever (2003) 851
    Uncut (UK) – The 100 Greatest Singles from the Post-Punk Era (2001) 38
    XFM (UK) – The Top 1000 Songs of All Time (2010)
    Gilles Verlant and Thomas Caussé (France) – 3000 Rock Classics (2009)
    Hervé Bourhis (France) – Le Petit Livre Rock: The Juke Box Singles 1950-2009
    Face (UK) – Singles of the Year 9
    Melody Maker (UK) – Singles of the Year 3
    New Musical Express (UK) – Singles of the Year 4
    Select (UK) – Singles of the Year 2

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    Chris on 12 Sep 2015 #

    @19: “Is it true they are still seen as college rock in America? It almost suggests that our class system is over-complicated.”

    At this time, yes. Oasis were seen as a cool alternative radio/MTV 120 Minutes (Sunday night at midnight show) band only “anglophiles” were into. Definitely Maybe sold a million copies, but it did so slowly, so it was never a top 40 album. Some Might Say and Roll With It were never played on MTV in prime timeslots (actually I don’t know if they ever played Roll With It outside of 120 Minutes.) Although Live Forever was on their top 20 countdown a few times in early 1995.

    They became a top 40 band in the Wonderwall, DLBIA and Champagne Supernova time in early 1996. But they still were not seen as one of the top tier rock bands of that year (which were Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Sublime, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Alanis Morrisette, Stone Temple Pilots, among others.)

    Oasis didn’t really become a big music news story here until Liam refused to tour in America and refused to sing on their MTV Unplugged. So we never had the Oasis Is Everywhere coverage you had in the UK. Most of the 4 million people who bought Morning Glory just liked Wonderwall, and Be Here Now was hyped but nobody liked DYKIM? so by the fall of 1997, nobody cared about Oasis. Rock music in general died off in 1997 because everybody was more interested in Tupac and Biggie being murdered and the younger kids were listening to Hanson and Spice Girls.

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    Ah, the American Anglophile Britpop obsessives. God bless them. Especially one of my Twitter followers, a girl of 17 who wanted to be both Selena Gomez and Justine Frischmann.

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