I come from a slightly musical family in a way. My mother’s cousins are both musicians, one a singer, the other a drummer. Like many families, I would have aunts and uncles that after a few drinks, think they’re at Glastonbury. They’d start singing and playing whatever musical instrument is around, thinking they’re fantastic.
I have always had a love for music, but was never any good at any instruments. I tried to learn the guitar and made my poor father listen to my terrible attempts. Yet somehow, I managed to pass my standard grade music exam by playing Postman Pat on the glockenspiel. Still one of my proudest moments.
I loved music, albeit chart music. There was the Boy-Band phase, the Dance Music phase and then, at the age of 12, I discovered Oasis’s second album (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory. I remember thinking, what a self-assured band. These guys know exactly what they are doing and don’t care what anyone thinks of them.
Love them or hate them, you cannot deny Oasis certainly made a massive impact when they arrived on the scene in the mid 90s. Nobody else had captured the mood of a generation like that in, well, a generation. Five lads that looked like they stood on the terraces, talked like they stood on terraces but acted like they stood on top of the world. The release of Morning Gloryin 1995 actually put them there.
There are so many memorable songs on the album. Let’s face it; we’ve all heard those terrible attempts of Wonderwallby people who think they can do the song justice. Then there’s Roll With It. The track just has certain energy about it. It’s a song to get people going either for a good night out, or sporting event.
Don’t Look Back In Anger, which became the band’s second Number One single after Some Might Say is one of those songs that even if people are not familiar with the album, they know of the song. The people of Manchester adopted it as a show of unity, solidarity and ultimately togetherness after the Manchester Arena bombing. A message that this despicable act will not create hatred amongst people, and the song was probably perfect for that.
Although my favourite track from the album is Champagne Supernova. It’s a brilliant song with a fantastic chorus and gets fans singing along. Maybe I am wrong, but I think like Don’t Look Back In Anger,people will still be singing 50 years from now.
It is too easy to bad mouth Oasis as a band that carried on long past their prime, just a guitar band with some catchy songs and a fair bit of arrogance. Yes, they were sure of themselves. But what’s wrong with that? People seem so scared to come across as sure of themself nowadays in case they appear cocky or big headed. Nobody seems willing, or allowed to say, we are good and you are going to listen to what we have to say. Which is a shame as everything is so boring and nice in 2019. Any form of personality appears to be gone from overground music in today’s climate. Sanitized for maximum marketability.
(What’s The Story?) Morning Glory? was an important album for me growing up and it still is now. For me, it is one of the best albums of the 1990s. Whatever your opinions about the Gallagher brothers, just roll with it and listen to a great album.