17 April 2014

Another On This Day In Oasis History...















"Who Feels Love?" is a song by British rock band Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It became the second single to be released from the album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, peaking at number 4 in the UK charts when released on 17th of April 2000.


















The album was noted for its psychedelic feel, and "Who Feels Love?" was held up as the most extreme example of this. Mark Stent was praised for his production on the song, creating a "trippy" feel like that found on Beatles songs such as "Rain". With the psychedelic and Eastern sound, the song also reminds of George Harrison achievements like "Within You Without You" and also some of his solo work.

However, despite the high-quality production, the song was not well received by the critics, NME said that the production "triumphs over any real sort of feeling... pure mock Maharishi spirituality that not even Liam can salvage from the realm of self-parody".

One of the B-sides is a cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter". It was played live during the Shoulders tour of 2000. Paul Weller recorded a version of b-side "One Way Road" for his covers-album Studio 150 in 2004. The Weller version was subsequently used as the theme tune to Jack Dee's sitcom Lead Balloon.



Track listing

CD RKIDSCD 003
"Who Feels Love?" - 5:45
"One Way Road" - 4:03
"Helter Skelter" - 5:51 (Lennon/McCartney)

7" RKID 003
"Who Feels Love?" - 5:45
"One Way Road" - 4:03

12" RKID 003T
"Who Feels Love?" - 5:45
"One Way Road" - 4:03
"Helter Skelter" - 5:51

Cassette RKIDCS 003
"Who Feels Love?" - 5:45
"One Way Road" - 4:03

The UK CD also contains the promo video to Who Feels Love?

Helter Skelter was recorded during the sessions for Be Here Now.

Japanese CD edition ESCA 8133
"Who Feels Love?" - 5:44
"One Way Road" - 4:03
"Gas Panic!" (demo) - 6:39

The demo for "Gas Panic!" was only ever officially released in Japan before being included on a free Oasis CD issued with the Sunday Times on June 23, 2002.

Irish musician Rob Smith said in an interview on Irish national television in December 2006 that this was the most under-rated song of all time and should be "praised for its genius".

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On This Day In Oasis History...















The videos below are from April 17th 1995, when Oasis appeared on the White Room Sessions in London, they performed Acquiesce, It's Good To Be Free and Talk Tonight with special guest Paul Weller.







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Dumb To Play 'This Feeling' In London Tomorrow Night














Dumb RETURN with a double A-side single ‘Two Bottles’ / ‘Supersonic Love Toy’.


Influenced by Pixies, The Cribs and cult American indie rock heroes Built To Spill, their bold and brash combination of self-assured swagger, slick melodies and Dylan William’s rasping vocals have already brought Dumb to the attention of the likes of NME and BBC Radio 1.

Dumb’d two debut singles “Dive” and “Retina” released in 2013 brought an explosive riot of squalling guitars and cocksure attitude. They generated great online support from key tastemaker blogs sites and received plays on Radio 1, was playlisted at XFM, Amazing & Absolute and received extensive support from specialist regional radio shows and major blog sites with Consequence of Sound and Clash getting the exclusives.

For their first ever gig the band went straight to the prestigious stage of London’s KOKO and the legendary Club NME night before returning home to headline Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3. Last Autumn they joined The Agency Group roster and continued to build their live reputation by playing key slots with the likes of Darlia, Skaters, LSA, Superfood, Baby Strange, Splashh, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs plus a memorable night opening their manager, Jon Brookes’ memorial night at Royal Albert Hall with The Charlatans, The Vaccines & New Order in October.

During the recent winter months the band has recorded brand new tracks which have been produced in London by Cam Blackwood who has recently worked with Darlia, London Grammar & George Ezra.

2014 will see Dumb continue to cement the foundations they’ve built, establishing themselves as one of the country’s most promising new bands.

Live Dates

18th April – This Feeling at Purple Turtle, London - adv tickets www.thisfeeling.co.uk

19th April – Institute, Birmingham

Visit www.thisfeeling.co.uk for tickets and infomation on club nights all over the UK.



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16 April 2014

Listen To Andy Bell's New Mix Tape...














A new mixtape 'Chicago House' by Andy Bell has been added to the Beady Eye mixcloud, listen to it below.



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14 April 2014

Win A Beady Eye Limited Edition Vinyl Signed By Liam Gallagher














To celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday Pretty Green want you to re create your favourite 12 inch vinyl album cover...

We're giving away a limited edition Beady Eye remixed record signed by Liam Gallagher to the best vinyl album cover.

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Video Of Oasis' 'Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 To 1997' Exhibition














An exhibition celebrating 20 years of British band Oasis has opened in London. Called "Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993 to 1997," the exhibition looks back at the history of the Manchester band who shot to fame in the mid 90s.

The “Chasing the Sun” exhibition features artifacts, clothing, rare photographs, memorabilia and musical instruments.

There's also a life-size replica of the room featured on the cover of the "Definitely Maybe" album.

Also on display is early album artwork designed by Brian Cannon.



"I was a massive fan, which obviously always helps. And it was crazy times," Cannon said. "Funnily enough the closer you got to the epicentre of it all the normal it became because they're very down-to-earth grounded people. So whilst everybody else is going bonkers the inner circle was very chilled out really."

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of their debut single "Supersonic" released on April 11th, 1994. It also marks the re-release of "Definitely Maybe" on May 19th.

"Well you know it's marvellous isn't it, that 20 years after the band's still so relevant really, and still have the same impact and still mean so much to so many people, it's madness," Cannon said.

Formed by brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis shot to fame in the mid 90s and became one of the leaders in what was coined the Brit Pop movement.

Oasis went on to become one of the biggest British bands, enjoying a successful career always marred by the turbulent relationship between the two brothers.

"Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997" is showing at the London-Newcastle Project Space in east London until April 22nd.

Source: english.cntv.cn
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New Items Added To Liam Gallagher's 'Pretty Green' Collection














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Noel Gallagher's Face Says It All As Manchester City Lose Late At Liverpool













Noel Gallagher looks definitely, maybe a little unhappy after watching his beloved Manchester City side defeated at Liverpool this afternoon.

The musician was at Anfield to see Manuel Pellegrini's side continue their title challenge.

But having fought back from two goals behind, Reds star Philippe Coutinho struck late for the home side to leave Gallagher far from pleased.

Manchester City are now seven points behind with two games in hand as this season's Premier League nears what looks to be an exhilarating climax.

But it's looking less likely Gallagher and City's other supporters will be seeing a champagne supernova when the season concludes next month.

Let's hope he doesn't look back in anger after today's result.

Click here to see a number of pictures.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk
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13 April 2014

Liam Gallagher's Latest Tweet...
















COME ON CITY LG 

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Gallery: Beady Eye In Yokohama












Click here for a number of pictures of Beady Eye at the Yokohama Arena in Japan last month.

Thanks to Mari.

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Noel Gallagher And U2's Bono Head For The Same London Nightspot














It seems to be a popular venue for the A-list in London currently – and celebrity rockers Noel Gallagher, 46, and Bono, 53, are the latest in a string of stars to spend the night at The Firehouse.

The pair were spotted arriving, albeit separately, at the exclusive nightspot on Friday evening – with Bono bringing his wife Ali Hewson.

Noel looked cool, calm and collected as he arrived in a faux leather jacket and jeans, with a casual polo top beneath.

Not blinking an eye at the sea of flashbulbs he approached, the Don’t Look Back In Anger rocker nearly smiled as he cut his way through the crowds to the main entrance.

Click here to see the pictures.

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Video: Noel Gallagher On 'The Fantasy Football Club'














Noel Gallagher told The Fantasy Football Club why he thinks Luis Suarez should join Manchester City.

Fenners joined the former Oasis guitarist and singer to chat about his beloved Sky Blues, their crunch fixture with Liverpool on Sunday, plus more...

To watch the interview in full - including why Noel thinks Man Utd got the booby-prize with David Moyes - click here.

What did you make of Roberto Mancini's dismissal?

NOEL: "To get rid of the guy that won us the league and the FA Cup for the first time in 30-odd years - we didn't like it as fans. But the owners, they do their homework you know, they seem to have got the right man.

"If you'd have told me at the beginning of the season that we'd have already have got a trophy and have progressed in the Champions League and we'll be right up their challenging at the end of the season, having played some amazing football - we'd have all taken that.

"If we don't win the league, they'll be no clamour to get people out or anything like that."

How impressed have you been with Liverpool this season?

NOEL: "If they go on and win it now from where they've come from and take 14 straight wins to take the title; you're going to have to applaud them. If they do a number on us on Sunday I'll clap them off the pitch."

Would you want Luis Suarez at Man City?

NOEL: "I don't know what sort of price they'd put on his head; as each week goes by it must be another £10million.

"I don't think he'll be there that much longer. He's a brilliant player but he's got to be getting sick of the weather now. It's a least one degree warmer in Manchester."

How good is David Silva?

NOEL: "He might be the best player that's ever played for us. He's just out of this world on the ball."

Who will win Liverpool v Man City?

NOEL: "I think on Sunday it will be a draw. I'm going to go with Merson and say a score draw."

Who will win the Premier League?

NOEL: "You absolutely can't call it and anyone who is saying that they can, why don't they rush down to the bookies and put £10,000 on it because this league, out of all the leagues in the world, will make a mug of you.

"We'll go to Anfield and win on Sunday and then get beat by Crystal Palace or something because Yaya's brought his deckchair with him instead of his boots and his iPad and he's doing his shopping in the centre circle instead of getting stuck in.

"You can't call it. I hope we win it. If we don't win it I hope we go super close and if we don't win it I hope Liverpool win it."

Source: www1.skysports.com

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12 April 2014

Bonehead Describes The Oasis Experience As 'Pretty Emotional'















Liam Gallagher and Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs last night attended the opening of the Oasis exhibition Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993–1997 at Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London.

The pair arrived unannounced at the invite-only preview to the free-to-view exhibition, which opens to the public today (April 11) runs until April 22. Gallagher – now sporting a shaven haircut – and the former Oasis guitarist were swarmed by fans on entering, and spent about 45 minutes posing for pictures and talking to attendees.

Speaking to NME after the event, Bonehead said: "We didn't get to see [the exhibition] – we got fucking mobbed. But actually going in there with Liam and seeing what I did see was pretty emotional. I spoke to Paul Slattery, who's got a lot of pictures up, and me and Liam gave him big hugs and made plans to catch up. We looked at each other and went, 'Is it really 20 years ago?' Mental, man – time flies."

Bonehead said that the decision to attend the opening was made just a day before. "It was a case of, 'Are you going down?' He was like, 'No.' Then a phone call yesterday, he said, 'Are you going tomorrow?' I was like, 'Not really, I'm doing a gig in Weston-super-Mare tonight. Are you going?' He said, 'If you're going, I'm going,' so I booked a hotel and drove over. I'm glad we made the effort – we both said tonight that we're glad."

He also explained the absence of other former bandmembers. "Alan White's in Spain, Guigs [Paul McGuigan] couldn't make it and Noel's recording, so we had to come really. It's good that some of the bandmembers made it. Liam is Oasis, so the fact he turned up and had pictures with people is great."

Bonehead now plans to return for a private view so he can see the exhibition properly. "My son's a big Oasis fan all of sudden and he wants to come and see it," he said.

Part of the exhibition involves a recreation of the sleeve from 1994's debut album 'Definitely Maybe', which was shot in Bonehead's living room in Didsbury, south Manchester. It contains items seen in the original image from Bonehead's own home. "I actually did put a lot of the original artefacts in it – sofa cover, fire surround, ashtrays, light fittings," he said. "The stained glass was built into my house so I couldn't take it out. I've moved house since then but I took it all with me."

Curated by photographer Lawrence Watson, the exhibition documents major events such as the band's shows at Manchester's Maine Road and Knebworth plus the creation of their albums 'Definitely Maybe', '(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?' and 'Be Here Now'. It features previously unseen images from photographers Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins and Jamie Fry.

Also on display are some of the instruments played on the band's early albums, which have been loaned by band members themselves, as well as merchandise, artefacts from the album sleeves, tour documentation and rare video footage.

The exhibition is taking place to mark the reissue of the band's 1994 debut album 'Definitely Maybe' on May 19.

Source: www.nme.com

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Liam Gallagher And Bonehead Mobbed At Oasis Exhibition














Former Oasis stars Liam Gallagher and Paul 'bonehead' Arthurs were mobbed by hundreds of fans when they paid a surprise visit to a new exhibition in honour of the band.

Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 opens in London on Friday (11Apr14), 20 years after the hit group released its first single, and the organisers staged a preview event on Thursday (10Apr14).

Oasis frontman Gallagher and original guitarist Arthurs made an unannounced visit on opening night to check out the exhibits, but they missed most of the display because they were mobbed by fans on arrival and spent almost an hour posing for photos and signing autographs.

Arthurs tells Nme, "We didn't get to see (the exhibition) - we got f**king mobbed. But actually going in there with Liam and seeing what I did see was pretty emotional... We looked at each other and went, 'Is it really 20 years ago?' Mental, man - time flies... I'm glad we made the effort - we both said tonight that we're glad."

The rocker, who quit Oasis in 1999, said other members of the band, including main songwriter Noel Gallagher, are unlikely to attend, adding, "(Drummer) Alan White's in Spain, Guigs (former bassist Paul MCGuigan) couldn't make it, and Noel's recording, so we had to come really. It's good that some of the bandmembers made it. Liam is Oasis, so the fact he turned up and had pictures with people is great."

Source: www.contactmusic.com

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11 April 2014

Alex James: 'I Still Annoy Noel Gallagher'













Blur bassist discusses Noel and Damon Albarn's newfound bromance

Alex James described Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn as "best buddies" while appearing on XFM Breakfast with Jon Holmes this morning (April 10).

Holmes told the Blur bassist-turned-cheese-maker that he had introduced the pair onstage the night they played together at the Royal Albert Hall, leading James to reveal: "They've been, like, best buddies ever since."

Asked what he made of their friendship, James added: "I think it's a lovely, lovely ending. They have got quite a lot in common, and they obviously enjoy each others company. It's a nice way to end. I think I still annoy him a bit, but I really try not to!"

In this week's NME, on newsstands now and available digitally, Albarn reveals that making an album with Noel Gallagher is a "distinct possibility" in future.

"I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit," Albarn says. When asked if the pair would be making a record together, he replied, "I can imagine that being a very distinct possibility at some point in the future. But, as yet we haven't really talked about it, although…"

Albarn continues: "OK we have a little bit. We're talking. It's not anything to get excited about yet. I mean, he's doing his thing. He's finishing a new record. I've got my record coming out, but the principle of us making music together is something…you know, it would be fair to say, we have discussed it at least once."

Source: www.nme.com

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Oasis 20 Years On: The Two Brothers At The Birth Of Lad Culture














Oasis released their first single, 'Supersonic', 20 years ago today. Bill Borrows looks back in admiration at two decades spent in the company of the Gallaghers.

As Kurt Cobain's lukewarm corpse awaited discovery at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard, Oasis played live on Radio One for the first time. Three days later, his body had been found, and the team behind the launch issue of new magazine Loaded were engaged in frantic phone calls to the printer in an attempt to pull a story lamenting Cobain’s inability to behave like a real rock star and commit suicide properly.

‘Supersonic’, the first Oasis single, was released three days later and the defining magazine of the 90s hit the shelves (minus the Cobain piece) two days after that. Blur’s relentless and catchy ‘Girls and Boys’ was everywhere and in a couple of months the soon-to-be rechristened New Labour Party would elect a youthful leader to challenge the tired, sleazy, divided Tory government (if we knew then what we know now etc…).

Quite obviously something was afoot in the land. It felt like change.

Cobain had sung, ‘I Hate Myself And I Want To Die’ but less less than a year later everybody had already "sniffed it up a cane on a ‘Supersonic train" and now wanted to ‘Live Forever.’ Oasis had asked the question: ‘Isn’t everybody else sick and f****** tired of being miserable?’ The genius, whether by accident or design, was to answer it themselves two singles later.

"Maybe I just want to fly/ I want to live/ I don't want to die/ Maybe I just want to breathe/ Maybe I just don't believe," demanded Liam and, out-staring his brother’s words, "I want to live forever." Even the NME, still in their tear-stained Nirvana t-shirts and skinny-fit black jeans, found time to conclude, "Basically, what thus far looked like obnoxious Manc arrogance suddenly looks like sheer effortlessness. A terrific record." Yeah. Terrific. Thanks for catching with up the mood of the nation.

The mainstream media were not far behind, ‘Definitely Maybe’ became the fastest selling debut album in UK history and soon everybody was sprinkling cocaine on their cornflakes. Oasis and the brothers Gallagher were suddenly household names and just as likely to turn up on the front of the Daily Mirror as in the pages of the music press. Watching their lives from the outside became a national sport.

"When we started off," explained Noel, "we wanted the girls, the cocaine, the fur coats. It wasn't like it was an act. It was almost like working-class people winning the pools. We went bananas." Everybody lapped it up. The music was on the money (they couldn’t have got away with it otherwise) but more importantly their attitude chimed with the times. It was during this period that Liam stole the rights to the two finger salute from Kes. He still owns them today.

This is not the Oasis story - that remains to be written - but over the next twenty years entertaining interludes between number one albums, landmark gigs and the best guitar music for a generation would include: Fights between the brothers; cocaine; Liam shagging and marrying famous women; fights between the brothers; cancelled gigs; slagging each other off; divorces; cocaine; fights with photographers and bouncers; band break-ups; cocaine; band make-ups; slagging off every band around (particularly middle class outfits like Blur); cocaine; and, fights between the brothers.

They also gave a great quote. Whether it was Noel declaring his manifesto ("Smoke where you want, drink what you want, whenever you want. Get the age of consent down. Legalize drugs. Kill all the people who like grunge music. Kill all surfboarders. Melt the snow. Anybody who wears a cowboy hat should get the electric chair") or Liam explaining what he would be doing for on Christmas Day ("The usual. I'll be sitting there all day getting wankered. Probably eating loads of fucking food and all that. What are the kids after this year? What do you think? Loads of fucking toys") it was always memorable.

The second album, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ went straight to number one in the UK in October 1995, peaked at number four in the States and then it really went ‘Champagne Supernova’. But the "sheer effortlessness" of their ascent began twenty years ago today. Oasis, the band, might be in storage somewhere, but the brothers are still box-office, still feuding, still walking tall and still talking back. It has been rock n’ roll from the start. The only ingredient missing? A death in the band. But then, as they were so keen to point out at the start, they always wanted to live forever.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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On This Day In Oasis History...















"Supersonic" is the debut single released by British rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher. It also appears on their debut album, Definitely Maybe. It was released on the 11 April 1994 and peaked at #31 on the official UK charts. It was the song performed by the band on their debut national TV performance on Channel 4's The Word, which aired on 18 March 1994. It remains to this day a favourite song of both the band and their fans (on the Definitely Maybe DVD, Noel cites it as his favourite Oasis song). The single went silver in the UK on June 30, 2006, 12 years and 3 months after its original release.





















In spite of its popularity, Gallagher claims the song is basically a collection of nonsense lyrics written in a matter of minutes, just before the band entered the recording studios to record the track. The identity of the character "Elsa" caused some confusion — according to the song She done it with a doctor/On a helicopter/she sniffin' in a tissue/Sellin' the Big Issue. Noel claims, "Someone told me "Supersonic" was about teenage prostitution. Shit!". It has since been revealed that Elsa was a nine-stone rottweiler with a flatulence problem who was in the studio on the day the song was written, hence the line "she's into Alka Seltzer". It was written and recorded at The Pink Museum in Liverpool. The plan was for Oasis to record "Bring It On Down" for their debut single and another bunch of demos. However, "Supersonic" was written and it impressed everyone so much, it was chosen to be the band's first single. Gallagher has revealed in interviews that "Supersonic"'s distinctive lead guitar part wasn't a deliberate copy of the intro to George Harrison's 1971 single "My Sweet Lord". The band recorded two videos for the song, for UK and US release. The UK version of the video features the band playing on a roof, similar to The Beatles' rooftop concert.

It is included on the official music album for Euro 2004, Vive O 2004!



UK MUSIC VIDEO



US MUSIC VIDEO
In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Supersonic" at number 20 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Supersonic" at number 25 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

The song is included on Oasis' compilation album Stop the Clocks.

Track listings

CD CRESCD 176
"Supersonic" - 4:44
"Take Me Away" - 4:30
"I Will Believe" (Live) - 3:46
"Columbia" (White Label Demo) - 5:25

7" CRE 176
"Supersonic" - 4:44
"Take Me Away" - 4:30

12" CRE 176T
"Supersonic" - 4:44
"Take Me Away" - 4:30
"I Will Believe" (Live) - 3:46

Cassette CRECS 176
"Supersonic" - 4:44
"Take Me Away" - 4:30

Japanese EP ESCA 602
"Supersonic"
"Shakermaker"
"Columbia" (white label demo)
"Alive" (8 track demo)
"D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?"
"I Will Believe" (Live)
"I Will Believe" is believed to have been recorded for a 1993 radio session for the BBC.

The demo of "Columbia" is the same version as was released on a limited edition white label promo in December 1993, which itself was an edited version of the original demo recorded in Liverpool in the spring of 1993.

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The Day Oasis Went Supersonic














To borrow the words of their heroes – and sometimes rather too obvious inspiration – it was, almost unbelievably, 20 years ago today that the world received their first dose of a Manchester band whose guitar-based anthems managed the unlikely trick of sounding utterly traditional while simultaneously shaking up the British music scene.

To coincide with the anniversary of Supersonic, the debut single from Oasis, released with initially modest sales – it peaked at No 31 in the charts – on 11 April 1994, fans of arguably the totemic band of the Britpop era can relive their obsession with an unprecedented and exhaustive exhibition chronicling the quintet's imperial phase, spanning their first three albums.

Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-97, which runs until 22 April at a gallery in Shoreditch, east London, includes rare photos and videos of the group's early days, as well as artefacts such as the suspiciously pristine white parka worn by singer Liam Gallagher when they played Glastonbury in 1994, and guitars belonging to his elder brother, regular co-combatant and chief Oasis songwriter, Noel. It also features Noel's original hand-written lyrics to some of the band's most famous songs, complete with discarded lines visible beneath crossings-out.

Most dramatic is a life-size re-creation of a sunlit living room which will look instantly familiar to anyone whose glory days coincided with the period, with its half-drunk glasses of wine, guitar and a poster of Burt Bacharach. It is, of course, the cover of Definitely Maybe, the band's debut album, released in August 1994. The items in the room are copied from the originals – rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, in whose south Manchester house the photo was taken, took the fireplace and stained glass windows with him when he moved – allowing fans to walk in and drape themselves and their greying shaggy haircuts about the exhibit in imitation of their heroes.

The cover was created by the band with Brian Cannon, who designed all Oasis's record covers during their peak period. Contrary to Oasis's media-dictated Britpop status as the knuckle-dragging counterparts to Blur's middle-class aesthetes, Cannon said the careful arrangement of images showing band heroes had a decidedly high-culture origin: "The main inspiration for that was Flemish Renaissance paintings, where there's a narrative going on with the objects. It's the same sort of thing as The Arnolfini Wedding by Jan van Eyck."

It could have been very different, he added: "There were other ideas floating around at the time. Liam suggested a lump of butter with a knife sticking out of it. It wouldn't have been the same, would it?"

The exhibition recalls a period of rapid and astonishing success for Oasis. Definitely Maybe was followed up by the all-conquering (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and the misfiring but still 8m-selling Be Here Now. All three albums are being rereleased to coincide with the Supersonic anniversary.

For all the acclaim at the time, the band have arguably suffered in posterity, often being condemned as derivative – Noel Gallagher cited the Beatles as an influence so often that even Paul McCartney eventually mocked him for it – and unimaginative. While Oasis greatly outsold Blur during their 1995 battle for Britpop supremacy, the latter band triumphed in the retrospective critical war.

Cannon hopes the exhibition will redress this. "People who have a go at them don't get it and are never going to get it. Some people are so vehemently anti-Oasis. I couldn't get that upset about someone unless they assaulted my parents. There's a hidden agenda with a lot of those people. They don't like the brothers, or they don't like the fact they're working class, or they're northern. I don't think anyone who's into the genre of guitar-based music can say they're no good. Because they're brilliant. And it's as simple as that."

One thing the exhibition has already achieved is to unite most members of a band so famously fractious that they eventually broke up due to a squabble that began with the throwing of a plum.

While the idea for the exhibition was primarily Noel's, said Lawrence Watson, a photographer who worked with the band in their later years and has curated the show, the others were keen to help: "They got on board pretty quickly and started raiding the attic. Everybody's contributed."

This included even Liam and Noel. "You could say they've found a sort of truce for the exhibition. I hope they'll come down at a quiet moment." At the same time? "Probably not."

Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-97 is at Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2, from 11-22 April

Source: www.theguardian.com

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Noel Gallagher Is A Guest On 'The Fantasy Football Club' Later Today













John Fendley, Paul Merson are joined by Noel Gallagher this week to take a light-hearted look at fantasy football and the weekend's Barclays Premier League matches.

The Fantasy Football Club

Sky Sports 1 Fri 11th Apr, 6:30pm & 10:15pm (UK Only)

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How Oasis Convinced Britain That We Could Have It All














Twenty years ago, on April 11 1994, Oasis released their debut single, Supersonic. Britain would never be the same, says Neil McCormick

When we think of the Nineties, the monobrow image of the Gallagher brothers is stamped indelibly across the decade. It is surely one of the oddest love affairs in pop history, when a gang of heavy-drinking scallywags were clutched to the bosom of the nation, celebrated from Coronation Street to Downing Street while waving two fingers at everyone, including each other. Oasis did something no pop group since the Beatles had done, infusing the whole country with their self-belief.

Supersonic, released 20 years ago, on April 11 1994, was the perfect debut single to unleash Britpop madness. It starts with a big, bold, beat and snaky guitar riff, before a sneering vocal declares, “I need to be myself, I can’t be no one else.” What follows is almost five minutes of euphoric nonsense involving helicopters, yellow submarines and a girl called Elsa who sniffs Alka Seltzer. But it is the assertion that “you can have it all” and the question “how much do you want it?” that announces the arrival of a new pop generation, with a brand new attitude.

It was not supposed to be the Mancunian rockers’ calling card. Indeed, it didn’t even exist when they went into The Pink Museum, a cheap studio in Liverpool, for a cut-price, overnight session to record their debut. Alan McGee, the boss of Creation Records, wanted his new signings to announce themselves with punky anthem Bring It On Down, but they struggled to capture its fierce energy. Rather than waste the session, Noel Gallagher knocked out Supersonic in 30 minutes.

 The songwriter was on a high, writing so fast that, “it was difficult to keep up. We’d have four new songs every week.” They made a rough mix of the song that has never been changed since, and everyone was so pleased with the results it was promoted to the A-side. “A lot of bands’ first singles, they’re kind of finding their feet. We hit the ground running with that one,” asserts Gallagher.

Before Oasis, music in the Nineties was an explosion of techno, jungle, trip hop, big beat and psychedelic indie. Ubiquitous yet unfocused, all this wonderful, amorphous noise was easy to ignore. Newspaper editors, the chattering classes and parents of pop consumers neither knew nor cared who was in the charts. Music was everywhere in the Nineties, yet nothing was holding the centre. There were no songs we could all sing together.
Oasis changed all that. Supersonic only reached number 31 in the UK charts, but it was enough to put Oasis on the radio and on Top of the Pops, and give us a first glimpse of a group of stylish, confident young men. One month later, Definitely Maybe became the fastest-selling debut in UK pop history.
Britpop, until then just a fringe notion of indie scruffs scheming with NME hacks in Camden lock-ins, was suddenly real, and the country was alive with the clatter of guitar bands singing about what it meant to be young, broke and British.

Definitely Maybe sold 15 million copies worldwide. Britain grew heady with notions of musical empires, convinced it might rule the airwaves once again. Cool Britannia became a horribly triumphalist catchphrase, echoing the rise of Tony Blair and New Labour’s champagne socialism.

Into this funnel would pour the Spice Girls and their Union Jack miniskirts, Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley, Baddiel and Skinner, Fantasy Football, Three Lions, Loaded magazine, Katie Price, Vinnie Jones, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Chris Evans, TFI Friday, All Saints, Robbie Williams, Harry Potter and Damien Hirst. It almost goes without saying that it all ended badly.

The way Oasis swept everything before them, there was an assumption that the sky was the limit. Now that they are no more, maybe we can stop judging them by what might have been, and focus on what was.
Supersonic remains an electric bolt of a record, a thrilling first shot from a band of ebullient chancers who just wanted to rock, and to sing, and have a ball. Everything else that we pinned on their shoulders was really about us as a nation, daring to believe in ourselves again.

There is a quote from NME, in 1994, when Noel Gallagher describes a meeting with a fan. “She came up to me and said, 'I’ve got Supersonic and I’m really into your lyrics and I’ve been through a lot as well.’ And I went, 'What do you mean? Supersonic is about some ------- nine-stone geezer who got off his nut one night… it’s not about anything!’ It’s just about a feeling, you just get up and play it.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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