World News – AU – They might not be bigger than the Beatles, but 25 years later, we’re still listening to Oasis


It was Britpop’s founding album from the 90s, but (What’s the Story) Morning Glory’s influence went way beyond old Blighty

The songs still draw stadium audiences, there’s no shortage of karaoke nights, and have influenced generations of musicians – and a quarter of a century later we’re still shooting the Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Gloire album. up, not off

Critics greeted the album with a lack of enthusiasm when it was released in 1995 and, at the time, Liam and Noel Gallagher’s antics arguably garnered as much attention as their music. In 1996, Bruce Elder of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: « Have a little humility guys You are nothing more than the next shining flower in a long string of inconceivable musicians’ daisies without the Beatles Someone in. Will 25 years be able to say the same about the legacy of Oasis? « 

Noel and Liam Gallagher wave to the crowd at the first of two sold-out concerts at Loch Lomond in ScotlandCredit: Reuters

In Australia, the album spent five chart-topping weeks and 54 weeks in the top 50.It is certified eight times platinum, having sold more than half a million copies Wonderwall, the most album’s success in Australia, reached number one on the ARIA charts the week after surpassing the Triple J Hottest 100

The album marked Oasis’ transition from an independent Manchester band to true global superstars and heralded the start of the Britpop era, paving the way for artists such as Blur, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and the Spice Girls The record’s influence on Australian music can be heard in the works of The Superjesus, Jet and contemporary stars including DMAs and Dean Lewis

In a promotional interview released Friday to mark the 25-year milestone, Noel Gallagher said he can finally understand the album’s enduring appeal

« A lot of times I have wondered what a fucking 14 year old is doing after all these years, you know when I would see them at concerts? I figured it out today Because he didn’t there is nothing around today which, even from a distance, approaches it « 

Tim Rogers of You Am I says « we weren’t exactly contemporaries, but we certainly felt a kinship with Oasis We started a little earlier and halfway around the world with different trajectories but we could definitely recognize how much fun they were having A band hadn’t seen success like them for so long which was, frankly, quite refreshing And I think that also appeared in the album, as a group we could recognize the pleasure of it

‘They were a masterful studio orchestra, what they did on the second album it was recorded very dynamically, it sounds great coming out of the jukebox, it’s very expansive and with the histrionic of the title song guitar, it just sounds like a band really having fun in the studio It’s just very engaging music

« I’m a fan of Noel as a person and I love a lot of the songs he wrote But Noel would freely admit that he wanted to hear those songs sung on the terrace by a lot of people Sometimes you would read the sheet of words or actually hear what was going on and say, « Oh, really? But 30,000 people can’t be wrong

« I mean you won’t hear 30,000 people singing about the waterlogged football What you will hear them singing is a champagne supernova and slowly walking down the hall faster than a ball cannon « 

Nic Cester of Jet says, « I remember hearing (What’s the story) Morning Glory and feeling like something was finally happening in the music world that really resonated in a deeper way. with me I guess it was more of a positive attitude, like there was self-confidence

« Listening back now it sounds a bit of its time, you know, but back then it was so big and bold and brash I think, especially when you’re young, when you hear something like that , that gives you the green light to go there and do it yourself

« Touring with them was exactly as you would imagine, like there is nothing wrong or bogus about them they are exactly as they present themselves I think the only way to be successful to have that kind of attitude is if you support it they were larger than life

« I was in London with Liam [last month] and he still has the same effect, he’s still the biggest personality in the room. Right after this tour ended and Oasis came to Melbourne, and Liam came to my house and I had just finished Shine On and I showed him this and he really loved it

« I remember back then thinking it was such a huge moment for me to get a thumbs up from someone like him He’s still telling me that song now I think he knew the song. meaning for me at the time « 

Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus says: « I took so much inspiration from Oasis melodies I’m a huge Beatles fan I studied a lot of Oasis melodies they were a huge inspiration to me

« Anyone can write a chord progression, chord progressions are just a series of notes in different orders It’s the melody you put on it that makes the song different

« When you hear a beautiful melody that you remember, because it’s all about that earworm having that melody accompanying you that you can’t get out of your head, but you don’t really want that she’s out of your head

« That’s what’s amazing about (What’s the story) Morning Glory and what was great about Oasis They were great songwriters They might have been pussies, but they were great songwriters- composers

Michael Tramonte of The Delta Riggs said: « This was the moment when this English style of production appeared, which was really underestimated and went against what was happening in the United States; it just let the song do the talking

« They sent [the album] to a few people and they couldn’t do it right, so they sent it to the guy who was mixing their shows And it sounds like that Looks like when you put this record on, you’re on a club show of a hundred people listening to a band riffing

« I think that’s also what helped them stand the test of time Oasis still holds a place in our hearts It was a pivotal time, it was all over the radio and it was a new sound « 

Elliott Hammond of The Delta Riggs says « if you could walk around like anybody else you would want to walk around like Liam Gallagher This pic of him walking on stage in the documentary Supersonic in a white coat is like f – -, it’s a walk It’s swagger, basically, and it’s very attractive as an adult

« But it’s not about the clothes or the hairstyle It’s like, whatever comes second it starts with walking No one dresses like Bono, although you can tell ‘he is the biggest star or has the greatest popularity

« Every show we play you get these guys with the haircut, the parkas, they have the swagger because he inspired a generation of people to be confident

Nathanael Cooper is a senior cultural writer at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with an emphasis on music

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