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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Song 14 Oasis - Live Forever

Maybe I will never be all the things I wanna be,
Now is not the time to cry, it’s the time to find out why
Maybe You’re the same as me, we see things they never see
You and I we’re gonna live forever


I was at my Mum’s house the other week and the topic turned to Oasis, my younger brothers taking great joy in singing the words of one Oasis song to the music of another. They may be on to something, and it is easy to write Oasis off because of this and the fact that Oasis probably really have only ever produced two good albums. But those albums are so good they will be able to ride on their coattails for a few years to come.

I spent the early ninties listening to a great deal of angry and angst filled music from bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, and so I missed Definitely Maybe the first time around and encountered Oasis through the massive and ubiquitous Wonderwall. At first I didn’t have a whole lot of time for the Oasis bandwagon, until I heard a friend’s copy of Definitely Maybe.

Definitely Maybe, despite the title, is as good a statement of intent as any band has ever delivered. Noel Gallagher knew what he was about and what he wanted to do, and he stole his little brother's band to do it. Definitely Maybe was rock, it was a band who were alive and didn’t feel the need to complain about it. Live Forever captures the spirit of that perfectly. It’s simple and clichéd but its all about saying "we know the world is fucked, but we live in it and we’ll be ok, in fact we’ll be a whole lot better than ok."

Despite the ridiculous stupidity and overblown egotism which would mar the Oasis of the new millennium Noel Gallagher deserves to go down in history as one of the greatest writers of pop music in the nineties. Sure he was hugely influenced by the Beatles, but who in the last 40 years wasn’t. The simple fact remains that when you look at their catalogue you will find songs to which you will know all the words, even if you’ve never brought one of their albums. To dismiss Oasis is to dismiss the art of making popular music, a lot of the time it is the same (just listen to video hits any weekend) but when you get it right it’s magnificent and at their peak that is exactly what Oasis were.

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