Oasis truly had an astonishing career, but has it stood up over time? While they surely did have their hits, many admit that maybe the hits overshadowed a lot of the other music. Not only have fans of the band stated this, but one former member known as Noel Gallagher has also said that some of the music that Oasis made just has not been able to stand the test of time. H/T Far Out mag.
Following the meteoric success of Oasis’ album What’s The Story (Morning Glory), the group were swept up a wave of creative bliss. With confidence that any creation they put forward continue turning to gold, the Manchester band believed the highs would last forever. However, in the years following the release of their third album, Be Here Now, Noel Gallagher has disowned the material.
Most of the self-indulgent LP was written by Noel while he was on an A-list holiday at Mick Jagger’s villa in Mustique in 1997, joined alongside Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. At the time of recording Be Here Now, Oasis were firmly under the tabloid microscope and sought solace in substances to escape the chaos. However, their reliance on drugs only heightened their problems, but it did help them create the definitive cocaine album.
Enter the lead single, ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ which heightened the public’s anticipation further. The record sold 424,000 copies on the first day of release alone in the United Kingdom, making it the fastest-selling album in British history.
Noel has been personally leading the hate campaign against the record. Speaking to Q in 2017, Gallagher explained his reasoning: “In the studio, it was great, and on the day it came out, it was great. It was only when I got on tour that I was thinking, ‘It doesn’t f****** stand up.’”
This is always harsh to hear from an artist you really love.
He continued: “I sat in the studio for a full week and the tapes didn’t grab me at all. Don’t get me wrong, I sign a shitload of those records every year,” he continued. “People are prepared to have stand-up rows with me in the street: ‘I f**king love that album!’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, look, I wrote the f**king thing. I know how much effort I put into it. It wasn’t that much.”
In his mind, the music critics were scared of another backlash after previously slating Oasis’ previous album and, as as result, didn’t want to repeat the same mistake.
Gallagher said: “I mean it goes to prove that really, journalists, they know f*ck all. They had to second guess everything after Morning Glory, cos they’d got it so wrong. That’s why when Be Here Now came out, which isn’t a great album, it got 10/10 everywhere, it didn’t get one bad review, because they didn’t want to be made to look like dicks again, and they were, because it’s not half the record Morning Glory is. After that, they properly hated us after that, cos they didn’t understand us.”