This is such a rare song to hear played live.
I think this is one of those cult Oasis fan favourites - actually a b-side to the Shakermaker single release. I personally can't understand why it never made it into The Masterplan (The B-side Album)!
Probably ditch Stay Young or something.
I know it's unfashionable to say so, but Oasis did do a few decent songs after the year 2000 and I reckon this is one of them.
It's a bit trippy (like the rest of the album) and, thinking about it, you can sense the different musical direction NG was going to take when the band broke up not long after. It doesn't really sound like an Oasis song at all.
Since Oasis broke up and Liam and the other guy went their very separate ways, some of you have been in mourning.
It’s been nearly a decade, so most of us have made it through.
However if you’re one of the ones who hasn’t, there is a (kind of) answer to your woes:
The Oasis Podcast.
Okay, so since the band broke up, it’s quite nostalgic, but there is some interesting goss on some of the runners and riders in the post-Oasis world (both related to the band, the personalities, their history and the culture of this kind of music in general).
Click here to visit their audioboom page or you can dive straight into the first intro episode here.
I’ll leave it to you to judge, but I think you'll enjoy it!
There is a certain member of the four families of Mod (as I like to call them) that the others probably refer to as the scruff of the litter.
They've got the tunes and they've got the attitudes.
They even have the style, but even you hardcore fans would have to admit it's distinctive from the other "strands" of Mod.
It drops the uptight, buttoned-up neatness of, say, the Small Faces or even Paul Weller and adopts a slightly more mainstream attitude to style.
The suits and chelsea boots are turned down.
But the parkas and desert boots are turned WAY up.
Don't get me wrong, the swagger is there and its identifiably part of the Mod family.
It even attracts way more followers, inducting thousands of kids into the fold. And some of these go on to discover the Jam and the full caboodle.
It's the side of Mod I show to new acquaintances so as not to scare them off. Then I gradually slide the Small Faces into the mix as time goes on.
Who's in this family? Well Oasis for one, of course. Perhaps we could extend it to some others? Libertines? Kasabian? Arctic Monkeys?
There is something about the way that these guys deal with style that makes you think they know something we do.
It’s quite rare that any band gets it right all the time. Even the most avid fans of the Jam, the Beatles, even the Small Faces would admit that occasionally the band loses their way. The songs they’re putting out might be generally decent as albums, but it’s unusual that you can listen to every track on every album without skipping. And it’s even rarer that you can turn over their singles to find the same quality there.
I know I bang on a lot about Oasis, but if any band can attest to the claim that even their B-sides are worthy, this is the band. In fact, to demonstrate their confidence they rather bullishly released an album of B-sides (called The Masterplan) in 1998. I’ve linked to the youtube vid of it all below. I hope you will listen and enjoy!
So Liam Gallagher has announced the release date of his new album (titled "As You Were") - well, sort of. It will be available from October, although when specifically is not revealed. You can also pre-order it from tonight.
I imagine you probably have mixed thoughts about this, as I do.
Admittedly, I am quite stoked for it. I think it has the potential to be pretty decent and he seems pretty proud of it, so I probably will have a listen to it at some point.
To be honest the whole announcement actually took me a bit by surprise. I thought he was still soldiering on with Beady Eye, although I’m not sure when they last released anything. Beady Eye were alright - they had one or two storming songs actually (including the likes of The Roller and Four Letter Word and a couple of others) but I could never listen to an album all the way through. These fiery anthems were unfortunately held together in the LP by what felt like filler tunes and I actually thought the second album was even more sparse.
I’m just listening back to it now to make sure, but I’m afraid my opinion stays the same. What is that bit at the end of Flick of the FInger all about? Talk about cliche.
To be honest I think he's had far greater success with his fashion label than his music since Oasis split.
Basically, the problem with the Gallaghers’ albums now is that Liam has all the spunk and attitude (and highly distinctive voice) of Oasis but lacks the emotion for the lower tempo tunes. By contrast Noel is all about the rhythms and the groove, but seems to be a bit damp on the attitude. Oasis obviously blended the two in a messy, Manchester-type way to create genius, but we have yet to see the brothers go it alone with anything like the same success. I suppose there is a sense that we never will get over that break-up but still - let's see if LG has nailed it this time!
I constantly bang on about this album, but this is a funny one - BBC coverage of the Be Here Now's release.
"At times they appeared outnumbered by the media" - oops. Also Pete Doherty.
This is an unrivalled gem. Everybody consistently says they hate this album and I have consistently said it's one of the best, simply because of its own arrogance.
I'm putting it in here simply because of how Liam is dressed - the Parka and shades look.
According to the Fred Perry twitter account, on 24th Jan in '98, Oasis went to the top of the charts with 'All Around The World', the longest UK Number One ever.
Yes it's a long one, it's a trippy one, and it's on an album that supremely unloved.
But the rebel in me knows that this is what makes it so great...
I thought I’d better post something just to clarify my position on this as it seems to have fired up a bit of debate!
Essentially I’m not anti-parka. I am fully in favour of unusual or distinctive parkas. My favourite example is the brown one Liam Gallagher wears on the front cover of Be Here Now. I also have a navy blue one of my own. I dislike the slightly uniform style of the army green parkas with patches.
However, there is a tension here and I’d love to know what people think. Parkas were only worn back in the day to protect the more fancy clothes underneath. Yet now some have become the fancy thing in themselves while the outfit underneath can lack style.
So how much effort is it right to put into a parka?
I personally won’t get upset about it. For me, it’s the overall outfit that matters and if it’s done in an artful way, maximum points.
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