Definitely Maybe was released in August of 1994, my first memory of hearing about Oasis was playing football with some friends when one joined us late saying he’d been listening to Oasis. This was strange for two reasons; firstly because we only ever talked football, never music. And second, the only music we knew of was came from Top of The Pops and any other TV performances. I was used to hearing Wet Wet Wet, Take That and East 17.
Oasis became more and more popular and ultimately this was the album that led to me wanting to play the guitar.
So how does it stack up after 24years?
Let’s get the elephant out of the room first, this album is so familiar to me its almost hard to say anything about it. My relationship with Oasis changed a lot over time to the point where I used to feel bad admitting that I was a huge fan at the time. Most of the people I meet where I live now in Devon were listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam and other grunge acts that always seem to be much cooler. But in Manchester, my home, it was all about Oasis.
Mancunians are often thought of as friendly with a confident arrogance. it is said that they think they are better than everyone else. I can assure you that Mancunians don’t think they are better, they know they are better than everyone else. It’s in the water up there.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” is such a good opener, that slow guitar solo leading into the heavy drums and main riff just feels exactly like Rock and Roll should. There’s something about Liam’s vocal that gives that arrogance so characteristic of the Gallagher’s and it works so well on these anthemic tracks.
Listening through this album it’s easy to forget that this was classic songwriting, big drums, lots of guitar and feel good, sing along choruses. Perhaps over time the formula has got a little tired, when Noel goes into a solo every song after the second chorus, maybe they could have been a little more inventive. But it was exactly what was needed at the time and there’s some great tracks that still make you want to sing a long.
Favourite Tracks back in ’94: Live Forever, Supersonic, Cigarettes & Alcohol
Favourite Tracks today: Rock ‘n’ Roll Star, Cigarettes & Alcohol, Slide Away