First, I realize this site is generally for Asian pop culture, but as my About page states, there will also be a “sprinkling of other topics” that I cover.
Something that you don’t know about me is that in the mid-’90s I was a HUGE alternative rock, grunge rock fan. In my opinion, the mid-’90s was the best time period for music in general – R&B, Pop, Rock and of course, JPop and KPop.
In fact, I went to a couple of compilation alternative rock concerts and also was absolutely thrilled to experience Bush in concert in 1996 in DC.
But when it comes to my absolute favorite alternative rock band, without question, that honor goes to Oasis. The time in which Oasis “took over” America and declared that they were the biggest band in the world was the best time of their career. Not because it was when they got the most notoriety (good and bad) but because their music was fantastic. Noel Gallagher is a musical genius.
Now, I know, you’re saying, “Whoa, ‘genius’? That’s a bit much, don’t you think?” Perhaps, but I’ve never owned an album where I’m transported somewhere with every.single.song. That’s the case with both their first album, “Definitely Maybe” and their second, “What’s the Story (Morning Glory)”. To be able to compose such different songs that still contain the same overall vibe, giving off different feelings with each is true talent in my opinion.
And, yes, I had a thing for front man Liam Gallagher – unibrow and all. I’m not the bad boy type of gal nor am I one to fall for the rock band guy but Liam has a swagger about him that I like. Even with all the drinking, swearing and at times unintelligible speech, I was crushing on him hard.
I remember at the height of my admiration, watching the debut of their video for “D’You Know What I Mean?”, the first single off of their third album, “Be Here Now”. The man was all clean-shaven, rockin’ shades and as “Martin Payne” would say, “Looking as good as [he wanted] to look”. I was like, (*o*). Yeah, I was crushing hard.
Then, in 1998, my closest friend at the time who absolutely HATED the band bought tickets for me to go and see them perform live in DC. Having monitored their tour schedule when I was away in college, I called my friend and informed her about it numerous times and then, well, let’s just say, she took the hint. Talk about a friend: she sat there the whole 2 hours or so as I screamed my head off, clapped and sang along with Liam in the most epic live performance I had ever attended. I’m not quite sure I could have done the same if the roles were reversed. A purely selfless act, indeed.
Back to the music. Each Oasis song has such a unique flavor to it that I can’t pick out my favorites. I could start rattling off song titles of the tracks that I absolutely love, but then, that would be an insanely long list. I can’t even begin to try and rate them. Top 5? Top 10? Sorry, can’t do it.
Unfortunately, the Gallagher brotherly squabbles finally proved too much for the group and Noel left in 2009. He’s now gone solo with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Liam has moved on with the band Beady Eye and runs a clothing line called Pretty Green.
After all this time I can’t help but wonder how a 2012 Oasis would sound. Would I still be moved by Noel’s musical artistry? I can only wonder.
But at least, I have the classics.