Back in time
21 August 2022
Manchester’s rock titans OASIS released their 3rd LP BE HERE today 25 years ago.
Pitchfork: “Oasis’ third album from 1997 was always more circus than substance. The bloated and indulgent remaster only reinforces it as one of the most agonizing listening experiences in pop music… It wasn’t just the end of Oasis’ imperial period, but the record industry’s as well. Britpop receded to make way for a more humble kind of rock star in the likes of Travis and Coldplay.” Score 5/10.
TUTV: First things first. I was/am a supersonic Oasis fan. They gave the 90s a much-needed lets-fucking-rock-again injection, no arty farty BS, only scream-along wonderwall anthems for all the lads (like me) and lasses hungry for going bonkers again with a band they can identify with. I followed them from the very beginning (thank you NME). Their shows had the atmosphere of a sold-out Premier League Match. Glorious!
But as it goes with too much money and too many drugs it only was a matter of time before Oasis would fuck up. As happened with Be Here Now. Unfortunately, nobody had the bollocks to tell the stoned Gallaghers bros and their stoned mates to get the decibels down in the studio for this stinker, so anyone could a least hear the melodies crushed by the cocaine-fueled wall-of-guitar chaos.
Let’s go to Noel the chief Gallagher. He’ll tell you everything about why
BE HERE NOW was a major failure and he still looks in anger at it.
Wait, wait, wait, the 3 singles
were pretty good, well much better
than the full result.
– D’YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN –
– STAND BY ME –
– ALL AROUND THE WORLD –
Spotify stream-link full album
OASIS: Bio – Discography