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‘The Greatest’ – 20 Years Of Oasis’ Definitely Maybe
It’s likely, halfway through 1994 as one continued the incessant touring trail after finally completing work on his band’s debut album, and the other came to an agreement which would see him adopt the mantle of leader of the Labour Party, that Noel Gallagher and Tony Blair had never even heard of each other.
However, just three short years later the pair would meet inside 10 Downing Street with a handshake and a glass of champagne for an image which now – in all its superficiality – suitably defines an era. By then Noel Gallagher was rich, successful and exhalted. Tony Blair, equally, had just been carried to power in the UK on a landslide, himself now carrying the hopes of a nation blossoming with colour after a generation of grey Tory decline. Or so went the narrative anyway.
Their meeting was the appropriately bizarre hedonistic tipping point of Britpop – that intangible, loosely defined media invention with which Oasis are now so intrinsically tied. Britart and Cool Britannia had themselves been gobbled up by the tabloids in its wake. “Revolution!” they cried. “London swings again!” Yet now, like the Sex Pistols did a decade on from the Summer Of Love, we must surely look back through gritted teeth knowing that, just like Johnny Rotten in 1977, for the majority it was essentially ‘Bollocks’.
Even before that Blair/Gallagher summit was held most of the main protagonists had already come to realise as much. The tabloid press – Dr. Frankenstein to Britpop’s monster – decided enough was enough. Blur were about to re-emerge from their ridiculous Benny Hill cartoon ‘Country House‘ selves with bags under their eyes, a moody camera filter and a far darker story to tell on ‘Beetlebum‘. The gloomy Wigan stroll of Richard Ashcroft and The Verve‘s ‘Bittersweet Symphony‘ would be the diametric anthem for 1997′s summer, ‘Urban Hymns‘ the instant post-Britpop bible. Oasis’ timing was less savvy; the insane riot of ‘Be Here Now‘ arrived right in the eye of a backlash storm, soundtracking a mindset which had already pulled out of the station. It would be another year before Noel Gallagher finally boarded up Supernova Heights and went cold turkey on Billy Connolly videos.
All of which, incredibly twenty years on, makes ‘Definitely Maybe‘ retrospectively more important than ever – and why this article chooses to get those Britpop footnotes out of the way at the earliest opportunity.
U.S. debut release of film featuring Oasis and the maverick label they were on, Creation Records. This boxset will also feature lots of extra material.
To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of Oasis' first singles and debut album in 1994, , we propose to release our critically acclaimed ,award winning film, ‘Upside Down:the Creation Records Story’ in the U.S. for the first time…Visit Campaign Site
It features a cross section of Creation artists from the Jesus and Mary Chain to Primal Scream and everyone in-between including the Superfurry Animals, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, the House of Love and of course ,Oasis
The film has already picked up 2011's MOJO Vision award and the NME writers award in the UK ..incidentally beating some guy called Martin Scorsese and his George Harrison biopic into second place. The plan is to release it as part of a deluxe boxset........featuring extended interviews with some of the following..
01. Alan McGee - President of Pop/ Creation M.D
02. Noel Gallagher―Oasis
03. Bobby Gillespie―Primal Scream
04. Jim Reid - Jesus & Mary Chain
05. Bonehead / Oasis
06. Mark Gardener/Ride
07. Norman Blake/ Teenage Fan Club
08. Gruff Rhys/ Superfurry Animals
09. Martin Carr / Boo Radleys
10. Dick Green / McGee's right hand man
Plus non Creation artists such as ....
1/ Gary Lightbody/Snow Patrol (fan)
2/ Clint Boon/Inspiral Carpets ( for whom Noel used to roadie)
3/ Peter Hook / Joy Division/ New Order (fan)
4/ Howard Marks - author of Mr Nice and Superfurries conspirator.(fan)
5/ Irvine Welsh - author of Trainspotting and one of Primal Scream's inner circle.(fan)
If we are successful Creation fans the world over will benefit from being able to access this one off account of that label plus all the accompanying background thoughts in the extended interviews from each of the artists. As mentioned we have contributions by artists who weren't on the label but influenced by it, such as Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, among others , adding up to a pretty good package as well as all the key players talking at length about their experiences of the label.
Creation Records really was the full stop on twentieth century rock n roll. What started with Elvis and Sun Records ended around the Millenium with Creation and Oasis. This was indie without wearing a cardigan, there were no colours, it was just black and white, there was no alphabet - it was just A+Z - a label that had that indefinable thing in music - SWAGGER!
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Oasis among legendary bands contributing releases to Record Store Day
Nirvana, Paul Weller and Oasis are among the artists who have contributed releases to Record Store Day 2014.
Paul Weller will release new material on a seven-inch, with the single limited to just 2,500 copies. Meanwhile, Nirvana's 'Pennyroyal Tea' will be released on the same format and Oasis' debut single 'Supersonic' will be re-released on 12-inch. A full list of all of this year's releases can be found on the official Record Store Day website.
David Bowie has outlined plans to release a seven-inch picture disc of 'Rock'N'Roll Suicide' in the UK. First released as a single in 1974, the new version is backed with 'Farewell Speech', recorded at the final Ziggy Stardust concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July, 1973.
Sex Pistols will release a limited-edition numbered seven-inch vinyl boxset which features alternate takes of 'Never Mind The Bollocks' tracks, plus two 1977 studio mixes of 'Belsen Was A Gas', including a previously unreleased demo version of the song.
'Live At Silver Platters, Seattle' is a four-track EP recorded by Jake Bugg at the singer-songwriter's January 20, 2014 instore show in the US city. It sees Bugg performing acoustic versions of tracks from his debut album and 2013 follow-up 'Shangri La', including breakthrough hit 'Lightning Bolt'.
Meanwhile, LCD Soundsystem's farewell concert, 'The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden', will come out as a five-LP set for Record Store Day, with a wider vinyl and digital release set for May 19. The recording will be an unabridged version of the band's final gig, coming in at almost four hours long.
Suede will put out their single 'Let Go' on vinyl for the first time. The track was originally released as a limited-run CD single in Sweden in 1999. The seven-inch will feature 'Heroin' as a B-side.
Green Day have announced plans to release 18 demos, including a previously unreleased track from recording sessions from the 2012 '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tré!' trilogy. The release will be available on coloured vinyl, CD and cassette.
Savages, Drenge and Summer Camp are among the bands set to appear on a charity album released in conjunction with Record Store Day UK and War Child. War Child will be the official charity for this year's event and, together with XFM, a limited-edition record has been produced featuring the best of DJ John Kennedy’s X-Posure Sessions.
Other big name artists contributing to this year's event include Damon Albarn, The Beach Boys, Chvrches, Edwyn Collins, Disclosure, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Joy Division, Kings Of Leon, Metronomy, OutKast, Slipknot and The Rolling Stones, while Temples and Jagwar Ma have teamed up for a split seven-inch.
A number of mystery artists have contributed to the Secret 7" project in which seven tracks are pressed onto vinyl 100 times before artists are invited to design one-of-a-kind sleeves for the records. The names of the seven artists and musicians will be revealed this Monday (March 24).
Chuck D has been named as the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2014. Speaking about his appointment, he commented: "In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honoured to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the record store. It's worth a great try, let's do this."
Record Store Day was launched in the US seven years ago, coming to the UK a year later.
Ahead of the release of their Definitely Maybe reissues, Oasis have announced details of an exhibition of rare photographs, artefacts and memorabilia from the past two decades. Entitled Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993–1997 and taking place in London from 11–22 April, this will be the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the band.
Documenting their live performances at London’s 100 Club, Glastonbury and Knebworth, as well as the creation of three of their albums – Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory and Be Here Now – the exhibition includes previously unseen images from photographers such as Jill Furmanovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins and Jamie Fry. Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 will also display some of the instruments played on their first few albums as well as vintage merchandise and rare early footage of the group.
Opening on the 20th anniversary of their debut single, Supersonic, which was released on 11 April 1994, the show follows news of the band’s recently announced reissues. Oasis’s 1994 debut, Definitely Maybe, will be rereleased to mark its 20th anniversary on 19 May, and will include rare and unreleased recordings. A three-CD special edition will feature rare demo recording. The track Supersonic will also be reissued as a 12in vinyl to coincide with this year’s Record Store Day on 19 April.
The exhibition will take place at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London.
Liam Gallagher has advice for fans via Twitter - Confirms parting ways with Quest management
Liam Gallagher has urged Oasis fans not to buy the forthcoming reissue of the band's debut album 'Definitely Maybe'.
Writing on Twitter on Friday [Feb 28] evening, he said:
"HOW CAN YOU REMASTER SOMETHING THATS ALREADY BEING MASTERED. DONT BUY INTO IT. LET IT BE LG X"
It was announced on Wednesday (February 26) that the album would be reissued to mark its 20th anniversary in May, and will include rare and unreleased recordings. The reissue is the first in the new Chasing The Sun series from Big Brother Recordings, with Oasis's follow-up albums 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)?' and 'Be Here Now' to be reissued later in the year.
Gallagher also used his Twitter to address the issue regarding he and the rest of Beady Eye parting company with his management company Quest and manager Scott Rodger, and took the time to have a dig at older brother Noel who, prior to joining Oasis was a roadie with Inspiral Carpets. Liam said:
"IT'LL BE ME AS IN LG THAT THROWS IN THE TOWEL NOT SOME ROADIE FROM THE 80s X"
In a statement given to NME regarding the split, Rodger, who also represents Arcade Fire and Paul McCartney, said: "Beady Eye are one of the last great British rock bands. It has been a pleasure to have worked with them on this album campaign. They are in complete control of their future as a band with many exciting new projects on the horizon. We've just about reached the end of the 'BE' album cycle and it's the right time for the band to make a change. Our paths will cross again in the future I'm sure. I wish them continued success in everything they do."
The 20th anniversary edition of 'Definitely Maybe' will be available as a standard CD and digital download of the original album, a three-disc Special Edition version including the rare recordings and demos, a 12" vinyl LP featuring all the bonus CD content as a free download, and a Deluxe Box Set which features the LP and the CDs. It has also been revealed that the band will re-issue their single 'Supersonic' as a 12" vinyl to coincide with this year's Record Store Day on April 19.
For a special report on the 'Definitely Maybe' reissue and a behind-the-scenes account of the making of the album, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands from today (February 26) and available digitally.