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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Greatest Debut of all Time
(Excerpts taken from ‘The Greatest’ – 20 Years Of Oasis’ Definitely Maybe)
.....Now, two decades on, everyone has their own opinion. Twenty years of trials, tribulations and fall-outs barely scratched at here has long since clouded any subjective judgment on the brothers Gallagher. At this anniversary time then, with ‘Definitely Maybe’ receiving an extensive reissue (the two immediate successors will soon follow under the banner ‘Chasing The Sun’), it’s as good a point as any to take stock and pick through the cobwebs of time, gazing with fresh eyes upon what ‘Definitely Maybe’ actually is, and why it made Oasis heroes.
In doing so it reveals itself to be an album of the kind we will not see again, painting a picture of the culture those five bandmates knew and grudgingly loved. A world now largely shut off – even scorned at – by the music degree clique which today painstakingly, obsessively fights to mould public opinion. It doesn’t glorify their world but begs to be released from it, yet the constant narrative and unrelenting positive vibes reveal a deep affection – as if they knew the album was their ticket to a new life and were already dwelling on that reality via a homesick, rose-tinted postcard home
‘A working class hero is something to be’, John Lennon sardonically once said. But for Oasis it really was something to be. And for all those qualities, ‘Definitely Maybe’ has a universal appeal which transcends any political or class lines. Everyone has something they want to run away from, everyone occasionally daydreams of a different reality and, above all, anyone can be cast under the spell of a young band playing damn good rock and roll.
Strip away layer upon layer of history and what we’re left with is an album packed full of timeless anthems. Packed full of hope, of escapism, of unrivalled dynamism.
What we’re left with, is the greatest debut of all time.
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