... And then there was Britpop. And I can't talk about Britpop without starting with Oasis, because, well, Oasis.
Yes, yes, on the whole Oasis vs. Blur thing (yikes. 90s.) I was firmly in the Oasis camp. Well, on a personal level I thought they were all ridiculous, but musically... see, here's the thing. Noel Gallagher knows about three chords and uses them in predictable ways, but still he does it very well. Blur were... pretentious. And I know it's completely ironic considering just how much progrock this meme is about to suffer from me, but something in Damon Albarn's pretentiousness just always rubbed me the wrong way. Not to mention that the first Blur song I've ever heard was Boys & Girls which to this day is one of my least favourite Blur songs.
But this isn't about Blur, it's about Oasis, and like the rest of the universe, the first I heard of them was Live Forever, which is actually from 1994, not 1995, but I think they stayed in the background until Wonderwall came out. Maybe this should be a Wonderwall entry then, not Live Forever, but as much as I like Wonderwall, Live Forever simply summarises Oasis. Maybe it's the same as what I had to say about Nirvana - it has honesty (which is all the more ironic because I think they wrote it directly due to being annoyed with Nirvana-esque depression?)
Anyway, Live Forever is the quintessential Oasis song. Simple chords, simple lyrics, Liam still knew how to sing back in the day, but it works. I shouldn't still be fond of this song, but I am. They actually had quite a lot of really good songs from Definitely, Maybe: Columbia, Supersonic, Slide Away (I love Slide Away. Completely adore it. Maybe I should have linked to it...), but in the end, it's not a surprise that Live Forever was their big break, and still one of their most famous songs ever.
Also, it already showcases their ridiculous tendency to keep songs going on and on and on in the end (although until they decided to make their point with Be Here Now it was manageable, but then, Be Here Now was a rubbish album anyway). ( Collapse )