When Oasis Ruled the U.K…

Posted: October 17, 2016 in Trends - Hip Hop, Grunge and Alternative


Spent the last few days living with the three disc ‘Be Here Now’ reissue – Oasis, credit to them, they always knew how to cram a single with worthwhile B-sides (always the maximum number of fresh originals every time) and that gives them the depth to sustain a substantial reissue too where most bands can barely fish out a live show to fill up a supposedly ‘deluxe’ edition.

Doesn’t mean I love ‘Be Here Now’ of course. But it’s a moment I recall, that time when Oasis really did feel like something everyone of any age could love. Speaking to so many musicians and journalists these past couple of years, quite a few have spoken of feeling the need for change after 1994 – things had become too pressured, too precious, something lighter was needed to refresh the palette. Oasis provided that to the popular mainstream in the U.K. and for a few years they felt untouchable.




  1. Luis Medina says:

    Hello, great job with the new Cobain in Cobain book. I really enjoyed reading it. If you don’t mind answering, what specific interviews did not end up making it in the book?

    • nsoulsby says:

      Delighted to hear it. I tended to leave interviews out if they were massively over-exposed (i.e., re-published a lot and well known) because, with only a limited word count available, I’d rather print something lesser known. I preferred full interview transcripts to articles (words of the band versus words of the journalist), some companies/rights holders asked for ridiculous quantities of money (which I simply didn’t have), many others already had plans for their interviews and/or refused permission. Plus, one factor was ensuring proper coverage of the arc of Nirvana’s time in the spotlight – reprinting two dozen articles all from November 1991 would have been very boring – so being sensible about spacing made sense.

  2. Brutus The Barber says:

    Good article. One thing you don’t really mention though was ‘Be Here Now’ at the time got highly suspicious good reviews initially. Which people forget. I think some music journalists of the time must have been on the take or doing as much coke as Noel at the time -)

    • nsoulsby says:

      http://thequietus.com/articles/21162-oasis-be-here-now-review-anniversary This article intrigued me: some really great stuff in there – but I still disagree with them about what was happening with those reviews. I just covered it off in the ‘things not under the control of Oasis’ paragraph and left it because I felt it would be spoken of over and over again (boring!)

      • Brutus The Barber says:

        Interesting article. Dont agree with it in general either; -ie- Be Here Now was and is still a bad album. Bit about Noel’s dad and Do Y’Know What I Mean tho is interesting. He was a bastard by most accounts.

  3. Jim says:

    I’ve seen them talk shit about indie music and all that “sad fucking Sheit u know what I mean m9. So fuck them for that

    • nsoulsby says:

      Aw, don’t take them too seriously – they’ll say anything about anything. Plenty of evidence of them having respect for Cobain/Nirvana. They overtly said they liked his work.

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