Broadsheet Trailer Park: Supersonic

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What you may need to know

1. August 1994 – Oasis released their debut album, Definitely Maybe knocking Wet Wet Wet’s Greatest Hits from the number one spot. Kurt Cobain had died earlier in the year, their was a huge gap in the market and their impact was instant and huge.

2. Funny, talented, opinionated, with a dangerous edge, almost overnight every second lad in Dublin developed a Mancunian drawl and a swaggering drunken penguin walk.

3. Everyone wanted to look, walk and talk like either Parker from Thunderbirds or Baby Gerald from The Simpsons, depending on which Gallagher you preferred.

4. The wonderful rock critic David Hepworth has a theory that all great artists have a three year purple patch in which they produce their finest Work and after that it’s the law of diminishing returns. You get the very odd exception such as The Beatles, Radiohead, Chico from X Factor etc but overall it’s quite accurate and Oasis are this theory writ large.

5. Cards on the table, I LOVED Oasis when they broke, I think that’s why I grew to dislike them so much when their creativity declined so sharply.Like Michael Owen signing for Man United, if I didn’t care so much to begin with it wouldn’t have stung so much.

6. Definitely Maybe is a stone cold classic album but even so the plagiarism allegations were there from the outset. Within the first minute of their first single Supersonic they reference Yellow Submarine, Cigarettes and Alcohol is T Rex’s Get it on,  Shakermaker is  ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing by The New Seekers , Whatever is Neil Innes’ “How Sweet To Be An idiot”, Don’t Look Back In Anger is Imagine.

7. So where did it all go wrong for Oasis?

8. First and foremost, coke. Have you ever been cornered at a party by a boring, opinionated, self regarding coke head. Well put that to music and you have Be Here Now, their 3rd album, on which they’d so run out of ideas they were even plagiarising themselves.

9. Then there was the fractious nature of the brother’s relationship, a sibling rivalry so deep they made Cain and Abel look like the O’Donovan brothers,Which meant it was always going to end in more tears than the end of The Champ (1979).

10. Thirdly, believing your own hype. It’s one thing to say you’re the greatest but you have to consistently deliver or you look foolish. See also: Conor McGregor being knocked on his hole.

11. The final nail in the coffin for me was when self styled hard chaw Liam had his front teeth knocked out by an estate agent in Munich. Yep, you read that correctly. An. Estate. Agent. Rock and Roll. *devil horn sign*

12. Both brothers have since gone on to varying success, Noel as a solo artist and Liam with the now defunct Beady Eye but overall I’d rather listen to Noel opining about other artists than to any of his MOR albums.

Bertie’s Verdict:The movie looks to have captured the madness and excitement of their early years, if it focusses on the early years rather than the bloated excesses of their decline. It should be a good watch.

Release date: October 26,

48 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Supersonic

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Of all of the criticisms you could aim at Oasis ( plagiaristic, repetitive, boorish ), uncharismatic and uninteresting are probably the furthest from the mark possible I’d say.

      1. ZeligIsJaded

        We’ll agree to disagree.

        Although to some, the three characteristics you mention = uncharismatic and uninteresting.

      2. Brother Barnabas

        One of the few bands that I loved in the past but would never listen to now. And while I certainly didnt think it at the time, I do now think, in hindsight, that they’re uninteresting and…even a little embarrassing. I’d never openly admit to having been as keen on them as I actually was.

  1. Gaz

    Very nostalgic watching that. Live the Author, loved the first two albums and lost interest after that, bar a few songs. Loved The Masterplan, even though it was just a B-side album there are some cracking tunes on it.

  2. Harry Molloy

    Thanks, wasn’t aware of this, will be worth a watch.

    My opinions of them are pretty much what Bertie has written but when I think of them these days I often think of how yer man from Bloc Party slagged them off saying something like they made being stupid and aggressive seem cool. Not far wrong.

    But I’ll always remember hearing Don’t look back in anger for the first time on tape.

    1. rotide

      Same opinion of them as yourself and Bertie. Loved them at the time and the gig in cork was surprisingly great.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I must’ve missed them in the 48-hour queue for beer. I panicked and bought a lager and a cider and made myself a snakebite. I was in some form after that, I can tell you that for nothin’.

          2. Fatman Scoop

            Hitched down aged 16. Earned my drinking money busking Oasis songs outside McDonald’s. Different times for sure.

    2. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Bloc Party, now there’s a documentary I’d like to see made.

      Gay black lead singer in an Indie band is a fairly niche role.

        1. bertie blenkinsop

          Brilliant live though, drummer in particular, I remember seeing them supporting The Killers and stealing the show.

          1. OnTheUp

            Ha funny you say that, I’ve often thought they were poor live, bit sloppy on the guitars as they tend to play at a faster tempo than the album versions and Kele’s vocals were a bit….. lackadaisical? Anyway each to their own.

            Matt Tong is insane though. He’s what makes the band. He takes ballads and injects furious pace and energy into them. Probably my favorite living drummer at the moment

  3. irishstu

    Noel’s DVD commentaries on Oasis videos are worth checking out on YouTube. He’s like Karl Pilkington.

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Liam said he knew that things had gone wrong in Ireland when his cousins over here all owned bigger houses than he did. Heh.
    Liam’s rotten. Noel is a funny and irascible guy.

  5. Peggy Gallagher

    Noel did that Neil Innes’ “How Sweet To Be An idiot” song a favour, it was poo, no one would search for it only for whatever……

  6. notahipster

    Broadsheet please note. Bertie’s writing is out of the top drawer, and we are all fortunate that you have given BB your platform. I suspect that BB is an undercover who has a day job as a ‘mainstream” (what’s that, these days?) journo or feature writer. Much more, please. I’m not a fan of Frilly; too much Paddywhackery in the writing. As for LJG; why?

  7. Caroline™

    3rd September 1994 at the Tivoli, first and last time I saw them. Bought Definitely Maybe and The Holy Bible on the same day in August 1994 – Oasis never really stood a chance. Love Noel. Never really a fan of the music beyond that initial buzz though.

  8. ivan

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…

    There is a cracker of a 10 track, 44 minute album in there. They’d need to dial down the production from 11 as well though; made Phil Spector at his most OTT sound like the ruddy Beta Band

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Ha undoubtedly Ivan!
            That Word podcast with Neil reminiscing about the Smash Hits days is an absolute joy, up there with the Danny Baker ones.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      I’ve been saying the same about Ryan Adams for years, if he just concentrated on quality over quantity he could have a classic album in him.

    2. Peter Dempsey

      10 song version I’d pick

      Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
      Shakermaker
      Live Forever
      Cloudburst
      Columbia
      Supersonic
      Bring It On Down
      Cigarettes and Alcohol
      Slide Away
      Sad Song

  9. Starina

    completely agree with point 5. they changed my life utterly, definitely for the better, which makes it so incongruous now that i never listen to them anymore and stopped buying their albums after Be Here Now.

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