June 24th, 2010 | By Kal
So, Rob and I are officially back, and what better way to return than to bring back the series of blogs I enjoy writing the most - Musical Heroes.
I’ve always said that I’m not looking to write a wikipedia entry, but instead, let you know how a particular artist has impacted on me and that’s where I’ll start with today’s ‘episode’.
My first memory of Oasis was at the height of “the battle of Britpop”. For those of you who don’t know what that was, it was a series of chart battles between Oasis and Blur that overspilled into a bitter rivalry which marked Blur’s peak and arguably Oasis’s too. Both bands were popular across the country, but the battle had everything, a north/south element, middle class vs. working class and of course two different styles of britpop. This must’ve all culminated around 1995, so you’ll realise that at 8 or 9 years old, I was part of the scene or going to gigs. I was however, watching TV and listening to the radio and by that point both bands and their music were all over the media.
Being so young, I have a better recollection of the songs from their second album – What’s The Story Morning Glory – in particular Don’t Look Back in Anger. I still remember a vivid dream I had about a girl I thought was nice looking called Sally – how did Oasis know?! These could be pointless ramblings, and perhaps they are, but I wanted to point out just how big Oasis were in popular culture and personally how strongly they permiated my childhood. I won’t go into the time a few years later when I sung All Around The World continuously, much to the annoyance of everyone I knew!
But as a songwriter, how have they influenced me? Well, maybe it is just for our generation, but as far as I’m concerned Oasis are the definition of “Song Writing 101″. The way they write seems quite simple, almost formulaic, but as an up and coming songwriter they were the biggest influence on how I wrote – when you’re learning the guitar, and want to write your own songs, you can do a LOT worse than learning oasis hits. Rob and I will on occasion refer to our fabled “first gig”, held the same night as Live 8. Today’s reference – Don’t Look Back in Anger was one of the songs we played that night.
But do you know what really fascinates me about Oasis? The story of how they formed. Liam and the original members of the Oasis (minus Noel) were known as The Rain, but were more like a shower. Noel comes along in 1991 (allegedly with Definitely Maybe already written), joins the band, and within three or four years they are the biggest band in the UK. Wow. By that schedule, Rob and I are due to get there by 2012 – perfectly in time for the Olympics coming to London. We’ll get working on that theme song now then, shall we?!