Oasis’ debut album Definitely Maybe turned 20 years old yesterday prompting Frances Bean Cobain to tweet the following:
Though Frances was barely 2 years old when the album was released, Definitely Maybe had a wide influence on the musical landscape when it was released and continues to have a lasting impact. In 1994 Britpop reined supreme in England but in America Grunge was still going strong. Despite this musical climate, Oasis had U.S. hits from the album with “Supersonic” reaching #11 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and a bigger hit with “Live Forever” which reached #2 and #10 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and Mainstream Rock charts, respectively.
Though Oasis’ second album 1995’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? contained their biggest U.S. hits “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” it was Definitely Maybe that first solidified the combination of Noel Gallagher’s potent songwriting with his younger brother Liam’s cocky, snarling vocals, which made the band stars on both sides on the Atlantic. After (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis’ recording career lost the momentum they had built in the mid-nineties and the band eventually called it quits in 2009 after the constantly feuding Gallagher brothers finally could no longer stand each other.
Definitely Maybe still stands as a high water mark in Oasis’ career containing some of the band’s best work. Someday if and when the Gallagher brothers decide to bury the hatchet and reform Oasis many of these songs will remain staples of their live show with their sing along choruses and infectious melodies. Until then Oasis fans will have to settle for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye. Oasis, like so many other great bands, are much better together as a sum of their parts than individually. Since no Oasis reunion is likely this year one can only hope the Gallagher brothers can make up in 2015 for a (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 20th Anniversary tour.