“As each generation goes on they take stuff from what has gone before.” – Noel Gallagher (1995)
The first time that I was aware of Oasis was probably right around the time that (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was released. So, right around 1995. My favorite thing to do when we went on shopping trips to the nearest “city” was to look forward to looking through the tapes and CDs in the stores. This was when you could scan the CD, put on the headphones and browse through tracks before you purchased. This was well before digital downloads and streaming. Well before. I remember on one excursion, I saw this album by this British band – Oasis. Now, in my limited, young ways of learning (pre-my having internet), I had heard they were good. Now, I don’t recall where I had heard of them because, well, I was 12. I had a bit of an issue back then. First, I really wanted to buy the music but there were other albums more appropriate for my age that I wanted to buy. Second, none of my friends were listening or talking about Oasis (remember 12). Third, and probably most importantly, my parents always had the final say in which albums I could buy. So, the short story is that on this excursion I did not buy this album. In fact, I didn’t get this album until I was well into my 20s and recalled liking their stuff while browsing albums digitally.
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album from Oasis. This album features the well-known tracks “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova.”
When recording this album, Oasis was averaging just about one song within a 24-hour period. That is pretty incredible. There was tension between bandmates during this process, particularly between Noel Gallagher and his younger brother, Liam. Noel wanted to sing lead vocals on a song and Liam thought this was horrific and temporarily exiled himself from the group. The tension ebbed when Liam’s vocal of “Wonderwall” was completed and Noel thought it was pretty good. Then, Liam had a hard time hitting high notes on “Champagne Supernova.” Well, the tension came back and pretty much stayed for a while. Noel began to record his vocals for “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” Liam went to a pub and brought back a whole crowd of people. This crowd included John Robb, who was producing the band Cable in a nearby studio. There was an altercation with Cable, the siblings began fighting, the session was abandoned, and recording was suspended. Talk about needing a time out! The brothers reconciled three weeks later and the band spent two more weeks working on the album.
This album has an anthemic theme to the songs, which adds to the differences between this album and their debut. This uses a lot of string arrangements and varied instrumentation.
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was one of the bestselling albums in the mid-1990s. It became the anthem for a generation. These tracks are ones that cross generational bounds. I grew up knowing the words to some of them and it is still a popular choice with the youth today. This album propelled Oasis into a worldwide rock phenomenon.
I am glad that I waited to purchase this album until I was fully prepared to appreciate all that it brings to the table. Each generation of musician takes what they are taught and expands. Oasis is no different. It brought a voice to an entire generation and helped to expand the influence of the musicians before them.
- Liam Gallagher: lead vocals, tambourine
- Noel Gallagher: lead and acoustic guitar, vocals (lead on “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Bonehead’s Bank Holiday”), bass buitar, piano, mellotron, e-bow, production
- Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs: rhythm and acoustic guitar, piao, mellotron, drunk vocals on “Bonehead’s Bank Holiday”
- Paul McGuigan: bass guitar
- Alan White: drums, percussion (except “Some Might Say”
- Tony McCarroll: drums on “Some Might Say”
- Paul Weller: lead guitar and backing vocals on “Champagne Supernova” and harmonica on “Untitled (excerpt 1 and 2)