So, possibly one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my life. It’s like your nan asking who your favourite nan is, or your own mother asking who your favourite woman in the world is. So here it is, my Everest. Condensing my life’s work, the complete musical works of Oasis, into 5 spots.
“It’s like your nan asking who your favourite nan is.”
5) Bonhead’s Bank Holiday
An absolute gem of a B Side, in tribute to the bands rhythm guitarist, Bonehead himself. The very feel of this song is stag do in Benidorm, where Noel’s ingenious songwriting is left to one side temporarily. He takes us on a journey with a holidaymaker by the name of Avaline. “She said she came to Spain, to have a good time”.
It is what it is.
4) Cast No Shadow
Noel Gallagher’s songwriting at it’s best. “Bound with all the weight of all the words he tried to say, chained to all the places that he never wished to stay, as he faced the sun he cast no shadow” This moody, reflective, yet beautiful number was dedicated to The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft. Liam’s tenacious snarl combined with the poetic prowess of his older sibling resulted in one of the 90’s most underrated piece of music.
Below is the version from their 1996 homecoming gig at Maine Road. Prepare yourself for shivers.
3) The Masterplan
Says it all on the tin doesn’t it really. Noel Gallagher’s words, vocals, and a fucking orchestra. What more could you want. Noel seems to ponder the meaning of life in this 5 minutes and 22 second journey. Remarkably, this track was a B Side. Scroll down, listen, soak in, and come back to me and try explain that one.
2) Slide Away
If it wasn’t for the number one in this list, this would easily take its place. A love song, a full on scream the top of your lungs, stumbling round fucked out of your facelove song. Paul McCartney himself claims this to be his favourite track, and he apparently has taste.
“Let me be the one, that shines with you and we can slide awaaaaaaaaa-
Got to love a Liam snarl.
1) Live Forever
It just had to be didn’t it. A part of me was compelled not to award this the prestigious top spot, such is it’s popularity, but you can’t not. “I think you’re the same as me, we’ll see thing they’ll never see ..
Yeah, its words are forever inked on my skin. Noel stated this song was a retort to a Nirvana track containing the line “I hate myself and I want to die”, and it’s a fairly powerful retort. If the 1990’s could be personified as one song …
So there we are then. My heart on a metaphorical sleeve. Agree with it, don’t agree with it, who gives a fuck. But that was my Top 5, from a band integrated into my very mind and soul.
Just don’t get back together lads, let it be.