For many, Oasis were the soundtrack of a generation. The kings of Britpop burst onto the scene in 1994 with Definitely Maybe which immediately became the UK’s fastest selling debut album. Along with Blur’s Park Life, it was an album that revitalised British guitar music, thrusting it to the top of the charts which had previously been dominated by bubble gum pop. Following in their slipstream was success for a host of guitar bands such as The Verve, Kula Shaker, Shed Seven, The Bluetones and fellow Mancunians The Charlatans. It was an exciting time for the genre and it seemed like Oasis made the headlines just about every week.
Driven by brothers Liam (vocals) and Noel Gallagher (guitar/vocals) the band went onto release 7 studio albums, but the Gallaghers were the only members to appear on them all. The band split in 2009 with Noel citing that he could no longer work with his younger brother and despite a rollercoaster career there is no doubting Oasis’ legacy. Artists such as Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys, amongst others, are direct descendents, and the fact remains that the band did (and still do) mean so much to so many people.
Our writers have got together and ranked the Manchester heroes’ albums from worst to best. Let us know what you think below.
7. Standing On The Shoulder of Giants
Number 7 in our list is Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants. It was something of a transition album for the band and the first to feature Gem Archer (guitar) and Andy Bell (bass guitar), following the departure of founding members Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs and Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan.
Oasis’ fourth album was met with something of a lukewarm reception, despite reaching number 1 in the UK album charts. With Noel Gallagher writing all the songs on the previous three records, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is also noteable as it was brother Liam’s first forray into songwriting, with the heartfelt ballad “Little James”. That’s probably about as notable as the song goes however…
Stand out track: Gas Panic
Release date: 2000
6. Be Here Now
Released at the height of the band’s popularity, Be Here How is the fastest selling album in UK chart history. Despite initial critical acclaim, the album has subsequently been given considerably bad press, most notably from Noel Gallagher himself, who stated it sounds like “a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a f**k.”
Looking back, Oasis should probably have taken a break. They’d released a huge album in (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, while playing to 250,000 people over two nights at Knebworth. It was a crazy time for them and a break would almost certainly have done them good. As it was, it was the last time that founding members “Bonehead” and “Guigsy” were part of the Manchester five-piece. That being said its legacy isn’t all negative and has drawn praise from the likes of Ryan Adams who recently said: “I like Be Here Now. I don’t even care if Noel Gallagher doesn’t like it, because you know what? I will take two bong hits and that record will blow my mind.”
Ultiimately it was an album which was overly self-indulgent but still with moments of genius, including lead single “D’You Know What I Mean” and “Fade In-Out”, the latter featuring filmstar Johnny Depp on slide guitar.
Stand out track: D’You Know What I Mean
Release date: 1997
5. Dig Out Your Soul
The seventh and final Oasis album was part recorded at the iconic Abbey Road studios, symbolic given the band’s love of The Beatles. Dig Out Your Soul featured tracks from all four songwriters – indeed the title of the album is taken from a line from the Gem Archer penned “To Be Where There’s Life”.
The LP was the second fastest selling record of 2008 (behind Coldplay’s Viva la Vida) and was met with a relatively good reception across the board. It wasn’t a groundbreaking album for the band by any means but was a hit with their army of fans.
Stand out track: Falling Down
Release date: 2008