TITLE: Definitely Maybe
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: #58 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Supersonic (#11 Alternative, #31 UK), Shakermaker (#11 UK), Live Forever (#2 Alternative, #10 UK), Cigarettes and Alcohol (#7 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
LINEUP: Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Paul Arthur, Paul McGuigan, Tony McCarroll
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Led by battling brothers, Oasis causes a huge stir in the UK and intrigued listens in the US.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When “Supersonic” started to come out of the airwaves on Alternative Rock stations in the US, it sounded loud, brash, and boastful, but not angry. Oasis channeled all kinds of UK rock influences and rolled it into one package. Some songs (“Shakermaker” for one) resembled other songs, but it all had some originality in there.
Their debut sound loud as hell, mainly because Noel Gallagher kept overdubbing guitars to a point where they had to boost everything else to make them heard after they changed producers and mixed what they had. The result is an immediate record with striking, memorable songs.
Not a perfect record by any means, but when this record was on, it was on and in your face. They did show a wistful side with “Live Forever” which was a precursor to their most famous work.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Noel Gallagher was the last to join, and on a condition that he would be given complete control. It was a wise move.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a Japanese version and a reissue with B sides and rarities
GRADE A-: Play loud. I don’t think you have a choice.