Time the Tale Were Told…

Time the Tale Were Told…

Twenty five years have passed since Britpop ruled not just Britannia but the world at large.  What had started off with a spiky little single from baggy boys Blur back in March of 1992 and that had been thrust into the wider public consciousness with an edition of Select magazine a year after that, had [...]

Why Me, Why Not – Liam Gallagher

Why Me, Why Not – Liam Gallagher

"Rejoice greatly, O sons and daughters of the Parka King, O children of the madferit, behold thy King come unto thee: he is just and brings rock 'n' roll salvation; lowly and riding under his own steam..." Why him? Because nobody, and I do mean nobody, does it any better. Why not? Exactly. Let's forget [...]

Brothers in Harms

Brothers in Harms

Family. Blood is thicker than water. When everyone else has gone it is meant to be your family who are stood still by your side, resolute, devout, faithful even in the face of disgrace, disappointment and disaster. Romantic? Maybe. Those of a postmodernist persuasion (hello Guardian writers) will tell you that the family is an [...]

Once – Liam Gallagher

Once – Liam Gallagher

Well, well, well. The wheel has not been reinvented. There are no black stars dancing. This is, in many ways, exactly what one would expect from Liam Gallagher...there is a "shiiiine", cool rhymes with pool (more accurately coo-el is rhymed with poo-el) and before the end things go a bit Sgt. Pepper with trippy, psychedelic [...]

Maybe, Definitely

Maybe, Definitely

I had just turned twenty-one. I was a student. I was convinced that what had started as a couple of great albums by blur and Suede was now a full blown cultural phenomenom on a par with the Mods in the sixties. I was entering the second year of my degree course at the “University” [...]

Give me gin and tonic…

Give me gin and tonic…

  "Even their illustrious forefathers allowed themselves a few initial fumbles before hitting that swaggering stride, but ‘Supersonic’ is a paragon of pop virtue in a debut single: three or so minutes of laid-back urgency, generously appointed with at least four melodies, and fizzing with enough attitude to silt up the orifice of your choice. [...]

Oasis Top Twenty (Part 2)

Oasis Top Twenty (Part 2)

When last we met we had left the good old boys of the Gallagher clan in the year 2000. "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" had served as the first new music of the new millennium from the biggest band on the planet for much of the nineties and, despite not being particularly well received [...]

Oasis Top Twenty (part 1)

Oasis Top Twenty (part 1)

The twenty best songs by Oasis. Seven studio albums. Twenty-five top twenty singles. More quality tucked away on the b-sides of those singles than you can imagine or dream of. Myriad album tracks that were good enough to be hit records in their own right. It is mission impossible to refine so much work and [...]