August 30 marked the 18th anniversary of the release of Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe. This album catapulted the band into its Beatles-like status, and went to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. NME named it as the “greatest album of all time”.
I learned about Oasis and its first but already critically acclaimed album when I saw the music video of “Live Forever” at MTV channel. Being a Beatles fanatic and a great fan of Nirvana, I found it cool to see the pictures of John Lennon and Kurt Cobain being flashed in the video. Britpop has never sounded this good, I remember telling myself. I became an instant big fan of theirs after listening to “Supersonic”, “Slide Away”, “Live Forever” and “Cigarettes and Alcohol” – 4 of the 5 singles launched from this monumental album, and went on to buy each and every album and singles they released after, until they disbanded in 2009.
Oasis may not be around anymore as a group (thank God we no longer have to endure the bickering between Noel and Liam Gallagher, to which I have lost count of), but their songs definitely will live forever.