“The creative rock’n’roll genius of Oasis”

On Monday, September 29, the BBC, in announcing that Oasis would be concluding its Electric Proms, called them “Britain’s greatest rock n roll band.” On Tuesday, September 30, writing in the Guardian, Creation Records founder Alan McGee agreed. Concluding an effusive review of Oasis’ seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul, he wrote:

“Being an Oasis fan is never having to say I’m sorry. And I’m not. Leave saying sorry to the Coldplay imitators as their era of bedwetter music is over. It’s only Glasvegas and Oasis for competition in this country. If you are in a band and are not artistically competing with the creative rock’n’roll genius of Oasis or Glasvegas, it’s time to just stop and get off the treadmill. This is how rock’n’roll should be done in the United Kingdom today.”

All of which begs not so much the question, is Dig Out Your Soul any good? (I haven’t heard it.) But rather, if Oasis are Britain’s greatest proponents, then how do you define rock’n’roll in the 21st Century? Join our debate at the iJamming! Pub.

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3 Comment(s)

  1. Auctioneer

    1 October, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I thought the single was rubbish and it’s somewhat sad that Alan McGee would stoop to write such pish. Oasis released two tremendous albums back in 1994 and 1995 (and a fat handful of great b-sides in the same period). Since then they have vacillated between turgid and just alright. The shame is that I think Noel Gallagher might still be a great songwriter but seems to have no interest in honing his craft rather he prefers to toss out Oasis-by-numbers he happily admits take him ten or so minutes to write. He doesn’t even have an addiction as an excuse: his main vices seem to be comtempt for his fans and laziness. As for Glasvegas. Someone from blightly was kind enough to send me the album last week as a gift. It gets two more plays and if nothing sticks I will be trading it at the local record shop for something more interesting. I don’t stop to think about British music a lot these days as there is so much good stuff out there form every part of the Globe readily accessible through the internet.

  2. 2 October, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Tony – all the tracks are on their myspace –

    I can’t wait to actually buy the album – I’ve enjoyed most of their work and don’t live in the old days where they’re concerned – by that I mean of course I love the first two albums but no. 5 was my favourite and this new one just might take it’s place as there’s not a bad track on it (IMO). I’m certainly never going to apologise for liking Oasis

  3. Kevin B.

    3 October, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I heard the new Oasis single. It rocks. But the lyrics reference “magical mystery.” I’m with the auctioneer on this one. Lazy. In regards to the only British Bands making rocking n roll as it should be done, McGee is out of his mind. I’m digging the new Kaiser Chiefs and the new Snow Patrol is growing on me.

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