Title: Supersonic

Artist: Oasis

Album: Definitely Maybe

Year Released: 1994

What It Is: The beginning of one of the most intriguing bands in contemporary rock and roll. From their brotherly fights, to their ‘feud’ with Blur, to their out-and-out theft of melodies and riffs, to their boorish behavior, they seem to be one of the only bands who are more about being a rock-and-roll star than a corporation. The Gallagher brothers drink and fight like the Davies’, except the Davies seem to love each other in the end. I think Liam and Noel would kill one another if given the chance. As for the tune, this has to be one of the best debut singles, ever. The first time I heard it I went…WHOA!

Riffage / Hookage: Oh, man, the opening is fierce. (Am I channeling Tyra? Lord help me.) When the whole band kicks in it’s such a rush. And the tune is infectious. Everyone sing along, right?

Cowbell?: No, but it’s pretty solid drumming from Tony McCarroll.

Words Of Wisdom: “You need to be yourself
You can’t be no one else
I know a girl called Elsa
She’s into Alka Seltzer
She sniffs it through a cane on a supersonic train
She made me laugh
I got her autograph
She done it with a doctor on a helicopter
She’s sniffin in her tissue
Sellin’ the Big Issue”

Noel wrote better lyrics later – but he never wrote lyrics that were funnier.

Mixology Report: Yes. Yes. Yes. Actually, put this and “Song 2” by Blur together. That’ll teach the punters!

Top Five Genius Results: The View From The Afternoon – Arctic Monkeys
Lucky Man – The Verve
Parklife – Blur (HAH!)
Processed Beats – Kasabian (?)
Can’t Stand Me Know – The Libertines

For The Good Of The Order: If Oasis were a California band, then both Gallagher’s would have been in detox and rehab by now, and joined AA. They’ve also would have had family counseling. But they aren’t – they didn’t – and while I’m not advocating addiction or fratricide, it does make for intriguing rock and roll. Even now, with Oasis on the downside of a career, they make headlines, as Noel walked out recently and Liam said, “Piss off!” or words to that effect. They still have enough fans to get albums in the Top 10, so perhaps Noel and Liam are laughing all the way to the bloody bank (or pub or both)!

Here’s the vid that started it all…

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