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ITS JUST ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

From the moment Oasis were spotted by Creation Records boss Alan McGee as the support act at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in May 1993, their rise looked unstoppable.Debut album Definitely Maybe is a seven-million-selling classic. But, speaking to key contributors, John Earls discovers how it could have been so very different…

25 YEARS OF DEFINITELY MAYBE

AL L PHOTOGRAPHY © MICHAEL SPENCER JONES
The smart casual years: (L-R) Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Noel, Liam, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan, Tony McCarroll

Oasis were that generation’s Beatles.” It’s hard to argue with Creation head Alan McGee’s words. From the moment Oasis swaggered out of Manchester with Supersonic, they sounded and crucially looked like the band the post-grunge scene had been heading towards. Suede, Pulp and Blur had laid the groundwork for a band to deine the optimism and clarity indie had found for itself. In the Gallagher brothers, Oasis had two sensational personalities, a partnership to rival Lennon & McCartney and Jagger & Richards.

Or so it seems in retrospect. “I never saw it coming,” McGee tells Long Live Vinyl. “When I initially signed Oasis, I thought maybe they’d nick some of he Stone Roses’ audience. I didn’t see them as any bigger than that. If we were lucky, we might get a gold disc and Oasis might stick around long enough to make a second album.”

Oasis’ gigs were sensational. Once the music press caught on, mainly ater an incendiary show at industry testing ground pub he Water Rats in King’s Cross, the aim was simple: bottle the energy of those concerts, pick any 12 of the 50 songs Noel Gallagher had stored up and see just how many Stone Roses fans could be converted.

“Oasis’ gigs were so powerful,” says Mark Coyle, Noel’s friend since they were both Inspiral Carpets roadies. “he gigs were the album times 10.”

At the end of 1993, Oasis began work with he Sensational Alex Harvey Band producer Dave Batchelor at the residential studios Monnow Valley in Monmouthsire. He’d befriended Noel while mixing the Inspirals.

“WHEN I INITIALLY SIGNED OASIS, I THOUGHT MAYBE THEY’D NICK SOME OF THE STONE ROSES’ AUDIENCE” ALAN MCGEE

“Over a splif, Noel told Dave, ‘If Oasis ever make a record, you’ll be producing it’,” McGee recalls. “Dave producing the irst version of the album was Noel keeping his word.” Once in charge, however, Batchelor’s old-school methods of recording soon jarred.

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It's Just Rock 'N' Roll! Issue 30 of Long Live Vinyl celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis' stellar debut album, Definitely Maybe. Our exclusive collector's covers, shot by Oasis photographer Michael Spencer Jones, allow you to choose between Noel and Liam editions – or buy both! Inside, some of the band's closest allies talk us through the making of an album that sold 7 million copies and changed the face of British guitar music. In our packed interviews section, we sit down with Black Francis to hear why new Pixies album Beneath The Eyrie is among the best records they've ever made, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take a rare break from recording to talk us through their new LP, Infest The Rats' Nest. Elsewhere, we meet one of the hottest new bands of 2019, WH Lung, and the founders of Sub Pop, the Seattle label that put grunge on the map. You'll also find an in-depth look at Talking Heads' 1979 classic Fear Of Music as well as 40 Essential Dream Pop albums to add to your collection. If all that's not enough, we bring you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…