Certains vont hurler, mais pour les autres, voici quelques (longs) articles concernant le DVD de Definitely Maybe:
Oasis – Definitely Maybe (Big Brother) ****
Ten years on, Definitely Maybe stands unchallenged as the album that defined all that was good about Britpop.
It certainly makes for a compulsively watchable DVD – like the band, it is brash, blunt and bolshy – and as a collection of songs and performances Definitely Maybe is still easily the best thing Oasis have done.
You can view the album here either as a series of arty montages set to the original track listing, or as a string of contemporary live performances, again in album order, culled from various TV appearances – TOTP, The Word – and live gigs.
The live tracks prove that they were at best a middling live act, with Liam Gallagher’s surly belligerence providing the only real focus as the band plodded through the songs without either charisma or any real sense of showmanship or musicianship.
But the real meat in the sandwich is the hour-long documentary which features contributions from all the main players.
Rightly or wrongly, Noel Gallagher cops all the kudos and credit for just about everything, and the impression is that he ruled the band as a benevolent dictatorship. Certainly, bass player Paul McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll are all but airbrushed out of the story – it would have been interesting to hear McCarroll’s side of his unceremonious removal from the band.
Credit is due, and given, to Creation Records boss Alan McGee, whose faith in the band and deep pockets allowed them to scrap two versions of the album before finally nailing it at the third attempt.
But the surprise star of the show is Mani from the Stone Roses, whose garrulous contributions always raise a laugh and represent an unspoken link between the two bands – sometime during the recording of Definitely Maybe and the Roses’ much delayed second album the baton of Britain’s biggest and best band was passed on.
A fusion of raw in-yer-face arrogance, throat-threatening vocal acrobatics and Mancunian rock ‘n’ roll egotism. Oasis were the definitive Brit band of the Nineties – the aural wallpaper to a generation tiring of dance music and craving old-fashioned rock. Shooting from obscurity to stardom in 1994, Oasis were a working-class band who hero-worshipped The Beatles and The Stone Roses.
A quintet who exuded cocksure arrogance and rebelliousness; these mad-fer-it lads aimed to rock out and ‘ave it large. Oasis was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals), Noel Gallagher (guitar/songwriting), Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass) and Tony McCaroll (drums). A meeting with Alan McGee, head of Creation Records followed. The rest is history.
Ten years ago, Oasis dropped their mind-blowing debut Definitely Maybe, a decade-defining album that kickstarted the Britpop phenomenon. Bulging with rock tunes about roll-ups, booze and dole queues, it was aptly described at the time by NME.
“Definitely Maybe bucks the trend of cynicism and despair to give us belief in our right to excitement,” wrote NME in December 1994.
And so the Manchester rockers mark the milestone of 10 years of decadence – the DVD edition of their debut album. Featuring the tracks Cigarettes And Alcohol, Rock ‘n’ Roll Star, Live Forever and Supersonic, it was celebrated as “The Best British Album Ever” by Q Magazine in June 2004. It also became the fastest-selling debut album ever, upon its release in 1994. The DVD features an hour-long documentary about the recording of the album featuring rare interviews with the band, label and entourage.
It includes Definitely Maybe’s 12 era-defining tracks and totals nearly five hours of Oasis music and footage. Headlining Glastonbury 2004, only Liam and Noel remain from the original line-up. The good ship Oasis seemed to run aground, due to the ever-fractious Gallagher brothers becoming more famous for their break ups, designer drugs and designer girlfriends. Having cut their ties with Creation Records, the band are currently in the studio recording their sixth album. Although some might say the supergroup’s star has fallen; their die-hard fans know they will live forever. Definitely Maybe: The DVD, which commemorates the ten-year anniversary of this landmark album’s release, is out now.