There are some albums that you just inexplicably have a soft spot for. ‘Be Here Now‘ is one of mine. It’s certainly not Oasis‘s best album by a long shot, but I’ve spent the past week or so revisiting it, and it’s still fairly brilliant, not to mention underrated. Although I give them as hard a time as anyone these days, I’m not at all embarrassed to admit that Oasis were probably the first band that I really, really loved. Their first three – even four – albums were brilliant, and although this one heralded the beginning of their ‘coke’ phase (the silly cover art says it all), it had some of my favourite Oasis tunes on it. I even bloody love ‘All Around the World‘. I’m serious!
I think ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’ was the first album I knew ALL the words to, and is still probably my favourite Oasis album. But as Sean pointed out, ‘Be Here Now’ was the first that I – and many of my generation – actively looked forward to being released. I still remember the video of ‘D’You Know What I Mean’ premiering on MTV, and there being queues on the day of release. It was an event. It makes me a bit sad that those days are gone.
I’d love to meet Noel Gallagher some day. He’s a great songwriter. There’s no room for sneering or snobbery in my record collection. Play this song – the best on the album – LOUD.