Articles Tagged: Oasis

Certain Songs #1376: Oasis – “The Shock of the Lightning”

Album: Dig Out Your Soul
Year: 2008

The final Oasis album, 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul, was a bit of a dud. At least to me.

That said, given the inherently volatile nature of the relationship between Noel and Liam Gallagher, it was a dead miracle that they’d lasted as long as they did, and it was also a dead miracle that they were writing and releasing singles as full-throttle as “The Shock of the Lightning.”

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Certain Songs #1375: Oasis – “Lyla”

Album: Don’t Believe The Truth
Year: 2005

Chances are, if you remember any Oasis song from the 2000s, it’s going to be this one, as it was their first single since “Go Let It Out” to make any dent on any U.S. charts. Sure, it was the just the Alternative charts, but still. Naturally, in the U.K. it went to number one, because of course it did.

Not just because it got some radio play, but also because it’s catchy as all fuck, a song that Noel Gallagher called their “poppiest thing since ‘Roll With It,'” and, honestly, one of the most straightforward and focused singles they’d ever released.

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Certain Songs #1374: Oasis – “Mucky Fingers”

Album: Don’t Believe The Truth
Year: 2005

A decade after they temporarily took over the world, Oasis put out their sixth studio album, Don’t Believe The Truth, which continued the trends started by Heathen Chemistry. Once again, Noel Gallagher opened up the songwriting to the rest of the band, contributing only five songs, and once again, the album had an absolutely killer single, and a bunch of good-to-great songs.

One of the great songs was a complete rip-off of a song and a band that had heretofore not been considered an influence on Oasis: The Velvet Underground.

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Certain Songs #1373: Oasis – “Little by Little”

Album: Heathen Chemistry
Year: 2002

Of course, one thing about being more democratic about songwriting credits was that Noel Gallagher ended taking more and more lead vocals on their albums in the back half of their career. While Noel was all over the b-sides from the start, on Definitely Maybe, he had zero lead vocals, and only one each on (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now.

However, on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, he took two, and on Heathen Chemistry, that was up to three, two of which — “Little by Little” and “She is Love” — were combined for the only double-A side single in Oasis’ discography.

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Certain Songs #1372: Oasis – “The Hindu Times”

Album: Heathen Chemistry
Year: 2002

While Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was recorded essentially as a three-piece, the Gallaghers needed a full band to tour behind it, so they recruited guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell from the awesome shoegazers Ride (who will have at least one Certain Song of their own next year) to permanently replace Bonehead and Guigsy for the rest of the band’s run.

In addition, Noel Gallagher decided that he wasn’t going to write every single song, and the songwriting credits on their next album, Heathen Chemistry, were far more democratic. There has been a tiny crack in the window on the previous album, Liam sneaking in his dire “Little James,” but on Heathen Chemistry, the songwriting credits were way more distributed than ever. Noel had six, Liam had three and Archer & Bell had one each. The result was their strongest album since (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

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