This is a 20 minute set list I’d love to see!
When Oasis were emerging in 1994 / 95, they could take on any other band live. Loud overdriven guitars, pulsing beat, great songs, sing-a-long choruses and a singer who had both charisma and talent. They continued and concluded the Holy Trinity of Manchester bands (Smiths, Stone Roses, Oasis).
I was a Blur fan but even I was swept away in the winter of 1994 as the band appeared on an Xmas show and played their new single ‘Whatever’ in all its Beatle-esque glory before tearing into a full scale toe to toe with the Fab Four, delivering a supreme I Am Walrus. Audacious bastards! They just went for the balls and powered out Lennon’s anthem with maximum swagger and sneering. (see video below)
I never saw Oasis live though I remember them coming to the Brighton Centre December 1994. Looking at the setlist that night is feels like it was a massive night, a first album homage. And I think, in retrospect, looking at YouTube videos, Oasis were at their best when they were climbing the mountain, not when they were on top and definitely not on their way down. Although the crowds kept coming, they weren’t as hungry, as urgent and - like most Oasis fans - I think the 1994 line up was the best.
So here it is, my fantasy Oasis playlist delivered by them as they were in 1994!
Rock n Roll Star
Bring it on Down
I Am Walrus