Monday, November 7, 2011

In Defense of Oasis

If you dismiss Oasis, I suggest you think of Liam and Noel Gallagher as the Tweedledee and Tweedledum of Britpop. They are not to be taken seriously, but are always good for a few nonsensical rhymes and if you stick around long enough, they are sure to battle.

The rivalry continues even after the band split up, with lawsuits and badmouthing, and now with rival musical acts. Liam's Beady Eye...

and Noel Gallagher' High Flying Birds.

Musically, Noel is clearly the winner of this battle. The first line alone, "If I had a gun/I'd shoot a hole into the sun/and love would burn this city down for you" captures the almost-not-entirely-incoherent jibberish of Oasis' hayday. That line fits perfectly next to classic nonsensical lines like, "Slowly walking down the hall/faster than a cannonball."

This easily trumps Beady Eye's chorus, "Baby hold on/ Baby C'mon" which isn't even silly.

Noel also won points recently for brilliantly suggesting to Chuck Klosterman that critics have just been looking at his career from the wrong end. To see his work properly music critics must travel through the looking glass, beyond the garden of talking flowers and the buzzing of bread and butterflies to the wonderland where time runs backward. Here his detractors would find that if his musical output is viewed in reverse chronological order, Liam is a constantly improving genius.

That's logic.

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