I figure I’ve ignored the blogosphere for long enough, but really, nothing this summer has deserved enough merit for a post. So, here’s a summary of my summer:
Summer school is dull. Work is dull, but the pay is good.
Yeah, that’s really it. See why I haven’t written?
On a completely different note, movie critics are utterly worthless. I went to see Rush Hour 3 today, even though it got an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. I must say, it was worth every penny of the $10 admissions price (seriously, what the hell is up with the price of movies these days?) Anyways, it was fabulous. Yes, it was fabulously stupid, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a riot to watch. It’s the kind of movie that doesn’t take itself even the slightest bit seriously, so if you’re going to watch it, strap yourself in for 2 hours of camp, racial jokes, and plenty of gags.
I’ve decided to start writing an entry on each one of my favorite albums, since I have absolutely nothing better to do than sit around and listen to music all day. This is what happens when you live on Northside.
Oasis – Definitely Maybe (1995)
Start a debate about the best bands of the 90s, and the debate will inevitably include Nirvana, Radiohead, and… Oasis. A lot of people I know would crucify me for including Oasis among the pantheon of rock gods, criticizing them for being unoriginal and ripping off the Beatles, the Sex Pistols, and just about every other British band from the past 30 years. Frankly, this criticism is totally valid, but since when was imitating the Beatles a bad thing?
This album is probably the best debut album I have ever heard, and it is the perfect soundtrack for the 90s. From the instant those epic guitar licks begin to swirl and the wall of sonic fury assaults your ears, it is all too easy to get lost in the glorious excess of 90s Britpop. Each song is perfectly crafted, bombastic and epic in scope, with the Gallagher brothers taking themselves way too seriously, all in good fun. With Definitely Maybe, Noel Gallagher firmly planted himself among the greatest songwriters of his generation, reaching out to disaffected youths everywhere with his perfectly crafted pop melodies. Honestly, who can resist the grandeur of “Live Forever”? From the instant Liam wailed ,”We see things they’ll never see/You and I are gonna live forever,” he captured the hearts and minds of an entire generation. There is no doubt that this album is the definitive Britpop album, and for anyone who hasn’t had much exposure to the genre, look no further for a place to start.
Perhaps my only criticism is that Definitely Maybe proved to be so epic that Oasis could never top it. (Whats the Story) Morning Glory came close, producing smash hits like “Champagne Supernova” and “Wonderwall”, but it is hard to argue the fact that Oasis produced their best music between 1994 and 1995, and that their best days are behind them. Still, this album was a benchmark for everything that came after it, and influenced plenty of imitators like Blur and the Verve, but no one else ever came close. Take one listen and you’ll quickly understand why Oasis remains at the top of the list for bands I have to see live before I die.