1994. More than 20 years ago. It’s not the last time I was carefree and happy but that year those two emotions certainly played out to a soundtrack.
I was almost as old then as Definitely Maybe, the debut record by Oasis, will be in a couple of years time. Financially independent, living in the British capital, all I found was cigarettes and alcohol. Good times.
Oasis, fronted by roustabout Liam Gallagher and steered by his brother Noel, riffed and raged, all for one, one for all, like voice and guitar armed musketeers.
The record remains capable of inspiring a nostalgic emotional warmth to this day for many, myself included.
(For my treatise on gin and tonic, as demanded by Liam in Supersonic, please read one of my former posts).
The record also happens to be one of only a handful of recordings I bought in the Mini Disc format.
An early adopter of nearly all music formats, I really believed that the mini disc was the format of the future.
I had already amassed quite an impressive collection of compact discs — including Definitely Maybe, having lost a large number of my cassette tapes following a flatshare move.
I still have my suspicions that one of my “friends” may have pinched the entire box of tapes.
The Definitely Maybe sound of Owen Morris’ mix, capturing that big night out live vibe, really demanded a place on my confused, multi-format music shelf.
I still have the beginnings of a mini disc collection of classics but like many other ill-feted miscellany, they’re under the roof.
And I still return to that debut from Oasis.
Noel Gallagher was 50 years old the day I wrote this. He was only 24 when the record went on sale, in all formats.
“There we were now here we are
All this confusion nothings the same to me”
Now Noel is probably the funniest stand-up not working in stand-up.
So I shall continue to revisit, to sing along, asking aloud if maybe you’re the same as me, we see things they’ll never see. You and I are gonna live forever.