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YMMV / Oasis

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  • Applicability: Probably the reason why "Champagne Supernova", with its ridiculous lyrics, is a fan favourite is because it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. As Noel said in a 2009 interview:
    This writer, he was going on about the lyrics to "Champagne Supernova", and he actually said to me: 'You know, the one thing that's stopping it being a classic is the ridiculous lyrics.' And I went: 'What do you mean by that?' And he said: 'Well, Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball — what's that mean?' And I went: 'I don't know. But are you telling me, when you've got 60,000 people singing it, they don't know what it means? It means something different to every one of them.'
  • Broken Base
    • Every album except the first two has fans arguing that it's good or bad. It's a good indication that when 100 fans were surveyed as to which songs should appear on their Greatest Hits Album that there was no song that appeared on everyone's list. Yes, that includes the popular, iconic Oasis songs like "Live Forever", "Supersonic", "Wonderwall", "Acquiesce" and "Don't Look Back in Anger". The base is just that broken.
    • The Gallagher brothers' constant quarreling and self-entitled behavior. Either you will love their awesome egos and say it improves the entire experience, suspend your disbelief that they're both jerkasses and just enjoy the music on it's own or you will absolutely loathe them both for constantly letting their personal baggage ruin the band's music and, to an extent, lead to their breakup.
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  • Dork Age: In a rare case of by the band's own admission, Noel Gallagher writes off much of the late '90s output, and also chunks of the mid '00s. On a greatest hits DVD, he even went so far as to ask why somebody didn't just to tell them to "stop".
  • Epic Riff: More than enough to go around.
  • Face of the Band: The Gallagher brothers.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With Blur. This rivalry actually holds a lot of sociopolitical significance, as it is strongly rooted in class and regional tensions in British society, with Oasis coming from the grittier working class in northern England and Blur from the more artsy, southern middle class. This led the "Battle of Britpop" chart war between Oasis' "Roll With It" and Blur's "Country House" to become not only a battle of musical preferences, but also of class conflict and British regionalism.
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    • Then there's the much later one between fans of Beady Eye (and Liam's solo career) and High Flying Birds. There aren't many people that are fans of both.
    • Another rivalry seems to exist between Oasis fans and Radiohead fans, on account of the two band's wildly different musical styles and personalities, as well as the fact that Oasis and Radiohead were each the biggest representatives of early 90's and late 90's British rock, respectively. The nature of the Blur/Oasis rivalry also seems to be partly present here as well, due to Radiohead, like Blur, being a more artsy, southern band.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Just who 'Sally' from "Don't Look Back in Anger" is supposed to be has been debated among fans for years, despite Noel saying numerous times that it is not any specific person (Noel has stated in an interview he did alongside Liam, that the name was Liam's idea). This still hasn't stopped fans pestering him about it. For twenty years, fans have still been coming up with such Epileptic Trees theories as her being a former girlfriend of one of the bandmates, her being the same subject as The Stone Roses' song "Sally Cinnamon", and even her being a metaphor for drugs.
  • First Two Albums Win: All Oasis fans with very few exceptions like Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, and to the general public those albums (along with two popular non-album songs from the same era, "Acquiesce" and "Whatever") are Oasis. As to the others... see Broken Base.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The video for "Live Forever" has the band members burying drummer Tony McCarroll. He would later leave the band following Definitely Maybe under very acrimonious circumstances.
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    • "Don't Go Away" is a well-liked album track in the UK, but one of the band's biggest pop and rock radio hits in the United States. It's the reason they played it on Saturday Night Live in 1997 as opposed to their current single at the time, "Stand by Me".
    • Similarly, "Champagne Supernova" was not released as a single anywhere else but the United States, where its probably their best known song outside of "Wonderwall".
    • "Whatever" seems to be well-liked in Japan, having been used in TV advertisements. However, in other countries, maybe not so much.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The New Musical Express spoofed the band's thrall to The Beatles and their tendency to plagarize with a fictitious interview in which Noel Gallagher claimed to be 'Bigger Than God'. Just one year later, in real life, he made exactly the same claim.
  • Memetic Mutation: Anyway, here's Wonderwall.
  • Signature Song: "Wonderwall", the only 90s song visible from space. Second place is "Don't Look Back in Anger" in the UK and "Champagne Supernova" in the U.S.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Neil Innes sued the band over the similarity of their "Whatever" to his "How Sweet to Be an Idiot". This was settled out of court, with Innes receiving royalties and a writing credit. They have been accused of pilfering elements of other songs as well; for example, their song "Step Out" sounds a lot like Stevie Wonder's famous song "Uptight," to the point it became a B-side and Wonder got a writing credit.
    • To be precise, the verse of "Lyla" sounds remarkably similar to "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones; "Shakermaker" rips off "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)"; "Roll With It" sounds so like Status Quo that t-shirts were made with "Quoasis" on them (Noel even wore one.) Despite this, Noel Gallagher insists that his primary influences are "Ray Davies, John Lennon and Pete Townshend."
    • When Green Day was accused of ripping off "Wonderwall" for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Noel argued that he "at least plagiarizes dead people."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many people had this reaction to Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, despite the demand for change from much of the music press following Be Here Now. When they vary their sound the press hounded them for it. Many fans see Giants (as well as Be Here Now) as misunderstood and unfairly maligned records, especially with tracks such as "Go Let It Out" and the fan favourite "Gas Panic!".
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: "Champagne Supernova" and its video, even though there are ridiculous oxymorons and unrelated adjectives, and the line "Where were you while we were getting high?"
  • The Woobie: Noel for pretty much being Liam's iron pole for several years. Does range from Jerkass Woobie to Iron Woobie, considering he's able to move on from Oasis and become probably the most popular artist compared to his ex-bandmates.

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  • That One Level: For the campaign, it's "Up the Nile" where in the majority of levels, levels are divided by the river, making it impossible to connect the cities and much harder to defend against barbarian attacks. For the level modifier, it's the meteors which can destroy cities and roads.


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