Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – Oasis
Where Did It All Go Wrong? – Oasis (2000, Big Brother Records)
Because, wrong it did indeed go. The signs were there, ‘Be Here Now’, which could have and still might one day be another contender for this series, was as records go a bit of a duffer. But we just pushed it one side because we believed them when Oasis told us that they would ‘Live Forever’. But by the time, the pompously named ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ arrived we all knew they Oasis were finished and that they were as the song goes “just a band”.
I haven’t listened to ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ for about fifteen years. It’s in the loft in the sealed box marked “Don’t save in a fire” but the other day as I shuffled the music on the iPad ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong?’ came on (which as it happens, it a decent tune) and I decided to give it another spin to see if I still think its the bloated turd I always thought it was.
The answer is, yes I do. It’s an awful record, clunking, half arsed, half finished and but for the saving grace of four tracks, utterly devoid any of the swaggering attitude that oozed from everything Oasis did and said before it. Christ, at times Liam Gallagher sounds likes he has totally forgotten that he is in Oasis.
Fuckin’ In The Bushes – Oasis (2000, Big Brother Records)
It says something when the best track on an Oasis album is an instrumental, but ‘Fuckin’ in the Bushes’ is just that. It’s the only track on the album that actually treads, or threatens to at least, new ground, with its drum loops that are clearly influenced by Noel’s interactions with acts like The Chemical Brothers. If the rest of this album had even half of the arrogance of this, then ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ would be at least, ‘quite good’. That track at least hinted that somewhere behind the dust and the haze, Oasis were still there.
The other saving graces are the single ‘Go Let It Out’ which whilst nothing new, does at least hark back to a time when Oasis ruled the world, and one that gets a little better each time I listen to it. ‘Go Let It Out’ might just be the forgotten Oasis classic.
Go Let It Out – Oasis (2000, Big Brother Records)
The other saving grace may surprise some of you because, its Liam Gallaghers songwriting debut, ‘Little James’. Lyrically, its far from brilliant but there is something about ‘Little James’ that tugs at your heartstrings, even if it is as complex as a 12 piece Peppa Pig puzzle, but then again most of the great Oasis songs are not as complex as that.
Little James – Oasis (2000, Big Brother Records)
You can argue that when ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ was made, the band was in perhaps in a state of flux, having two of the bands original members quit, and Liam and Noel basically couldn’t stand each other whilst they recorded it, and that affected it’s quality. Well perhaps, but Oasis never really recovered from this record, the damage had I think been done.