Today we have a quintessential UK album from the nineties, it’s the Gallagher’s with my personal, fave album from their back catalogue.
Oasis, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? on Creation Records
Roll With It
Don’t Look Back in Anger
Bonehead’s Bank Holiday
Some Might Say
Cast No Shadow
(Gaps denote nameless gaps in the album).
“CRELP 189” -First UK pressing with “Damont” matrix.
This was an album I had wanted on vinyl for as long as I have been seriously collecting it. Its just a slice of pure nineties class. In a sea of shite that epitomises that era, of pop and Euro dance that was constantly on the radio in the middle of the decade, Oasis came along and made it all OK again.
It would have been a Wishlist Wednesday too if it hadn’t been that I accidentally ended up getting off the bus at Jackson’s Corner in Reading rather than where I’d meant to when I was grabbing a costume for my daughters dance performance.
I love Oxfam in Reading town centre and will, no doubt, be bringing you other little gems I’ve picked up in there soon. You’ll certainly have seen my humble brags of finds if you follow my Instagram (or Elder’s).
They even let you listen to your possible finds on the deck they have, like a proper old school record store. I was rather miffed recently as they shut for a few weeks to be redecorated. It made the place a bit brighter but it still has that air of record store grubbiness with hunched people looking through the racks and lots of flyers for local bands and radio shows.
Back in the nineties, I was, shamefully, not that much of a massive Oasis fan. I’d have rather heard them of course than the likes of Aqua or Outhere Brothers, of course, but I certainly went for the more pop centred variation of Brit pop and indie in Blur, Sleeper and Supergrass. My Dad was far more appreciative than me.
As I got older though, my appreciation grew. I think perhaps that my head was turned by the turbulence of Liam and Noel who seemed to be just as often in the press for their spats and naughty behavior as for their music. To be fair, they just seemed like a right pair of prats to me, and they had the most bushy of eyebrows. As Mancunians went, I was far too interested in Robbie than the Gallagher brothers.
In fact, it was when Robbie seemed to give them the boyband nod of approval by going on a “mad one” at Glastonbury when he ditched/was sacked from Take That that made me reconsider (see, listening to crappy boy bands can sometimes lead you to better things).
Ever since, I think of 95 and I think of this album.
Back to Oxfam, and there it was, on the show off shelf behind the till, and I thought sure it would be priced accordingly- after all, you can get this reissued in HMV now for around £25, and, with it’s original price sticker of £2.95 on the front, I felt that it would be priced up further than the re-issue (and the original price).
However, my luck was in and I bagged it for £11.99.
It was in good condition although a little dusty and duly we gave it a spin.
I know this album off by heart, including lyrics. Elder knows it too. So, when side b finished on a track neither of us recognised, we both looked up at the same time and said “this isn’t on the album usually, is it?”
The track is Bonehead’s Bank Holiday and no, it was never on other copies, just the first press. You can also tell a first press as it has “Damont” in the run out/matrix to the side of the label.
It turns out there weren’t that many copies around, it was only released in small number before it went mega and Creation had to send out more to meet demand. Another reason too was that by ’95, most people had switched format to CD, so vinyl was getting scarcer (which makes finding originals from the time harder and more costly than someone who, like Elder, collects stuff from the 60s, 70s or 80s).
Bonehead’s Bank Holiday isn’t the best track for me, it’s a bit of a b side for sure, but its always nice to hear a new track on an old album.
For me, Champagne Supernova is the stand out. In fact, I am so sure it was the standout that if Oasis had of released this and not the far less impressive Roll With It against Blur’s Country House in the well known battle for number one, they would have won hands down.
It is a beautiful, atmospheric, glass of something cold on the side, sun blazing type of tune which makes me get the warm and fuzzies. Its Oasis at their thoughtful, less sneering best and I love it. That it closes the album is perfect, as it’s just the right full stop for an album that mixes it up so well.
Whether you have the special one or the new, go stick it on when the sun’s out and stick the barbecue on. You wont be disappointed.