Today’s music video is Don’t Look Back In Anger from the English band Oasis.
This video was posted to You Tube by oasisinetofficial
Every so often, a band comes along that just blows everyone away. It has happened regularly throughout the modern music era. Then along came The Beatles, and they just blew everyone away full stop.
From that point forward, every time a new band came along, the media labeled them ‘The New Beatles’. It’s a pity really, as that label never really recognises this new band for what they are, an entity on their own. It then becomes difficult for this new band, because they are forever expected to live up to that title.
When this band came along, Oasis, the same thing happened. The label was put on them. Some people thought the band failed to live up to that tag, but in actual fact, the band didn’t need to live up to that imposed title, because after a while they just became Oasis, and the new Beatles tag just faded away.
Right from their first album, they blew everyone away, especially in the UK. Their first album, Definitely Maybe, released in mid 1994 shot up the charts, in fact going to Number One even prior to its release, and staying there. It became the fastest selling album of all time in the UK, and by the end of the first year, the album had more than 2.1 Million copies. It was certified Platinum, many times over, and the same happened in most other places around the World.
So, in fact this band was not only The New Beatles, they were actually better selling than The Beatles.
Four Singles were lifted from the album, all of them going into the Top Ten, and all selling like crazy.
However, what happened was that their second album, What’s The Story Morning Glory, released in late 1995, was even more huge than the first one. It also debuted at Number One, and then spent 10 weeks at Number One. It sold almost 350,000 copies in the first week of release. If their first album was a Monster then this second album was twice as big. While it spent those first ten weeks at Number One, it spent 7 Months in the Top Three albums occasionally going back to Number One. To date, this album has totalled more than 22 million copies sold of the album. The album is certified multi Platinum in nearly a dozen Countries.
A total of Six Singles were released from this album, and all of them were either Number One or Number Two hits. The biggest of those was Wonderwall.
The featured song for today is Don’t Look Back In Anger, and it was the second biggest of those Singles released from this album.
You can hear the influences in this song, but while the band was still being referred to as The New Beatles, they were in fact far bigger than The Beatles.
In all, the band Oasis has released 7 Studio albums, all of them topping the album charts in the UK. All of those albums have sold enough albums to be declared Platinum, and in nearly every case multi Platinum in the UK. They have had 10 Number One Singles and most of their other Singles have topped out as high as Number Two.
This band stands on their own without having labels of comparison attached to them. Individual members of the band may be flawed, but the music this band has given us stands the test of time for a band that ventured where no other band did.
The odd thing is that even now, whenever a new band comes along that does really big things, they are still referred to as The New Beatles, not the New Oasis, a band that scaled those heights with their music. You can talk all you like about some media commentators said that perhaps some of their music may have been flawed, or that members of the band may have been flawed, but whatever they did, they did it better than everyone else has done. Testament to that is that the main audience, the people themselves couldn’t have cared less about any of those flaws. They just liked the music, enough to sell more albums than nearly every other band, and to do that consistently.
This is a wonderful song featured today, and while people may think, or even say that the song sounds Beatlesque, I prefer to think that the song sounds like Oasis.