16 February 2017

Written by Marc Lamberts

for Daily Focal 

Oasis. Simple. Without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite band of all time. It breaks my heart every time I think they are not together anymore, but it also gives me a sense of pride and joy that I’ve lived to see them live – Yes, I saw them live and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit aroused because of that particular gig.

In my opinion the band has not only thrived of their musical talents. To be fair there are better, more technically gifted bands out there. But the charisma, character and personality of the individual band members is what made me feel so excited. They are just like normal lads from across the street and it’s that fact, that makes you identify with them. At least I did. And that combination of music, lads and personality, is amazing and Supersonic reflect my feelings.

The documentary starts with Liam Gallagher spitting out one of his famous quotes: “Oasis was like a Ferrari. Great to look at. Great to drive. And it’ll fucking spin out of control every now and again.”

What I love about the whole documentary is that they give you a look into the person behind the success. They give you a feeling that you start to get to know those lads. You can really identify with everyone, even with Liam Gallagher. You get to know the early history of the Gallagher boys, their relationship with their father and the beginning of their music. It gives you a more complete picture of the complexity of the Oasis band and the sudden rise to power as it were.

I guess the media has focussed too much on the arrogance and habits of the Gallagher brothers over the years and director Whitecross does a fine job not letting the foresaid take over. The documentary is a soap of arguments, genius inventions, coming and leaving of band members, fight with the media and quotes. Thank god for the fact that there’s a lot of attention for the music as well. In my opinion this saves the documentary and makes it brilliant.

The mother of the Gallagher brother has a prominent role in the documentary and it adds to the story of their background in Manchester. She gives the boys a bit more of a human face.

The style of the documentary says a lot to me personally. There’s this interview style with the persons involved and in between you got pictures and footage from the past, which makes the documentary a very nostalgic one. I can only imagine how it must feel for the people who actually went to the gigs back in the nineties. It gives me goose bumps.

It’s a nice combination of funny moments, vital and defining situations and explaining difficult breaking points. It amuses the audience and what I really liked about it, was that they chose a particular path for the documentary. The story is focused on the build up to the massive Knebworth concerts and focuses on the rise and stagnation, rather than the turmoil and fall of the band. I love that direction, because I think we should celebrate the successes of the band, rather than focus on the negativity. Especially in a documentary.

Having said that, one of the storylines throughout the documentary is the strange relationship between Liam and Noel Gallagher. It’s what hold the band together and what made it so strong, but it’s also the reason what drove the band apart. You can see little signs of it, signs of vulnerability. We all know Liam claims to be god, but he is portrayed as an emotional human with feeling, just like Noel and the rest of the band.

I could tell you so much more about the documentary. It’s personal. I love the music, the Mancunian accents, the clothes, the behaviour, the lads and their connection with football. It makes me long for a reunion and see Oasis blow my mind over and over again. It gives you an idea how music was made and distributed back then. It gives you perspective of the whole situation with Liam and Noel.

The story of Oasis is amazing, not only because of the kids’ dream made reality, but also because of the flamboyant personalities and great successes. I would recommend giving this documentary a go, even if you don’t like Britpop. The visual approach is brilliant and makes this one of the best music related documentaries I’ve seen.

Just like Liam said: “It was fucking biblical man.”

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