On this day 25 years ago, Oasis released their studio debut album, Definitely Maybe. At the time of its release in 1994, Definitely Maybe became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK. Oasis made a name for themselves right from the start with this album containing so many solid songs-“Supersonic, “Live Forever”, “Cigarettes & Alcohol”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” and “Up In The Sky” – are a few favorites of mine from the album.
Definitely Maybe has definitely made its mark. Here are a few notable stats from the album:
- Over 8 million copies have been sold worldwide ( the album went platinum in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and 7x platinum in the UK )
- ranked number 42 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time
- ranked number 60 on Spin’s 300 Best Albums of The Past 30 Years (1985-2014)
- ranked number 19 on Guitar World’s Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994
Johnny Marr (guitarist from The Smiths) gave Noel a 1960 Les Gibson guitar that Marr got from Pete Townshend. It was that very guitar that Noel wrote “Slide Away” and “Live Forever” on for this album. As the story goes, while on tour with Oasis, Noel accidentally broke the guitar by smashing it over someone’s head. (I found this story about it on YouTube:
If you are an Oasis fan be sure to check out the documentary Oasis: Supersonic. It give a great in-depth look to the history of the band and unreleased concert footage.
Also be sure to check out the Listen Up Podcast on spotify. This podcast is a 4 part series that tells the events surrounding the release of ‘Definitely Maybe’ as told by the people in Oasis’s inner circle – fans, friends and fellow musicians. Episode 1 of 4 is out now!
I’ve been listening to Definitely Maybe for a good part of the day and I just love this album. From start to finish it is just amazing. I am a huge lover of 90’s music. It is what I grew up on and there are so many good memories that I associate with that time. The interesting thing is that I didn’t get really into 90s music until about 2012 when I got really into Blind Melon. Before then, I had only really listened to the 90’s music hits – the songs that were on the radio. After getting into Blind Melon’s entire catalogue, I started to really get into all of the music of other 90’s bands. Oasis was soon to follow and became one of my absolute favorites from that time. I’d put Oasis as the #1 band I would like to see reunite. With the falling out between Noel and Liam Gallagher, a reunion seems highly unlikely but I still hold out hope and it is definitely worth getting my hopes up for.
Here is a clip from their performance at Wembly. Just look at the magnitude of fans this band had. Wembly drew in 70,000 people. It is absolutely insane!
“I can’t tell you the way I feel, because the way I feel is oh so new to me” – Columbia
“I’m feeling supersonic, give me gin and tonic, you can have it all, but how much do you want it” – Supersonic