Friday, August 24, 2007

Number 574 - Oasis

Number 574


"Don't Look Back in Anger"

Genre:Brit Pop
You know i was thinking (as i do), there are so many remakes these days of old films and TV shows & that in time my beloved MASH will be R*e*h*a*s*h*e*d as well. Well, what if?
It made me think of today's actors and who would Gollywood get to do the film... M*A*S*H 2008 (Iraq S*M*A*S*H*E*D")? So lets see, here's my list of who would be who..............
Hawkeye Pierce = Jake Gyllenhaal
Trapper John McIntrye = Owen Wilson
Henry Blake = Vince Vaughan
Frank Burns = Adam Sandler
Margret Houlihan = Drew Barrymore
Radar O'Reilly = Jonah Hill
That was harder than i thought! Reasons: I chose Jake Gyllenhaal as Hawkeye because i have the belief he would be very good in comedy if he was given a chance, not to mention he could portray Hawkeye with a human kindness even in slapstick. Trapper was very hard to choose, (i thought about Heath Ledger, but i thought better of it) and decided on Owen Wilson, i think he could tone it down a little and be very convincing.
Vince Vaughan would love the gamble at playing Lt Col. Blake and I'd wager he would win his bet. Sandler and Barrymore would be in their 3rd film together, they also have the right chemistry as Burns & Hotlips. Not to mention Sandler would get the chance to play a childish antagonist, remember, Larry Linville was a comedic genius.
Radar portrayed by Jonah? I'm still out on that one. Ben Stiller as the Father Mulcahy? Brilliant, plus he's done it before. Last but not least, Steve Carrell as Klinger. To me, he was born to play this roll. Only thing that worries me about Carrell as Klinger is the laughter that might cause wetting your undies in a public place. Hilarious.
Let me know what you think & who would you like to see. Who knows after the definitive 1000 Songs, i might make the 1000 definitive moments of MASH. Hey, its ok, im only joking. (I think). Now dont get upset by the choices, im more than happy for ideas ~ Crowbarred

If Definitely Maybe was an unintentional concept album about wanting to be a rock & roll star, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? is what happens after the dreams come true. Oasis turns in a relatively introspective second record, filled with big, gorgeous ballads instead of ripping rockers. Unlike Definitely Maybe, the production on Morning Glory is varied enough to handle the range in emotions; instead of drowning everything with amplifiers turned up to 12, there are strings, keyboards, and harmonicas. This expanded production helps give Noel Gallagher's sweeping melodies an emotional resonance that he occasionally can't convey lyrically. However, that is far from a fatal flaw; Gallagher's lyrics work best in fragments, where the images catch in your mind and grow, thanks to the music.
Gallagher may be guilty of some borrowing, or even plagiarism, but he uses the familiar riffs as building blocks. This is where his genius lies: He's a thief and doesn't have many original thoughts, but as a pop/rock melodicist he's pretty much without peer. Likewise, as musicians, Oasis are hardly innovators, yet they have a majestic grandeur in their sound that makes ballads like "Wonderwall" or rockers like "Some Might Say" positively transcendent. Alan White does add authority to the rhythm section, but the most noticeable change is in Liam Gallagher. His voice sneered throughout Definitely Maybe, but on Morning Glory his singing has become more textured and skillful. He gives the lyric in the raging title track a hint of regret, is sympathetic on "Wonderwall," defiant on "Some Might Say," and humorous on "She's Electric," a bawdy rewrite of "Digsy's Diner." It might not have the immediate impact of Definitely Maybe, but Morning Glory is just as exciting and compulsively listenable. ~ [Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide]

What does Rolling Stone think about Oasis?
Many new rock bands leave the starting gate with fists flying, eager to batter down obstacles on the road to stardom. But few have been as hands-on as Oasis. In England the band's popularity has almost as much to do with the number of black eyes and bloody noses that brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher have inflicted on each other as it does with the number of hit singles they've created. Ironically, this stormy relationship is also what makes their new album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, so galvanic.
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It's no secret that tension and instability have been inherent traits of great rock teams, going as far back as Jagger and Richards, but for Oasis, the addition of shared genes gives their songs extra impact and dimension. No matter how much the Gallaghers fight – or pose – their brotherly bond holds at the center. This inner confidence allows the group to flaunt its jaded arrogance like a five-man biker gang – whether it's revving on amplifier overload or coasting through a pastel-washed reverie. It also permits. Oasis to borrow shamelessly from artists like the Rolling Stones, T. Rex, the Kinks, Small Faces and, especially, the Beatles without losing their own snide identity.
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(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is more than a natural progression; it's a bold leap forward that displays significant musical and personal growth, not to mention a far greater familiarity with the Fab Four's back catalog. Since pledging themselves to "Cigarettes and Alcohol" on their debut, Oasis have apparently had plenty of sex, done loads of drugs and lived rock & roll to the limit, and now they're searching for something more. Twenty-seven-year-old songwriter Noel Gallagher has crafted a number of tunes that downplay bravado in favor of self-discovery and even (gulp) sensitivity.
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While Noel once filled melodies with sharp, bristling guitars and crisp, cracking beats, these days he's relying on gentle, reflective rhythms. And instead of merely crowing in a nasal tone that sounds like a cross between John Lennon and John Lydon, brother Liam sings with warmth and occasionally hints at vulnerability. "Wonderwall" (this year's "Live Forever") is a pensive, jangly tune that expresses Noel's disorientation at sudden stardom. "Don't Look Back In Anger" and "Cast No Shadow" flow with weepy strings, muted drumming and equally memorable choruses. Featuring a piano passage that echoes Lennon's "Imagine," "Anger" addresses the star's inability to sustain a relationship on the road, while "Shadow" expresses the pain of an artist in a consumer society.
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Rather than hide from their influences, Oasis irreverently revel in them, even to the point of shoving a few in their critics' faces. Two tracks are followed by brief, dark, druggy instrumental interludes reminiscent of the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever"; "Wonderwall" borrows its title from a George Harrison solo album; and "Morning Glory" cheekily drops a Beatles song title in the line, "Tomorrow never knows what it doesn't know too soon."
Yesterday, Noel Gallagher's troubles may have seemed so far away, but today Oasis are grappling with success and fear in a way that gives their glorious pop new potency. If Oasis can avoid falling prey to the kind of brotherly shove that eventually destroyed the Kinks artistically, the future looks bright indeed. (RS 719) [JON WTEDERHORN]
For Rolling Stones see Number 767 & Number 689
For Small Faces see Number 706
For the Beatles see Number 947, 894 & 587
For John Lennon see Number 639
For George Harrison see Number 806
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (They sound like......) and the Album ranked at Number 376
This song has a crowbarred rating of 72.8 out of 108 pts
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