By Lauren Wise
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By Derek Askey
Bass Guitar and Drums: Who cares? In the great tradition of visually invisible British rhythm sections like Wyman and Watts, these guys are about as noticeable as cellophane in a puddle. And as with Bill Wyman's mug in the early Stones days, photographers can't even be bothered to get all of bassist Paul's whole face in the shot.
Stage Presence: Compared to them, Bonehead's a freewheelin' yet gifted extrovert!
Part Two: The Packaging
Clearly, the Oasis logo is meant to subliminally evoke old memories of great Stones albums from the Sixties; it's a ringer for the British Decca Records logo of that era. The candid band photos inside Definitely Maybe's booklet also wouldn't have looked out of place in the Stones' Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) booklet. So why, then, does the band pay homage to Pink Floyd's Ummagumma for the front and back cover? Simple--Pink Floyd's last U.S. tour outgrossed the Stones in a big way.
Part Three: The Music
Virtually every song on Definitely Maybe is a knock-off of at least one huge British hit. Oasis is not above stealing the New Seekers' "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" for "Shakermaker," a nick it graciously acknowledges with the song's live version. T. Rex's "Get It On" is also fair game for plundering--check out Oasis' "Cigarettes and Alcohol." "Up in the Sky" has subtle snatches of the Pistols' "I Wanna Be Me" and Syd Barrett-era Floyd ("Flaming"). There's also a "Yellow Submarine" reference in "Supersonic," even though that song's chorus is a direct melodic lift from "Blood and Roses," recorded by those limey-loving Yanks, the Smithereens. It is Alan McGee, the man who signed Oasis, who best described the band's sound: "Like the Jesus and Mary Chain would sound like if they'd been able to play."
Part Four: The Verdict
Definitely Maybe probably maybe promises great things in the future for Oasis. The lads have just got to remember that arrogance did little for Paul Weller, Marc Bolan, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Terence Trent D'Arby in the States. It's pretty stupid for Noel to make cocky statements like "America needs us more than we need them" when the only British album currently residing in the U.S. Top 20 consists of 30-year-old BBC recordings by the Beatles. Oasis must know this, since it closes every show with a sizzling "I Am the Walrus." If Oasis perseveres, there's no reason it shouldn't be at least as popular as the Smiths were just after they broke up. But conquer America? That all depends on Bonehead!