Manchester is a huge city, divided into various towns and boroughs; led by different councils, split between football teams at the highest and lowest level, and home to various historic events and people. We boast one of the best schools of learning outside Oxford and Cambridge, and even produced the great Alan Turing (if you don’t know him, google him, you owe him that). However, one thing we all boast about the most is our music scene. You’ll never convince a true Manc that we aren’t responsible for some of the best bands, clubs and record labels. Look at the likes of The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Joy Division, Happy Mondays and The Charlatans and you’ve already got a playlist worthy of any road trip. The nineties also saw Manchester produce one of my favourite bands of all time; Oasis. Originally formed by a bunch of schoolmates, lead singer Liam Gallagher’s brother Noel returned from working for The Inspiral Carptets to join up, and four albums were produced between 1994 and 1998 in a successful period for the band. The album I’ve opted for this week is full of absolute tunes, and I guarantee you only need to hear the opening 5 seconds and you yell “TUUUNNNNEEEE!” and start blaring it out clutching onto your can of Carling (just me? I’m ok with it); it is, of course, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory.
Starting off with ‘Hello’ (genius), Noel has a line, “it’s good to be back” and, based on this track, we were all happy to have them back (sidenote, 5/6 year old me loved listening to this because Liam swore! HE SWORE!). Then we fly into ‘Roll With It’, which starts off with a proper strum on the guitar, making you fully aware that about to hear heaven through your stereo. Third on the album, and bane of my life at university, is cult classic ‘Wonderwall.’ Now, don’t get me wrong, I used to adore this tune, but it has been over played to the max, like, I’m talking ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ levels (IT’S NOT JOY DIVISION’S ONLY TRACK); every open mic night, every house party where there happens to be a guitar lying around, every jamming session and every lad who is learning to play, all have this quote in common: “anyway, here’s Wonderwall.” I’ve managed to avoid it for a while, mostly by leaving our SU abruptly, or staring at the bloke with a guitar as he notices my Man City top and reassesses the situation. That is, until I visited Sam down south and suddenly an entire bar in Henley are singing it to me, with a dedication from the artist for good measure! Oh and yes, I joined in. I blame the tequila.
Track four is my dad’s favourite song, and the track I phoned him during at Noel’s gig a couple of years back, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger.’ Strangely, this is the only time on the album where Noel takes centre stage, and he doesn’t disappoint. With his Beatles inspired video and music, this is definitely one to belt out around midnight at your cousins wedding. Skipping ahead a little, we have ‘Some Might Say’, a track us Blues like to relate to, culminating in a flag that travels to games bearing the lyrics “some might say we will find a brighter day” and we finally have done! ‘Cast No Shadow’ and ‘She’s Electric’ are in complete contrast with each other, but both loved by the fans. ‘Morning Glory’ is probably my favourite track from the album; the start up to it still gives me goosebumps. It’s my alarm tone and my darts walk-on music so that should tell you how much I love it. The album is beautifully rounded off by the fantastic ‘Champagne Supernova’, which makes no sense when written down, but makes perfect sense to the millions of people who have referenced it on a night out. Noel even did an interview where he questioned his own lyric saying, “how can you slowly walk down the hall faster than a cannonball?” Well I have no idea Mr G, but I’m certainly glad you thought it possible at one point. Noel’s guitar solo is so beautiful it’s haunting (someone once told me it made them wee! I doubt she was being literal, but it’s certainly a glowing review), and it certainly ends this truly brilliant album on a well deserved high note.
6 out of 5 from me!
Tracks to check out:
-ALL THE TRACKS!
Mike Bray x