O is for Oasis

Do you recognize the Stevie Wonder song the chorus of Step Out by Oasis echoes?

oasisOasis is a British band of the 1990s and beyond, about which I know relatively little:

1) The group has often been described as Beatlesque,
2) The members have occasionally been accused of copyright infringement, and
3) The band, for a time, included brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, who fought a lot, as brothers in these sagas often do.

I have but one album, and it’s the album that everyone who has but one Oasis album owns, the one that starts with a revisiting of the Gary Glitter song Hello [LISTEN].

Oasis had their first UK number one single in April 1995 with Some Might Say[LISTEN] … Although a softer sound led to mixed reviews, Oasis’ second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was a commercial success, becoming the fourth best-selling album in UK Chart history with over four million copies sold. The album spawned two further hit singles, Wonderwall [LISTEN] and Don’t Look Back in Anger [LISTEN], which also reached numbers two and one respectively. [They got to #8 and #55 in the US, respectively]. It also contained the non-UK single Champagne Supernova [LISTEN] —featuring guitar playing and backing vocals by Paul Weller—that received widespread critical acclaim and peaked at number one on the US modern rock chart [and #20 on the US pop charts].

Here’s Step Out, which was removed from the Morning Glory album and relegated to a B-side. Stevie Wonder now has a co-writing credit; do you recognize the Wonder song this chorus echoes?

Apparently, the band has broken up and Noel Gallagher says the band will NEVER reunite, but that this album will be remastered soon.

ABC Wednesday – Round 14

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

20 thoughts on “O is for Oasis”

  1. Roger, that chorus made me put down the headphones and slap my Stevie Wonder vinyl on the record player to sing along. I wonder if they gave him the credit out of pressure, a la “My Sweet Lord,” George Harrison’s wade into the court system?

    PS Stevie Wonder was sued over “I Just Called To Say I Love You,” which, one has to admit, doesn’t sound ANYTHING like one of his songs, right down to the cha-cha-cha ending. A fellow blind musician used to have access to Stevie’s studio, and the musician said HE wrote the Oscar-winning song. My cousin was an expert witness as a musician and songwriter and felt the man’s story was absolutely true. The court ruled in Stevie’s favor… maybe otherwise he would have had to give back the Oscar?

    Ah, the politics of music and money… Loved this. Had forgotten about Oasis. Also, thanks for your support of Riley over Nina’s passing. Very much appreciated, and I haven’t been around because of that and a busy Holy Week. A

  2. You are really an expert in the field of popmusic! And you give detailed information . You are also interested in the stories and entries of other bloggers. Thank you for your kind comments always.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  3. I don’t know much about Oasis either. Good post and you are amazing the way you come up with a band for each letter.

  4. Just asked Lorne if he’d heard of them and he said yes but he doesn’t have any of their albums. Did they sing “I’ve been waiting for a girl like you…”???

    abcw team

  5. I’ve never heard of this band. Thanks for the info! Now I know what I’ve not been missing. 🙂

  6. If you want straight talking then Noel is your man but the brothers spats and fall outs are legendary. I would say there is no chance ever of them getting back together but then at the hight of Britpop it was Oasis versus Blur acrimony but now Noel and Damon Albarn are friends.

  7. Wonder Wall was one of their hits that, I begrudgingly say, I did like, they did write some attractive stuff but they are not widely regarded in the UK, primarily for imitating The Beatles and their loutish foul mouthed behaviour when on tour.
    One of my daughters wanted to see them in concert and we refused point blank to allow her to go, we weren’t very popular at the time but now she has a 10 year old daughter she totally understands our decision.
    Best wishes,

  8. George Harrison famously made the statement that if the Beatles had stayed together, then they would eventually have been doing what Oasis was doing. Not so sure about that, but the statement got a lot of hype for the band.

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