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Simply the Worst #6: Oasis – Roll With It

Next in the crud countdown was the moment when Oasis decided, for reasons best known to themselves, to release what sounded like a tuning jam.

It’s hard to overstate just how exciting it was to be a teenage indie fan in summer 1995. All those limited edition Kingmaker CD Single digipaks, the concerts in front of 16 people and a disinterested dog and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin t-shirts had been worth it; we were taking over. The biggest and coolest two bands in the country were indie – proper indie, on Creation and Food Records respectively – and the nation was fair set for chart wars, the battle between Oasis and Blur.

Both bands were coming off a year of success. Oasis were soon to follow up the splendid Definitely Maybe and Blur were going to issue the successor to the majestic Parklife. But, luv a dack, if they weren’t getting mad fer it by releasing the taster singles in the same week!

ELM holds its hands up now, as it did then, to not really understanding why you had to choose one or the other. I bought both. Blur, of course, won. ‘Country House’ was them at their most mockney, but it was a rollicking good song and captured the zeitgeist perfectly. They may have been helped by releasing two versions of their single, meaning saps like me bought both. They were also helped by the fact that Oasis released a pile of steaming shite called ‘Roll With It’.

Seriously, what is the point of it? It’s as insubstantial as Bobby Charlton’s hair, contains lyrics which, even by Noel’s standards, are really stupid and just seemed unbelievably pointless. The album it was coming from – (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory – was packed with great tunes. Hell, the b-side ‘Rocking Chair’ was better.

Oasis hadn’t quite jumped the shark – that would happen with Be Here Now a year later – but they certainly showed the first chink in their armour here.


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