#81 -- Hello

Album: (What's the Story) Morning Glory

Oasis opened their first headline at Glastonbury with this song back in 1995, and I must say it was appropriate. It borrows a riff from Gary Glitter’s (yeah, that guy) Good to be Back, which is enough to make it interesting if for nothing other than its very cheeky reference to one of the stupidest acts in music, which just happens to be leading off what certainly is one of the top 5 albums of the 1990’s. As a first track though, I think it’s a little weak, and it hardly stands up to the magic of the rest of the album.

#82 -- I Can See A Liar

Album: Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

I know a LOT of people that don’t like this song at all, but its not one I like to discount. It sounds like the Beatles (a little bit of Fool on the Hill, even) combined with the Sex Pistols. Liam does an average job belting out some pretty damn good lyrics (once again, in my opinion – I know a lot of people that hate them). Sure, they’re trite, but they fit. Still, not the best song on SOTSOG, but not the worst.

#83 -- Digsy's Dinner

Album: Definitely Maybe

Silly song about a silly man, but I love it. It wouldn’t be pure ‘90s brit rock without the inclusion of songs like this in your debut album. Buy the DM DVD for some candid talk with Digsy, and you’ll see why he makes such an impression. What a spaz. Still, being *the* Digsy has to get you somewhere with the (old, toothless, drunk) ladies.

#84 -- Force of Nature

Album: Heathen Chemistry

I don’t have shit to say about this song today. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Love, Honour & Obey, good lyrics, feels like its punching you in the face a hundred times in a row, blah, blah, blah, don’t like it as much as some others seem to.
In other news, the new single LYLA was played on Polish radio yesterday. I haven’t stopped listening to it since 5 o’clock yesterday. I love it. No, I LOVE it. Nice, safe, lead-off single like The Hindu Times, but quirky, catchy, has some damn musical substance, and it should sound awesome live. I’m bringing my pogo stick to MSG. (Note: when drunk, leaping around like you’re nuts is an acceptable substitute for an actual pogo stick)

(I'm not including any of the new songs in this countdown, before anyone asks, since it was started before the album release) If you want to read what I wrote about it last night, here you go.

#85 -- Alive (8 Track Demo)

Album: Shakermaker (single)

Noel’s come a long way as a songwriter, that’s for sure. This is one of the older songs Oasis has ever released (B-side or otherwise) and sounds appropriately musically immature – almost complimented by the 8 track sampling. I’m not sure what it means, or whether it’s even worth discussing – few tracks really showcase the evolution of Noel’s songwriting before it was really polished. This would certainly be a track not even worth mentioning had they attempted to produce it in the manner to which we’re accustomed and squeeze it into an album, but as it is, it’s a great early portrait of a young band about to explode.

#86 -- Hey Now!

Album: (What's the Story) Morning Glory

Not a bad tune, but to me, Hey Now! marks the first hint of diversion from the great rock tunes on Definitely Maybe and What’s the Story. In fact, Noel says, “This song is about being in a group. It´s a massive step forward for us. Some people are not going to like it, because they´re just going to want more songs like Cigarettes & Alcohol or Supersonic. The band has changed a lot and there´s a different vibe.”

Personally, I’m one of those people that wanted more songs like Cigarettes & Alcohol and Supersonic. Not that change is bad or anything, but sometimes the chords sound like they were borrowed from some lame 80s “soft rock” song. And anyway (and they made this faux pas with Gas Panic! too), songs with exclamation marks in their title should be exciting and kick your ass.

#87 -- Listen Up

Album: The Masterplan

I can’t be the only person that thinks the opening bars of this song sound almost exactly like Supersonic. The only thing I don’t like about this song is that it’s way out of Liam’s vocal range – he really strains to hit a couple of the notes (the word “leave” is particularly painful). Not much to say about the guitar work, but rather good lyrics (in my opinion, The Masterplan has the best lyrics of any Oasis album), and still a great b-side for Cigs & Alc, and a great choice for inclusion in The Masterplan.