I remember the summer day when I went on my a visit to the college that I was to attend. I walked around campus, talked with some advisors, took a tour, and then hit the small college town in the afternoon . First, I went to a coffeshop that wreaked of hippys, and had been there since the early 1960′s virtually unchanged. I would frequent it quite often over the course of the next four years. I also wandered my way into a record shop. No, it was not one of those headshop/music stores. It was a music store. They had vinly,45′s bootleg albums, import albums…the works. It was a site to behold.
The record shop also had a second-floor. On the second floor they had T-shirts, movies, and posters. I stopped and flipped through the posters, hoping to find something to adorn my soon-to-be dorm room walls. As I flipped through I came across an Oasis poster. It had what looked to be a crane shot of the band performing. On the left-hand side there was writing with what looked to be a dictionary entry.
Here’s is something along the lines of what that entry said.
Oasis: (noun) 1. British musical rock and roll group. 2. What The Beatles would have sounded like if they were making music today.
I read it in disgusted, and instead opted for the door-sized Sgt. Pepper poster as the first decoration for my dorm room to be. Imagine the gaul it took to create that poster. I have never seen that poster since that brief encounter in 1996. Just for nostalgia’s sake I’ve been trying to find it with periodic stops into indie music stores, and ebay searches to no avail. Imagine the nerve of those Oasis boys.
Here’s what we’ve read.
Sir Paul McCartney laughed off Oasis’ claims they would be “bigger than The Beatles”. The Fab Four legend pities musicians who try to compete with The Beatles’ success.
Paul told Newsweek magazine: “When they started out, Oasis boasted that they were going to be bigger than The Beatles. And I felt sorry for them. It’s a prediction that just doesn’t come true. It’s a fatal prediction. I sort of sit back and go, ‘Good luck, son.’”
The 64-year-old recently released “Memory Almost Full,” his first album with Starbucks’ Hear Music label.
The Beatles, who also comprised John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, became one of the most famous bands of all time after shooting to fame in the ’60s.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the group, who hail from Liverpool, are the biggest selling musical act ever in the U.S. Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher constantly name The Beatles as one of their big musical influences.
Noel said: “If you’re not in it to be bigger than The Beatles, it’s just a hobby.”