Book Review: 33 1/3 Definitely Maybe by Alex Niven

Let’s establish one thing from the outset: In no way will this review be unbiased. As someone who has spent the past eighteen years studying the career trajectory of Oasis and the post-breakup albums of the band members, and as someone who is hopelessly indulgent when it comes to the arrogance of Noel Gallagher, it is through these filters that I read Alex Niven’s contribution to the 33 1/3 book series, his examination of Oasis’ 1994 debut, Definitely Maybe.

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Record Machine: “Falling Down (A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind)” by Oasis and Amorphous Androgynous

With this week marking the 20th anniversary of Oasis’ Definitely Maybe arriving in the world, I needed even less minimal encouragement to talk once more about the band. Because I do not own that outstanding album on vinyl, and because I’d need a book-length space (á la 33 1/3 Books) to fully articulate my thoughts, instead let’s turn our attention to Oasis’ last single, this surreal Amorphous Androgynous remix of the Noel Gallagher-sung “Falling Down.”

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Record Machine: “Little By Little” and “She is Love” by Oasis

Have I really not mentioned any Oasis records yet? Goodness, let us remedy that at once!

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Record Machine: “The Roller” by Beady Eye, Limited Edition Single

Friends, I can’t help it – if one of my favorite musicians puts out a limited edition or otherwise rare piece of music, I am compelled to buy it. Yes, sometimes those special releases are beyond personal affordability, but when Beady Eye released their single “The Roller” as a numbered 7″, I had to own it.

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30 Years of Music: 2011

2011 became the year when so many of my favorites decided to have new releases, and it became a very happy listening time. In some ways, it’s difficult to say which song from the following fifteen is my favorite, but once you reach the end, it will be obvious to anyone who has followed my music writing. Still, play all these songs and enjoy. I hope you love them.

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30 Years of Music: 2008

2008 was a pretty outstanding year for music, filled with a lot of my old favorites and also debuts from musicians with which I fell in love. Get your singalong voice ready, for it is time to attend Rock ‘n Roll Church.

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