This month marks two anniversaries in the world of Oasis. Twenty-five years ago today (August 29), the band released its debut album, Definitely Maybe. And it was ten years ago Wednesday (August 28) that the band broke up before a show in Paris.
So, yes, it’s been a decade of speculating when Oasis might reform. But when I spoke with Noel earlier this month, there was no mistaking that the man was happy and very comfortable with the way his life has turned out. He acknowledges that he’s got more money than he’ll ever spend, is able to indulge in whatever music he chooses, and basically lives a charmed life. I got the distinct impression that he views an Oasis reunion as far more trouble than it’s worth.
Liam, on the other hand, is a different case. Noel was the chief songwriter, so the lion’s share of Oasis royalties goes to him. Liam’s Pretty Green clothing company has run into big financial trouble. He’ll be paying for a series of divorces for years. There’s child support. None of his solo albums have set the world on fire. And while he continues to attract fans to his gigs, they’re tiny compared to the crowds that Oasis used to draw.
In short, Liam isn’t nearly well off as his older brother. He could certainly use an Oasis reunion for the cash.
This brings us to the new video for “One of Us,” a single from his upcoming solo album Why Me? Why Not (due September 20.)
It’s a pretty nostalgic thing that pretty much screams for the band to get back together. Note the visuals of family photos and shots of Manchester along with like “You said we’d live forever .”
Will Noel take the bait? Based on what I heard from him, there’s no way. None.