This week Oasis re-issued their seminal 1995 sophomore album “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” in a super awesome deluxe edition set featuring b-sides, demos and live tracks. The album itself celebrates 19 years today since its release on Oct 2.
How time flies. You see, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory)” isn’t just an album for me; it’s part of who I am.
Back in 1995, the life of 12 year old Nick Cino was changed forever when I first heard “Champagne Supernova” on the radio. I had never heard of Oasis, but I had just stumbled upon my first real musical obsession. Between that song and “Wonderwall”, I was convinced enough to purchase (What’s The Story) Morning Glory on CD at the Eaton Centre in Toronto. Little did I know that when I popped the CD in, that a wave of classics would come rolling out. We all know the hits – “Wonderwall”, “Champagne Supernova”, “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, “Roll With It”, “Some Might Say”, “Morning Glory”. But then there’s the album tracks, instant classics like the album opener “Hello” and “Hey Now”; the emotional “Cast No Shadow” and of course, the unforgettable “She’s Electric” (can I be electric too?!). Each tune as irreplaceable as the last.
On top of the album, however, you can’t forget the unbelievable b-sides that really make up a companion record to “Morning Glory”: songs like “Acquiesce”, “The Masterplan”, “Round Are Way”, “Step Out”, “Rockin’ Chair” and “Talk Tonight”. The b-sides alone could make up a monster album to rival the main beast itself. Most people remember Oasis for the fighting between the Gallagher brothers but they often forget that they wrote some pretty great songs.
Being a slightly awkward, nerdy 12 year old at the time, this album made me feel like I could do anything; it ignited my love for rock ‘n’ roll and it inspired me to pick up a guitar. For some it was “Zeppelin II” or “Nevermind”, but “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?” was my gateway drug into both Oasis and rock ‘n’ roll in general. My parents like to remind me how much I used to sing “Champagne Supernova” when I was in the shower as a kid, and I loved every minute of it! And I’m sure I’ll keep singing it in the shower for years to come.
My favourite track from the album is “Some Might Say”:
You can purchase the deluxe edition of the album here.