Oasis Supersonic (2016)
Executive producers Liam and Noel Gallagher
As part of the 2016 British Film Festival which is currently on at Palace Cinemas in Adelaide, Oasis Supersonic makes its Australian premiere.
The documentary commences with a glimpse of their pinnacle concert and then heads back to three years earlier to highlight how Oasis was born.
We learn how the band name was chosen, the way in which the band members were chosen, how they keep playing gigs in their home town of Manchester but never get noticed.
It goes on to show that their big break into the music industry was a gig at Glasgow where they cheekily snuck in as a support act and were signed on by Creative records that very night and the rest is now history.
What the earlier part of the documentary also showed was Noel and Liam’s personal upbringing. Noel as the older brother found that the limelight was much more on Liam when they were both little which explains the resentment he had for his little brother. Their mum Peggie was a strong woman who the brothers loved dearly and appreciated even more with the horrible upbringing Noel encountered with their dad. The dad would come back into the documentary later on but we won’t spoil things. On a much lighter note, we would learn that they loved football which was a big passion of their apart from music.
Their first song released was Supersonic which finally got the Oasis name out there. Interviews and tours commenced from there. Their first ever tour of the US was a disaster caused by excess crystal meth consumption.
On the other extreme, their first ever tour of Japan, Tokyo specifically, was totally manic with fans over there going crazy about seeing the band members in person.
Their first breakthrough song was Champagne Supernova. And from there, it was champagne hit (pardon the punt) after another. We learn that Noel has an amazing talent for song writing and the ability to write 5 new songs over 5 days. While Liam had an extraordinary talent to do vocals perfectly the first time when singing the songs written by his older brother.
Oasis was also not big on awards unless they were voted for by their fans. They were brash as evident by calling the late Michael Hutchence a has been live at the Brit Awards. And they were not happy with the way the music industry was as corporate as their success reached lofty heights.
But Oasis had one amazing connection with its fans where they made them all feel so happy. This was true fan passion where they were not swayed by internet age followers which happen in the current era.
And as the documentary finishes at their ultimate pinnacle of playing back to back concerts at Knebworth in August 1996 to 250,000 people (2.5 million applied for tickets), they had reached amazing heights in such a short time, and can be truly said that they were one of the best rock and roll bands in the world.