Rioteers Review

RR04 – Oasis – Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

At the turn of the 21st century, Oasis were still riding high after the release of Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. Even self-indulgent, bloated third album Be Here Now garnered mainly positive responses upon its release in 1997 and became the fastest-selling album in British chart history, shifting 424,000 copies on the first day of its release.

By the time the band’s fourth album, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants was released, critical appraisal had turned to sniping in an attempt to bring down a band who had simply become too big to fail … well, in the UK at least. Steve and Remfry discuss whether the album deserves the critical drubbing it received, the myth (often perpetuated by the Gallagher brothers themselves) that they were the biggest band in the world and the time Remfry was almost fired from The Independent for calling Liam Gallagher the c-word.

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