Oasis In Their Own Words sounds like an intriguing documentary for a band who have been going for over 20 years, albeit in rather split form of late as brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher went their separate musical ways with Beady Eye and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, respectively, so when I heard about this documentary on BBC iPlayer, I assumed it would run for approximately 90 minutes. It lasts 28. That’s disappointment number one.
It’s mostly soundbites portraying ‘Noel vs Liam’, such as early on when the interview asks: “When is Noel wrong?”, to which Liam replies: “When I’m right.” Noel states they’re not an overnight success, even though it may look like that to us, as they’ve been slogging it for three-and-a-half years The battle between Blur and Oasis when it was either Oasis’ Roll With It, or Blur’s Country House. In the end, Blur took it.
These are interspersed with music clips from Top of the Pops, Later with Jools Holland, et al, although there was no Wonderwall, one of their biggest hits, and a track I couldn’t stand for years until I saw 2014’s French drama Mommy, and there it clicked.
Oasis In Their Own Words has some interesting clips – mostly from the ’90s but a few in the 2000-2010 decade, but no new footage, so at first, I wasn’t really sure why it was made. Then I saw there’s a new film coming out in the cinema on October 2nd: Supersonic, an official Oasis documentary, so while this is free, it still comes across as a cheap ‘cash-in’.
Oasis In Their Own Words is available now on BBC iPlayer, up until October 30th, and click on the top image in this review for the full-size version.
If you’re new to Oasis, check out their ‘Best Of’ CD, Time Flies, on Amazon.
Producer: Laura Hartley
Executive Producer: Mark Cooper
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