Definitely Maybe

~ Release group by Oasis

Annotation

US and Canadian editions contain a typo for track 9, listed as "Digsy's Diner".

Annotation last modified on 2014-07-03 23:16 UTC.

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • GB1994-08-29
Creation RecordsCRE CD 1695017556601693
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • CA1994-08-30
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 66431074646643129
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • CA1994-08-30
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CEK 66431074646643129
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • XE1994-08-30
Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis)477318 2, HES 477318 25099747731822
Definitely MaybeOasis2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
  • GB1994-08-30
Creation RecordsCRE LP 1695017556301692
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • GB1994-08-30
Creation RecordsCRE CD 1695017556601693
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • US1994-08-31
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 66431074646643129
Definitely MaybeOasisCD13
  • JP1994-09-08
Epic Records (J-Pop label, established 1978; use ONLY for releases by Japanese domestic artists after 2001!)ESCA 60454988010604523
Definitely MaybeOasis2×CD11 + 3
Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis)HES 477318 29399747731829
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis)HES 477318 29399747731829
Definitely MaybeOasis2×CD11 + 1
Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis)HES 477318 65099747731860
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
Big BrotherRKIDCD 0065055019600623
Definitely MaybeOasisHDCD16
Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd.SCD-1157A
Definitely MaybeOasisDVD-Video24
  • -2004
Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis)HES 202597 55099720259756
Definitely MaybeOasisDualDisc11
  • US2005-05-17
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EN 94573827969457320
Definitely Maybe (limited edition)OasisCD13
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EICP-6904547366027570
Definitely MaybeOasis2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
  • GB2009-08-04
Big BrotherRKIDLP006X5051961006018
Definitely MaybeOasisCD11
  • -2009
Big Brother2516149093624981855
Definitely MaybeOasisCD13
  • JP2014-05-14
4547366215816
Definitely MaybeOasis3×CD13 + 16 + 17
  • JP2014-05-14
Big BrotherSICP 4110~24547366215823
Definitely MaybeOasis3×CD11 + 16 + 17
  • GB2014-05-18
Big BrotherRKIDCD70X5051961070002
Definitely MaybeOasis2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
  • US2014-05-27
Big BrotherRKIDLP705051961070019
Definitely MaybeOasis3×Digital Media11 + 16 + 17
  • XW2014-06-10
Big Brother

Relationships

mash-ups:Definitely Mashed by Chocomang
associated singles/EPs:Live Forever
Rock ’n’ Roll Star
Whatever
part of:The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 21) (order: 21)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 30) (order: 30)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1995) (order: 34)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 35) (order: 35)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 217) (order: 217)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/52255 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/w4xm [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/O/Oasis/Discography/Definitely_Maybe/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/21008 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/oasis/definitely_maybe/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000117851 [info]
Wikidata:Q328993 [info]

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In August 1994, just a few months after Kurt Cobain killed himself (and the grunge movement that he'd become the reluctant figurehead of), Oasis' debut Definitely Maybe was released.

To put this seismic attitude shift into perspective: Kurt's working title for the final Nirvana album, In Utero, was I Hate Myself And I Want To Die. Definitely Maybe's most popular song is called Live Forever.

So how did two punters from Burnage, an unremarkable area of Manchester, become so famous? Despite the fact that the second album, (What's the Story?) Morning Glory, sold more copies and propelled them to tabloid superstardom and 10 Downing Street, the answers are all here.

The album kicks off with Rock 'n' Roll Star, which Noel has since said was the end of everything he wanted to say as a songwriter. He's right in a sense, as it's easily one of the greatest songs about being up on stage ever written. On arguably Liam's greatest ever vocal performance he goads all-comers with: "You're not down with who I am / Look at you now you're all in my hands tonight." And that's without even considering the attendant guitar riffs that snag your brain like barbed wire on your best jumper. If you've got a mate or relative who's having a bad time of it, play them this, then watch them grow 10 feet tall and walk down the street like they rule the whole world.

Although at this point it's easy to imagine the faces of every other British band of the time sadly searching the classifieds for a new vocation, there are still 10 more tracks left. How about Supersonic, a sky-scraping anthem about individuality adopted by the masses? Or Cigarettes and Alcohol, a brash T Rex paean to hedonism? Or Bring It On Down, a non-stop, no-messing punk stomp to certain death or glory?

It's easy to trot out the tired argument that these Mancs don't have the power of The Stone Roses or The Smiths because the songs don't have the wistful, melancholic air that one comes to expect from songs emerging from that rainy Lancashire city. Is it true to say "It's just Beatles songwriting with Sex Pistols attitude"? Maybe. But have these songs transcended the Conservative-greyed and Britpop-glossed years in which they became public property to become heroic, gigantic pop monuments in their own right? Definitely.