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 .

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Epic CEK 66431 074646643129
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Epic EK 66431 074646643129
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis) 477318 2, HES 477318 2 5099747731822
Definitely Maybe 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Creation Records CRE LP 169 5017556301692
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Creation Records CRECD 169 5017556601693
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Epic EK 66431 074646643129
Definitely Maybe CD 13 Epic Records (use ONLY for releases by Japanese domestic artists!) ESCA 6045 4988010604523
Definitely Maybe 2×CD 11 + 3 Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis) HES 477318 2 9399747731829
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis) HES 477318 2 9399747731829
Definitely Maybe 2×CD 11 + 1 Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis) HES 477318 6 5099747731860
Definitely Maybe CD 11 Big Brother Recordings RKIDCD 006 5055019600623
Definitely Maybe (unknown) 16 Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd. SCD-1157A
Definitely Maybe DVD-Video 24 Helter Skelter (Sony subsidiary used for European releases by Oasis) HES 202597 5 5099720259756
Definitely Maybe DualDisc 11 Epic EN 94573 827969457320
Definitely Maybe (limited edition) CD 13 Epic EICP-690 4547366027570
Definitely Maybe 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Big Brother Recordings RKIDLP006X 5051961006018
Definitely Maybe CD 13 4547366215816
Definitely Maybe 3×CD 13 + 16 + 17 Big Brother Recordings SICP 4110~2 4547366215823
Definitely Maybe 3×CD 11 + 16 + 17 Big Brother Recordings RKIDCD70X 5051961070002
Definitely Maybe 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Big Brother Recordings RKIDLP70 5051961070019
Definitely Maybe 3×Digital Media 11 + 16 + 17 Big Brother Recordings

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Live Forever
Rock ’n’ Roll Star
Whatever
part of: Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 30)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1995)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000117851 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/52255 [info]
Wikidata: Q328993 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Oasis:Definitely_Maybe_(1994) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/O/Oasis/Discography/Definitely_Maybe/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/oasis/definitely_maybe/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/21008 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/w4xm [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.