Cigarettes & Alcohol was released on 10 October 1994 – so the best song ever turns 20 years old today.
I’ve tried a few approaches in drafting this post but I can’t take myself seriously as a music critic, so here goes:
THIS SONG FUCKING ROCKS.
I used to actually stop myself from listening to Oasis on the morning of exams when I was at school, because I lost motivation if I had lines like: “Is it worth the aggravation / To find yourself a job when there’s nothing worth working for” going round my head.
Twenty years later it has a different meaning for me. Now I hear “You gotta make it happen” on repeat after listening to it, and this weekend when it came on my headphones as I got close to a half marathon finish, I got a proper rush and burned up the hill to the line.
To celebrate the song’s birthday in my own little way, I wanted to share a side project with you.
I’ve been working on a directory site for all the Oasis B-sides, because I really believe that some of the stuff that didn’t make the early albums is 10x better than most of the top-charting singles from the same era.
I’ve only added the Definitely Maybe B-sides so far, but here are three absolute tunes to start off with:
Cloudburst – moody rocker, builds like a thunderstorm
D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman? – acoustic sing-song with a wistful message
I Will Believe (Live) – simple simple simple demo-style tune, great riff, very early recording
And finally – here’s the link to the prototype site:
oasisbsides.com (URL headshot baby!)
It’s still in alpha, so please do send me your thoughts. And more importantly: discover and enjoy!