Even if you were on the Blur side of the debate, you’re going to want to watch this film!
“It is a big question… and it deserves a big answer”. Noel Gallagher’s quest to explain how, in three short years, Oasis ruled the world and transcended music to become a cultural phenomenon.
Directed by Mat Whitecross, Supersonic is the rags-to-riches story about ignoring industry indifference to reap the ultimate rewards… before it all became too much.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the ball-achingly sweet trailer…
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With intimate (and frankly unbelievable) archive footage from the band’s early days, right through to their unprecedented success, mixed with present day narration from all the main players, Supesonic is as wild as you’d expect from a band that were always mad for it.
To get you nicely buzzin’, here are 22 little Supersonic snippets to whet the appetite of every Oasis superfan ahead of the big release this weekend.
1. Liam’s anecdote about how he got into music is ridiculous
As a teenager, he was “suspect” of music, until he took a hammer to the head in a fight and re-emerged obsessed with becoming a rock star.
Noel’s typically sharp one-liner response to this story is priceless.
2. Speaking of, the most prolific songwriter of his generation was sacked for being too lazy in his first job in music
Inspiral Carpets hired young Noel as a roadie and it didn’t end well, but the story is predictably brilliant.
Luckily, Mark Coyle was also shown the door, who Noel would take on as a producer for Oasis and who proved to be instrumental to their success.
3. The initial recording of Definitely Maybe sounded pretty awful
It played like a wedding band album… and not a good one. Fans who have never heard this specific recording will be in for a shock.
Enter a chap called Owen Morris to save the day and help create music history.
4. The childhood photo album is brought out and a couple of the pictures will definitely
maybe surprise you
The pictures of Noel, in particular, may cause you to choke on your popcorn.
5. The song choices throughout the documentary are absolutely spot on
From such a vast catalogue on offer, anything and everything would have been tempting, so setting the tone of each scene was the crucial.
With that in mind, the use of ‘Columbia’ is a particular goosebump-inducing highlight.
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6. Only one Oasis song from the post-Britpop era makes the cut and you’ll never guess which one
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7. The scene where Liam hears ‘Champagne Supernova’ for the very first time and nails it in one take is mesmerising
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He had a special incentive to get it done quickly, of course.
8. The band’s live reaction to one of the most famous Premier League moments in history is captured
… And every member of the band is happy, except one!
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9. The new Oasis roadie’s first day on the job involved a ferry trip to Amsterdam, a mass brawl, West Ham fans, the band’s incarceration and one very angry manager
That’s one way to show the new fella the ropes.
10. Liam does a mean impression of Boyzone backstage before a gig
11. Noel wrote the words to ‘Supersonic’ in the time it took the rest of the band to eat a Chinese takeaway
Tasty enough, to be fair.
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12. The gang accidentally took crystal meth thinking it was cocaine before going on stage in America
The shambolic performance is shown in the documentary and it’s quite something.
13. … This resulted in Noel going AWOL in the US for a few days, which inspired him to write this gem…
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14. The sound engineer was forced to quit because he was going deaf
Oasis’ performances became so vociferous and the volume so intense, Mark Coyle had to make a huge decision for health’s sake.
15. We learn that this was Noel’s first ever TV interview
Clearly, he needed to work on his confidence a bit here!
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That’s right up there with their first ever TV performance, on Mark Lamarr’s The Word.
16. The band’s treatment of original drummer Tony McCarroll is appalling and acts as the low point in the documentary
17. Their reaction to bassist Guigsy temporarily leaving the band is pretty ruthless as well
… His replacement, Scott McLeod, didn’t fare much better either.
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Still, he appeared in one of the most recognisable music videos ever made.
18. Their first trip to Japan compared to their maiden voyage in America couldn’t have been more differently received
Japanese fans worshipped the ground they walked on, but their US counterparts were fairly apathetic.
The contrast makes for fascinating viewing.
19. They single out their gigs in The Point in Dublin as being especially emotional thanks to their Irish roots
Here’s Noel appearing on The Late Late Show directly afterwards…
20. A very unwelcome figure from their past shows up in Dublin after these gigs and threatens to ruin the party
21. Noel credits his mother’s life-changing decision as his avenue into music
The regular beatings Noel received from his father growing up inspired the elder of the two brothers.
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We’re thankful he chose this path, as his songs have been the anthems for many a great occasion down the years.
22. You’ll be left equally inspired and shattered by the end
Whether it’s Noel admitting that Liam is cooler than him, sibling brawls involving baseball bats, or the sheer scale of their monumental rise, you’ll be belting out their classics all the way home after this emotional rollercoaster.
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Get seeing it, then. Before Noel gets angry…
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