Oasis – Roll It Over
January 27, 2020
Oasis skyrocketed to fame with their debut record, Definitely Maybe, in 1994. They quickly became one of the biggest rock bands in the world with a string of massive hits, including “Supersonic,” “Live Forever,” and “Cigarettes & Alcohol.” With their sophomore album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis delivered another record-breaking album. It showed off a softer side of the band with songs like “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and the quintessential acoustic-based “Wonderwall.” These tracks were all thanks to guitarist Noel Gallagher, the band’s sole songwriter.
When he joined Oasis, Noel shared the stockpile of songs he had been writing. These tracks provided nearly all the material for the band’s first three albums and the beloved b-sides collection, 1998’s The Masterplan. When Oasis convened to make their fourth record, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, it was the first time Noel had to compose new tracks from scratch. Further complicating the recording, guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs and bassist Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan left the band during the sessions, forcing Noel to record all the guitar and bass parts for the album. These struggles were in addition to the difficulties in working with his brother, lead singer Liam Gallagher, a relationship fraught with hostilities that would bring an end to the band years later.
Scott discusses how “Roll It Over” would likely resonate with fans of “Champagne Supernova,” the classic closer from (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? while Jason ponders how the lyrics seem to be Noel accepting whatever the future holds for Oasis.
Oasis is one of Scott’s favorite bands. He shares that he loves how Oasis was unapologetically committed to achieving fame, desiring to play stadiums packed with fans yearning for loud, bombastic rock songs. While Jason is a more casual Oasis fan, he finds Standing on the Shoulder of Giants on par with the band’s more beloved records, particularly appreciating the more experimental qualities of the record that give it a psychedelic touch.