Check the front of each of them in WHSmith to see who’s in it this week and make your purchase accordingly – unless you were feeling flush, in which case buy both.
This is the original 1993 Oasis Live Demonstration Tape – one of the few! This is the real deal, it is not one of the recent promo tapes that Oasis issued to promote the anniversary re-issue of Definitely Maybe.
This is a small snapshot of my Oasis postcard collection from the 1990’s.
These postcards were sent to fans announcing upcoming releases, limited editions and tour dates.
In any record purchased, there was a little card for you to send off with your details filled in, and I can remember the return mailing address even now; Alveston Place, Lemington Spa, Warwickshire!
For many years I had these framed, as to me, in this period, this was an extra piece of Oasis artwork and memorabilia, that felt a bit special.
It was always great coming home to one of these postcards on the doormat, certainly more exciting than the email notifications we get nowadays, something to be collected, not instantly deleted.
Ah, the good old school mailing lists…..!
The Britpop era was also the heyday of Blair’s ‘New Labour’, and nobody will forget Noel Gallagher and head of Creation Records Alan McGee attending a celebrity studded drinks party at 10 Downing Street.
One month back in 1997, instead of receiving a prized postcard, we were sent Labour party policies through the post.
I found out years later that a deal must have been struck between New Labour and Creation Records, for their Oasis mailing lists.
These were used to reach out to us, a legion of potential new voters.
After all, we had already seen our heroes supporting the cause.
Hats off to Alastair Campbell for a good piece of spin with that idea….the rest, as they say, is history!
Battered badge, first album gig ticket (’84) and a piece of mozza’s shirt from the farewell gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (’88)
I remember listening to Blur’s album ‘Leisure’ on the coach on this school trip in 1995, The tracksuit top was from an amazing sports shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight called Don’s Sports. A friend’s mum worked there and had noticed me wearing vintage sportswear, before announcing that they had loads of dead stock upstairs in the stock room from the 70s. I think they sold it all by the end of the year!
This is a mixtape I made in roughly 1997, featuring Alanis Morrissette and Blur. I spent hours making these tapes after school, often with recorded inserts in between songs featuring messages for my friends and specially dedicated songs.
December 21st 1988 , my friend Noel Gallagher came to an audition for the role as lead singer with my band Inspiral Carpets, the audition was unsuccessful, but the eager Gallagher began to help out as an unpaid roadie, that developed into a full time job for him, working in our office and also travelling the world with us on tour.
A friend of mine lived next to Noel in the city centre India House flats, he told me Noel must have joined a band as he was seen leaving the flat every night with his guitar, Noel had kept this quiet from us, but when quizzed, he came clean and told us that he had joined his brothers band ‘Oasis’, who had in fact taken their name from an Inspiral Carpets tour poster (also to be found on here).
We found out Oasis had a gig booked at The Boardwalk, we couldn’t miss the chance of finally seeing Noel on stage performing for the first time, me and a some other members of the Inspiral Carpets went to see them play, I’d say there was at most 20 people in the audience that night.
They opened with a loop of ‘Columbia’, the first song Noel had presented to the band, even then he hadn’t penned any lyrics for it, I remember they did a cover of dance track by Cartouche called ‘Feel The Groove’ they called it ‘Better Let You Know’ they also played an acoustic track called ‘Life in Vain’ Noel said he thought the title of the track sounded too depressing, on the track listing he changed the title to the misspelt ‘Accoustic’.
Noel got Inspiral Carpets sound man Mark Coyle to record the gig direct from the mixing desk, producing a good quality live recording, (Mark went on to produce Definitely Maybe).
Shortly after the gig Noel was copying some cassettes in our offices to give out to the music industry, he kindly gave me a copy, its been hand decorated with highlighter and marker pen.
The track listing:
A Bit Of Columbia
Must Be The Music
Accoustic (sic) AKA. Life In Vain
Arkayla (sic) AKA. I Will Show You
Better Let You Know (cover version)
Take Me (Demo Autumn 91)
The last track ‘Take Me’ was taken from a demo recording in 1991 (it’s unsure if Noel played on this), Noel was said to be unhappy with this, therefore that recording never fully seen the light of day, so this live demo cassette tape has become known as the first ever recording with Noel in the band.
Craig Gill, 2015
This is still my favourite ever gig. I was 17 and remember arriving outside seeing a sea of people in brown cords and tracksuit tops and understanding for the first time what a tribe was. We got right to the front (you can see us fleetingly in the video) and it was absolutely amazing. Supergrass, Corduroy and Pulp supported. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be able to top it.
I like to tell people Blur was my first live gig (I fear that Five beat them to the bush, by about three weeks – I was just accompanying a friend, honest!) But Blur was definitely the first gig I loved, the first gig I sweated at, the first gig at which I bought a knock off t shirt on my way home.
I remember going with my brother and cousins, and going on my cousin’s shoulders, and being so excited to see Damon et al on stage and then queuing for the tube home and buying this t shirt. I then wore it for most of the next two years, cutting the neck and sleeves off of course.