25 years ago, the biggest rock band in the world put out an album. It is the year 1997. Where were you when Oasis kept going up?
For Americans who liked the band Oasis, 1997 should have been the year when the Gallagher brothers were at their biggest. The seven-minute-and-42-second-
long anthem "D'You Know What I Mean?" was the first single from Be Here Now. In 1995, Oasis ended their critically acclaimed album What's the Story?
(Morning Glory) with "Champagne Supernova," a seven-minute long epic. So, there wasn't much difference between Oasis in 1995 and Oasis in 1997. In 1995,
they put the really long, epic song at the end of the album. But, Be Here Now had to be bigger, and for Oasis in '97, bigger meant longer. The first song on Be
Here Now is over seven minutes long, and "All Around the World," the tenth track, is nine minutes long. In 1997, Oasis thought, "Why not start with an epic and
end with an epic?" And while we're at it, how about a few songs in the middle that are almost seven minutes long? On August 21, 1997, Be Here Now came out.
That was 25 years ago. Almost everyone who doesn't like Oasis thinks this album is just as annoying as any other album by the band. If you were a casual fan and of a certain age,
"Do You Know What I Mean?" was probably played a lot on MTV. That's the one with the helicopters, where brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher look like they're playing a concert
for extras from the movie V for Vendetta. Even though most Oasis music videos are notoriously bad (so bad that Noel Gallagher went MST3K on a few of them, which was hilarious),