Early in a new documentary about the impact of Oasis‘ debut album Definitely Maybe, one of the talking heads, Stone Roses bassist Mani, says, “It’s probably the second-best debut album of all time – next to mine.” That sort of sarcastic, prideful humor, which came part and parcel with Britrock’s soaring melodies and heart-on-sleeve lyrics in the early Nineties, imbues the film, which has been broken into seven parts for daily debuts this week on Vevo; the first two are streaming now. It contains interviews with Liam and Noel Gallagher and other Oasis members, their manager, members of the Real People and more, as well as footage from the group’s first interview.
The documentary outlines the album’s history, tracing Liam Gallagher’s haughty, early declaration that he’s a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” to actually becoming one. The talking heads go through the album track by track, offering insights into how they were made. For instance, the line in “Shakermaker” about buying LPs at the Manchester record shop Shifter was written in the spur of the moment on the way to the studio, after Noel and Liam literally went record shopping.
The documentary leads up to the release of a deluxe reissue of Definitely Maybe, which, in its most extravagant configuration, includes their demo tape, live tracks and other rare recordings from the group’s salad days. It’s the first in a series of three reissues that will include 1995’s What’s the Story (Morning Glory?) and 1997’s Be Here Now later this year.
Although he appears in the documentary, Liam Gallagher has asked fans not to support the Definitely Maybe reissue. “HOW CAN YOU REMASTER SOMETHING THAT’S ALREADY [BEEN] MASTERED,” he wrote in a tweet. “DON’T BUY INTO IT. LET IT BE.”