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“Britpop didn’t really impact hugely in the States, but in England in the early ‘90s, bands like Blur and Oasis were our bands. I was away at university, and it was a really exciting time. Guitar music had been rejuvenated; it had been in the doldrums – in England, at least. In the States, there was Nirvana and the whole grunge thing, but we didn’t quite own that.
“I listen back now to a lot of it, and it’s not great stuff – some of it is mediocre – but at the time, there was a whole groundswell of excitement. Tony Blair was getting into power, long before he sort of disillusioned a lot of people, and he was inviting Oasis to tea at Number 10 Downing Street. There was a feeling that it was our scene: We’d missed punk and The Beatles and other things, so this was our moment.
“Oasis were like my discovery. I’d heard them on the radio doing their early sessions and bought their first records before anybody had ever heard of them. During my first few weeks at university, I heard that they were playing another university nearby, and so I persuaded two guys I didn’t know very well to come along, which they did but rather reluctantly.
“And Oasis were electrifying. They were so good in this tiny little room: Liam Gallagher, the frontman, was just cocky and confident and defiant; he stared the audience down, as if he were already a superstar. By the end of the night, my new friends were buying posters and T-shirts – I’d never seen people won over so quickly, during the course of a 45-minute set.
“This is one of the few times, maybe the only time, when I’d been there at the beginning of something. I’m including Definitely Maybe on the list, but what’s funny is, by the time the record came out, I’d slightly burned through my love for the band. You saw that everybody was into them, whereas you remember being there first. It kind of changes things.”