Cover of Oasis album Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants
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Oasis’ ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ Redux

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I’ve been chewing over writing this post for a while, and what with Liam back in the game, now’s as good a time as any.  We’re going to improve Oasis’ 2000 album Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants.

The 1997 album Be Here Now is rightly considered a stinker – not least by Noel Gallagher.  It’s the sound of a coke-addled band with too much studio time on their hands writing sub-par songs, and it doesn’t hold a candle near the band’s first two albums. This you know.

Maybe that’s why when the follow-up was released, critically and commercially it was received with a large dose of “Meh”.  The recording sessions had been protracted, Bonehead and Guigsy had left the band, and Oasis were working with a new producer in Mark Stent.  It’s certainly has a reputation as one of the lesser albums in the Oasis canon, but a little tinkering under the hood will fix that.

Firstly, we need to improve the cover.  The image is a great one.  The text is terrible.  The band ditched their iconic logo…….

……and replaced it with this:

Yok.  Looks like it was designed in five minutes by an intern.

So what if we reinstated the classic logo:

Doesn’t that look like a far more inviting Oasis album cover?  It immediately brings your mind back to the covers of their classic singles and first 3 albums.  Don’t ditch an iconic logo!  Iron Maiden haven’t, Metallica haven’t, and Aerosmith haven’t.

Now onto the music.

Truth be told, there’s not that much wrong with the music.  Here’s the original tracklist:

  1. Fuckin’ In The Bushes
  2. Go Let It Out
  3. Who Feels Love
  4. Put Yer Money Where Your Mouth Is
  5. Little James
  6. Gas Panic!
  7. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
  8. Sunday Morning Call
  9. I Can See A Liar
  10. Roll It Over

Ok, so ‘Little James’, ‘I Can See A Liar’ and ‘Roll It Over’ are muck.  Agreed?  Good. Let’s get rid.

In their stead, we’ll put BOTH B-Sides from the album’s lead single ‘Go Let It Out’, namely ‘Let’s All Make Believe’ and ‘(As Long As They’ve Got) Cigarettes In Hell’, and we’ll re-jig the tracklist.  Ready?

Side A

  1. Go Let It Out
  2. Gas Panic!
  3. Put Yer Money Where Your Mouth Is
  4. (As Long As They’ve Got) Cigarettes In Hell
  5. Fuckin’ In The Bushes

Side B

  1. Who Feels Love
  2. Sunday Morning Call
  3. Where Did It all Go Wrong?
  4. Let’s All Make Believe

There y’go, classic Oasis album.  I was going to flip the order of ‘Let’s All Make Believe’ and ‘Sunday Morning Call’, but realistically, would Noel ever get the last word vocally on as Oasis record?  Nah.

And here’s what it sounds like:

There are loads of albums that can be improved like this.  We’ll do it again soon.