- 24 Oct 16
They may be the Kings Of Britpop, but Oasis’ roots lie firmly in Ireland. As the band’s Supersonic documentary hits the big-screen, Stuart Clark, relives the magical moments Hot Press has had with the Gallaghers.
Legendary Hot Press-er George Byrne once opined that, “Oasis are the greatest Irish band ever… after The Smiths.”
I doubt that went down too well with the folks at Comhaltas Ceolteorí Eireann, but he had a point with all of the original members eligible to play for Jack Charlton under the grandparent rule.
“It’s pretty complicated this,” Noel reflected when our paths first crossed backstage at Slane ’95 where Oasis had just comprehensively blown REM off stage. “I was born in England – and part of me is definitely English – but my parents are Irish and as a kid I went to Catholic primary and secondary schools with all the influences and pressures on me that that suggests. I wasn’t college material, so I went straight onto the building-sites and half the people alongside me were middle-aged fellows from Cork and Dublin. And because I wasn’t spoonfed the ‘we had an Empire and won two World Wars’ bullshit, I was able to see the part of the British character that’s ugly and domineering.