I bought this record on the 10th of august, 2015. I remember it vividly because I was at the Summer Well festival in Bucharest. I had just bought a turntable and was in the works with putting together my audio system. Walking idly around the festival grounds, I ran across a pop-up record shop. I randomly took a look inside and there it was, staring at me. This beautiful striped record cover. I knew it by heart. I had listened to the album (released earlier that year), tens, maybe hundreds of times. I bought it then and there. I knew that for the first half of 2015, this had been the best selling vinyl record, not to mention that all his singles released on vinyl were also at the top. I had been a regular-level Oasis fan in my childhood and teenage years.
Ever since I was maybe 8 years old, after school, I used to come home, turn the TV on MTV and watch all afternoon. Oasis, and especially ‘Wonderwall’, was on all the time back then. This was happening in a time when vinyl had gone downstream and even my father had stopped playing his vinyl collection. Everyone was switching to digital. Then, about ten years ago, things started to get really serious with me and music. I started digging really deep into the Oasis back catalogue and my love for the band turned from regular-level to down right obsessed. That was about the time they split up and formed NGHFB and BE.
I’ve always been much more on the Noel side of things. Over time, he has become one of my top 3 songwriters. His music is beautiful. It is honest. It is raw. It is unpretentious. It soothes, it heals, it gives me hope and lets me dream. It lifts me up when life gets tough. It is pure rock and roll that has shaped generations and changed the history of music forever. He is one of my favourite humans!