It's been a busy few weeks in the world of Oasis - well, relatively speaking. While the defunct Britpoppers are still refusing to reunite, news has emerged of a new definitive 'Definitely Maybe' boxset and London exhibition commemorating the album's anniversary. Liam Gallagher may not be on board with all these anniversary plans but we certainly are - which is why this week's Quiz This It is about all things Oasis. Think you know your Bonehead from your 'Be Here Now'?
Thursday at SXSW saw everything from Danish revelations to Orange County punks and Perfect Pussy, who played a bridge at 2am and ended it by chucking their bass in the river. Here's NME's Barry Nicolson and Jenn Five to tell you more... BN: "My Thursday begins with a flurry of emails and text messages from friends, relatives and colleagues asking if I’m OK. For a moment, I’m indignant - just how drunk do they think I was last night? - but I soon discover the extent of the tragedy at Red River street, which I hadn’t known the night before.
Tony Benn is dead at 88, and for many it feels like the last great gentleman of British politics has passed on. With him goes a certain honesty and honour that's difficult to locate in many of the preening, polished, disingenuous new breed of politicians that inhabit the House of Commons these days. Until today it seemed feasible that Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn would go on forever such was his vitality and energy, but alas he is gone, and coming on the heels of Bob Crow’s untimely demise, it could be judged to be a disastrous week for the left.
We're listening to the newly remastered Oasis albums in the NME office today (Sorry, Liam) and thinking about the best and worst Oasis lyrics. Though Noel Gallagher knows how to pen a great verse, there's more than a few absolute stinkers in the Oasis canon. Here's some favourites just from 'Supersonic': "You make me laugh. Give me your autograph" "I know a girl called Elsa.
While much of Austin is waking up and taking stock of last nights terrible car accident, the festival itself is very much still moving forward. There's undoubtedly a sombre mood downtown, but at the press conference with mayor Lee Leffingwell this morning, the message was clear: this city prides itself on community, and the fact so many people pulled together last night is a testament to that.