Oasis – Heathen Chemistry

The Preamble:

I could hear Mike from here, yelling “WTF is Aaron doing writing about Oasis??? He HATES those guys!” So let’s all take a minute and let him get up off the floor and let his heart slow down a bit.

We all good? OK, let’s see what this is all about.

You see, I find CDs for $2 all the time. A lot of them are crap. A lot of the ones I’d want are hacked up beyond even considering buying them. And in my push toward Collection Integrity, where every disc is pristine, even the slightly scratched ones get left behind. But even for passing over a huge percentage of discs, I still find a ton that look brand new and I buy those. Especially on spec, bands I’ve heard of but never heard, etc. I’ve done that for years and I love it. I’ve heard a lot of new music that way! I love getting, for example, 5 new-to-me records for $10. I am SO high maintenance!

And yes, I have long held a very strong dislike of Oasis. To me, they’re obnoxious, incredibly nasal, and I find a lot of their songs bland and boring. I never understood people’s fervour towards this band at all. [ASSUMES CRASH POSITION AS FANS OF THE BAND PREPARE TO FLAME ME].

Meh. To each their own, but this band never did anything that excited me.

So why in hell did I buy one of their CDs? Well, truth to tell, I bought several (someone must’ve ditched their collection, and I can’t blame them). But I thought it would be interesting to revisit my dislike of them, see if it still stands up. Have my tastes changed? Let’s see! And yes, I could maybe have started earlier or on a different record but all I did was grab this one off the top of a pile of To Review discs so here we go with Oasis in 2002.

What I Thought:

So, have I reached a point where I can maybe get to this band? Not really. I knew the song The Hindu Times, but the rest honestly just sort of washed together in my ears. Sure, some of it’s slower, some of it’s faster, instrumentations are different, but it was so middle of the road i didn’t hear anything really jump out at me.

It wasn’t bad (more enjoyable than I’d guessed – and I’d guessed music of a nails-on-a-chalkboard variety), but it surely isn’t what I’d reach for, when I want to listen to music. I think I just missed the boat, on this band. My attention was far and away from them when they were at their peak, and it feels pretty late to be trying to catch up with them now, when it sounds like this to me.

And before you comment that I should have tried some other record, save it for now (thanks) and stay tuned. I got some others of theirs and when I’m feeling like I want to sit through these guys again, I’ll try a different one.

In Sum:

So far, still not working for me at all, but this was only one CD. Points awarded to myself for trying.


Posted on December 2, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. I like three songs period, none of which are on here!


  2. WTF is Aaron doing writing about Oasis??? He HATES those guys!

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  3. I gotta be honest, I have no idea when I last heard this album. I have it, but it made no impression on me. I couldn’t tell you how Hindu Times goes. Thus concludes my contribution to the discussion.


    • Well it’s simple. You see, it goes like… hm… wait a minute… oh yeah, I couldn’t give a fuck either!


      • Yeah…my GAF level went way down on these guys after the third album. Just could NOT get into any others after that. I don’t even think I have them all.


        • Haha PHRASING! I wouldn’t want anything of mine going way down on these guys! Hahahahaaa

          Ahem. koffkoff. koff.

          So what I’m gathering from this is I need the first two… and I think I have them here, among a couple of others. I’ll get there!


          • Phrasing!

            If you have ’em, great. If you don’t, I wouldn’t try too hard. Maybe I’ll review some Oasis going forward, and you can see what you think. I haven’t reviewed any Oasis music thus far.


            • I checked, and indeed I do have Definitely maybe and Morning Glory, and a couple of others. I’ll get to them at somepoint, whenever they reach the top of the To Review Pile. And at the rate I’ve been writing lately, it could be before you get there!


              • Hold that thought. Might be fun to do…simultaneously?


                • Sure! Lemme know. They’re just sitting here with everything else, but I think Liam pissed in the corner.


                  • Liam’s a douche. He’s been in the headlines alot lately. Having a love child with another woman, not paying child support…comes across as a total winner. I’m sure he’s a pleasure to be around.

                    When I listen to Oasis I have no choice but to separate the music from the people who made it, otherwise I can’t enjoy it. (Kinda like I do with Gene Simmons.)


                    • Yeah, they were a Total Avoidance package for me – tunes that grated my nerves AND all those antics? Pffbpt. NEXT.


                    • I can’t remember, but did you see em with the Crowes?


                    • No, my sister did (I probably told you the story). She saw the Crowes three nights in a row in NYC when they were touring with Oasis, some bullshit about Brothers Fighting Tour or something. Anyway, she saw them on the first night, said that was enough and then, for the other shows, just showed up to her seat when the Crowes were gonna start and skipped Oasis altogether.


  4. It’s funny, I just listened to this one a couple months ago and beyond hindu times, little by little, and I think there’s one named songbird, I’m drawing a blank on the rest. So bland sounds apt here!


  5. Well I’m a huge Oasis fan, but even I agree that this album is painfully average. The first two are the real deal and I really hope you do give them a good, open-minded listen and write about them in the future. I’ll surely comment sharing my thoughts.

    Also, here’s my relatively recent review of Heathen Chemistry if you or any of your readers in interested:



    • Hey Ovidiu Boar, thanks for checking in! Absolutely, all respect to Oasis’ fans, I just never got to them myself. Yours is another vote for the first two records and I have them here, so I will get to them. Mike and I may even do them as simultaneous reviews! We’d absolutely love your comments on them, when we get there.

      I should also note that your idea of an open mind is a big one, on this topic, for me. I spent a long time ignoring this band completely. In revisiting them now, I’d like to think I am keepng an open mind but, probably, some of my old bias still slips in there. I’ll be sure to be as open as possible going forward!

      Thanks for the link, I’m heading there now.


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