The next U2 thing...

Harald Einfalt ([email protected])
Sun, 23 Aug 1998 13:42:15 +0200


Yesterday Joseph wrote:

>By the way, what about Oasis? They are considered to be BIGGER than U2
>throughout much of Europe, but just can't seem to catch on as well in
>the USA. They difinitely deserve some recognition here, and I believe
>even U2 suspects that Oasis will surpass them in "bigness" one of these
>Oh well...
>What do you think?

I agree with him that of all bands we heard last days, Oasis is the only
band who maybe could make it to such a big Rock act like U2. They
write great songs, both lyrical and sound, and I think their music is
right for big stadiums. The biggest difference to all other bands is that
their music is very catchy and easy to listen to, what means that they
also get very good airplay on TV and radio.
Oasis sure are the biggest act in England today. They sell shitloads of
records and have the biggest crowds. But I think that's it.
Of course in Scotland, Wales or Ireland they sure are very popular too,
and can fill every stadium, but for the rest of the world (and also Europe)
they are just a band like many others, and there are many more bands who
more people at their concerts. Many english newspapers and magazines
want to push them to be the biggest band in the world but outside of the UK
they often even can't sellout indoorarenas (and in the US they only played
very small venues). Another fact is that they are around now for several
years but
did very less on playing live. To be the biggest rock act means also that
not only sell many records but also of being live a big thing. One last
problem with Oasis is that they developed no sound on their own, they
sound to much like the Beatles, which makes them look very poor compared
to a band like U2.
Maybe the last three records of Oasis had bigger sellings, but
also the Spice Girls, Mariah Carey and so on sell more records than U2.
But those bands never could do a worldtour and rock 50.000 people every
Coming to an end I think for those bands like Radiohead, Oasis or The Verve
it gets always harder to be the next big thing. Todays kids, at least in
Europe, are more into dancefloor, techno, rap and this kind of crap.
In Austria's single Top 40 isn't even one rock act, and I think that says
everything how the taste of the young kids has changed.
In the 80's the only kind of music people were listening to was Rock/Pop
and therefore it was by far more easy for young bands because they had more
support by the whole people which liked this kind of music. The rockgroups
of course got better airplay and more attention by the whole media.
Everbody who has read the article of The Irish Times about music industry
knows how difficult it is for today's new bands. When their first record
successful enough they get fired, and U2 was a band who needed three records
to be recognized in the music biz...


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