It is somewhat sobering and slightly scary to think that ‘Definitely Maybe' was released 20 years ago today. 1994 does not seem that long ago…and looking back one can't help but wonder if these beginnings of Britpop were truly not the last great hurrah of music.
Music fans had been worked into a frenzy, after 3 hit singles the public were well primed to make this a really big deal. On the day of it’s release (exactly 20 years ago today) the album made history. It was facing some stiff competition, as odds on favorite for #1 record was ‘The Three Tenors In Concert’. It blew Pavarotti and friends away, selling almost double of what the tenors did. It went straight into the charts at #1, selling 86,000 copies. It made Oasis a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.
The album went 7x platinum in the UK, and even though it only hit #58 in the US charts, it sold 1 million copies. Oasis brought guitars back into pop music and carried the flag against the grunge scene which was huge in America. Its legacy is undeniable. It has been called the greatest album of all time by NME, Q, HMV, and many readers polls through out the UK press.
A deluxe, remastered 20 anniversary edition of the album was re-released in May. It had been expanded to a double disc CD and also a triple disc version with collected b-sides,demos and live versions. prior to its release, Liam made another famous quote when he tried to discourage fans from buying the latest anniversary edition by saying, "How can you remaster something that has already been mastered…"
For the record, ‘Definitely Maybe’ held the title for fastest selling debut of all time for over a decade, until The Arctic Monkeys debuted in 2006.