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Song of the weekend: Oasis' "Where Did It All Go Wrong?"

Published April 13, 2012 4:22 pm
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"Where Did It All Go Wrong?" accurately sums up the creative decline of Oasis on the album is was included on.

"Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" was the failed 2000 album that pales in comparison to Oasis's first two albums, and the much-maligned "Be Here Now," which I still contend is the best Oasis album, despite songwriter Noel Gallagher admitting later that he was hooked on coke during the whole thing. (That's why the lyrics on that album makes no sense, and why they set the record on the first single by including the name of two Beatles songs in one line ("Fool on the hill and I feel fine"). I remember when the "Be Here Now" album was released: the first week of my senior year at USCGA, where I was named executive officer of Bravo Company; I was second-in-command of a company of 100 cadets, and it scared me to death, while also being exhilirating. Power trips are under-rated. It feels good to deck people at will when you're 20 years old.

This song, though, is by far the best song they ever released on "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants," and one of my favorite Oasis songs because lyrically it can be slightly deciphered. Plus, it has Noel sing it, rather than his brother Liam. Liam always sings with a sneer, which is an asset on many Oasis songs, but Noel has a great tone that was under-utilized during his time with the band.

The official version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNfDCwfF_QE

A largely acoustic take, with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEas_htIRTw&feature=related




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