Footage of Oasis’ debut appearance at Glastonbury has emerged online for the first time and it turns out they knew how to act like arrogant rockstars long before anyone knew they were arrogant rockstars.
As NME points out, the performance took place in July 1994 – a whole month before the band dropped their debut album Definitely Maybe. Playing only the second set of the day on a smaller side stage, the band’s original lineup – Liam and Noel Gallagher, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan and Tony MacCarroll – drew a reasonable crowd. But having only officially released two singles – ‘Shakermaker’ and ‘Supersonic’ – there are more disinterested faces than people singing along. But in classic Oasis, style they don’t appear to give a shit.
Performing in a manner more befitting of a festival headliner, Liam snarls at the audience with disinterest, offers a few bits of banter and fudges a couple of lyrics. Noel follows suit; rather than give any indication that this is the most important gig of the band’s life, he just stares nonchalantly into the crowd and even walks off stage before the end of set closer ‘I Am The Walrus’. It almost makes you want a reunion.