04 November 2019 02:39
It was a legitimate question, asked by Fran Healy of the band Travis on their 1999 single "Writing To Reach You," in reference to Oasis' inescapable 1995 anthem "Wonderwall." And, in some ways, it's a question that fans of the song have been asking for the past 20 years, ever since Noel Gallagher wrote it and his brother Liam brayed it out in unforgettable fashion. As a matter of fact, it's probably the acme of that entire musical movement that included bands like Blur and Pulp and ruled the roost for a brief, heady time in the mid-'90s. The song, featured on the band's nearly perfect second album (What's The Story) Morning Glory, not only enthralled the hometown fans, reaching #2 in the U.K., but it also broke the band to the American pop audience, hitting #8 on the Billboard charts. And, since Oasis never quite reached those dizzying heights in their career again, it stands as the band's signature song, which, as might be expected considering his legendary contrariness, doesn't please Liam Gallagher. The song was somewhat of a departure for Oasis, who made their mark on their debut album Definitely Maybe with attitude-laden rockers like "Cigarettes And Alcohol" and "Live Forever." But Noel's love for the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney meant that ballads were bound to be a part of his repertoire.
"Wonderwall" begins with Noel's acoustic guitar strum and Liam's somewhat mysterious first lines: "Today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you/ By now you should've somehow realized what you gotta do/ I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now." While it's impossible to discern the details of the situation, we can glean that the girl he's addressing is at a lonely crossroads in her life, with the narrator the only one still standing in her corner. Noel Gallagher, like his brother, finds the public's continued fixation on "Wonderwall" a bit perplexing, as he related to NME.com in typically colorful fashion. Ariana Grande has been snubbed at the MTV Europe Music Awards after failing to win a single prize, despite being nominated in seven categories. The Grammy award-winning US pop star, who did not attend the event, was among the big losers on the night, alongside Lil Nas X who was nominated in six categories but also went home empty handed. NCT 127 perform during the MTV Europe Music Awards (Ian West/PA) More The star-studded event featured an impressive roster of performances from the likes of Halsey, Mabel and Spanish singer Rosalia.
Glasgow-based film Wild Rose picked up the most awards with star Jessie Buckley taking the Best Actress, Film award, Nicole Taylor winning the Writer Film/Television gong while the production also won Best Feature Film. Beats star Lorn Macdonald won the Best Actor, Film award, while The Cry took the Television Scripted prize and Murder Case won both Features and Factual Series and its director Matt Pinder took the Director Factual award. Documentary Yes/No: Inside the Indyref won in Specialist Factual, while Real Kashmir F.C. was awarded the Single Documentary prize and Disclosure: Who Killed Emma? Jude MacLaverty, Bafta Scotland director, said: "It has been a fantastic evening celebrating the very best of Scottish creative talent in Scotland across the film, games, and television industries. Celtic WAG Helen Flanagan looked stunning as she cosied up to fiancé Scott Sinclair on BAFTA Scotland red carpet.
The stars of Still Game were out in force as the show was honoured for an outstanding contribution to television 20 years after Jack and Victor made their first appearances on screen. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led the tributes for Still Game in a special video montage broadcast at the end of the awards, which also featured broadcasters Jackie Bird and Lorraine Kelly.