Dear Noel Gallagher

Oasis is the most-adored pop group since the Beatles, and your latest album is the fastest-selling of the Nineties. However will you follow your own success? An admirer speculates ...

That was some weekend for you and your Oasis lads. You promised that your concert on Saturday at Earl's Court would be the greatest pop performance ever, and, after seeing it, many otherwise sober, intelligent and rational observers (and Paula Yates) were minded to conclude you lived up to your promise.

You played as if you had a lot to celebrate up there on stage - which was not surprising: figures just released reveal that sales of your latest album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory, have reached 350,000 in the UK alone, making it the fastest-selling album of the Nineties. Blur, your perennial rivals, you will be happy to note, are 150,000 adrift. And then, to put a final unreal gloss on your 48 hours of bliss, Manchester City - the team you follow with such unlikely devotion that you actually posed in the club's merchandise catalogue wearing an unfortunate series of nylon leisure wear items - won for the first time this season.

In the latest issue of Red Issue, the Manchester United fanzine, one of the writers suggests God only made you a City fan because it would be too unfair on the rest of us to give you all the cards in life. It's true you seem to be singularly blessed: you have pulled off the trick, previously mastered by very few pop stars, of being both immensely popular and universally lauded by critics. The bad news about all this is that, rather like Manchester City will find now they have managed to land three points, it doesn't end there. As you sit at the summit of British pop achievement, Blur lurking in the foothills below, the big question is, where can you go from here?

Precedent suggests it can only be downhill. Certainly, your immediate forebears in the Mancunian music firmament do not offer a reassuring career path. The Stone Roses are presently big in that last resting place of pop decline, Japan; while the Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder is presently big everywhere. Eminently fashionable once more at the head of Black Grape, Ryder is paying the penalty of a decade of the good time and now is so whale-like in girth he'd be in mortal danger if he played any gigs in Norway - or Japan, for that matter.

Doubtless your inspiration for the next move will lie in another direction. Much has been made of the fact that you have achieved success with a sound not unlike the Beatles (or in the case of "Look Back In Anger" and "She's Electric" from your new album, exactly like the Beatles). It was a charge you cheekily acknowledged by encoring on Saturday with a version of "I Am The Walrus". What, then, should we expect next - your brother Liam disappearing to India for six months, seeking enlightenment from a bearded mystic; you shacking up with a Japanese performance artist and spending a month in a sack; bassist Guigsy recording the voice-over for an animated children's television series about a privatised commuter train; and, while you do all that, Michael Jackson buying up the rights to your songs and allowing them, with a subtle change in the lyrics, to be used in adverts promoting disposable nappies ("You Better Roll In It")?

Frankly, after Saturday, you could be forgiven all that. Provided that in 25 years' time you don't release a single featuring the recorded voice of one of your number who didn't make it.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Surrey - £40,000

    £30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Assistant

    £13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - OTE £35,000

    £16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...

    Recruitment Genius: Gas Installation Support Engineer

    £20000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Support Engi...

    Day In a Page

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence