The moment Oasis covered ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ for the Maine Road crowd
In 1996 there was not another band that could touch the rapturous popularity of Oasis and the worldwide esteem of rock ‘n’ roll that came with it. The band had even left Britpop rivals Blur in their wake when they embarked on a series of humongous gigs across the country to assert their dominance. They would go on to rule the world with their gigantic August show at Knebworth House—but it was their homecoming gig at Maine Road that many people remember more fondly.
In front of 40,000 Mancunians, many of them delirious with seeing lads from their own patch dominating the charts, the band performed some songs from their last two mega-albums, Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory and in the home stadium of their favourite football team Manchester City, everyone cut loose and let it all hang out. That wasn’t all the band had planned though. Noel and Liam Gallagher along with the rest of the band had a few surprises up their sleeves.
Oasis, above all else, always put on a show, no matter where they played. Whether it was a good or bad show is kind of a moot point, as it would always, always be entertaining and really, why else would you go to an Oasis gig? Whether it was Meth-induced wig-outs in Hollywood or the triumphant splendour of Knebworth—Oasis know their way around a stage.
With such a huge event (40,000 people attending each night) looming before them they were keener than ever to make sure the crowd left delirious and beer-drenched and steadfast in their assessment of Oasis as one of the best rock bands in the world. Things usually turned out exactly how they planned them too.
The band were on a high in April ’96. Their first two records had begun to define a generation and they were on the brink of superstardom like no British band had achieved since Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. The band would make sure that there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Oasis were the real deal by giving one hell of a performance when they were given the spotlight in Manchester.
With each night starting with the ‘Morning Glory’ helicopter sounds while LG took a crafty fag break on stage before launching into ‘Swamp Song’, the group’s growing esteem was beginning to lodge in their own brains as well as their bravado. The band slammed through their growing catalogue of anthemic tunes, even finding time for the newer songs like ‘Roll With It’—it was turning into one of those electric evenings.
Oasis’ setlist may have been packed full of their pace-gathering classics but they knew that to really win over a crowd and convert them into true believers, you needed a surprise element. A small token of appreciation to the ticket holder for shelling out the extra cash; a cover of a classic track. It can seem small, a little trite at times, but when an artist decides to cover an iconic song at a gig and you get to share in that moment of musical spontaneity with your friends and 40,000 other people, it helps the gig transcend into a great night out into an unforgettable life experience—an ‘I was there!’ moment.
Noel and Liam already had the form for this too. They weren’t silent admirers of The Beatles by any stretch of the imagination and they often covered the band’s song ‘I Am The Walrus’. But nobody could’ve seen it coming when Noel and Liam with the rest of the band jumped into a wild cover of Slade’s 1973 anthem ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’. The hit would be Slade’s fourth chart-topping tune reaching number one to become a ’70s disco classic forever
While Noel would likely have a giggle at the comparison between Liam Gallagher and Noddy Holder, it’s hard to marry the two bands up. But apart from physically, are the two bands really that dissimilar? Both make iconic rock and roll anthems, both like a shandy or two, and both have a distinctive sense of style. More importantly, both know how to really work the song ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’.
Watch Oasis with Liam and Noel Gallagher performing a cover of Slade’s iconic song at their homecoming gig at Maine Road, Manchester, back in 1996.
Oasis At Maine Road, Manchester Saturday 27 April 1996
The Swamp Song Acquiesce Supersonic Hello Some Might Say Roll With It Morning Glory Round Are Way Cigarettes And Alcohol Champagne Supernova Whatever Cast No Shadow Wonderwall The Masterplan Don’t Look Back in Anger D’Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman? (aborted) I Am the Walrus
Encore: Cum On Feel the Noize (cover of the Slade single from 1973)
Oasis At Maine Road Manchester Sunday 28 April 1996
The Swamp Song Acquiesce Supersonic Hello Some Might Say Roll With It Morning Glory Round Are Way (with another bit of Up In The Sky at the end) Cigarettes & Alcohol Champagne Supernova Whatever (Noel on vocals) Cast No Shadow Wonderwall The Masterplan Don’t Look Back in Anger Live Forever