D'You Know What I Mean?

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To say that expectation was high in 1997 for the new Oasis single is putting it mildly. In the U.K., the reputation of the band both on- and off-stage had built anticipation to a fever pitch, to say the least. On the one hand, in hindsight, "D'You Know What I Mean?" is a bit of a letdown. It's big, and it's production is muddy and too over the top. The lyrics are typical Noel Gallagher for the time, a mishmash of rock clich├ęs and laddisms, and frankly, it's a bit long. While songs like "Wonderwall" and "Cigarettes and Alcohol" stood out for being just simple songs, "D'You Know What I Mean?" feels more like an exercise in solos, sound effects, and wall-of-sound production. That's not to say that the song is bad, or shouldn't have been made. At the time, it was hailed. Frankly, it was one hell of a leadoff single, a number one single in the U.K. and a bombastic call to arms that Oasis weren't going away anytime soon. Yes, it's a bit muddy and over the top, but it still rocks, and let's face it, Noel Gallagher up to this point hadn't really been saying anything that bloody brilliant lyrically anyway. While it may not have the youthful swagger of "Supersonic," it still swaggers. The swagger this time is not from a band willing to fight with anyone just for survival, but rather from a band that is all too aware of its status. If it hadn't been so built up and expected to save the world, perhaps it would be looked at more as a lush midtempo rocker that is essentially a rallying of the supporters to the cause. "D'You Know What I Mean?" works if you don't believe the hype, but given that there was so much of it, it was hard to ignore. Oasis had done better, but they'd also done worse.

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Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
D'You Know What I Mean? 1997 Creation 2:16
Fresh Hits '97 1997
Various Artists
Alex 7:22
Be Here Now 1997 Big Brother
Now: 1997 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 7:42
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