Rock 'n' Roll Star

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For a band whose goal was to be the biggest thing on the planet, it's only fitting that Oasis' first album would start with a track like "Rock 'n' Roll Star." On the surface, it feels like a simple straightforward rock tune, with all the guitars and drums and posturing required. But the lyrics are what makes this a real standout track in the Oasis catalog. Many times, Noel Gallagher has been accused of not putting enough thought into his words, opting more for style over substance. And at first glance it kinda feels like he's doing it here, but further listens reveal the subtleties of the message. Sure, it could be interpreted as a wake-up call that Oasis is ready to take over, but it could also be seen as the common bloke's fantasy realized in the mirror before a night out at the pub. The voice of the song could be Liam Gallagher on-stage or it could be just a bloke getting pumped up to paint the town red. One of the more "riffy" songs on Definitely Maybe, "Rock 'n' Roll Star" is classic Oasis because it's filled with starry-eyed optimism and swaggering confidence.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Definitely Maybe 1994 Epic 5:22
Supersonic [Bootleg] 1995 Pitch Fork
Definitive Too 1996 Hispanolo 4:35
Definitive! 1996 Chelsea 4:48
Paris 94' and Demos 1996 Kiss My Ass Records 6:35
Rags to Riches 1996 Vulgartone 5:45
Definitely Maybe: The DVD 2004 Sony Music Distribution 5:23
No Image 2006 Columbia 5:20
Lord Don't Slow Me Down 2007 Big Brother
Time Flies... 1994-2009 2010 Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment
Upside Down: The Creation Records Story 2010
Various Artists
Creation / Sony Music 5:22