“[on his brother Liam] He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.” – Noel Gallagher
Morning Glory – Oasis
It’s fitting that this track opens with the sound of helicopters, because it featured on the album that launched the Gallagher brothers into the socioeconomic bracket of being able to afford helicopters. As 1995 became 1996, the band’s first two albums were already instant classics and enormous gigs beckoned at Maine Road and Knebworth, thanks to a collection of tunes as strong as ‘Morning Glory.’ Kicking off with a sharp and instantly recognisable guitar riff, it’s pure rock’n’roll from Oasis at their peak, Liam’s grizzly snarl sounding as good as it ever will before the cigarettes and alcohol take their toll.
Heatwave – The Jam
It’s no secret that Paul Weller and the boys were huge fans of mod culture, so no surprise they followed in their heroes’ footsteps and covered Martha Reeves and The Vandellas’ 1963 hit ‘Love is Like a Heat Wave’ – just as The Who did in 1966. They captured the spirit of the song perfectly, and it came out as a true reflection of just what The Jam specialised in: loud, fast and very danceable. This short and sweet cover version was released on their critically-acclaimed 1980 album ‘Setting Sons,’ appearing alongside the classic ‘The Eton Rifles.’
Aviation – The Last Shadow Puppets
As the release of The Last Shadow Puppets’ long-awaited second album draws closer, Alex Turner and Miles Kane have been drip-feeding us tasters of what their latest efforts sound like. ‘Aviation,’ the newest offering, is in keeping with what the lads have christened their new album – it really is everything we’ve come to expect from them. It’s sleek and sultry, with strings swirling around a relentless guitar riff and lyrics as idiosyncratic as you’d hope for from Turner and Kane. It all builds to a thrilling coda, with the strings ramping up a gear as the song comes over all sunglasses indoors and slicked hair at the end.
Upside Down – Diana Ross
Diana Ross might have fallen foul of worldwide embarrassment for her missed penalty in the 1994 World Cup opening ceremony, but when you’ve got such a catalogue of tunes, you’re allowed one mishap in front of an audience of millions. Initially enjoying global superstardom as part of The Supremes, Ross left in 1970 to pursue a solo career which established her as even more of an icon. Teaming up with Chic’s disco legends Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for her 1980 album ‘Diana’ proved to be a job well done as the album became her biggest success to date. ‘Upside Down,’ a sharp and snappy disco number, scored Ross her fifth chart-topping single in September 1980.
Unbelievable – EMF
As musical tastes, trends and subcultures changed so quickly amongst young people in the UK over the course of the 80s and 90s, it’s easy to see how so many bands found themselves being one-hit wonders. With a name reported to stand for either Epsom Mad Funkers or Ecstasy Mind Fuckers and a niche sound blending rock and dance music, Gloucestershire band EMF were never going to be remembered as musical greats. Despite this, the lads landed themselves an absolute smash-hit with the undeniably excellent ‘Unbelievable’ in 1991, a chart-topper on the other side of the Atlantic and still a huge tune 25 years later – even if its creators have sadly faded into obscurity.