In Spring, 2005, Oasis released its 6th studio album, Don't Believe the Truth, and immediately went on the road for a year-long world tour. The Oasis: Lord Don't Slow Me Down DVD is the chronicle of that tour, and feels like it takes that long to get through it.
Oasis, the band who’s claimed to be the Greatest Band In The World, clearly wanted their 2-disc DVD to rival Radiohead’s Meeting People Is Easy --the band who really is the Greatest Band In The World (at least currently). But much like their supersonic musical careers, the DVD falls flat.
The 90-minute live concert documentary starts off pretty well. The setlist is a bit predictable and there are too many songs off the new album (with such a great history, that’s just a crime), but they still managed “Wonderwall,” “Cigarettes and Alcohol,” and a few others. The band sounds pretty tight, and Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, kills wonderfully on the drums, although he wasn’t in the lineup when the band made their best music (as an aside, he’s also been playing with the Who). It’s amusing to see the angry glances and continual bullshit between the heart of Oasis, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. At one point, Noel ducks out of his brother’s arm as Liam makes a drunken gesture on stage at fake camaraderie. Taking into account the 2005 crowd of at least 70,000 in the opening of the film at Manchester Stadium, it’s quite amazing how these guys, with their huge (earned) reputations as total fuck-ups, can put on a show of this monstrous proportion and quality. It’s also amazing that the Brits still evidently love them as much as they ever did, while we know they sure couldn’t lure an American crowd of that size today (they might have in the 90s).
A little earlier than midway through the 17 songs, something about this film goes flat. The performance footage gets dull, and the sound isn’t great. How much of the same schtick can we take? Fear not. There’s another disc with The Special Features:
The Special Features is a disjointed, art film imposter. Filmed in black and white, it’s a documentary that’s meant to show the boredom of touring, but it unfortunately does too good of a job. There’s not a whole lot of new information to report: Liam is an asshole. Noel is the one with the talent, and lives a pretty cushy life as a ‘tortured artist.’
There are a couple of funny moments in the Q&A between Noel and his fans, if you can get through the thick Manchester accents (a real feat with the crappy sound quality). If you can’t, here are some of the quote highlights:
“The years of kissing the sky and drinking champagne out of cowboy boots are gone,” Noel says, shown dunking a teabag.
”The Be Here Now tour was the greatest single thing, touring as the biggest band in the world. Anything you could possibly want, you got two of…”
“Everyone was expecting another Morning Glory. I took, let’s say ‘stole,’ more than anything from the Beatles.”
“What we had was pure, and we meant it. We never wore stage clothes. We were what we were.”
About his relationship with his brother Liam, Noel says, ”I find it fascinating the people find it fascinating.”
As the tour winds down in Hollywood, the guys all toast with champagne and mock each other, their songs, Liam’s tambourine and their riches. Ho ho ho ha ha. Funny stuff here. There is a decent moment when Liam watches his brother cross the street. “Bastard!” he says, “That fuckin’ taxi driver missed!” That, and Liam’s response to the question, How many glasses do you own? (Answer: “Millions”) are really the only words of worth he puts into the project. And the extras? They aren't worth looking at unless you enjoy viewing shaky cell phone videos shot by fans.
There you have the best of it. You can thank Nighttimes.com for saving you $25.