Cain and Abel have nothing Liam and Noel Gallagher of the band Oasis. The impression we have of the Biblical siblings presents the classic rivalry in quick broad strokes, but in Liam and Noel, we get the vivid details – the obvious love and respect, the petty jealousies and the eruption of volcanic anger. In other words, we get the story of the word made flesh, in all of its morning glory.
The rise of the music-based biopic, the rags-to-riches stories of talented stars complete with their sadly tragic ends, coincides perfectly with this period we find ourselves in, when every second of these wild rides is being captured on-camera. It is fascinating to recall Alex Keshishian’s Madonna: Truth or Dare documentary – which dared to question whether or not moments lived off camera even mattered. Madonna, of course, dismissed the idea of privacy, an absolute dis-service to the creation of pop iconography.
What the real stars who followed have learned from Madonna is how to live and exist on-camera, as if it is the only moment of life. Cameras are everywhere.
Yet, it is intriguing to watch Oasis: Supersonic and recall that the period documented occurred before the prevalence of the digital/technological age as well as before the dawn of the talent show age (American Idol, The Voice). In a sense, Oasis (and Liam and Noel) occupy an Old Testament status, if you will, when it comes to the world of music. Think about the one-two punch of an iconic lead singer with ego to spare and a songwriter who built that marvelous “Wonderwall” and made us pay for it, gladly at that. To be certain, they stood on the cusp of change, but their feet were planted rather firmly in the old world, which, I suppose could explain the wrath that fueled their finest (and worst) moments.
Who knows how much of the whole story we’re getting from director Matt Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and the production team (which includes executive producer Asif Kapadia who brought us both Senna and Amy), but as with Amy, there is such an abundance of behind the scenes footage of the entire band (capturing a series of damaging hairline fractures beyond the main rift between the brothers), that someone had to have imagined a day and a world where this kind of almost reality-based expose was going to be par for the course. But I dare you to see for yourself. And why not do so, super-sized?
Oasis: Supersonic will play for one-night only (exclusively at 7:30pm) on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at The Neon and The Esquire Theatre.