Oasis Time Flies... 1994-2009

Oasis Time Flies... 1994-2009
Oasis perpetrated their entire career never using their heads. It's the reason for both their overwhelming success and eventual undoing: nothing was ever thought out and decisions were based on what mood the band were in that day. Where their early records boasted tracks with more swagger in three minutes than most bands muster their entire careers, once the initial burst of creativity was used up, the brothers Gallagher were more concerned with maintaining their opulent lifestyles than preserving their reputation. Watching Time Flies, the band's latest DVD collection of music vids in chronological order, is the simplest way to prove this point; the quality tends to decrease as the clips roll by. The basic DVD gives fans every Oasis video released in the UK, along with U.S.-only promo clips like "Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Champagne Supernova" as bonus tracks. While there is an abundance of undisputed hits included (basically anything from the first two albums), casual fans no doubt have never heard latter-day singles like "Sunday Morning Call," "I'm Outta Time" or "The Importance of Being Idle." Still, all this material is available online, on demand, so why would anyone bother dropping $20 on something that's available for free? Well, that's why they created audio commentaries and Time Flies, which lets Noel and Liam loose, unfiltered, has one of the best ones going. Unfortunately, none of the clips features the two together and since Liam only wrote two of the band's 26 singles, he's kind of a non-factor. Noel, on the other hand, is in top form, offering up sage insights such as, "Being the actual lead singer in the band in the video is the biggest fucking pain in the arse," while never holding back his opinion about the band's missteps. "I don't know why this was a single," he says while watching "Who Feels Love?" "Can we listen with the sound down?" Although it is at heart a bit of a post-break-up cash grab, Time Flies is a rare occasion where a DVD's extras outstrip the original material. (Sony)