Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Music Theory: Respect Your Elders

-Here's a little bit of music beefing that's been going on lately. So you might have read earlier in the summer that Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) bitched about Jay-Z playing the Glastonbury festival in England. Gallagher said hip-hop wasn't meant to be played at outdoor festivals like that or something. So in response Jay-Z pulled out a guitar at the festival and did a rendition of Oasis' seminal hit Wonderwall (check the inevitable mash-up here), with like 50,000 people singing along, which is badass. So that was all good, and then just recently Gallagher went on a rant dissing all the young whipper snappers of today, and called out Mark Ronson, saying he only knew how to play 2 chords. That lead to Ronson posting this response on his MySpace:

“So I just wanted him to know that I’m actually taking guitar lessons from Jay-Z right now and he’s already taught me both chords to Wonderwall. In fact, it’s so much fun having Jay teach me all of Noel’s songs on the guitar (hooray!) that I’m thinking of doing an Oasis/Jay-Z remix album [like Danger Mouse's Grey Album],” Ronson continued. “Potential titles are Champagne Superhova or Definitely Jay-Z. I’ll keep you posted.”

P.P.S. Noel, I did write a song called Back To Black, which actually has seven chords in it.”

-So I've got some thoughts on this. Noel Gallagher is a rock 'n' roll legend who everyone knew was a douche ever since he said Oasis was the greatest band of all time like 15 years ago. But Definitely Maybe was the first compact disc I ever owned, and Mark Ronson is an overrated - famous only because of his family connections - hipster DJ (even worse that Steve Aoki or Danny Masterson.) I can't get mad at Jay for coming back at Gallagher, because Jay himself is a legend, but Mark Ronson needs to shut the fuck up and respect his elders, even if they hypocritically call him out on his chord progressions. And how dare he compare anything he could do to the the fucking Grey Album.
-And if you're too young to appreciate Wonderwall, check out Cartel's cover.
-via Hypretrak, and prior knowledge n stuff.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read your latest blog...hahaha, although I agree with the statement "respect your elders," I'm going to have to disagree with you. The lead singer from Oasis is a complete douche (common knowledge)...on top of that, they haven't had a hit like Champagne Supernova or Wonderwall since What's the story came out. He just starts shit to get attention/is acting like a typical rockstar instead of writing another ridiculously popular song.

That should be one reason to talk down to your elders, the second being the fact that when oasis was popular, they were considered to be the next Beatles...which is complete bullshit and doesn't say much about our generation. Their albums are good...but not comparable to the Beatles. The most credit I'll give them would be beatles-esque.

I know you like Oasis/jay-z (which explains the bias writing), which is the only reason you posted that blog, but imagine the same scenario, only with Axl Rose....(I say Axl because I think the guy from Oasis is as big a douche (or bigger)). They both have old hits and they both died out around the same time.

I do agree with your opinion on the dj's terrible idea on writing an oasis/jay-z album.