Matthew Fluxblog mentions Oasis today, as a band that is frequently accused of being derivative but actually, in its years of peak creativity, was refining various genre elements better and more uniquely than anyone else in Britpop. This reminded me that I have for some time considered Oasis to be more-or-less a British version of Sugar, Bob Mould's band after he quit Hüsker Dü: the appeal rises or falls on your feelings about the vocalist, but both have a large catalogue of riff-heavy guitar-driven rock songs that sound a lot like other bands without actually copying any of them.

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