I'm anti-Britpop (and VERY anti-Oasis) and wasn't into the acid house (rave) scene, so this didn't speak to me very well. I found it very confusing. You have to be a fan of and know all the bands and albums well to follow it, so it's just for fans, although you'd think they would like for people like me to go try out any of these bands I haven't heard. I watched it to learn about a genre I don't follow, even if did involve Oasis (see, I have an open mind!). Lots of giggling about drugs and how great it was, and little real talk about the bands or anything deeper for the Indie movement, so very disappointing. Just empty. I mean, I had fun in the music biz, too, but it's hard for me to giggle about the more "difficult" moments. It's not just about going to the ER unexpectedly, it's about the ruined relationships and health, opportunities passed, and friends lost (dead), which no one here gives any kind of passing nod to. What if they hadn't been a bunch of immature party dudes? Perhaps they would have been able to keep Jesus and Mary Chain (do like them) and Oasis on Creation and handle them properly. Perhaps they would have made everyone in the office rich. Perhaps Alan would have raised his own son. Perhaps perhaps perhaps... But no, let's LAUGH and say how great it all was and act like we have absolutely no regrets.
Ever since the Bay City Rollers were touted as the "next Beatles" or "haven't seen success like this since the Beatles", record labels and the press can't wait to slap that label on any and every pop band that sells a lot. Even at his most sappy, Paul McCartney wouldn't have been caught dead singing Oasis (ok, so maybe he did, but he also collaborated with Michael Jackson (i.e., the current hottest thing). The Beatles were *cool* in a way that you can't define, no matter how pop they were at first. Perhaps because they wrote the genre. There will never be another Beatles. Hopefully someone will come along and change music the way they did, and it's sad that no one has, nearly 20 yrs into the 21st century. I'm still waiting.... Oasis just makes me think that The Young Rascals have come back. So it's that they are how the Rascals would be now, NOT the Beatles. Super Furry Animals do inherit quite deeply from The Beatles, but that doesn't make them the next ones or what they would sound like now, they are 'this' close to a tribute band (and almost close to greatness, if they had taken it to the next step, but they didn't). The Beatles couldn't happen now, anyway, as the record industry never takes a chance anymore. THAT is what was lost when Indie and labels like Creation took a dive, any chance for the industry to take risks and reward experimentation, and we are now reaping the rewards of that with the gagas and googoos. But that isn't even discussed in this film, by the very people who were *there*. They come off as just a group of guys playing record label, who never had thought one in their heads, didn't learn anything, and don't care.