Can England's Oasis live up to the hype?
They swagger. They pout. They spout hyperbole with the cocky assurance that befits their status as Britain’s Next Big Thing. ”We’re the greatest band in England,” says Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher, 27. In this case, the hyperbole fits. With Oasis’ first album, Definitely Maybe, a power-pop confection equal parts Beatles, Kinks, T. Rex, and Sex Pistols, the pale-faced mop tops from industrial northern England have landed a flurry of magazine covers, awards, and the honor of the fastest-selling 1994 debut album in their native land.