Metallica drummer and heavy metal icon Lars Ulrich has revealed his long-time love for ’90s Britpoppers Oasis, detailing in a recent article, the “huge impact” the band has on him throughout his music career and his life.
“Oasis has been the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years on this wonderful planet,” writes Ulrich in a feature for The Guardian. “I have stories and pictures in my mind that go along with everything, from the first time I heard particular songs and read certain articles, to hearing about the band’s shenanigans and festivities.”
The drummer describes how his admiration for Oasis began after hearing their track Supersonic and reading an interview with them that was peppered with expletives. He was immediately taken by the band’s “not giving a fuck” attitude.
“Thus began a long and very rewarding relationship with a sound, an approach and a way of looking at the world that has had a huge impact on me and helped shape who I am today,” he writes. Ulrich goes on to explain the cultural phenomenon that was Oasis in Britain during the ’90s.
“The Oasis phenomenon cut across all shapes, sizes, boundaries and classes,” he says. “Everybody knew Oasis, and in some way were impacted by them. And if they didn’t love them, it was often the polarising opposite. But most importantly, nobody didn’t care.”
He added that one of his favourite early encounters with the band was at a club show in 1994 at a “God forsaken hole in the wall” in New Jersey where he stepped in to take care of the lights. “They didn’t have a crew guy to run the light board, and I was the only one in the building that knew the songs…Go figure how things changed.”
In the same column, which comes as Oasis release a deluxe reissue of their 1995 record (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, also features The Maccabees’ Felix White who shares his similarly affectionate sentiments towards Oasis.
“They had such an effect on me that before I’d even heard one, I could tell anybody for 100% fact, with my hand on my heart, that synthesizers were rubbish…and guitars were the best,” he explains. “And Oasis were the best at playing them.”
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Ulrich has waxed lyrical about Oasis, or at least about an Oasis band member, having revealed earlier this year that he made the decision to stop taking Cocaine after reading an interview with Noel Gallagher.
It’s also not the first time the heavy metal legend has had something positive to say about the realm of pop music. Last year he described himself as a Justin Bieber fan, after footage surfaced online of Bieber playing air-guitar to the solo from Fade To Black.
Watch: Oasis – Supersonic
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