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Imag­in­ing Lena Dun­ham’s Oa­sis sum­mit

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Oa­sis are over, if the never-end­ing feud be­tween Liam and Noel Gal­lagher played out over Twit­ter and through mu­sic press in­ter­views is to be be­lieved. But one celeb still isn’t over their 2009 split: Lena Dun­ham. Yes, Lena Dun­ham, of Girls and “stat­ing opin­ions then hav­ing to apol­o­gise for them on so­cial me­dia” fame. In­stead of just hav­ing a three-pints-in de­bate in the pub about the broth­ers’ end­less war, Lena has or­gan­ised a whole event – called Cham­pagne Su­per­anal­y­sis – in which she and mu­si­cian Ben Lee will talk about Oa­sis.

Back in Au­gust – two years af­ter the rest of us – Lena tweeted that she had watched Su­per­sonic, say­ing: “I watched the Oa­sis doc­u­men­tary and I have a LOT of big opin­ions about the Gal­lagher broth­ers’ re­la­tion­ship!” Lee, who is a com­poser on Dun­ham’s most re­cent HBO se­ries, Camp­ing, replied prais­ing Noel’s in­ter­views, and in­stead of just leav­ing it there and lis­ten­ing to Def­i­nitely Maybe a cou­ple of times then read­ing a Buz­zfeed ar­ti­cle about “78 times

Noel Gal­lagher TO­TALLY owned his brother!!!”, one thing led to an­other and now they’re host­ing an event, on 18 Novem­ber in Los An­ge­les. Billed as “A psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­plo­ration of the Gal­lagher broth­ers through songs and read­ings”, it has had zero re­sponse from Noel or Liam (which is weird, be­cause you’d think that hear­ing a cutesy indie remix of Don’t Look Back in Anger by Ben Lee would be their dream day out), but does prom­ise “lots of spe­cial guests”. So what might it sound like? Lena: take it away. “Hi ev­ery­one and thanks for com­ing! I re­cently watched the Su­per­sonic doc­u­men­tary and thought:

sure, we’ve heard about Oa­sis from Liam, Noel and the peo­ple clos­est to them. But wouldn’t peo­ple want to know about what I, Lena Dun­ham, think of a band I’ve never met and have no con­nec­tion to at all? As some­one who has streamed their sem­i­nal al­bum “Oa­sis Es­sen­tials” at least five times on Ap­ple Mu­sic and who has a British best friend – Jemima Kirke, who you might know as Jessa from Girls – I’m very qual­i­fied to take this sub­ject on. I’ll be talk­ing you through the key mo­ments of the Gal­lagher broth­ers’ lives. Re­mem­ber: this is all about the band tonight!”

The early years

“Liam and Noel have de­scribed their child­hoods as pretty av­er­age for Manch­ester. Hav­ing had a to­tally nor­mal child­hood my­self, al­beit in New York, I can only imag­ine it was ex­actly like mine: po­etry sa­lons at home, pup­pet shows in the teatro their par­ents built for them, artists and play­wrights drop­ping into their city home and sum­mers in the coun­try­side. De­light­ful! They got signed by Cre­ation Records when Liam was just 20 years old – just like me, sign­ing a blind script deal at HBO at 24 years old.”

Be Here Now

“Af­ter the suc­cess of What’s the Story (Morn­ing Glory)? – which I be­lieve is British slang for hav­ing an erec­tion in the morn­ing – Be Here Now was called “co­caine set to mu­sic” by crit­ics, and Noel him­self noted “all the songs are re­ally long and all the lyrics are shit”. Look guys, I know how you felt! Re­mem­ber when ev­ery­one crit­i­cised my $3.7m book ad­vance? Or I had to apol­o­gise for jok­ing about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence? Or those Bill Cosby/Holo­caust com­ments? Or the abor­tion joke? Or … OK, it’s best we move on now. Be­cause this talk is all about the band.”

Kneb­worth

“Kneb­worth was Oa­sis’s very own bot­tle episode, like when Han­nah in Girls spent an en­tire week­end shag­ging a hot dude she met while tak­ing out the bins, or when Char­lie, high on drugs, re­turned to Girls to ruin Marnie’s life. Any­way! What was I say­ing? Oh, yeah: Kneb­worth was a huge gig. Two-and-a-half mil­lion peo­ple ap­plied for tick­ets and 250,000 peo­ple watched the gig. It must have been good: I can’t find one Twit­ter thread of any­one who was there and there’s no cam­era phone footage of it.”

The split

“Oa­sis’s split started on 23 Au­gust 2009. The ac­tual breakup hap­pened in Paris but, days be­fore that, they can­celled a V fes­ti­val clos­ing slot, leav­ing fes­ti­val-go­ers to hear a dou­ble-length Snow Pa­trol set. Can you imag­ine the dis­ap­point­ment? The heart­break? The ab­so­lute dev­as­ta­tion? Sorry, what’s that you’re say­ing at the back? The fourth se­ries of Girls? Please, don’t. This is about the band tonight, not me. Any­way, Oa­sis’s breakup was a huge shock to the UK mu­sic scene, like when Geri Hal­li­well left the Spice Girls. Or, to name a more cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment, when Char­lie left at the end of Girls sea­son two.”

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