Be Here Now

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Be Here Now
Studio album from Oasis


August 21, 1997

Label (s) Helter Skelter, Creation Records , Sony Music , Epic

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CD , vinyl , cassette

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  • Paul McGuigan: Bass


Noel Gallagher, Owen Morris

Studio (s)

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Be Here Now The master plan

Be Here Now is the title of the third studio album by the British band Oasis . It was released on August 21, 1997 by Creation Records (on August 26, 1997 by Epic Records in the US). The title refers to a quote from John Lennon regarding his view of the importance of rock 'n' roll . The public expectations, especially in Great Britain, regarding the quality and success of the new album were as gigantic as they were in Beatlemania times, so that the Oasis management was forced to strictly regulate the distribution of promotional material to the specialist press, which is why no more than four songs of the album could be played on the radio. The disappointment after the hype subsided was all the more enormous, because the music could not increase the following, on the contrary, the band brought massive criticism of their creative work and an unprofessional attitude.


After a tour in 1996, accompanied by fights between the Gallagher brothers and wild parties, head of the band Noel Gallagher contemplated leaving Oasis and actually left the band on September 11, 1996 amid the North American tour. However, a short time after the supposedly final end, he found himself in various recording studios, which the rest of the band finally joined after the end of the US tour.

Driven by the will to be "the best band in the world", Oasis wanted to put an end to negative headlines about a possible band breakup and a creative crisis. According to later statements by the Gallaghers, work on the recordings was not too concentrated. As on the last tour that ended, many parties were celebrated and drugs were consumed.

Pressure to succeed

Not only in Great Britain was the media expectation very high, similar to the Beatles' days, since Oasis enjoyed the considerable commercial success of their first album Definitely Maybe with the album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? far exceeded. The third album was supposed to continue this development and highlight Oasis' prominent role in the British and worldwide music scene as well as conquer the US music market.

In the opinion of many observers at the time, the artistic failure of the album, on the contrary, marked the end of the Britpop era.


Noel composed some of the songs on the album and the B-sides on the island of Mustique . Guest musicians were Johnny Depp (slide guitar on Fade In-Out ), Mark Feltham (harmonica on All Around the World ) and Mark Coyle (backward bits on D'You Know What I Mean? ). The string - arrangements come from Noel Gallagher and Nick Ingham. Noel and Owen Morris took over the production. The music and lyrics of all songs were written by Noel Gallagher.

The recordings for the album took place from November 1996 to April 1997 at Abbey Road , Ridge Farm , Air, Master Rock and Orinocco Studios, London .


The album carries the catchy guitar- dominated wall-of-noise sound of its predecessor (What's the Story) Morning Glory? The guitars come into their own in terms of volume, melody, and the number and length of the solos. The songs are almost all longer than 5 minutes and mostly composed in the strophe-bridge-refrain-stanza pattern. Noel Gallagher stated that he had set himself the goal of releasing a trilogy of albums that would go down in history as the definition of the typical Oasis sound. Be Here Now can therefore be understood as an attempt to create a crowning, superlative conclusion to that period in the band's history.


Even in the eyes of the band's head Noel Gallagher, Be Here Now was, in retrospect, a definite musical failure, and he shares the opinion of many critics. Initially applauded by the media and fans as monumental and one of the best albums of all time, after a while voices began to criticize the lack of lyrical depth, excessive production and uninspired, epigonal songwriting .

This perception still dominates today. In the eyes of many fans, on the other hand, the harsh criticism of this album is unjustified, as it contains the catchy, guitar-dominated wall-of- noise sound of its predecessor (What's the Story) Morning Glory? continue. However, this is precisely where critics see a sign of a lack of musical development. The fact that Noel Gallagher himself no longer thinks very much of his work can also be seen from the fact that he did not select a single Be Here Now song for the best-of compilation Stop the Clocks .


The album has sold almost 8 million times worldwide. It was the fastest-selling album in the UK, with over 420,000 records sold on the day of release and 695,761 copies in the first week of sales (within three days, to be precise). The 1 million mark was exceeded after 17 days. Only Adele achieved similar sales figures again in the mid-2010s.

Track list

  1. D'You Know What I Mean? - 7:42
  2. My Big Mouth - 5:02
  3. Magic Pie - 7:19
  4. Stand by Me - 5:56
  5. I Hope, I Think, I Know - 4:23
  6. The Girl in the Dirty Shirt - 5:49
  7. Fade In-Out - 6:52
  8. Don't Go Away - 4:48
  9. Be Here Now - 5:13
  10. All Around the World - 9:20 am
  11. It's Gettin 'Better (Man !!) - 7:00
  12. All Around the World (Reprise) - 2:00


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Be Here Now
  DE 2 09/01/1997 (42 weeks)
  AT 3 08/31/1997 (16 weeks)
  CH 2 08/31/1997 (23 weeks)
  UK 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 08/30/1997 (47 weeks)
  US 2 09/13/1997 (26 weeks)
Be Here Now - Remastered
  AT 69 10/28/2016 (1 week)
D'You Know What I Mean?
  DE 27 07/21/1997 (9 weeks)
  AT 38 07/27/1997 (3 weeks)
  CH 20th 07/20/1997 (11 weeks)
  UK 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 07/19/1997 (18 weeks)
Stand by Me
  DE 60 10/06/1997 (9 weeks)
  CH 34 10/26/1997 (4 weeks)
  UK 2 04/10/1997 (18 weeks)
All around the world
  DE 84 01/26/1998 (4 weeks)
  UK 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 01/24/1998 (9 weeks)

D'You Know What I Mean?

  • Released: July 7, 1997
  • Author: Noel Gallagher
  • Producers: Noel Gallagher and Owen Morris
  • B sides: Stay Young; Angel Child (demo); Heroes

Stand by Me

  • Released: September 22, 1997
  • Author: Noel Gallagher
  • Producers: Noel Gallagher and Owen Morris
  • B-Sides: (I Got) The Fever; My Sister Lover; Going nowhere

All around the world

  • Published: January 12, 1998
  • Author: Noel Gallagher
  • Producers:
  • B-sides: The Fame; Flashbax; Street Fighting Man

Don't Go Away (only in Japan)

  • Published: February 19, 1998
  • Author: Noel Gallagher
  • Producers: Noel Gallagher and Owen Morris
  • B-sides: Cigarettes & Alcohol (live); Sad song; Fade Away (Warchild Version)

Sales figures and awards

Country / Region Award Sales
Awards for music sales
(country / region, Award, Sales)
Argentina (CAPIF) Argentina (CAPIF) Gold record icon.svg gold 30,000
Australia (ARIA) Australia (ARIA) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 70,000
Belgium (BEA) Belgium (BEA) Gold record icon.svg gold (25,000)
Germany (BVMI) Germany (BVMI) Gold record icon.svg gold (250,000)
Europe (IFPI) Europe (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum 3,000,000
Finland (IFPI) Finland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (26,099)
France (SNEP) France (SNEP) Gold record icon.svg 2 × gold (200,000)
Hong Kong (IFPI / HKRIA) Hong Kong (IFPI / HKRIA) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 20,000
Japan (RIAJ) Japan (RIAJ) Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum 400,000
Canada (MC) Canada (MC) Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum 200,000
New Zealand (RMNZ) New Zealand (RMNZ) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 15,000
Netherlands (NVPI) Netherlands (NVPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (50,000)
Norway (IFPI) Norway (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (25,000)
Poland (ZPAV) Poland (ZPAV) Gold record icon.svg gold (50,000)
Sweden (IFPI) Sweden (IFPI) Platinum record icon.svg platinum (80,000)
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold (25,000)
Spain (Promusicae) Spain (Promusicae) Platinum record icon.svg platinum (100,000)
United States (RIAA) United States (RIAA) Platinum record icon.svg platinum 1,000,000
United Kingdom (BPI) United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum record icon.svg 6 × platinum (1,800,000)
All in all Gold record icon.svg10 × gold
Platinum record icon.svg19 × platinum

Main article: Oasis / Music Sales Awards

Individual evidence

  1. release date
  2. ( Memento of November 8, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  3. a b Behind The Music VH-1
  4. Rock Profiles Interview
  5. Pop's Oasis of hype ( Memento from September 15, 2012 in the web archive )
  6. Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop. Passion Pictures, 2004 on youtube
  7. a b Be Here Now at Discogs
  8. ^ Q Review
  9. Interview on British television from 2000 on youtube
  10. ^ The Time Review
  11. AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  12. article
  13. Article related to Q Magazine reader survey ( Memento of October 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  14. ^ Oasis - Be Here Now (Review), Jason Karsh, Audio / Video Revolution, August 26, 1997
  15. ^ OASIS - Be Here Now (Review), Wolfgang Doebeling, Rolling Stone, August 3, 1997
  16. RollingStone Review ( Memento of the original from September 30, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  17. Discussion in the forum
  18. Be Here Now - Oasis ( Memento from February 11, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (record review),, October 7, 1997
  19. ^ Oasis - Stop the Clocks (Review), Ryan Dombal, Pitchfork, December 1, 2006
  20. (link not available) (link not available)
  21. 10 Things You Didn't Know About ... Oasis' Be Here Now , HMV, October 13, 2016
  22. Charts DE Charts AT Charts CH Charts UK Charts US