But then, something happened. Or, more accurately, didn't happen. Sadly, Britpop never quite took off here in the States. Spin magazine declared Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque the top album of 1991, but a little American-made album called Nevermind stole all its thunder. Suede had to change their name to the London Suede for legal reasons. Both Elastica and the Stone Roses took waaay too long (five years!) to release their second albums. Yanks didn't grasp the subtle lyrical nuances of Pulp's Different Class. The Verve got sued by the Stones over their one big hit, then broke up for 10 years. Blur's Damon Albarn went on to have much more Stateside success with a cartoon band called Gorillaz than he ever did with his flesh-&-blood Blurmates. And even Oasis's fanbase in America became, to speak in Spinal Tappian terms, more selective. So nowadays the only real British-band success story--in America, anyway--is Coldplay.
Sure, Oasis have had a rough time of it lately--the Jay-Z war of words over Glastonbury, the onstage attack at Toronto's V Festival that injured Noel Gallagher's back and caused Oasis to cancel or postpone several gigs--but these blokes are survivors. They're going to live forever. And in this exclusive Yahoo! Music interview with Noel, shot last week at Oasis's London HQ, his still-supersonic charisma makes it clear why his band has managed to last so long: