MUSIC: IT'S THE SAME OLD STORY

OASIS, THE BEATLES-APING BAND FROM BRITAIN, IS BACK. BUT ISN'T IT TIME IT DID ITS OWN THING?

One of the keys to the popularity of the loutish British rock band Oasis is that its members make no secret of the fact that they want to be popular. American rock acts, especially all those fading alternative ones, often try to downplay their success, complaining, apologizing and obfuscating all the way. But after you've performed on the Grammys, hired a team from Silicon Valley to set up a multicolor interactive Website, or gabbed about your new record with Regis and Kathie Lee, all the moaning about the trials and tribulations of fame comes across as disingenuous and disagreeable. In contrast,...

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