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Cigarettes & Alcohol – Oasis

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“Cigarettes & Alcohol” is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by Noel Gallagher. It was released as the fourth single from their debut album Definitely Maybe, and their second to enter the UK top ten in the United Kingdom, peaking at #7 (three places higher than “Live Forever”), eventually spending 35 weeks on the charts, re-entering the Top 75 on several occasions until 1997.

Whereas earlier singles “Supersonic” and “Shakermaker” had used psychedelic imagery, and “Live Forever” used softer chords and tender lyrics, “Cigarettes & Alcohol” was the first real taste of the wilder attitude that Oasis appeared to be promoting. The song proclaims the inherent appeal of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as a remedy to the banality and seemingly futile nature of the working class life. Lyrics such as “Is it worth the aggravation to find yourself a job when there’s nothing worth working for?” taps into the common sentiment of western disenchantment that was particularly common in the mid-1990s.

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