Oasis (formed 1991) Oasis is a British rock band, from Manchester. The band rose to fame during the 'Britpop' era of the 1990's and has gone on to sell over 50 million albums across the world.
The Formation: Oasis came into being from the remnants of a previous band, The Rain. The Rain consisted of Paul McGuigan (Guigsy), Warren Mackenzie, Paul Arthurs (Bonehead), Tony McCarroll and Chris Hutton. Bonehead was not happy with Chris Hutton's vocals, so he auditioned Liam Gallagher to replace him. When Liam joined, the band's name was changed to Oasis; a move inspired by an Inspiral carpets poster hanging in Liam's bedroom.
Oasis's first gig was at the Boardwalk club in Manchester, in August 1991. Liam's brother, Noel (a roadie for Inspiral Carpets at the time) attended the gig and approached the band about joining, on the proviso that he became the band's leader and the band committed to the pursuit of commercial success.
In May 1993, the band was spotted by Alan McGee, co-founder of Creation Records, when they played at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, supporting 18 Wheeler, one of McGee's bands. He signed the band to Creation four days later.
A white label of their song 'Columbia' was released, followed by their first single, 'Supersonic', which was released in April 1994 and reached number 31 in the UK charts. The next single was 'Shakermaker' but it wasn't until the release of their third single, 'Live Forever', that they hit the big time and reached the Top 10. The debut album, Definitely Maybe was released in September 1994 and went straight to number one.
Life at the top: A year of constant gigging, recording and promotional activities eventually took its toll on the band. In September 1994, the band played a gig in Los Angeles, during which Liam, under the influence of crystal meth, assaulted his brother onstage with a tambourine and made offensive remarks about American audiences. Noel was so upset by the incident that he temporarily left the band and flew to San Francisco. Creation's Tim Abbot tracked him down and persuaded him to rejoin the band.
'Some Might Say' was the band's first number one single, in April 1995. Around this time, Tony McCarroll, the drummer, was forced to leave the band, following a personality clash with the Gallagher brothers. He was replaced by Andy White, whose debut performance with the band was on Top of the Pops.
In the summer of 1995, the British press made a great deal of a reported rivalry between Oasis and London band Blur. The two bands released singles on the same day. Blur's 'Country House' sold 58,000 more than Oasis' 'Roll With It.' Noel Gallagher's famous response to the battle was that he hoped Damon Albarn and Alex James "would catch AIDS and die." The comment created a great deal of furor in the media and Gallagher was forced to write a formal apology to a number of publications.
In September 1995, Guigsy left the band. His replacement, Scott McLeod only experienced brief membership of the band and abruptly left the band whilst on tour in the USA.
The band's second album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Became the third best-selling album of all time in the UK and spawned two more hits for the band, 'Wonderwall' and 'Don't Look Back In Anger'. 'Champagne Supernova' featured Paul Weller on guitar and backing vocals. As their career reached new heights, the band played a number of massive outdoor arenas, including Maine Road Football Ground and Knebworth Castle.
More drama was in store for the band, however. Liam pulled out of Oasis' MTV Unplugged performance, heckling from a balcony as Noel sang the songs. He then refused to join the band for their US tour and once again, Noel assumed the role of lead singer for the tour.
The third album, Be Here Now was released in August 1997, preceded by the number one single 'D'You Know What I Mean?' Be Here Now became the fastest selling album in UK history and went to number two on the US charts. In 1998, the band released The Masterplan, a collection of B-sides and rarities.
In 1999, Bonehead left the band, followed by Guigsy's second departure, after he had been re-drafted into the band. Their replacements were Gem Archer (of Heavy Stereo) and Andy Bell (of Ride and Hurricane #1). The fourth album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was released on the band's own label, Big Brother and reached number one in the UK. Three singles, 'Go Let It Out', 'Who Feels Love' and 'Sunday Morning Call' were all top five hits. A live album of the supporting tour, Familiar to Millions was released in 2000.
Heathen Chemistry was released in 2002 and was another number one for the band. The album saw the release of the first single written by Liam ('Songbird') as well as 'The Hindu Times', 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' and 'Little By Little / She Is Love'.
Drummer Alan White left the band in January 2004 and was replaced by Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr.
Don't Believe The Truth was the band's sixth studio album, released in May 2005. The singles 'Lyla' and 'the Importance of Being Idle' were both number one singles. The album itself was also a number one hit.
Stop the Clocks, a compilation double album was released in 2006, featuring what the band considered to be their defining songs.
In 2007, a documentary of the band, Lord Don't Slow Me Down was released. Later that year, the band won a BRIT award for 'Outstanding Contribution To Music'.
The ever-cheeky Blur bassist gave an interview to The Independent in which he spoke about Blur and Oasis' rivalry, the future of his group, and cheese (obviously).
Few Britpop figures were as memorable as Blur’s Alex James. With his trademark bass guitar pose of one foot on the front-of-stage speaker and cigarette nonchalantly dangling out of his mouth, he’s always admitted to loving every second of fame.
Now, in a new interview with The Independent, James has suggested that there could be room for both his reformed band and a reunited Oasis in today’s music scene, even going so far as to say that the two former rivals could play together in the future. But only if Oasis supported them!
Alex James gave an interview to The Independent
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Noel scotched widely reported rumours of an Oasis reunion later in the year, and blamed his brother for circulating them in the first place.
Furthermore, the 47 year old claims that he hasn’t at any point considered reuniting the beloved Britpop group, after he himself quit the band at a show in Paris in August 2009. At the time, Liam was reported to have broken one of his favourite guitars minutes before the band was due onstage at a festival.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he said: “There was a rumour last week that we've had a gentleman's agreement [to reform Oasis], but that rumour's come from his people. It's a ‘source close to him’, and I'll tell you how close it is: she probably wakes up with him every morning. It's always left to me in an interview to let the kids down. People say, “You're breaking these kids' hearts”. Well, what the f***, man?”
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The former Oasis star gave his typically forthright opinion of Britain's music scene today.
In an interview with NME as part of a round table discussion alongside fellow artists La Roux, Sleaford Mods and Courtney Barnett, the 47 year old guitarist said “Every single song in the Top 10 is the same s**t with a different voice. If you’re number one in the charts now, it automatically means you must be s**t.”
Noel Gallagher gave the modern music scene both barrels during a recent interview with the NME
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Tickets are still available for most Noel Gallagher dates, despite reports on the contrary.
Tickets for Noel Gallagher's arena tour in 2015 are still available, despite some outlets reporting they had sold out in just 10 minutes. The former Oasis frontman will take his new outfit, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on an extensive tour in March, in support of his new album Chasing Yesterday.
Tickets for Noel Gallagher's European tour are still available
Tickets for the jaunt went on-sale via Gallagher's website at 9am on Friday (October 17, 2014) although the Daily Telegraph reported that every single UK date sold out within minutes. However, Contactmusic.com believes that tickets - especially seated - are still available for shows in London, Manchester and Nottingham. Only a show at Glasgow's Hydro Arena has sold out completely.
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Metallica are choosing to replicate Jay Z in performing a version of Wonderwall at their Glastonbury headline slot, but what are the best Oasis covers?
In a similar fashion to the announcement of Jay Z in 2008, metal titans Metallica’s headline slot at the iconic Glastonbury Festival has been met with a wave of criticism and derision from commentators who have deemed the Metallica’s headline position as both a lazy, predictable booking and one that is incompatible with Glastonbury’s demographic. However, whereas criticism towards Jay Z in the vein of what was unleashed by the Gallagher brothers was a scathing attack on hip hop as a genre, laced with a degree of barely concealed racism, Metallica’s backlash largely stems from elsewhere.
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher performing at the Universal Ampitheatre in 2000. [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Dan Callister]
Firstly, this is a band that hasn’t produced an album of any merit for well over a decade and what’s more, considering they were announced long after tickets had sold out, how many of Glastonbury’s middle class bohemians will actually want to watch the band? Metallica have themselves responded to the criticism by announcing they may open their set with a cover of “Wonderwall”, copying Jay Z’s act of protest back in 2008. However, it does appear that Jay Z’s version carried a greater amount of symbolism, given that it was the Gallagher brothers who were the most vocal opponents of his appearance.
Did Liam Gallagher's tweets hint at an Oasis reunion at Glastonbury?
An Oasis reunion could be on the horizon after frontman Liam Gallagher tweeted the letters of the band's name over the course of a few hours on Thursday evening (April 24, 2014). Bookmakers Paddy Power subsequently suspended betting on the band playing Glastonbury 2014.
Liam Gallagher Hinted at an Oasis Reunion
Gallagher, who tweeted O, A, S, I, S, followed it up by posting, OASIS LG.
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Pulp's Common People is the ultimate Britpop track
Pulp's Common People has been named the ultimate Britpop anthem by BBC6 Music listeners, beating the likes of The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony and Oasis's Wonderwall. More than 300,000 listeners voted for the track to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 90's genre - which created various personalities but very few decent bands.
Jarvis Cocker and Pulp Wrote The Greatest Britpop Song, Apparently
One of those decent bands - who were actually excellent - were Pulp, Jarvis Cocker's Sheffield outfit.
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An Oasis reunion looks unlikely for 2014, though don't rule it out.
Following Facebook and Instagram posts last night, Oasis fans were dusting off their parka coats and bucket hats, calling their brothers "r kid" and swaggering down to their local clutching a two-pound coin to play Standing on the Shoulders of Giants in its entirety, on the jukebox.
Liam Gallagher Performing with new band Beady Eye
And then came the news that the "cryptic message" that read "February 26 - 9am" was not in fact signalling the announcement of a reunion tour or new album, but instead marking the reissue of the band's 1994 debut Definitely Maybe on its 20th anniversary, on May 19.
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Glastonbury Festival 2013 will be remembered for the debut of The Rolling Stones, though plenty of other acts made it one of best festivals in years.
And that's it. Another year passes and Worthy Farm closes its gates on the Glastonbury Festival revellers for another 12 months. Though there's always the distant murmur of someone professing it "the best Glastonbury ever," there was a palpable feeling that this year's festival was among the finest in history. Firstly, there was heightened anticipation given the fallow year in 2012 and secondly, the sun came out. Oh, and The Rolling Stones made their debut, rollicking through a two-and-a-half-hour set on Saturday (June 29, 2013) and scoring five-star reviews across the board.
Mick Jagger Performing With The Rolling Stones At Glastonbury Festival in 2013
The surprise return of David Bowie in 2013 had left many commentators speculating on the possibility of the Thin White Duke headlining the legendary festival, though there was no lingering thoughts of "What if?" once Glastonbury got underway on Friday with a snappy set from Sheffield heroes Arctic Monkeys. Bowie became all but a moot point after Saturday, when Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company played a career spanning set that included 'Jumping Jack Flash,' 'Tumbling Dice,' 'Start Me Up,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Doom and Gloom' and 'Midnight Rambler.' "The night belongs to the Stones. By turning on the charm as well as the formidable back catalogue, they prove themselves well worth the wait," said the Guardian's Dorian Lynskey.
Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye took to the stage at Glastonbury at 11am, though still drew a sizable crowd.
Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye played an unbilled set at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday morning (June 28, 2013), officially opening three days of music set to be headlined by Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones and Mumford & Sons. The show took place on The Other Stage at the rather early time of 11am, though thousands made the journey from their soaked tents to watch the former Oasis man.
Liam Gallagher Performing With Beady Eye At The Glastonbury Festival
Though Beady Eye's show did not feature in the programme, frotman Liam has dropped a major hint earlier in the week, tweeting, "11am Friday - BE there or BE square.LG," while photographs showed the band travelling to Glastonbury on the train. Gallagher had always vowed never to return to the Pilton site following his former band's headlining set in 2004, telling The Sun, "The sound is s*** and really quiet. You can hear the crowd talking while you're playing.It's like Bond Street with mud, with loads of celebrities walking around in their boots and umbrellas. I'm not having it."
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Liam Gallagher was rumoured to be playing Glastonbury, and duly opened the festival on Friday morning.
Liam Gallagher was given the enviable job of opening the 2013 Glastonbury Festival with a surprise set on The Other Stage on Friday morning (June 28, 2013). The singer, who aired his dismay for the festival following his former band Oasis' set in 2004, arrived on-stage and immediately launched into Flick of the Finger, a recent single for Beady Eye.
Liam Gallagher Performing With Beady Eye At Brixton Academy
The cloudy weather and early start did nothing to deter the famous Mancunian, who was on typically brash form. "It's never too early for a bit of Rock'n'Roll aggro, is it?" asked Gallagher as his new band launched into Morning Glory, an Oasis hit written by his brother Noel Gallagher.
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