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'.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Wonderwall Leads Father's Day Karaoke Poll

Oasis Blur

Just in time for Father's Day, the rock ballad has beaten Blur's Parklife and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, with 32 per cent of the vote in a Sunfly Karaoke website poll.

More than 3,000 dads took part in the survey.

Also making the top five: David Bowie's Heroes and Hey Jude by the Beatles.

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Liam Gallagher Apologises For Gay Slur

Liam Gallagher Oasis Noel Gallagher

The former Oasis frontman tweeted on Wednesday night (15Jun16) to comment on the violence that has broken out between Russian and English soccer fans in France since their match for the Euro 2016 tournament on Saturday (11Jun16).

He wrote, "Russian hooligans skintight shorts bumbags batty boy (slur for gay man) muscles ha ha I'd be more worried bout getting me a**e pinched LG X (sic)."

Many social media users responded to the tweet by calling Liam out for homophobia, while others criticised his insensitive timing for making a slur at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community only days after the Orlando shooting on Sunday (12Jun16).

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Paul Mccartney Slams Oasis' Beatles Comparisons

Sir Paul McCartney Beatles Noel Gallagher Oasis

Noel Gallagher made the comments in a 1996 interview with MTV when Oasis were at the height of their popularity, having seen their first two albums top the U.K. charts.

Paul says the comments were damaging to the group, as it meant their music was judged against his band, who are revered as one of the greatest musical acts of all time.

"Oasis were young, fresh and writing good tunes," Paul told Britain's Q magazine. "I thought the biggest mistake they made was when they said 'We're going to be bigger than The Beatles'.

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Is Liam Gallagher Finally Ready To Make Music Again?

Liam Gallagher Noel Gallagher Oasis Richard Ashcroft

Liam Gallagher is said to be ready to make music again, nearly two years after his group Beady Eye disbanded. The frontman is reported to be heading to the studio to record his first solo music, after realising that an Oasis reunion with brother Noel is unlikely.

Liam GallagherLiam Gallagher is said to be heading back to the studio.

A source told The Sun: ‘The penny has finally dropped with Liam. He can’t make any money sitting on his backside and with four kids to pay for, a divorce and a lavish lifestyle to keep up, extra cash will be handy.’

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Noel Gallagher Will Reunite Oasis For $36 Million

Noel Gallagher Oasis Liam Gallagher

The group were one of Britain's most popular bands from their debut release in 1994 until they split in 2009 after years of arguments between the two siblings.

Noel, 48, and Liam, 43, are yet to mend their relationship and organise a reunion, but the elder brother says he's prepared to stop their estrangement if someone pays $36.1 million (£20 million).

"For 20 million quid (pounds), one gig - that is good money isn't it?" he tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper. "But I have never heard that offer from anyone."

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'Wonderwall' Voted Best British Song Ever By Radio X Listeners, As Oasis Dominate Poll

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In a revelation that will surprise precisely nobody, Oasis have thoroughly dominated a poll conducted by Radio X to discover the best British song of all time, securing not only the number one spot with ‘Wonderwall’ but also the rest of the top four.

There’s been plenty of scorn directed at the online poll, which has been run by the overwhelmingly white male-oriented station over the last week, as the now-defunct Manchester group had their songs ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, ‘Champagne Supernova’ and ‘Live Forever’ named as the rest of the top four respectively.

Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher performing with Oasis in 2009

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Oasis Land Top Four Songs On Best Of British Radio Poll


Wonderwall has been voted the ultimate British song, while Don't Look Back in Anger comes in second place, according to the Best of British poll by Radio X.

The band's Champagne Supernova and Live Forever also feature in the top five, while fellow Mancunians The Stone Roses' I Am The Resurrection comes in at five.

Hits by the Arctic Monkeys (I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor), David Bowie (Heroes and Life On Mars), The Verve (Bittersweet Symphony), and the Rolling Stones (Gimme Shelter) also make the top 10.

Liam Gallagher 'Retires' From Music

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The former Oasis frontman has not released any music since the break-up of his band Beady Eye in 2014, and is now ready to give up his rock and roll career having lost faith in his song-writing ability.

"I am retired now. I can write 25 songs but all of them will be a s**t (sic)," he told a fan, as reported in The Sun newspaper.

Liam formed Beady Eye in 2009, after the break-up of Oasis, but his new group struggled to replicate his old band's success, as Beady Eye only had one single make it into the U.K. Top 40 chart.

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Jake Bugg Adds Fuel To Noel Gallagher Feud

Jake Bugg Noel Gallagher Oasis

The High Flying Birds frontman was initially an early cheerleader for Jake, but was unimpressed when he found out Jake had worked with a co-writer on his first album. The discovery resulted in Noel aiming his famously barbed remarks at the singer.

The Lightning Bolt singer has now hit back at the man he toured with at the start of his career, slamming his former hero as producing inferior music.

"Noel's last album is pretty c**p though, innit?" he tells Britain's NME magazine. "I'm not upset about it because it's just Noel - he'll slag off Ed Sheeran and then be at a party with him the next week. It's just the way he is."

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Liam Gallagher Goes On Twitter Rant After Brits

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The former Oasis frontman tuned in to watch the annual U.K. prizegiving, where artists such as Adele, Justin Bieber, and One Direction walked away as winners of the prestigious music trophy.

However, Gallagher was left distraught with the ceremony, as he took to Twitter during the live show with his condemning thoughts on the music business.

"Where do I f**king start," he began. "Music in the UK has been abducted by massive c**ts THE END. Thank f**k I got out when I got out out."

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Oasis Press Day

Hayley Sparks - Oasis AW15 Press Day in Carnaby Street - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th April 2015

Sparks and Oasis
Sparks and Oasis
Sparks and Oasis
Sparks and Oasis
Sparks and Oasis
Sparks and Oasis

Oasis And Victoria & Albert Museum

Shereen Cutkelvin and Asami Zdrenka - Oasis and Victoria & Albert Museum - collection launch party, arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th April 2015

Oasis, Shereen Cutkelvin and Asami Zdrenka
Oasis, Shereen Cutkelvin, Asami Zdrenka and Amira Mccarthy
Oasis and Amira Mccarthy
Oasis and Amira Mccarthy
Oasis and Charlotte De Carle
Oasis and Pips Taylor

Roskilde Music Festival 2009

Oasis and Roskilde Sunday 5th July 2009 Roskilde Music Festival 2009 Rosklide, Denmark

Oasis and Roskilde
Oasis and Roskilde
Oasis and Roskilde
Oasis and Roskilde
Oasis and Roskilde
Oasis and Roskilde

Oasis Performing Live At Heaton Park. 06/06/09. Photo Credit Nick Pickles.

Oasis Oasis performing live at Heaton Park. 06/06/09. Photo Credit Nick Pickles.


Oasis Performing At River Plate Stadium

Oasis Sunday 3rd May 2009 Oasis performing at River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires, Argentina



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