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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'.
Here's a fruity little wine inspired playlist to whet your appetite for this year's Beaujolais Nouveau.
As it's the third Thursday in November it's time to usher in this years batch of Beaujolais Nouveau so we here at Contact Music thought we'd put together a little wine inspired playlist for you by way of celebration. There were sadly a few songs that didn't make this year's cut before we went to press(!) including anything by Simply Red, Amy Winehouse or Black Grape. (Thankfully we've also spared you Mistletoe And Wine, maybe next year Cliff?)
UB40 - Red, Red Wine. No Beaujolais playlist would be complete without this sing-a-long staple from UB40. Although originally sung by Neil Diamond in 1967 the Birmingham band's take on the song is the one firmly entrenched in the minds of the general public, so that's the one we've gone with.
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If the Spice Girls can put aside their differences, why can't these bands?
With the massive headline news that the Spice Girls have (eventually) decided to reunite once again, nailing on a huge stadium tour of the UK next summer, it got us thinking – what other bands would we love to see reform?
Below are five bands from the worlds of pop and rock who are still holding out on the lucrative reunion dollar – all their members are still alive, so come on guys, bring it on!
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Footage emerged earlier this month of Liam Gallagher apparently getting physically aggressive with girlfriend Debbie Gwyther.
The recent footage of Liam Gallagher grabbing his girlfriend by the neck appears to have had more damage than that which is immediately obvious, with his brother Noel deciding to rule out, for good, any possible Oasis reunion after seeing it.
Noel, the older of the two warring siblings, is said to be “disgusted” with his younger brother after footage emerged last week that seemed to show Liam arguing with his partner, Debbie Gwyther, and showing him apparently grabbing her throat.
A source told The Sun on Thursday (August 30th): “Noel has now said there’s no chance of a reunion happening now. He doesn’t want to take to the stage with Liam after what he’s done.”
Seven British bands who couldn't grasp the Holy Grail of the American market.
The histories of American and British pop music is inextricably linked. Often, the same bands that enjoy success in the States also hit the charts in Old Blighty, and vice versa. Think The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, or Nirvana headlining Reading ’92 – common language and similar culture make the transition easy for many.
However, there are notable exceptions on this front – artists who, however massive they make it in Britain, for whatever reason can’t crack America. Here, we look at seven of the biggest British bands who just couldn’t make it out there.
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Liam reached out to Noel on Twitter.
In a new tweet this week aimed at his guitarist brother, 45 year old Liam wrote: “I forgive you now let's get the BIG O back together”. Fans of Oasis will be seeing Liam’s communique as a lifeline for a possible Oasis reunion.
Next summer will mark the 10th anniversary of the legendary band’s demise, which came after a bust-up backstage before a festival date in France in which Liam reportedly broke his brother’s guitar.
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Seven songs to take you to victory, or seven songs to dry your eyes to.
As the 2018 FIFA World Cup nears conclusion in Russia, football fans everywhere are going to be spending the summer either crying or cheering. Thus, we've put together the perfect playlist no matter whether you win or lose, because music is everything when it comes to victory. Or failure.
New Order performing live in 2016
WIN: Happy - Pharrell
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Noel Gallagher has listened to new Arctic Monkeys album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' and admits he doesn't know what to make of the experimental direction.
The 'Holy Mountain' hitmaker has had a chance to check out the Sheffield band's sixth studio album which has split the opinion of fans due to its experimental direction.
Frontman Alex Turner has described the concept behind the record as being the idea of a ''retirement home for rock stars on the moon'', and Noel, 50, has taken the time to give it a listen but admits he didn't enjoy the songs because most lack any classic choruses or melodies.
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Will we see the brothers Gallagher back on stage together in 2018?
Bookmaker Paddy Power has already released odds on whether or not we’ll see the brothers on stage together again next year - but fans shouldn’t hold their breath.
Liam is back on good terms with brother Noel in time for Christmas
The band is eligible in 2019, but he'd rather give it a miss.
If you can believe it, 2019 will see the 25th anniversary of Oasis' first album 'Definitely Maybe', which means that the band will finally be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, Noel Gallagher insists he has no interest in the whole thing.
Noel Gallagher leaves BBC Radio studios
With all the talk about an Oasis reunion flying about (i.e. Liam Gallagher saying that he'd love one and Noel Gallagher vehemently shutting that idea down), it seems Noel has no plans to reunite the band for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, should they be nominated next year.
Former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher has slammed Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and insisted the 'Good Vibrations' hitmaker is ''overrated''.
The Britpop icon took aim at the 'Good Vibrations' hitmaker in a scathing attack when his own experimental arrangements on 'Who Built the Moon?' were compared to those of the classic songwriter.
When it was suggested he got carried away in a similar way to Wilson, he fired back to Paste: ''F***in' hell - I hate Brian Wilson! And you know what? If there's a more overrated person in the music business than me, it's that guy.
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Olivia Cox - Oasis and Victoria & Albert Museum - collection launch party, arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th April 2015
Oasis Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell and Gem Archer Studio photo shoot with Oasis. Tokyo, Japan
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