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

Liam Gallagher Doesn't Think Solo Is Different

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Liam Gallagher insists his solo album ''doesn't feel any different'' to an Oasis record.

The 'Wall of Glass' hitmaker claims the spotlight has always been on him so going it alone is just the same as being in a band.

Speaking about his upcoming LP, 'As You Were', he said: ''It doesn't feel any different to an Oasis record.. I sing the way I've always sung and I still get the same hit.

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Liam Gallagher Hints At Oasis Reunion For Manchester Arena Re-Opening

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Liam Gallagher just hinted at something that all Oasis fans have been desperate to hear for nearly a decade, suggesting that he might reconcile with his brother Noel to reunite the band for the re-opening of Manchester Arena next month.

The 21,000 capacity venue is due to re-open its doors in the coming weeks, with a star-studded benefit concert including Pixie Lott, Courteeners and Blossoms on September 9th to mark the official re-opening after the venue underwent refurbishment following the devastating terrorist attack back in May that claimed the lives of 22 fans at an Ariana Grande show.

Noel Gallagher’s solo project, The High Flying Birds, are topping the bill on the night, but Oasis fans quizzed his younger brother on why he wasn’t playing the show. The former Oasis frontman tweeted on Saturday (August 19th) that he could still appear at the gig - if he was asked.

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Six Band Reunions We'd Love To See In 2017

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The trend of big bands and artists from yesteryear making a comeback and touring old albums showed no sign of slowing down in 2016. Even small-to-medium sized acts have opted to coin it in and perform classic albums to their devotees. Mortgages have to be paid somehow.

And yet, there are a surprising number of huge bands who have thusfar resisted the temptation to get back together. Here are six bands we’d love to announce a reunion in 2017.

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Oasis 'Supersonic' Movie Made Gallaghers' Rivalry Worse, Says Director

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Despite the resounding critical and commercial success, the recently released Oasis documentary movie Supersonic has actually made the rivalry between the Gallagher brothers worse, according to its director.

Mat Whitecross, who helmed the project, revealed that when he gave a preview screening to former frontman Liam Gallagher, he threw popcorn at the screen every time his brother Noel appeared.

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Supersonic - Trailer and Clips

There were a number of defining bands of the 90's but Oasis were indisputably one of the biggest. Having formed in 1991, brothers Liam and Noel both had a great desire to be in the biggest band in the world, but the thought behind that was perhaps a little more basic; they wanted to make music. Though Noel was a relatively late member of Oasis, after he joined he became the main songwriter and the band focussed on recording the songs he'd previously written.

Touring the county with little money, the boys were offered a gig in Glasgow at King Tut's Wah Wah and made the journey from Manchester up to the Scottish town. Upon arrival, it was touch and go as to if the Mancunian's would even get to play but eventually they managed to get an opening slot for the night's proceedings  and they immediately caught the attention of Alan Mcgee who asked them to sign to his label there and then. McGee's deal with the band would come to fruition  some months later when he secured the UK rights to releasing the group's music.

By 1994 Oasis would have recorded a number of demos and they were finally ready to release their official debut single 'Supersonic' which would reach the dizzying heights of number 31 in the UK Singles Chart - which for a group yet to make names for themselves was actually pretty good!

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10 Things The New Oasis Documentary Should Include

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Any Oasis fans who happened to see the powerful documentary film Amy earlier this year will have been delighted by the news that the team behind it is to make a piece about the Mancunian Britpop legends.

Asif Kapadia, who directed the Winehouse doc, is taking a production role on the as-yet-untitled project, with the rest of his team assisted director Mat Whitecross, himself having made the fictional Stone Roses-centred movie Spike Island and the Ian Dury biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll.

With “unprecedented access” granted to the Oasis archives, we can hope for a ton of unreleased footage and music as the film-makers chart the entire history of the group. However, here are ten milestones in Oasis’ history that should definitely be included.

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Forget Adele V Tom Waits, Here's 13 Songs We've Definitely Heard Before

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Adele's new song 'Hello' has had the internet going crazy these past few weeks; people are excited for the release of her upcoming comeback album '25' and thus have this across-the-board number one on repeat. However, as with a lot of hit tracks, it hasn't been without its criticism and in this case people are commenting on the remarkable similarity to a Californian storyteller we all know and love.

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The Tom Waits comparison has, in itself, been critized; but whatever people say, the fact can't be ignored that the lyrics to 'Hello' do bare remarkable parallels with Waits' 1973 song 'Martha'. Both dictate a phonecall to a long lost lover, reminiscing about their early days and reflecting on their young, foolish selves. It's not exactly a copy, merely a divine inspiration.

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Aurora Provides Emotional Oasis Tribute To John Lewis Christmas Advert [Video]

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It's officially Christmas season! Why's that, you say? Because a touching new John Lewis advert has arrived giving us all the feels with a balladic cover of Oasis hit 'Half the World Away' by Aurora Aksnes. We are literally crying our eyes out.

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Why do you do this to us, John Lewis? This year's Christmas advert features a little girl with a telescope who spies a lonely old man living on the moon staring wistfully at the Earth. Try as she might, she's unable to send a message of comfort to him - that is until Christmas day when a gift floats over to the man attached to some balloons. He discovers his own telescope in the package and easily finds the little girl through the lens. A tear drips down his cheek as she happily waves at him and our own eyes well up like never before.

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Noel And Liam Gallagher To Appear In Forthcoming Oasis Documentary Film

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More details about the upcoming Oasis documentary film being produced by the makers of Amy, as both Noel and Liam Gallagher have offered their co-operation to the project and will both feature in the movie. It’s unlikely that they’ll appear together, but we can live in hope.

The two brothers were the sole constant members of the often turbulent Britpop giants, whose commercial fortunes peaked in the mid ‘90s but whose popularity endured until their eventual disintegration in Paris in August 2009. They have not worked together since and are believed not to have had any contact at all, though they have occasionally fired pot-shots at each other through the press.

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Oasis To Be Subject Of New Documentary By 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia

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Asif Kapadia, the director of award wining documentaries Senna and Amy has chosen Oasis as his next subject. Kapadia and James Gay-Rees will produce a feature-length documentary on the 90s Britpop band that will “chart the journey from the moment in 1991 when Noel joined his brother Liam’s band”.

Liam GallagherOasis will be the subject of a new documentary by Asif Kapadia.

According to Screen Daily, “the filmmakers have been given ‘unprecedented’ access to the band and unseen archive footage and the film will include candid insight from the famously stormy brothers”. The film will be directed by Mat Whitecross, who previously worked on Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Spike Island.

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

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Sparks and Oasis

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

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

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Oasis and Roskilde

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


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