History[ edit ] — Formation and early years [ edit ] Oasis evolved from an earlier group. Unsatisfied with Hutton, Arthurs invited and auditioned acquaintance Liam Gallagher as a replacement. Liam suggested that the band name be changed to Oasis. This change was inspired by an Inspiral Carpets tour poster that hung in the Gallagher brothers' bedroom.
One of the venues the poster listed was the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. Liam's brother Noel Gallagher , who was a roadie for Inspiral Carpets, went with the band to watch his younger brother's band play.
Whilst Noel and his friends did not think Oasis sounded particularly spectacular, he did begin to consider the possibility of using his brother's group as a possible outlet for a series of songs he had been writing for several years. Noel approached the group about joining with the proviso that he would become the band's sole songwriter and leader, and that they would commit to an earnest pursuit of commercial success.
All of a sudden, there were loads of ideas. Breakthrough with Definitely Maybe[ edit ] After over a year of live shows, rehearsals and a recording of a demo known as the Live Demonstration tape , the band's big break came in May when they were spotted by Creation Records co-owner Alan McGee. Oasis, along with a group of friends, hired a van and made the journey to Glasgow. When they arrived, they were refused entry to the club as they were not on that night's set list, which reportedly caused the band to bully their way in although the band and McGee have given contradicting statements about how they managed to get into the club.
McGee was so impressed he offered them a recording contract; they however did not sign until several months later. Their third single, " Live Forever ", was their first to enter the top ten of the UK charts. After troubled recording and mixing sessions, their debut album, Definitely Maybe , was released on 29 August , entering the charts at number one within a week of its release, and at the time becoming the fastest selling debut album in the UK.
This behaviour culminated during a gig in Los Angeles in September , leading to an inept performance by Liam during which he made offensive remarks about American audiences and hit Noel with a tambourine. Once there, the elder Gallagher was persuaded to continue with the band. He reconciled with his brother and the tour resumed in Minneapolis. What's the Story Morning Glory? At the same time, drummer Tony McCarroll was ousted from the band.
McCarroll said, on leaving Oasis, that he was "unlawfully expelled from the partnership" for what he called a " personality clash " with the brothers. The Gallaghers, on the other hand, doubted McCarroll's musical ability, with Noel saying: Oasis began recording material for their second album in May of that year in Rockfield Studios near Monmouth.
During this period, the British press seized upon a supposed rivalry between Oasis and Britpop band Blur. On 14 August , Blur and Oasis released new singles on the same day, setting up " The Battle of Britpop " that dominated the national news. He was replaced by Scott McLeod , formerly of The Ya Ya's, who was featured on some of the tour dates as well as in the "Wonderwall" video before leaving abruptly while on tour in the US. McLeod later contacted Noel Gallagher claiming he felt he had made the wrong decision.
Gallagher curtly replied "I think you have too. Good luck signing on. Although a softer sound initially led to mixed reviews, Oasis' second album, What's the Story Morning Glory? It also contained the non-UK single " Champagne Supernova ", which featured guitar and backing vocals by Paul Weller, and received widespread critical acclaim. The song reached number one on the US modern rock chart. Knebworth and peak of popularity to Be Here Now and ultimate backlash[ edit ] "What Oasis has done in Britain, unifying an entire country under the banner of a single pop act, a band could no longer achieve in a country like the US.
In Britain the band reigns unchallenged as the most popular act since the Beatles, there is an Oasis CD in roughly one of every three homes there.
Last month, the band drew , people to Knebworth for the biggest outdoor concerts in the country's history. The group's battling brothers, Liam and Noel Gallagher, appear as regularly as royalty on tabloid covers.
There and Then , released later the same year. As their career reached its zenith, Oasis performed back-to-back concerts at Knebworth on 10 and 11 August. The band sold out both shows within minutes. The audience of , people each night for two nights 2. He watched the performance from a balcony with cold beer and cigarettes, heckling Noel's singing between songs. The brothers soon reconciled and decided to complete the tour.
Problems playing this file? Oasis spent the end of and the first quarter of at Abbey Road Studios in London and Ridge Farm Studios in Surrey recording their third album. Quarrels between the Gallagher brothers plagued the recording sessions.
Be Here Now was released in August By the end of the first day of release, Be Here Now had sold , units and by the end of business on Saturday of that week sales had reached ,, making it the fastest-selling album in British history.
By this time the Britpop movement was in decline, and the band had failed to meet expectations with their third album. After the conclusion of the Be Here Now Tour in early , amidst much media criticism the group kept a low profile. Later in the year, Oasis released a compilation album of fourteen B-sides, entitled The Masterplan. There's a lot more inspired music on the B-sides than there is on Be Here Now itself, I think", related Noel in an interview in Standing on the Shoulder of Giants[ edit ] In early , the band began work on their fourth studio album.
First details were announced in February, with Mark Stent revealed to be taking a co-producing role. Things were not going well and the shock departure of founding member Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs was announced in August.
This departure was reported at the time as amicable, with Noel stating that Arthurs wanted to spend more time with his family. Arthurs' statement clarified his leaving as "to concentrate on other things".
The Gallagher brothers held a press conference shortly thereafter, in which they assured reporters that "the future of Oasis is secure. The story and the glory will go on.
The now three-piece Oasis chose to continue recording the album, with Noel Gallagher re-recording most of Arthurs' guitar and McGuigan's bass parts. After the completion of the recording sessions, the band began searching for replacement members. Bell had never played bass before and had to learn to play it with Noel since saying that Liam said, "If he can play the guitar, he can play the fookin' bass" , along with a handful of songs from Oasis' back catalogue, in preparation for a scheduled tour of America in December Oasis' fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants , was released in February to good first-week sales.
With the departure of the founding members, the band made several small changes to their image and sound. The cover featured a new "Oasis" logo, designed by Gem Archer, and the album was also the first Oasis release to include a song written by Liam Gallagher, entitled "Little James".
The songs also had more experimental, psychedelic influences. To support the record the band staged an eventful world tour. While touring in Barcelona in , Oasis were forced to cancel a gig when an attack of tendinitis caused Alan White's arm to seize up, and the band spent the night drinking instead.
After a row between the two brothers, Noel declared he was quitting touring overseas altogether, and Oasis were supposed to finish the tour without him. A live album of the first show, called Familiar to Millions , was released in late to mixed reviews. Throughout , Oasis split time between sessions for their fifth studio album and live shows around the world.
The record blended the band's sonic experiments from their last albums, but also went for a more basic rock sound. Johnny Marr provided additional guitar as well as backup vocals on a couple of songs. After the album's release, the band embarked on a successful world tour that was once again filled with incidents. In late summer , while the band were on tour in the US, Noel, Bell and touring keyboardist Jay Darlington were involved in a car accident in Indianapolis.
While none of the band members sustained any major injuries, some shows were cancelled as a result. In December , the latter half of the German leg of the band's European tour had to be postponed after Liam Gallagher, Alan White and three other members of the band's entourage were arrested after a violent brawl at a Munich nightclub. The band had been drinking heavily and tests showed that Liam had used cocaine.
The album was originally planned for a September release, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the release of Definitely Maybe.
However, long-time drummer Alan White, who at this time had played on nearly all of the band's material, left the band in early January At the time, his brother Steve White stated on his own website that "the spirit of being in a band was kicked out of him" and he wanted to be with his girlfriend. Though Starkey performed on studio recordings and toured with the band, he was not officially a member and the band were a four-piece for the first time in their career.
Starkey played publicly for the first time at Poole Lighthouse. The performance received negative reviews, with NME calling it a "disaster. Producer Dave Sardy took over the lead producing role from Noel,  who decided to step back from these duties after a decade of producing leadership over the band.
In May , after three years and as many scrapped recording sessions, the band released their sixth studio album, Don't Believe the Truth , fulfilling their contract with Sony BMG. It followed the path of Heathen Chemistry as being a collaborative project again, rather than a Noel-written album. The record was generally hailed as the band's best effort since Morning Glory by fans and critics alike, spawning two UK number one singles: Oasis picked up two awards at the Q Awards: In May , the band's new line-up embarked on a large scale world tour.
Beginning on 10 May at the London Astoria , and finishing on 31 March in front of a sold out gig in Mexico City , Oasis played more live shows than at any time since the Definitely Maybe tour, visiting 26 countries and headlining shows for over 3.
The tour passed without any major incidents and was the band's most successful in more than a decade. Oasis released a compilation double album entitled Stop the Clocks in , featuring what the band considers to be their "definitive" songs. The song debuted at number ten in the UK singles chart. Two other albums by the band appeared in the list — Don't Believe The Truth came in at number fourteen, and the album that has previously been heavily criticised by some of the media, Be Here Now, made the list at No.
Zak Starkey was made official member of the band during sessions. They took a two-month break, because of the birth of Noel's son. The band re-entered the studio on 5 November and finished recording around March  with producer Dave Sardy. He was replaced by former Icicle Works drummer Chris Sharrock on their tour but Chris was not an official member of the band and Oasis remained as a four-piece.