Biography

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of singer Chris Hutton, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion). Hutton was later replaced by a friend of the band, Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine). They would later be joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals) as a fifth member. This would be the band's complete and established line-up until 1995.

Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe (1994). The following year the band recorded (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with their new drummer Alan White in the midst of a rivalry with Britpop peers Blur in the charts. The Gallagher brothers were featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles. In 1997 Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now (1997), and although it became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history, the album's popularity tapered off quickly. McGuigan and Arthurs left Oasis in 1999 as the band went on to record and release Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000). After their departures, they were replaced by Gem Archer and Andy Bell who joined the group for the tour in support of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, which had moderate success. Their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry (2002) saw Noel Gallagher's releasing strict creative control in the band's output with all members contributing songs, which led to more relaxed recording sessions. In 2004 the band were joined by The Who's drummer Zak Starkey, replacing Alan White, and found renewed success and popularity with Don't Believe the Truth (2005).

Following the recording of the band's seventh album Dig Out Your Soul (2008), Starkey left and was replaced by Chris Sharrock on Oasis' last tour as a collective band. During the tour the brothers' increasingly deteriorating relationship ultimately led to Noel Gallagher announcing in August 2009 that he would be leaving the band after a backstage altercation with Liam before a festival appearance. The band, comprising the remaining members of Oasis and led by Liam Gallagher, decided to continue working together under the name Beady Eye, while Noel went on to form his solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. By 2009, the band had sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group" after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts.

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Finnish dog breeders name kennel after Oasis album

Finnish dog breeders name kennel after Oasis album

Breeder Ville Kormilainen plans to name first litter after songs by Manchester band

  • Jul 28, 2014

Over 100 rare Oasis photographs to be displayed at 'Definitely Maybe' celebration in London

The band's roadie and tour DJ, Phil Smith, to display his collection at Scala in August

  • Jul 17, 2014

Previously unheard Oasis demos to feature on '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' reissue

The Chasing The Sun edition of the band's second album will be released on September 29

  • Jul 2, 2014

Oasis Manchester photo exhibition postponed

'Chasing The Sun' display was due to have opened on July 18

  • Jun 27, 2014

Rare 1994 footage of Oasis performing 'Cigarettes & Alcohol' emerges - watch

The band were playing at Liverpool's Lomax the same week 'Supersonic' was released

  • May 22, 2014

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Album Review: Oasis - 'Time Flies...1994-2009 (Big Brother)

Album Review: Oasis - 'Time Flies...1994-2009 (Big Brother)

All the singles, titanic AND terrible, together in one place – but does it stand up to the greatest collections of its kind?

  • Jun 14, 2010

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I’m Outta Time

  • Nov 19, 2008

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Dig Out Your Soul

  • Oct 3, 2008

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Digging out their souls and easing into their world tour in Canada, they sound mountainous. Pengrowth Saddledome, Canada (August 30).

  • Sep 11, 2008

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The Shock Of The Lightning

  • Aug 27, 2008

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