Good news, Oasis fans – a new exhibition at the Londonewcastle Project Space called ‘Chasing The Sun (1993-1997)’ opens on Friday 11 April, shining a light on their glory years. It’s on until April 22 and features rare memorabilia and photographs, as well as a full-size replica of Bonehead’s front room when they shot the cover for ‘Definitely Maybe’, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Among the memorabilia to see are some of the group’s many awards, including the impressive 15 NME Awards they picked up in their tenure. Maybe the gramophone is a nod to the 3 Grammy Awards the band have been nominated for, winning none.
Featured alongside a Burt Bacharach poster are the Gallaghers’ original handwritten lyric sheet for ‘Roll With It’. A bit of rock ‘n’ roll history there.
The King Tut’s sign is a throwback to the gig where the band were spotted. Legend has it the band turned up to find out the venue had been double-booked, but threatened to tear the place down if they weren’t let onstage. Alan McGee, Creation Records boss, was in the crowd and signed them on the spot.
More awards. Shouldn’t those NME Awards be on Noel and Liam’s mum’s mantlepiece at home? Lads, we’re offended.
The exhibition also features the group’s original instruments used in ‘Definitely Maybe’ sessions. Pictured here is Alan White’s drum kit, as used on ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and two of Noel’s guitrars, both Epiphones. One was featured on the cover of ‘Definitely Maybe’ and the other is the iconic ‘Union jack’ model from the ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ tour.
Amongst the various tour passes and programmes are a bowl of cornflakes – a subtle throwback to a famous comment made by Liam about what he likes to sprinkle over them…
Also on display are previously unseen and classic images from the photographers who had fly-on-the-wall access to the band, including Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins, and Jamie Fry. Each print is available to buy.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is an exact replica Bonehead’s front room where the ‘Definitely Maybe’ cover was shot. Noel’s Epiphone rests against the window in the background alongside a picture of George Best. Despite the Gallagher brothers infamous support for Manchester City, Bonehead was a Manchester United fan.
This is the Burt Bacharach poster visible on the ‘Definitely Maybe’ cover. In 1996, Noel would sing Burt’s song ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ with Bacharach also accompanying him on piano and conducting the orchestra.
Also on display is original artwork proofs by Brian Cannon, who designed all of Oasis’s early covers. There is also clothing on display that was worn by the band including Liam Gallagher’s parka worn on stage at Glastonbury Festival, and Bonehead’s white suit from the ‘All Around The World’ video shoot.
Featured here is the Gibson Les Paul and Epiphone Riviera used on the ‘Definitely Maybe’ tour dates. There is also an aerial view shot of Knebworth, next to the band’s parody of the Who’s iconic ‘The Kids Are Alright’ cover.
This flamingo and wooden horse also both featured in the ‘Definitely Maybe’ album cover.