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Oasis Biography

This Pop-Rock band, one of the most popular and critically acclaimed acts of the second half of the '90s, was formed in 1993 in Manchester, ENGLAND, when Gallagher brothers began playing together, Noel as guitarist+vocalist & songwriter, Liam as lead singer along with rhythm guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bass player Paul McGuigan and drummer Tony McCaroll.

Their first single, "Supersonic", created an impressive impact on independent market, followed "Shakermaker" which cracked the top 10 of the Official British Singles chart; the band's debut full-length album, "Definitely Maybe", which was issued in 1994, reached the #1 spot in U.K. Albums chart and later broke The Billboard Top 200 chart, on the strength of the previous hit single and the melodic rock ballad "Live Forever", the track peaked at #2 on Modern Rock chart and became a huge hit in Britain; before the year's end, the group released another excellent non-album single, "Whatever", it peaked at #2 in British chart.
Despite the stormy relationship between the Gallagher brothers, that became the subject of newspaper gossip columns and tabloids, Oasis headed into the studio to make the second album, the first with the new drummer, Alan White; "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" saw the light in October of 1995 and went straight to #1 in U.K. Albums chart spawning "Some Might Say" and "Roll With It" which climbed respectively to the #1 and #2 spots in U.K. Singles chart; the album also entered The Billboard Top 200 chart at #4 and generated a series of smash singles, "Wonderwall" shot to #1 on Modern Rock chart and crashed into the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100, "Don't Look Back In Anger" and "Champagne Supernova" peaked respectively at #10 and #1 on The Modern Rock Tracks chart.
During 1996 the band embarked on an American tour which was suspended while the Gallaghers' colourful relationship continued.
Oasis issued their third LP, "Be Here Now", in the summer of the following year, it was preceded by the transatlantic hit single "D'You Know What I Mean?" which rose to #4 on The Modern Rock chart, another single cut, "Don't Go Away" climbed into the top 5 in the same chart; the album reached the top in U.K. and Canadian charts and peaked at #2 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, the record yielded two more British top 3 smash singles, "Stand By Me" and "All Around The World".
"The Masterplan", a modest ambition collection of B-sides cover and acoustic ballads, appeared in fall 1998.
Two years later, the band returned with new material and a revamped line-up; Andy Bell stepped in taking over on bass for McGuigan and Gem Archer replaced Bonhead becoming Oasis' new lead guitarist; "Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants" hit #1 in U.K. Albums chart but missed the top 20 in the States; "Go Let It Out" was the first single lifted from this album, it peaked at #14 on The Modern Rock Tracks chart and reached the #1 spots in U.K. and Canadian charts; the next two singles, "Who Feels Love" and "Sunday Morning Call", did't storm the charts like previous releases; the same year the band issued the double live-set "Familiar To Millions" recorded at Wembley Arena.
In July of 2002 Oasis returned with its fifth studio effort, "Heathen Chemistry" which debuted at #1 in the U.K. Albums chart where "The Hindu Times" hit #1 on The Pop Singles chart; three more singles, "Stop Crying Your Heart Out", the double A-side "Little By Little / She Is Love" and "Songbird", peaked at #2 in the same chart; in America, the album stalled at #24 on The Billboard Top 200 list and hit the top 5 of the Canadian Albums chart.

The iconic British band's highly anticipated sixth studio album, "Don't Believe The Truth", arrived in May 2005 preceded by the single "Lyla".

Oasis released another album, "Dig Out Your Soul", in the fall of 2008 before disbanding.


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    The original line-up, left to right: Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, Noel Gallagher, Paul McGuigan, Liam Gallagher & Tony McCaroll.