Formed 1991. Disbanded 28 August 2009.

English Britpop group

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Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion). They were later joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals) as a fifth member, becoming the band's settled line-up until April 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).

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Time Flies... 1994-2009

    Time Flies... 1994-2009 2010

    Reviewed by John Doran
    A best-of set that highlights exactly where things went wrong for the Manchester legends.
  2. Review of Dig Out Your Soul

    Dig Out Your Soul 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It's a return to form
  3. Review of Don't Believe The Truth

    Don't Believe The Truth 2005

    Reviewed by Simon Fernand
    After a three-year wait for Oasis to release the follow up to 'Heathen Chemistry' I'm...
  4. Review of (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

    (What's The Story) Morning Glory? 1995

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    ...gets it right every time.
  5. Review of Definitely Maybe

    Definitely Maybe 1994

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    Chock full of heroic, gigantic pop monuments.
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