asis holds a Guinness World Record: the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the top 75 singles and albums charts. Oasis formed as a 'britpop'/rock act in 1991 from the ashes of earlier act, The Rain, Oasis started with Liam Gallagher (vocals/tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass), and Tony McCarroll (drums). Upon returning to Manchester, Liam's older brother, Noel Gallagher (lead guitar/vocals) joined.
After signing to independent record label 'Creation Records' in 1993, Oasis would release Definitely Maybe (1994). It would be less than a year before the follow-up (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with new drummer Alan White would be released; the quick successive releases helped the act push up the charts against rivals Blur. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? would go on to sell 22 million copies worldwide, while the Gallagher brothers found themselves featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles. More fame was bestowed upon the band when in 1996, Oasis performed two nights at Knebworth for an audience of 125,000 each night. At the time this accounted for the largest outdoor concert in UK history. 2.5 million people ordered tickets; the highest demand for a show in British history!
Be Here Now (1997) sold 8 million units so fast that it became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history. But the celebration was short-lived for as fast as it sold, the customers lost interest almost as quickly.
McGuigan and Arthurs left in 1999 to be replaced by ex-Heavy Stereo guitarist/frontman Gem Archer and former Ride guitarist/frontman Andy Bell. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000) would follow with Heathen Chemistry (2002) coming two years later and reflecting this new line-up.
In 2004, White left, leaving the act as a four-piece, with the addition of The Who drummer Zak Starkey as an unofficial recording and touring fifth member. The resulting next album, Don't Believe the Truth (2005) saw the band receive some new found success.
With the release of Dig Out Your Soul (2008), Starkey, who by this time had been made an official member during the recording sessions, departed. Chris Sharrock was recruited as a touring member. This, however, would be the beginning of the end of the act. The last tour as a collective band saw strife within the ranks due mostly to the Gallagher brothers' increasingly deteriorating relationship until Noel Gallagher announced in August 2009, after a backstage altercation with Liam, that he would be leaving the band. The remaining members of Oasis, led by Liam Gallagher, would continue working together under the name Beady Eye until that act split in 2014. Noel Gallagher went on to form the solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
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Oasis performing live at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California in September 2005. Photo by: '-e.t.'
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