Oasis may be one of the most popular rock bands to come from England. England has been home to many great bands through the decades, they gave us the Beatles, David Bowie, Queen and so many more! Something about the cold weather and green landscape that must cultivate fertile musical minds. A few of those great musical minds were brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. The band was founded by Liam, who sang vocals, along with Paul Arthurs on guitar, Paul McGuigan on bass guitar and Tony McCarroll on drums. Noel joined later on and played lead guitar and vocals as well. This completed the bands line up until April 1995. In 1993 Oasis was signed to the independent record label Creation Records, they released their debut album in 1994 it was called Definitely Maybe and was a record setting album. The next year in 1995 they released their second album called (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
They quickly grew to become a major band in the Brit pop movement. The Gallagher brothers became very popular in the tabloids, primarily for their sibling rivalries and wild lifestyles. They performed two nights at Knebworth, the largest outdoor concert venue at the time, to an audience of 125,000 each night. More than 2.5 million people applied for tickets to the concert and to this day that is still the highest demand for a concert in English history. Evidence that hey quickly rose to success in the United Kingdom and subsequently all around the world. They released another album in 1997 and it was quick to sell at first but then it stopped before selling 8 million qualities as it was not as popular to the masses. In 1999 McGuigan and Arthurs both left the band and were replaced by Gem Archer and Andy Bell. They went on to release several more albums and to see a few more changes in band members. Their popularity slowly dwindled down and they toured last as a band in 2008, in 2009 Noel Gallagher left the band after an altercation with his brother Liam.
Oasis was such a success to begin with, they sang with their thick Mancunian accents and spoke about British culture and life. They drew a lot of their influence from past British bands such as the Beatles, you can hear the references throughout their music. They were able to relate to the common man and sang in such a way that the pop culture of the time soaked them up. They have been highly awarded throughout the years. They had eight number one singles in the United Kingdom and won seventeen NME Awards. They were listed in the Guinness Book of World Record as the “Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group” they also hold the record as the most successful act in the United Kingdom from 1995 to 2005. Overall the band was a huge success, they set records and topped charts like no band had ever done before. If you haven’t listened to them yet you absolutely must!