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Black and white photograph of Manchester Britpop / indie band Oasis


Formed in Manchester in 1991 and originally known as The Rain, the group initially consisted of Liam Gallagher (lead vocals, tambourine), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums). Liam's older brother Noel (lead guitar, vocals) later joined as a fifth member, finalising the group's core lineup.

Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe. The following year they recorded (What's the Story) Morning Glory? with new drummer Alan White. In 1996, Oasis performed two nights at Knebworth for an audience of 125,000 each time, the largest outdoor concerts in UK history at the time. In 1997, Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now which became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history.


After a short hiatus, Oasis released Standing on the Shoulder of Giants in 2000. Founding members Bonehead and Guigsy were replaced with former Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem Archer and former Ride guitarist Andy Bell. Drummer Alan White departed in 2004 and was replaced by Zak Starkey. Oasis released three more studio albums, Heathen Chemistry (2002), Don't Believe the Truth (2005) and Dig Out Your Soul (2008). The group split in August 2009 after an infamous bust-up between Liam and Noel in Paris.

Following the split, both Noel and Liam have gone on to establish themselves as successful solo artists and Andy Bell has released more material with Ride.

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