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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1991–2009)

Mancunian brothers Liam (vocals) and Noel (guitar) Gallagher, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs (guitar), Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan (bass) and Tony McCarroll (drums) signed to Creation Records in 1993. Debut single ‘Supersonic’ (1994) was a melodic, guitar-driven tune over which Liam snarled out lyrics. By the end of the year another four singles – all instant classics – had graced the charts. Definitely Maybe (1994) began a run of 174 weeks in the album charts. Aside from Noel’s perfectly constructed pop songs dominated by memorable Beatles-esque choruses, the feuding between the two brothers delighted tabloid editors. This friction did not affect the music, with (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995) going on to become the second biggest-selling UK album of all time. Although Oasis never cracked America, stadium tours of the UK became obligatory and Be Here Now (1997) kept the hits coming. Despite personnel changes Liam and Noel buried their differences until a very public 2009 split.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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