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Oasis

Oasis shot from obscurity to stardom in 1994, becoming one of Britain's most popular and critically acclaimed bands of the decade in the process. Along with Blur and Suede, they were responsible for returning British guitar pop to the top of the charts. Led by guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher, the Manchester quintet adopted the rough, thuggish image of the Stones and the Who, crossed it with "Beatlesque" melodies and hooks, injected distinctly British lyrical themes and song structures like the Jam and the Kinks, and tied it all together with a massive guitar roar, as well as a defiant sneer that drew equally from the Sex Pistols' rebelliousness and the Stone Roses' cocksure arrogance. Gallagher's songs frequently reworked previous hits from T. Rex ("Cigarettes and Alcohol" borrows the riff from "Bang a Gong") to Wham! ("Fade Away" takes the melody from "Freedom"), yet the group always put the hooks in different settings, updating past hits for a new era.

Originally, the group was formed by schoolmates Liam Gallagher (vocals), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass), and Tony McCaroll (drums). After spending several years as the guitar technician for a Stone Roses-inspired group named the Inspiral Carpets, Noel Gallagher returned to Manchester to find that his brother had formed a band. Noel agreed to join if he could have complete control of the group, including contributing all the songs; the rest of the band agreed and adopted a new name, Oasis, before launching a year of intensive rehearsals.

After playing a handful of small club gigs, the band cornered Alan McGee, the head of Creation Records, and forced him to listen to their demo. Impressed, he signed the band and helped them ready their debut album. The group released their first single, "Supersonic," in the spring of 1994; it edged its way into the charts on the back of positive reviews. With a melody adapted from "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," "Shakermaker" became a bigger hit in the early summer. Released a month before their debut album's arrival, the soaring ballad "Live Forever" became a major hit in England and helped make Definitely Maybe the fastest-selling debut in British history. The record entered the charts at number one and eventually sold over seven million copies.

Oasis mania continued throughout 1994, as the group began playing larger theaters and watched each new single outperform the last. However, tensions in the group began to build -- Liam and Noel refused to do joint interviews because they always fought -- and Noel Gallagher briefly left the band at the end of a difficult fall American tour. However, he quickly re-joined and the band headed back to England. As "Supersonic" began to climb the U.S. album rock and modern rock charts, the string-laden "Whatever" (a non-album single) hit number two over the British Christmas season.

At the beginning of 1995, the group set their sights on America by promoting the single "Live Forever." The song became a major hit on MTV and modern rock radio stations, peaking at number two, and Definitely Maybe soon climbed to gold status in the U.S. Returning to England after a sold-out American tour, the group recorded a new single, "Some Might Say." Drummer Tony McCaroll parted ways with the band on the eve of the single's May release, with Alan White taking his place. "Some Might Say" entered the charts at number one, and its success led to all of Oasis' previous singles reentering the indie charts. Oasis spent the rest of the summer completing their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, which was released in October of 1995. Upon its release, the album shot to number one in England, becoming the fastest-selling album in the U.K. since Michael Jackson's Bad.

The band continued to set records during the following years. Over the course of 1996, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? became the second-biggest British album in history. On the strength of the iconic single "Wonderwall," Morning Glory also became a Top Ten success in America, where it reached quintuple platinum status; it also cracked the Top Ten throughout countries in Europe and Asia. During 1996, the Gallaghers' combative relationship was frequently detailed in newspapers and gossip columns, particularly when they suddenly pulled out of their late summer U.S. tour. This followed the group's two concerts at Knebworth, which broke records for being the biggest outdoor concert in England.

After Oasis abandoned their American tour, they concentrated on recording their third album. While the band's first two LPs were quickly recorded, they took several months to record the third, which finally saw completion during the spring of 1997. The resulting album, Be Here Now, was released in late August, one month after the arrival of the single "D'You Know What I Mean." Greeted with generally enthusiastic reviews and robust sales, Be Here Now shattered sales records in the U.K. and nearly topped the U.S. charts, positioning the quintet as the de facto rulers of rock. However, a backlash set in among both critics and record buyers over the album's perceived excesses, which meant that Be Here Now lacked the shelf life of its predecessors. Not long afterward, typical infighting unraveled the band's tour, and the group disappeared from the spotlight for a time -- although a collection of B-sides, Masterplan, did follow in 1998.

As the band was recording their fourth album in the summer of 1999, Bonehead left Oasis, claiming that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Interviewed by NME on August 11, the day after the departure was made public, Noel Gallagher seemed unfazed, stating "It's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles." Ex-Ride guitarist Andy Bell and onetime Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem Archer signed on after the recording of 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was completed. In fall 2000, the band celebrated their monumental world tour success with the release of their first-ever live record, Familiar to Millions. The album highlights Oasis' July 2000 gig at Wembley Stadium and was released on six different formats including CD and cassette, DVD, VHS, triple vinyl, and mini-disc.

Two years later, Oasis surfaced with Heathen Chemistry. Worldwide dates coincided the release of Oasis' fifth studio album; however, problems loomed ahead. While touring America in late summer, Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, and touring keyboardist Jay Darlington were injured in Indianapolis after their taxi collided with another vehicle. The band bounced back soon, returning to the road in two weeks time after canceling shows in Indianapolis, Boston, and Philadelphia. In America, however, the album wasn't faring as well as Oasis' tour sales, and the leadoff single "Hindu Times" barely made a mark on MTV. More trouble arrived in December, when Liam Gallagher and several members of the Oasis entourage were involved in a street scuffle in Munich; the younger Gallagher sustained facial injuries and was later arrested while two of the band's security guards sought serious medical attention. Despite such setbacks -- which also included mixed reviews for the album -- Heathen Chemistry nevertheless sold several million copies at home and charted four U.K. singles. Additionally, Liam's own composition, "Songbird," marked the first time Oasis had released a single penned by anyone other than Noel. The song fared well on U.K. charts and paved the way for a new collaborative approach to songwriting.

Oasis' next album suffered delays, as initial sessions with the electronica duo Death in Vegas (who had been recruited to produce the record) were scrapped. Additionally, drummer Alan White made his exit from the band in early 2004, and Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey climbed aboard to take his place. Don't Believe the Truth eventually saw a worldwide release in May 2005. Featuring songwriting contributions from every bandmember, the record represented a new approach from the previously Noel-dominated group. "Lyla," "The Importance of Being Idle," and "Let There Be Love" all contributed to the album's success, and Don't Believe the Truth soon became the band's highest-selling effort since Be Here Now. The band quickly returned to the studio in mid-2007, halting production several months later to allow Noel to spend time with his newborn child. Sessions resumed in November and wrapped up in 2008, with Dig Out Your Soul receiving a release date later that year. In 2009, after a typically heated, backstage sibling altercation, Noel left the group for good, prompting Liam (and the rest of the band) to change the name to Beady Eye, with plans to release a debut single in 2010. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dig Out Your Soul

1. Bag It Up

2. The Turning

3. Waiting For The Rapture

4. The Shock Of The Lightning

5. I'm Outta Time

6. (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady

7. Falling Down

8. To Be Where There's Life

9. Ain't Got Nothin

10. The Nature Of Reality

11. Soldier On

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Track List: Don't Believe the Truth

1. Turn Up the Sun

2. Mucky Fingers

3. Lyla

4. Love Like a Bomb

5. The Importance of Being Idle

6. The Meaning of Soul

7. Guess God Thinks I'm Abel

8. Part of the Queue

9. Keep the Dream Alive

10. A Bell Will Ring

11. Let There Be Love

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Track List: Heathen Chemistry

1. The Hindu Times

2. Force Of Nature

3. Hung In A Bad Place

4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out

5. Songbird

6. Little By Little

7. A Quick Peep

8. (Probably) All In The Mind

9. She Is Love

10. Born On A Different Cloud

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Track List: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants

Disc 1

1. F**kin' In The Bushes

2. Go Let It Out

3. Who Feels Love

4. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is

5. Little James

6. Gas Panic

7. Where Did It All Go Wrong?

8. Sunday Morning Call

9. I Can See A Liar

10. Roll It Over

Disc 2

1. Go Let It Out

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Track List: Be Here Now

1. D'you Know What I Mean?

2. My Big Mouth

3. Magic Pie

4. Stand By Me

5. I Hope, I Think, I Know

6. The Girl in the Dirty Shirt

7. Fade In-Out

8. Don't Go Away

9. Be Here Now

10. All Around the World

11. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)

12. All Around the World (Reprise)

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Track List: (What's the Story) Morning Glory

1. Hello

2. Roll With It

3. Wonderwall

4. Don't Look Back in Anger

5. Hey Now

6. The Swamp Song

7. Some Might Say

8. Cast No Shadow

9. She's Electric

10. Morning Glory

11. The Swamp Song

12. Champagne Supernova

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Track List: Definitely Maybe

1. Rock 'n' Roll Star

2. Shakermaker

3. Live Forever

4. Up in the Sky

5. Columbia

6. Supersonic

7. Bring It On Down

8. Cigarettes & Alcohol

9. Digsy's Dinner

10. Slide Away

11. Married With Children

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Track List: Definitely Maybe (Remastered) (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

2. Shakermaker

3. Live Forever

4. Up In The Sky

5. Columbia

6. Supersonic

7. Bring It On Down

8. Cigarettes & Alcohol

9. Digsy's Dinner

10. Slide Away

11. Married With Children

Disc 2

1. Columbia (White Label Demo)

2. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Demo)

3. Sad Song

4. I Will Believe (Live)

5. Take Me Away

6. Alive (Demo)

7. D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?

8. Supersonic (Live)

9. Up In The Sky (Acoustic)

10. Cloudburst

11. Fade Away

12. Listen Up

13. I Am The Walrus (Live Glasgow Cathouse June '94)

14. Whatever

15. (It's Good) To Be Free

16. Half The World Away

Disc 3

1. Supersonic (Live At Glasgow Tramshed)

3. Shakermaker (Live Paris Instore)

4. Columbia (Eden Studios Mix)

5. Cloudburst (Demo)

6. Strange Thing (Demo)

7. Live Forever (Live Paris Instore)

8. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Live At Manchester Academy)

9. D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman? (Live At Manchester Academy)

10. Fade Away (Demo)

11. Take Me Away (Live At Manchester Academy)

12. Sad Song (Live At Manchester Academy)

13. Half The World Away (Live, Tokyo Hotel Room)

14. Digsy's Dinner (Live Paris Instore)

15. Married With Children (Demo)

16. Up In The Sky (Live Paris Instore)

17. Whatever (Strings)

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Track List: The Masterplan

1. Acquiesce

2. Underneath the Sky

3. Talk Tonight

4. Going Nowhere

5. Fade Away

6. The Swamp Song

7. I Am the Walrus

8. Listen Up

9. Rockin' Chair

10. Half the World Away

11. (It's Good) to Be Free

12. Stay Young

13. Headshrinker

14. The Masterplan

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Track List: The Shock Of Lightning (Primal Scream Remix) (Cd Single)

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don't hate mike kay oldies are the best
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One of the greatest bands ever the brothers should sort out their problems and get the band back together so the world can be filled with great music again
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I usually trey not to post negative comments but, Goddamn I hate this f**king band.
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I heard Wonder Wall bleeding through your headphones.. .
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Oh yes, they change , think it's time for something : with reality setting in later and kids become abandoned ... Lots oh things , lots ,.,
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Man some songs never get old!
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\^^| ⚡️✨❤️✨⚡️ |^^/
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Make artwork on that wall...
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You just hit a wall , a wall with no door...
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And all the roads we walk are...windin g . . . . . . . . . . x x x x x x x x O o o o o o o
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Where were You....while . . . . W e ....Were.... G e t t i n g High........ . X x x x x x in a Champagne Super Nova...... XxxxxOooooo
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Wonder why this song is called wonder wall
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Kooh song
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Once, saw stripper wearing tampon :/
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Catch myself saying : wtf was that - A lot ❗️
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I can put you to sleep, hypnotist I am, just tell yourself , I am getting sleepy, then, to sleep you'll go - zzzzzzZzzzZz z z z
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Nevermind
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I'll make it on muh own- don't need ...
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I know where you were, you's was out telling everyone about my activities now past ....
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Good f**king song
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I Luv This Group....I Need too see them in concert..... . . m y WonderWall.. . . . . . . X x x x O o o o
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wonderwall
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I like Disney songs so don't judge me plus I let my little cousin use it and she listens til she kill my phone
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Anyone want to be friends I'm 13 and a girl :) and I bored
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Where were u while we were getting high??? Remember driving a friend and my lil sister to see them
In VA in '95 and crashing me car and having to throw my bong away before the cops arrived....g o o d times, good show....saw them 10 years later in Toronto and started throwing change at Liam when the stoopid Union Jack flag came down....Free the North of Ireland!!!!
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My friend told me to stop playing wonderwall.. . . . I said maybe.....
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This actually works , don't read those don't read comments and avoid many of headaches
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Ryan Adams does a cool, smoky cover of this song...check it out.
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Oasis are great but put on the worst live shows ever. They rush through their songs and Liam is probably completely s**t-faced at each one - he was such a pain in the a**, I'm surprised Noel was able to put up with him as long as he did.
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Please don't read my profile :/
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Usually, when a sports team wins a championship World Series type event - they pop open bottles of Champagne and pour it all over each other : CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA
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Atoce.com is not all that - you get like 5 cents per 5 minute survey completed, waste of time after a while
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Love this song
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Glad Noel ended this nonsense. I listen to a variety of genres, but Oasis is one of the worst things I ever heard.
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Never a great fan of Oasis, or Brit Pop in general. The movement was a sort of anti-grunge: they sang about a naive, practically absurd, optimism i.e. "You and I are gonna live forever!!" I can sympathize with the reactionary response to the doom and gloom of grunge.
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Love this song! One of me and my brothers favorites of all time...
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Oasis is one of my Top 5 Bands of all time
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Liam's a dick. Used to hang out with him. Always starting s**t
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"I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now..."
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Back beat the word was on the street that I hit Liam with a quarter in Toronto.... Got the evil eye but nothing else, british punk, go back to Manchester and drink yourself to death ya bloody wanker
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Rock that shite Oasis
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Columbia is the Shite......
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This album (Be Here Now) overall is a failed attempt to capitalize on the success of (What's the Story) Morning Glory that should have won a Grammy if not for Radiohead's The Bends. Consequently , Oasis produced an album that was too bombastic and a bit pretentious- w h y are some of the tracks so long?
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Oasis is the shite!!! Saw them in '95 and again in '05....10 years and they still had it.....Rock on Liam and Noel!!!!
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Where can I find my Wonderwall?
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Chanel- Gucci - and all that other good stuff ...
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Hey - is that what these two guys on picture cover said to one another as they passed each other on street ? What's the story? The other said , morning glory ...
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Champagne f**kin super nova man! Mother fuckerz!!!! HOWYOUDOIN!!
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