Oasis – One of Manchester’s Greatest Bands

by | Oct 6, 2017 | 1990s, 2000s, Manchester, Music

Oasis are synonymous with Manchester. They are one of the most celebrated bands to emerge from the city. They experienced massive success in the 90s and released many iconic records.

The band formed in 1991, consisting of Liam Gallagher, Paul Arthurs, Paul McGuigan and Tony McCarroll. Noel Gallagher joined the band as the fifth member and Tony McCarrol was replaced by Alan White shortly after.

In 1994, Oasis released their debut album Definitely Maybe. The album reached the number one spot and became the fastest selling debut album in the history of the UK charts.

The following album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) included some of the band’s biggest hits, most notably, Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back in Anger and Champagne Supernova.

1996 saw the band win three Brit Awards for best band, best album and best video.

Oasis collecting one of their awards at the Brit Awards 1996

Oasis at the Brit Awards 1996 collecting one of their awards. They won Best British Group, Best Album for Whats The Story Morning Glory and Best Video for Wonderwall.

Both Arthurs and McGuigan left the band in 1999 and were replaced by Colin Archer and Andy Bell.

The release of the album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants in 2000  received mixed reviews. Heathen Chemistry followed in 2002, peaking at number one and producing four hit singles.

The 2005 album Don’t Believe the Truth also hit the top of the charts with the songs Lyla and The Importance of Being Idle reaching number one in the singles chart.

In 2007, the band received the Brit Award for outstanding contribution to music.

Liam and Noel Gallagher collecting the outstanding contribution to music award at the 2007 Brit Awards

Liam and Noel Gallagher at the 2007 Brit Awards collecting the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. 14th February 2007.

In 2009, a backstage fight between the brothers saw Noel quit the band. Liam went on to form Beady Eye with the remaining members of Oasis, with Noel forming Noel Gallagher’s The High Flying Birds shortly after.

In 2010, Oasis won the award for the Best British Album of the Last 30 Years for (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and 2014 saw the re release of their first three albums to celebrate 20 years since the release of Definitely Maybe.

The Gallagher brothers are still releasing music over 25 years since Oasis first formed as a band. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their first album in 2011, the album produced the singles If I Had a Gun, AKA… What a Life and The Death of You and Me. The album hit the number one spot in the UK. The follow up album Chasing Yesterday also reached number one.

After Oasis disbanded, Liam continued to make music with Beady Eye. The band had two top 5 albums before going their separate ways in 2014. Liam went on to pursue a solo career, his debut album was released on the 6th October 2017. The album is titled As You Were, and features the single Wall of Glass which was released in June.

Noel Gallagher and the High flying Birds performing in Wales

Noel Gallagher and the ‘High Flying Birds’ live on the main stage at Festival no. 6, Portmeirion Village, North Wales Sunday 4th September 2016.

Liam Gallagher performing on stage during the Glastonbury festival 2017.

Liam Gallagher performing solo at Glastonbury 2017.

There is no doubting the talent of both Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis will always be known as a great Manchester band with some of the most memorable songs and albums. Although the Gallagher brothers are currently working on their own projects, many of their fans are still hoping that Oasis will one day reunite

Written by Emma Schwartz