Oasis (English rock band (1991–2009))

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Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass guitar), and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion). They were later joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals) as a fifth member, becoming the band's settled line-up until April 1995.

Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in 1993 and released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe (1994). The following year the band recorded (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with their new drummer Alan White, formerly of Starclub, in the midst of a chart rivalry with Britpop peers Blur. Along with Suede, Pulp and the aforementioned Blur, Oasis came to be regarded as a component of the Britpop "big four", and the Gallagher brothers were featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles. In 1997 Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now (1997), and although it became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history, the album's popularity tapered off quickly, but not before selling 8 million copies. McGuigan and Arthurs left Oasis in 1999 as the band went on to record and release Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000). After their departures, they were replaced by former Heavy Stereo guitarist/frontman Gem Archer and former Hurricane No. 1 guitarist/frontman Andy Bell who joined the group for the tour in support of Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, which had moderate success. Their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry (2002) saw Noel Gallagher's releasing strict creative control in the band's output with all members contributing songs, which led to more relaxed recording sessions. In 2004 the band were joined by The Who's drummer Zak Starkey, replacing Alan White, and found renewed success and popularity with Don't Believe the Truth (2005).

Following the recording of the band's seventh album Dig Out Your Soul (2008), Starkey left and was replaced by Chris Sharrock on Oasis' last tour as a collective band. During the tour the brothers' increasingly deteriorating relationship ultimately led to Noel Gallagher announcing in August 2009 that he would be leaving the band after a backstage altercation with Liam before a festival appearance. The band, comprising the remaining members of Oasis and led by Liam Gallagher, decided to continue working together under the name Beady Eye until breaking up in 2014, while Noel went on to form his solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Oasis have had eight UK number-one singles and eight UK number-one albums, and won fifteen NME Awards, nine Q Awards, four MTV Europe Music Awards and six Brit Awards, including one in 2007 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and one for the Best Album of the Last 30 Years as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners; they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards. By 2009, the band had sold over 70 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for "Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group" after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the top 75 singles and albums charts.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Definitely Maybe Oasis 4.45 17
1995 (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis 3.85 18
1997 Be Here Now Oasis 3 9
2000 Standing on the Shoulder of Giants Oasis 8
2002 Heathen Chemistry Oasis 4 12
2005 Don’t Believe the Truth Oasis 3.5 12
2008 Dig Out Your Soul Oasis 5 12

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Masterplan Oasis 3.35 5
2006 Complete Single Collection ’94–’05 Oasis 1
2006 Stop the Clocks Oasis 3.75 8
2010 Time Flies… 1994–2009 Oasis 4 7
Complete Singles Collection Oasis 1
Greatest Hits Oasis 2
Singles Gold Oasis 1

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Original 1993 Demos Oasis 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Live at Earls Court 1995 Oasis 1
1995 1995-11-07: "Paris Supernova" live at Le Zenith, Paris, France Oasis 1
1995 Live by the Sea Oasis 1
2000 Familiar to Millions Oasis 7
2007 Lord Don't Slow Me Down Oasis 1
Unplugged, Volume 2 Oasis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Supersonic Oasis 4 2
1994 Shakermaker Oasis 2
1994 Live Forever Oasis 3 3
1994 Cigarettes & Alcohol Oasis 4 1
1994 Whatever Oasis 3
1994 Live Forever Oasis 1
1995 Some Might Say Oasis 4
1995 Roll With It Oasis 2
1995 Morning Glory Oasis 1
1995 Wonderwall Oasis 3
1995 Don't Look Back in Anger Oasis 4
1996 Champagne Supernova Oasis 1
1997 D'You Know What I Mean? Oasis 4
1997 Stand by Me Oasis 1
1997 All Around the World Oasis 4
1998 Don't Go Away Oasis 1
1999 Go Let It Out Oasis 6
2000 Who Feels Love? Oasis 2
2000 Sunday Morning Call Oasis 2
2002 The Hindu Times Oasis 4
2002 Stop Crying Your Heart Out Oasis 4
2002 Little by Little / She Is Love Oasis 4
2003 Songbird Oasis 5
2005 Lyla Oasis 4
2005 The Importance of Being Idle Oasis 2
2005 Let There Be Love Oasis 4
2007 Lord Don’t Slow Me Down Oasis 2
2008 Falling Down (Chemical Brothers remix) Oasis 1
2008 The Shock of the Lightning Oasis 4
2008 I'm Outta Time Oasis 3
2009 Falling Down Oasis 4 4
I Believe in All Oasis 0
Rise in Panic Steve Lawler vs. Oasis 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Singles Oasis 1
2006 Complete Single Collection '94-'05 Oasis 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The Turning (Chew Fu Refix) Oasis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Wonderwall EP Oasis 1
2006 Stop the Clocks EP Oasis 2
2008 Falling Down Oasis 1
2008 I’m Outta Time Oasis 1
2009 Boy With the Blues Oasis 1

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Falling Down (A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind) Oasis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Definitely Maybe Oasis 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Oasis Interviews Oasis 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Lord Don’t Slow Me Down Oasis 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Closet Encounters Oasis 1
Take the Low Road Oasis 1
Undrugged Oasis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 ...There and Then Oasis 3
2009 iTunes Festival: London 2009 Oasis 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 The Shock of the Lightning (Primal Scream remix) Oasis 1

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