Oasis are the most successful bands to emerge from the "Madchester" scene in 1991. The group was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass) and Tony McCarroll (drums), who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar). Noel Gallagher is the group's primary songwriter and the Gallagher brothers are the band's only continual members. The present lineup is completed by songwriters rhythm/lead guitarist Gem Archer and bass guitarist Andy Bell, and drummer Zak Starkey. Oasis have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and have had eight number one singles in the United Kingdom. After playing under the name The Rain, Oasis initially gained prominence performing on the Manchester club circuit. They were signed to independent record label Creation Records, by Alan McGee, and afterwards released their debut album Definitely Maybe (1994), entering the charts at number one, and at the time becoming the fastest selling debut album in the UK. The band recorded their second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with their new drummer Alan White, while rivaling with Britpop peers Blur. The Gallagher brothers were featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling rivalry and wild lifestyles, cultivating reputations both as bad boys and as a band of the people. At the height of their fame, the hugely anticipated third album, Be Here Now (1997), reached number one in the UK charts, number two in the U.S. and also became the fastest-selling album in UK chart history, with almost half a million copies sold on the first day alone and just under 700,000 copies in its first week. Although early media reviews were positive, once the hype had died down, the album was criticised for being bloated and derivative with most of the critics focused on the extensive length of several songs, the heavier sound, and overproduction. In 2000, while recording their fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000), Oasis lost two founding members and suffered a notable drop in popularity in America. The band added replacements Gem Archer and Andy Bell for Heathen Chemistry (2002), which was commercially successful and well-received among fans. There sixth album Don't Believe the Truth (2006) with Zak Starkey, despite turbulent recording, became their best-selling and best-received album in a decade. The following year, the band released a compilation album entitled Stop the Clocks. In February 2007, Oasis received the BRIT Award for outstanding contribution to music. The band are currently recording their, as yet untitled, seventh studio album. Oasis Studio Albums...

  • Definitely Maybe (1994) BP Rating 9/10
  • (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) 10/10
  • Be Here Now (1997) 9/10
  • Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000) 7/10
  • Heathen Chemistry (2002) 7/10
  • Don't Believe the Truth (2005) 8/10

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