Just like with many other rock bands across the world, Oasis had a quite tumultuous existence. It was formed back in 1991 and, throughout its existence, suffered numerous line-up changes. Nevertheless, it is still considered a great band so here are some interesting facts about Oasis that you might not know.
The Gallagher brothers
Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher were both members of the rock band Oasis which is often compared to the Beatles. In fact, Liam, the younger brother, also has a son named Lennon in honor of the Beatles member, John Lennon.
Liam was one of the original members of the Oasis, the Manchester-based rock band that was formed back in 1991. The band developed from an earlier group named The Rain. The original Oasis consisted of Liam Gallagher (vocals), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar), Tony McCarroll (drums), and Paul Arthurs (guitar).
One year later, in 1992, Oasis received its fifth member, Liam’s older brother, Noel Gallagher. He is the mastermind behind some of the band’s most successful singles, including “Live Forever.”
The members of the group were well known for their strong personalities. The Gallagher brothers didn’t seem to be very grateful of their fans, hence multiple declarations stating they didn’t feel obliged to deal with fans every show.
In an interview for the Rolling Stone Magazine, Noel Gallagher stated “I’m not asking them to buy records. They buy them because they like them.”
Both Paul McGuigan and Paul Arthurs left while recording the album “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants” and their parts were replaced by new members of the band, Andy Bell, and Gem Archer.
About the message
When it comes to the lyrics and the message of their albums, Noel Gallagher admitted that the songs on “What’s the Story” represent the direct counterpoint of their 1994 debut album, “Definitely Maybe.”
The Oasis member stated that the first album talked about the boredom of growing up in a city like Manchester, dreaming of becoming a famous rock singer, while the later record spoke about actually fulfilling the dream.
Contrary to what fans and critics might think, some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Don’t Look Back in Anger” or “Roll With It” don’t send any message. In the same interview for The Rolling Stone Magazine, Noel Gallagher hit again, saying some of the best songs were written while he was drunk and mad.
Although the band was extremely popular in the UK, it wasn’t received with the same enthusiasm in the United States and Noel Gallagher thinks that is because Americans have “very bad taste” when it comes to music.