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. Released their record-setting debut album Definitely Maybe (1994). The following year the band recorded (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) with drummer Alan White. In the midst of a chart rivalry with Britpop peers Blur. Along with Suede, Pulp and Blur.
In 1997 Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now (1997), and although it was 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 released Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000). After their departures, they were replaced by former Heavy Stereo guitarist/frontman Gem Archer and former Ride guitarist/frontman Andy Bell.
Following the recording of the band’s seventh album Dig Out Your Soul in May 2008. Starkey departed the band and with Chris Sharrock as touring member. Oasis did their 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.