April 1, 2002
As famous for the Gallagher brothers’ rocky relationships,
overindulgence and off-stage antics as they are for
their distinct brand of Beatle-esque Brit-pop, Oasis
is in the radio.wazee spotlight with their first single
in nearly two years, "The Hindu Times."
"Heathen Chemistry," the group's fifth studio
album, will be released in July.
the mean streets of Manchester, England, Oasis was
originally formed by schoolmates Liam Gallagher (vocals),
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan
(bass) and Tony McCaroll (drums). After spending several
years as the guitar technician for the Stone Roses-inspired
group the Inspiral Carpets, Noel Gallagher returned
to Manchester to find that his brother Noel had formed
a band. Noel agreed to join the band if he could have
complete control of the group, including contributing
all the songs; the rest of the band agreed and under
the new name Oasis, they began a year of intensive
rehearsing. After playing a handful of small club
gigs, the band signed to Creation Records and released
their first single, "Supersonic," in the
spring of 1994. On the back of its positive reviews,
followed by the hits "Shakermaker" and "Live
Forever," the quintet’s first record, "Definitely
Maybe," became the fastest-selling debut in British
history, entering the charts at number one. It was
full-blown Oasis mania in the U.K., but the now-famous
tensions in the group had begun to build. Liam and
Noel refused to do joint interviews because they always
fought, and Noel briefly left the band at one point.
At the beginning
of 1995, the group concentrated on America, with "Live
Forever" becoming a major hit on MTV, album rock,
and modern rock radio stations, peaking at number
two. "Definitely Maybe" went Gold in the
U.S., and then on the eve of the release of the single
"Some Might Say," drummer Tony McCaroll
parted ways with the band. Alan White took his place,
and "Some Might Say" entered the charts
at number one, with its success catapulting all of
their previous singles back on to the indie charts.
album, "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?,"
was released in October of 1995, and the album shot
to number one in England, becoming the fastest-selling
album in the U.K. since Michael Jackson's "Bad."
Over the course of 1996, "(What's the Story)
Morning Glory?" became the second-biggest British
album in history." Morning Glory" became
a Top Ten success in America, eventually being certified
Quintuple Platinum; it also reached the Top Ten throughout
Europe and Asia. A third album, "Be Here Now,"
shattered sales records in the U.K. and nearly topped
the U.S. charts, but a backlash had set in among both
critics and record buyers. Typical infighting unraveled
the band's tour, and they slipped from the spotlight,
although a collection of B-sides, "Masterplan,"
was released in 1998.
As the band
was recording their fourth album in the summer of
1999, Bonehead left Oasis, claiming that he wanted
to spend more time with his family. Ex-Ride guitarist
Andy Bell and one-time Heavy Stereo bassist Gem Archer
signed on after the recording of 2000's "Standing
on the Shoulder of Giants." In fall 2000, their
first-ever live record, "Familiar To Millions,"
was released, and now we can expect "Heathen
Chemistry" in July.