Music sensation Oasis formed in 1991 and took the the UK music scene by storm. They were just four normal boys from Manchester (our own home town) with the ability to make award winning rock and roll music.
They band was originally known as The Rain and consisted of Liam Gallagher on the vocals and tambourine, Paul Arthurs known as ‘Bonehead’ on guitar, Paul McGuigan on the bass guitar and Tony McCarroll on the drums and percussion. Later, The Rain were joined by Liam’s big brother Noel Gallagher on the lead guitar and vocals. Noel only accepted on the condition that he was band manager and able to oversee everything the band did!
In 1993, the band was signed and until their split in 2011 they earned 8 number one singles, 8 UK number one albums, 15 NME Awards, 9 Q Awards, 4 MTV Europe Music Awards and 6 Brit Awards! They even won one for their outstanding contribution to music which was voted for by BBC Radio 2 listeners.
If those facts and figures weren’t impressive enough, the boys sold 70 million records worldwide. In 2010, after a run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK they were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest top 10 UK chart run by a group! Amazing.
This is enough proof as to why they make us proud to be British (and Mancunian!) and its fair to say their music will be listened to and celebrated for years to come.
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