Oasis is an English rock band fronted by the brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. The group attained Beatles-like success in the U.K. while also making headlines for their bawdy and rude behavior. Oasis formed in 1991 and disbanded in 2009 after Noel announced his departure. Liam and the two other members of Oasis, Gem Archer and Andy Bell, are still performing together under the name Beady Eye. Meanwhile, Noel launched a solo career with his project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Oasis formed in 1991. Liam got the soubriquet from a rock poster that promoted a concert at the "Oasis Leisure Centre." At the band's first gig, Noel was not on stage but in the audience. He wasn't particular impressed by what he heard but he was inspired to ask the band if he could join. Of course, Noel only came aboard after Liam and the other members agreed to his demands that he would play guitar, write all the songs, and be the band's leader.
Oasis released their first album, Definitely Maybe, in 1994. However, they became international superstars in 1995 with the release of (What's the Story) Morning Glory? That was followed by Be Here Now (1997), Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000), Heathen Chemistry (2002), Don't Believe the Truth (2005), and Dig Out Your Soul (2008). During their run, Oasis dominated the British charts.
In the U.K., they can lay claim to eight number one albums and eight number one singles. Between 1995 and 2005, Oasis spent 765 weeks on the United Kingdom's singles and albums charts. Their 1997 album, Be Here Now, is the U.K.'s fastest selling album of all-time; it sold more than 420,000 copies on its first day and more than a million in a fortnight. As of 2009, the band has sold more than 70 million albums all over the world and has influenced countless artists including Coldplay, Maroon 5, The Strokes, and The Killers.
Not only are they one of the most successful British bands of all-time, they are also one of the most dysfunctional. Members, including the brothers, frequently quit the band for either short periods of time, or for good, all throughout Oasis' tenure.
Highlights of the band's dysfunction include Liam, under the influence of crystal meth, assaulting Noel on stage with a tambourine. Another time, he taunted his brother during a guitar solo, spat beer on the stage, and then stormed off. Once, when a sore throat prompted him to miss a performance, Liam sat in the balcony drinking beer and heckling his brother.
The tension between the siblings was often seen at an Oasis concert, either during the show or afterwards in the backstage area. Other salacious incidents have prompted the cancellation of more than a few Oasis concerts. During an Oasis tour of Germany, Liam and two of his bandmates were involved in a serious bar fight. Earlier in the same year, during one of Oasis tours of North America, Noel and several other people associated with the band were involved in a serious car accident in Indianapolis.