10 Things You Didn’t Know About Oasis
You probably know that Oasis were led by two constantly feuding brothers. But did you know that the fights got so bad between the sibs at one point that the band went on tour without their singer for a while? It's one of the 10 Things You Didn't Know About Oasis.
Back when they first started their band, Noel and Liam Gallagher had a tour poster on their wall for the British group Inspiral Carpets, whom Noel was a roadie for. Among the venues listed was the Oasis Leisure Centre.
'Shakermaker' sounds a lot like 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony),' a 1971 hit that started out as a jingle for Coca-Cola -- so much so that the band had to pay damages.
In 1994, Liam threw a tambourine at Noel onstage, prompting the guitarist to quit the band and camp out in San Francisco. While there, he wrote the popular acoustic B side, which he also sings.
Their 1994 song 'Whatever' apparently sounds like 'How Sweet to Be an Idiot,' which appeared on a solo album by Neil Innes, who was in the Fab Four parody group the Rutles. Innes now shares co-writing credit.
In 1996, just as they were about to start a U.S. tour, Liam said he didn't want to go. It was a minor bump for Noel, who took the band on the road anyway, singing most of the songs himself.
Right before he quit the 1996 U.S. tour, Liam also bowed out of Oasis' 'MTV Unplugged' performance. Instead, he sat in the balcony with a beer and heckled Noel between songs.
Their third album was released on Aug. 21, 1997. It sold more than 350,000 copies that day. By the end of the week, it had nearly doubled that number, making it England's fastest-selling album ... still.
Oasis lost their bass player before their 1999 tour, so they hired guitarist Andy Bell, who was in shoegaze band Ride. He never played bass. "If he can play the guitar, he can play the f----n' bass," said Liam.