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  • Black Sheep Hit: "Wonderwall" is their best-known song, yet it doesn't have the Beatles-influenced sound that most of their work has.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Live Forever". In the UK, it started a streak of 22 consecutive top 10 singles.
  • Breakup Breakout: Noel outshone his former bandmates (who formed a new band called Beady Eye) by reaching #1 with all 3 of his High Flying Birds project. Liam though did manage to get a number 1 album himself when he went solo.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Both Be Here Now and the song "Roll with It" for Noel, to the point where he said
    Noel: It's the sound of a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a fuck.
    • And the band name 'Oasis' for Liam, who initially refused to play Oasis songs with Beady Eye. They got over this long enough to sing "Wonderwall" at the closing ceremonies for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games and would add a couple of Oasis songs to their setlist around the same time.
    • Later, Noel finally disowned Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, conventionally seen as their lowest point, as a mistake, saying he wasn't on his best shape and "just wrote songs for the sake of making an album."
  • Creator Breakdown: Guigsy briefly left the band in September 1995, citing nervous exhaustion. He was replaced by Scott McLeod, formerly of The Ya Yas, who was featured on some of the tour dates as well as in the "Wonderwall" video before leaving abruptly while on tour in the US. McLeod later contacted Noel claiming he felt he had made the wrong decision. Gallagher curtly replied "I think you have too. Good luck signing on." To complete the tour, Guigsy was successfully convinced to return to the band.
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  • DVD Commentary: Oasis: Time Flies 1994-2009 has Noel doing a commentary on the band's music videos. He watches some of them for the first time and he's definitely not impressed.
  • Hostility on the Set: The Gallaghers were noted for their Sibling Rivalry that often got heated. The culmination of it happened in 2009, with a backstage fight that led to both the cancellation of a festival gig minutes before its scheduled start and Noel's departure that ultimately collapsed the band.
  • Name's the Same:
    • No, Alan White is not the drummer for Yes.
    • Andy Bell is also not the one from Erasure. He's the one from Ride.
  • Old Shame: As listed on DVD Commentary, the DVD for Time Flies has Noel spending much time mocking the band's singles from the late 1990s and early 2000s, going as far to ask why somebody didn't take him to one side and tell him to "just stop". He shows particular disdain for "Sunday Morning Call".
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  • One-Hit Wonder: Played straight in the US, averted pretty much everywhere else. In fact, the only place where Oasis wasn't one of the biggest band in the world during The '90s was the US. They had one top ten hit ("Wonderwall", which peaked at #8 in January 1996), and they only had two other singles chart there, and even then, they didn't reach very high ("Don't Look Back in Anger" peaked at #55 in April 1996 and "The Shock of the Lightning" peaked at #93 in October 2008). This can partly be blamed on Billboard, as many of their singles, despite being receiving considerable airplay and sales, were ineligible to chart, due to the controversial rule (redacted in 1998) that only songs released as singles could chart. Many of their songs weren't released as singles in the US until their popularity had died down. Thus songs like "Champagne Supernova", which reached the top 20 on the Airplay charts, couldn't be counted on the main chart.
  • Reclusive Artist: The original bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, who left the group in 1999, along with original rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. According to Noel, Guigsy quit via fax and avoided phone calls from the Gallaghers in the following weeks. He declined to appear in the 2004 Definitely Maybe DVD, though a polite letter explaining his reasons for doing so appears as a hidden extra, along with a short segment with pundits giving their views on him. He also declined to be interviewed for the Oasis: Supersonic documentary, though archive footage of him was used instead.
    • Alan White quit music entirely after leaving Oasis, outside of a one-off gig with his brother Steve's band in 2008. Little has been heard from him since.
  • Revival by Commercialization: Inverted; "Shakermaker" ripped off "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" and they were sued. Noel then joked that "Now we all drink Pepsi."
    • And then parodied by the Oasis tribute band No Way Sis, who covered the Coca Cola jingle in Oasis' style.
    • Then, quite amazingly Coca-Cola used "Whatever" in the 125th anniversary commercials.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Noel can be heard whispering "Let me take me watch off" right before "Talk Tonight" begins.
    • There is a quiet "One, two, three, fow-uh!" at the beginning of "The Masterplan".
    • Liam whispers "Oh yeah" right before the drums kick in during "Live Forever".
  • Troubled Production: Given the easily combustible nature of Liam and Noel Gallagher’s relationship, it’s not surprising they had a few examples of this.
    • Their debut, Definitely, Maybe proved very troublesome, owing to the band’s general inexperience.
      • The initial Dave Batchelor-produced sessions from late 1993 were a disaster. Creation Records- still reeling from My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless going insanely over-budget- were forking out at £800 a day for use of Monnow Valley Studios and it had resulted in just one useable recording- ‘Slide Away’ is the only track on the final album from those sessions. Noel ultimately got rid of Batchelor, and having tried one last time to salvage the music already recorded, decided there was no choice but to take another crack at recording the album.
      • In January 1994, the band decamped to Sawmills studios in Cornwall with Noel and Mark Coyle producing and Anjali Dutt, a veteran of the Troubled Production of Loveless, handling engineering duties. Despite Noel taking a far more active role in things, the sessions still went nowhere and Liam still hadn’t recorded any vocals yet. It was left to Owen Morris, whose services had been offered to the band prior to starting recording only to be turned down, to salvage the situation. Firstly he impressed everyone by getting some first rate vocal takes from Liam, and then was able to take the existing recordings and turn it into the album most people know and love. Definitely Maybe went on to become one of the most acclaimed debut albums ever made by a British group.
    • (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was a much easier experience by comparison. Even the sacking of original drummer Tony McCarroll didn’t hurt proceedings too much. The main trouble occurred when Noel decided he wanted to Step Up to the Microphone for a song ("Don’t Look Back in Anger") which annoyed Liam so much that the younger Gallagher attempted to drunkenly interrupt his brother while he was recording his vocal take, and then (depending on who you believe) apparently trashing Noel’s equipment.
    • The production of Be Here Now is almost as infamous as the album itself.
      • The band’s popularity exploded following the release of Morning Glory, culminating in a series of sold out outdoor shows in the UK summer of 1996. However, this was followed an ill fated North American tour that had to be cut short due to various fallings-out. In order to try and keep things on an even keel, Noel suggested they record their next album as soon as possible (He’d had the material demo’d prior to their summer 1996 shows and so the songs were ready to go).
      • Producer Owen Morris wanted to try and keep things simple, generally close to the demos with minimal overdubs, whilst Noel wanted a far more elaborate production with multiple overdubs and even an orchestra. As anyone who has listened to the final product will know, Noel won the argument.
      • The original intention to record to the iconic Abbey Road Studios was derailed by press intrusion (not helped by Liam getting busted by the police for drug possession) leading to changes of venue. The album is somewhat infamous for being compromised by the amount of drug use, with Creation boss Alan McGee being appalled at how off the rails the whole thing was. Morris for his part disputes this and argues that Noel’s indifferent songwriting and I Am the Band tendencies coupled to poor relations within the band generally were as much to blame.
      • The album had a lot to live up to- Morning Glory was one of the biggest selling albums in UK history, despite getting So Ok Its Average reviews at first. For Be Here Now the press arguably started Pandering to the Base and gave it five-star reviews initially, which increased hype even more. The album posted impressive first-day and first-week sales, but eventually the inevitable Hype Backlash came, and many of the same reviewers that had initially praised it were now queueing up to stick the boot in.
      • The album was by most objective standards a success, selling nine million copies and there has been a certain backlash against the backlash in recent years- both Liam and Oasis manager Marcus Russell have defended the album, and producer Owen Morris believes the album is Mis-blamed as the Genre-Killer for Britpop. Noel for his part regards it as an Old Shame, if not outright Canon Discontinuity (only "Stand by Me" stayed in the band’s live setlist in later years and the retrospective compilation album Stop the Clocks ignored it entirely.)
    • It didn’t get any easier with the next album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.
      • After facing (not entirely unfounded) accusations of It's the Same, Now It Sucks! over Be Here Now, Noel wanted to make its’ follow-up a New Sound Album. He’d also kicked a nasty drug habit during the band’s hiatus, and wanted to curb some of the band’s more excessive traits during the recording sessions in France (The fact that Noel was seemingly oblivious to the problems that, amongst others, The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Duran Duran had endured whilst recording in that country suggests a certain amount of Critical Research Failure on his part.)
      • In particular he imposed a strict drinking curfew to try and keep brother Liam in good shape to record his vocals. YMMV on whether he veered into outright Bad Boss territory, but this certainly didn’t sit well with the other band members, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs especially. Arthurs’ frustrations got the better of him, and he drunkenly pranked one of the hired studio workers. When an irate Noel found out and pranked Arthurs himself in retaliation, the ensuing argument resulted in Arthurs quitting the band on the spot. Bassist Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan followed Arthurs out the door a few weeks later for reasons that remain unclear.
      • The result was the sessions being a real downer for all involved, not helped by Creation Records going belly-up. Sure, Oasis were big enough to Start My Own record label by that time, but it did mean yet another of the cohort who’d helped them on their way, Alan McGee, was now out of the picture. All three of the remaining band members were experiencing marital difficulties and Noel wasn’t feeling particularly inspired as a songwriter (to cap it all, his new found sobriety meant the material he did write was far more somber than the band’s usual crowd-pleasing fare).
      • Ultimately the album was pulled together by Liam, Noel, drummer Alan White and whichever of Noel’s mates happened to be in the studio. Tellingly, it’s the only Oasis studio release that doesn’t list the individual band members by name in the sleeve notes, as they didn’t get around to hiring replacements for the departed Arthurs and McGuigan until they started their tour to support the album.
    • Things got relatively easier for the band in terms of recording material after that- it helped that Liam, plus new members Gem Archer and Andy Bell started contributing more on the songwriting front and thus reducing the need for Noel to come up with an entire album’s worth of material by himself every two years. However, the critical and commercial response was much diminished from their Glory Days. The band split amid yet more acrimony after 2009’s Dig Out Your Soul.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • When making (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Noel presented Liam with two songs and told him to pick one to sing, and he would sing the other one himself. The songs? "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger". Imagine how the latter would sound with Liam's vocals...note 
    • The vinyl version of (What's the Story) Morning Glory? features a bonus track titled "Bonehead's Bank Holiday", which was supposed to be sung by Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. However, he got nervous, so Liam took him to a pub to have a drink or two. Naturally, the pair returned completely drunk, then attempted to record vocals. Noel eventually did the lead vocals. Bonehead's and Liam's hilariously off-key la-la-la's and drunken attempts at singing were used as backing vocals.
    • Dig Out Your Soul was mostly credited as a return to form for the band... and then they broke up.
    • "Songbird" was originally conceived as a much harder song, sounding akin to "The Swamp Song" or "Some Might Say". The demo can be heard here.


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