Oasis are an British rock band formed in Manchester in 1991 and originally known as The Rain. The group was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion). They were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals).
The band initially gained prominence performing on the Manchester club circuit. They were signed to an independent record label after Alan McGee of Creation Records saw them at a night club in Glasgow On April 11th 1994. At the time they had no manager or agent and very little money.
Oasis released their debut single, 'Supersonic' and afterwards released their debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994 which promptly shot to the number 1 position. To crown the year they released a number 3 single at Christmas and were winners at the BRIT Awards.
The following year (1995), the band recorded (What's the Story) Morning Glory? which again went to number 1. The Gallagher brothers featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles.
Oasis released their third album, Be Here Now in 1997, which was the fastest-selling album in UK chart history at the time. The band lost two long-time members Paul McGuigan and Paul Arthurs as they went onto record and release Standing on the Shoulder of Giants in 2000 and Heathen Chemistry in 2002. Don't Believe the Truth, released in 2005, was voted in the top 50 of best British albums of all time in a Q Magazine poll. Oasis' latest album, Dig Out Your Soul (2008), reached number one in the British charts with a platinum certification.