During the early to mid-1990s Oasis held a firm grip on public attention and the charts in Britain and throughout the world. Their first two albums, “Definitely Maybe” and “What’s the story (Morning glory)” were two of the most important rock albums of the era and signaled a new, unexpected rise of British guitar music. Such was the public’s fascination with Liam and Noel Gallagher that even their arguments constituted events. One such argument even made it on to the charts.
Oasis charting with singles, albums and recorded arguments
Brit-pop promised to deliver the three-chord guitar songs that made Grunge such a force, with the songwriting sensibilities of ’60’s British bands like the Kinks, the Who and, of course, the Beatles. Oasis never shied away from singing their own praises. On more than one occasion Noel and Liam Gallagher (the brothers in Oasis and throughout the only constant members of the group)declared themselves the most important band on the planet and heirs to the throne of the Beatles.
Noel Gallagher’s songwriting record to that point was almost flawless, so despite the bravado, there were certainly some songs to back up the claims and their arrogance. The public, especially in Britain was enamored with the group, with practically every one of their singles reaching the higher parts of the charts.
Oasis melodrama, on and off the charts
It was a new age for “indie” music in Britain. The promise of the Stones Roses and the Smiths, in terms of popularity had become, albeit for a short period, a reality. So popular was Oasis in fact, that in 1995 a bootleg of Noel and Liam arguing went into the charts at number 52.
Much had been made about the temper of the two Gallagher brothers especially when around one another. Brothers fight all the time. But, few of them have their personal relationships as thoroughly analyzed as to end up in the charts. The interview had been taken by a reporter of NME and it helped to prove that little of their disagreements (some were consummated even as Oasis fights on stage) were down to a shrewd marketing ploy.
The bootleg is called “Wibbling rivalry“ and is cut into two tracks, Noel’s track, and Liam’s track. They both feature heavy use of profanities and a series of accusations from one another bordering between violent and humorous. The cover photo for it features an image of the notorious London gangsters, the Kray twins.
Liam and Noel Gallagher’s era defining songs and career defining relationship
Oasis would go on to make music together until 2009, when a backstage fight between Noel and Liam Gallagher, left the former deciding he was going to leave the group. This effectively was the end of the band, with Noel Gallagher embarking on a solo career, while the rest of the members formed the short-lived group Beady Eye.
It’s hard to explain just how big Oasis were during the early part of the 1990s, especially in the United Kingdom. Royal Family may have had its supporters, but, arguably not as many as the Gallaghers’.
They represented for better or worse all that was British as the time. Blur may have played their rivals, the Stone Roses were the golden predecessors, Pulp and the Verve were more artsy. But, the Brothers Oasis had a more profound influence than any of these, that ranged from their 60s inspired songs, to their aggressive verbal and physical disputes.
In many ways, for all the great songs and terrific heights they achieved, the brotherly fights between the Gallaghers are destined to also mark part of their legacy.