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Oasis: As the crown of the best British group is passed to The Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, Oasis sails on with a career that began in Manchester, in 1991. Noel Gallagher, now the band's lead guitarist/songwriter, had been a roadie for The Inspiral Carpets since 1988. His singer brother Liam formed his first band called The Rain. (There was an obscure Beatles track called Rain.)
On the Definitely Maybe singles box set interview CD, Liam says: "It's on a poster on me bedroom wall just sitting there, and I saw the word 'Oasis' and I just thought: 'That's very nice.' I thought: 'I'd have a bit of that." The poster showed Inspiral dates including one at the Swindon Oasis.
In 1996 Noel dismissed some other name theories: "There was a clothes shop in Manchester called Oasis where you could buy these decent trainers and is where all the football hooligans used to go. And a lot of people say it's the name of the local taxi firm in Burnage, or it's the name of the local curry house."
Two unlikely sources that Noel didn't mention: (1) the track Oasis by fellow Mancunians The Happy Mondays; and (2) the Oasis Club in Manchester, where The Beatles played in 1963. Oasis as a word has been applied to everything from clubs to financial products and flower-holders. The band has avoided challenges over the use, apart from the clothing chain over "Oasis" tee-shirts.
Oasis has also been used in a musical context before: Oasis of the 1980s. There was also a pub duo in Leeds, Yorkshire, called Oasis; the first time the Gallaghers played at The Duchess of York in the city, there were only about 12 people there, perhaps because everyone thought it was the other Oasis.
Tribute bands: Blurasis, The Gallaghers, No Way Sis and Oasisn't. Related: The Smoking Mojo Filters. Liam has a son called Lennon after John Lennon.
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