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Ongoing History Daily: No, that wasn’t the band’s drug dealer

There’s a very famous story about how Oasis was discovered and ended up with their recording contract. They hitched a ride with another band from Manchester to Glasgow for a gig at King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut on May 31, 1993. They were totally uninvited but after bullying the owner to let them onstage, they performed four songs including “Rock ‘n Roll Star” and “I Am the Walrus.”

In the audience that night was Alan McGee, the founder of a small indie label called Creation Records. He had arrived early and actually caught the Oasis set by mistake. And when he first laid eyes on them before they went on stage, he didn’t realize that Liam Gallagher was part of the band.  He thought he was the group’s drug dealer. After the gig, though, he was so impressed that he offered the band a contract on the spot.

Here’s a dramatized version of the event from the movie Creation Stories.

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