Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Oasis by any other name

True or false: the Oasis we know is the only band to ever use that name. False. I

In 1984, a group called Oasis signed a deal with Warner Records and featured Mary Hopkins, a Welsh folk singer who had a bunch of big singles in the 60s. The group also included Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brother on cello. This Oasis had a five-year recording contract—but their one-and-only album (a self-titled release) got bad reviews and didn’t sell very well at all. Needless to say, this band did not “live forever” (sorry) and they fell apart by the mid-80s. 

And as far as I know, they’ve never did ask Noel Gallagher to compensate them for nicking their name.

Alan Cross

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