Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Oasis gets noticed for the first time

This is one of those unbelievable overnight success stories that somehow manage to happen in the music industry.

In late 1992, five guys hitchhiked from Manchester up with another now-forgotten band to a club called King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut in Glasgow. The legend goes that they told the manager that they wouldn’t leave until they were given a chance to play onstage. The legend says there were threats of violence and arson, but whatever.

Wanting to go home at some point that night and not feeling like fighting with these yobs, he signed and said “Okay.”

Talk about lucky, though. In the audience was Alan McGee, the head of Creation Records, who had arrived early by accident and really wasn’t supposed to be there. Within days of that unbilled, spontaneous gig in Glasgow, Oasis had an agent, a manager, and were on their way to a major record deal.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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