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.