Was Oasis the biggest band in the world?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by WildHoneyPie9, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. WildHoneyPie9

    WildHoneyPie9 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Netherlands
    Was Oasis the "biggest band in the world" during the Mid 90s? Noel Gallagher often says this in interviews. Someone here pointed out that the band was a support act for U2 outside of the UK, so the claim cannot be true. Oasis also never really made it in the US.

    So was Oasis only massive in the UK at the time, or were they a worldwide phenomena who deserved the title 'biggest band in the world' ?
  2. 24voltsdc

    24voltsdc Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    They were never I repeat never the biggest band in the world. In their heads only.
  3. dartira

    dartira rise and shine like a far out superstar

    Maybe for three weeks in 1995.
  4. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

  5. Arkay_East

    Arkay_East Forum Resident

    Never were. Never. Not for a minute did they dethrone U2, for starters (as someone already mentioned) ... not even considering bands like Radiohead ... the Stones have been bigger since the 60s.

    They weren't even the biggest band in the U.K.!
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  6. No. They were the biggest band in the Gallaghers heads.
  7. dudley07726

    dudley07726 Forum Resident

    In their own heads, Never. The Beatles sold more in 94/95 and 2000 than Oasis.
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  8. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Houston, TX, USA
    No, the U.K. is not the world.
  9. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    More like three hours.....
  10. Jerjo

    Jerjo Forum Resident

    No, no, and no.
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  11. DLeet

    DLeet Forum Resident

    Chernigov, Ukraine
    Blur single outsold theirs, he-he. But even without this fact - nnnope.
  12. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    Yeah, for a couple of years they were huge here. Be Here Now took the edge off that and they never really recovered.
  13. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident

    Bexley, Ohio
    No. I would say during that time U2 probably was. As far as touring, I believe Pink Floyd was one of the highest grossing tours in 94. I could be wrong
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  14. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo No music, no Life


    Were'nt they a Beatles copy band??
  15. aoxomoxoa

    aoxomoxoa Down by the old mainstream

    Duke Ellington's band had a lot more people in it
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  16. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    They were never that big in the US and--at the risk of sounding off-putting to some--you can't be the biggest band in the world without being at least one of the biggest bands in the US.
    That said, I liked them in the beginning and they could have been huge if they spent more time and effort on their albums and hadn't been major a**holes. There's nothing wrong with being an a**hole in the music business but when your antics overshadow the music itself before you have earned a major following and lots of goodwill, you have problems.
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  17. Klassik

    Klassik Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    In Manchester.

    Oasis' hype was incredibly successful. Even more than their records.
    The biggest band in the world turned out to be The Beatles and there was some synergy between the two bands involved in this mid-90's spike.
    As I recall, Oasis started to become a 'who actually are they?' item to the general populus (NME single of week buyers notwithstanding as they were already in) on a poster of Liam and Noel holding the Red and Blue albums which had just come out on CD. I think it was an ad for Select magazine at a time when all of the music monthlies were selling hugely and were flyposting heavily everywhere.
    That established a link between the two bands and I'm reasonably certain every Oasis fan bought into Beatles Anthology as a result.
    In some ways, a temporary Beatles energy was added to their own success but as McCartney has said since, he felt they blew it when they started claiming they were 'bigger than the beatles' (at which point they were also denounced by George Harrison) and after that their journey to becoming 'a defunct manchester band like all the other legends was assured.

    I loved their trouncing of Blur though and at that point briefly bought in when they put out a poster answering Blur's 'Oasis Quo' swipe with 'Rockin All Over The World'

    Hmmm...don't remember buying their records though.
    I was more of a Kula Shaker man.

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  18. The Bishop

    The Bishop Forum Resident

    I don't know about he world, and I don't care about that. But they were the biggest band in the U.K. for quite a while.

    Always a favourite with me.
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  19. Changingman

    Changingman Forum Resident

    They were the biggest band in the UK between 1994 and 1997.
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  20. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

    Not that there's an actual barometer for measuring such things, but every fiber of my being screams "No."
    Even if you use record sales as an indicator, I think you'll find they fall short of the mark.
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  21. e.s.

    e.s. Forum Resident

    United States
    Multiple top 10 albums in the US isn't making it?

    First album sold over 15 million outside the UK. Second album sold 22 million outside the UK.
  22. richierichie

    richierichie Forum Resident

    Biggest band in the world? Yer `avin` a laugh. :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:They weren`t the biggest band in their own bog (toilet for you Colonials). :laughup::edthumbs::laughup:
  23. JoeF.

    JoeF. Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Yes, Oasis sold enough in the US to make the Top Ten more than once. But that still doesn't make them one of the biggest bands in the world. And the '90's were weird. Spin Doctors, Blues Traveller, Hootie and the Blowfish--all sold in the millions.
    And along with Oasis, their CD's all ended up in the mark-down bins with a hole punched in the corner....
  24. The Bishop

    The Bishop Forum Resident

    Of those bands, if Oasis announced a U.K. stadium tour tomorrow, the tickets would sell out in minutes.

    Yes, they are still a big deal.
  25. pez

    pez Forum Resident

    Cocaine may have helped to create this delusional idea. They werent even as big as Blur!

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2017
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