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Paul 'Bigun' Ashbee claims it was Bonehead who was behind Oasis' signature sound


When you think of figures in the music industry to not try and take on, near the very top of that list would be the Gallagher Brothers. As concerned with destroying anyone in their path as making top tunes, the brothers are embroiled in a longstanding feud with one another. It seems though that they may have a new target as the man who brought the band together has given Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs the credit for finding their signature sound.

The claim comes from Paul ‘Bigun’ Ashbee’s new autobiography, Giving it The Bigun’. Bigun is widely credited with being the man who brought Oasis together having introduced Liam, whom he was working with at the time, to Bonehead’s band The Rain. That band would go on to be the founding basis of Oasis. While that’s never been disputed, Bigun suggests that despite the kudos Liam and Noel receive it was actually Bonehead who directed the band towards fame and fortune.

Watch Oasis’ full performance at their first Glastonbury Festival outing in 1994

“People think it was Noel and Liam who created the sound of Oasis but it wasn’t – it was Bonehead,” said Bigun. “Liam was the frontman, Noel was the poet who came later. It was a jigsaw puzzle. It was meant to be.”

He continues “’Definitely Maybe’ was Noel’s therapy, it was his poetry – but it was Bonehead’s core sound. I know because I’d heard it back when they were still called The Rain.”

Speaking with the Manchester Evening News, Bigun spoke of meeting Bonehead at the tender age of 14, Bigun says he “used to be fascinated by him” because of his devotion to wanting to be in a band.

“We were sat in a park in 1986 with a big ghetto blaster and he’s saying, let’s get a band together,” he said. “I didn’t play instruments but he was encouraging me to get on the bass, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Instead, I found him the perfect frontman.”

Obviously referring to Liam, Bigun, who had employed the soon-to-be-singer to valet cars for him at Manchester City’s training ground, said that “there was something raw” about him. “I think more than anything Liam wanted Noel to notice him, and he knew being in a band would do that, plus I’d heard him go on about wanting to be a rock star for about a year in the van, so I knew he was up to the job.”

Rare footage of pre-fame Oasis rehearsing ‘All Around the World’, 1992

Following Bonehead and Liam’s introduction, LG’s older brother Noel soon joined the band. He completed the set featuring Tony McCarroll and Paul Guigsy McGuigan and with it they became one of the biggest bands in history. “When their music was released, it touched people in a way that music just doesn’t any more. People were like, what the fuck is this? I would sit in the rehearsal room thinking, wow, is this real?”