Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, the man recently credited with being the driving force behind Britpop behemoths Oasis, has shared a new collection of previously unseen photographs of the band from the past 25 years.
“25 years later, I get 8 rolls of film developed.” Reads the caption of Bonehead’s social media post which reared its head last night. The collection, some of which you can see below, has got us feeling all nostalgic as it shows the beginnings of one of Britain’s biggest bands.
The album includes shots of Oasis backstage, including one before their first-ever performance at Glastonbury in 1994, a stunning and seminal moment in the band’s history. Other shots include Liam Gallagher sat in Central Park and Noel Gallagher busking in San Francisco – we wonder how much he made?
25 years later, I get 8 rolls of film developed…….. pic.twitter.com/46BINvTZ0H— Paul Arthurs. (@BoneheadsPage) August 15, 2019
Busking on the streets of San Francisco . pic.twitter.com/9HhpZClQug— Paul Arthurs. (@BoneheadsPage) August 15, 2019
Central Park. NYC pic.twitter.com/PPrRKxT3VH— Paul Arthurs. (@BoneheadsPage) August 15, 2019
In a recent interview Paul ‘Bigun’ Ashbee, a friend of the band in their very early days, revealed that Bonehead was the driving force behind Oasis and that it was his vision that the Gallaghers were enacting.
“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.”