1 January 2016

Early TV Appearance Wanted By The Makers Of A New Oasis Documentary

Time to rummage through the VHS collection and photos to see if you captured this long forgotten first TV appearance of Oasis before they became the biggest British band of their generation.

Makers of a new Oasis documentary sanctioned by Noel and Liam Gallagher are seeking what is thought to be the band's first TV appearance - as part of an ITV Telethon in 1992.

The broadcast, which took place on July 19 and was hosted by Michael Aspel, took place outside Granada Studios, and Oasis are believed to have played as part of the Blackpool Roadshow event organised by Granada TV.

No one is quite sure if the Oasis' set was broadcast, but the band has spoken in interviews about taking part in the telethon. Researchers for the biopic are also after still pictures or sound recordings that anyone in the audience might have taken.

The telethon, which brought all the regional ITV channels together, raised £15m for UK charities. The appearance is often incorrectly cited as being part of ITV's comedy-based fundraiser Comic Relief, or Red Nose Day, in 1993.

Makers of feature documentary Oasis - The Rock ’N’ Roll Band That Defined A Generation are asking people to look through their old VHS tapes and photo collections to see if they have captured the moment Oasis played almost a year before they were famously signed by Creation Records boss Alan McGee, at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on May 31, 1993.

The Mat Whitecross feature documentary, which will be released to cinemas in 2016, is produced by James Gay Rees (Senna/Amy), Fiona Neilson (Spike Island), and Simon Halfon (Sleuth), with executive producer Asif Kapadia (Senna/Amy).

Oasis - The Rock ’N’ Roll Band That Defined A Generation is entirely made up of archive material and though the band do not appear on screen they and their former management have been interviewed about this formative period. The band's record label, Big Brother Recordings, has granted the film makers access to their archives.

It will chart their rise to fame which began when their first album, Definitely Maybe, became the fastest selling debut album in British history to date on its release in 1994.

During the height of their fame, Oasis landed eight UK number one singles - including Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, and Roll With It - and eight UK number one albums before their acrimonious split in 2009.

The documentary follows their story up to Oasis's two-night residency at Knebworth in 1996, when the group played to 250,000 fans, and hopes to paint a picture of the boys' childhood and the community and city that shaped the Gallaghers.

Despite constant rumours of reunification, Liam and Noel have had successful careers apart since 2009. Liam's band Beady Eye broke up in 2014, while Noel has released two chart topping albums with his solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The film's team of directors has a long history with making music movies. Whitecross also made the Stone Roses film Spike Island and Ian Dury biopic Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll, while Kapadia and Gay-Rees won acclaim with their Amy Winehouse archive documentary grossing £5.4 million at the box office.

Clips from the ITV Telethon do still exist online, but the Oasis appearance is not among them.

Anyone who thinks they may have unearthed this much needed footage can submit their videos by early January to researcher Hannah Green. All items will be returned, and the directors may pay to use rare footage. Contact Hannah Green on hannah.oasisfilm@gmail.com for mailing details.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk


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