It sounds unthinkable … but Oasis could reform without Noel Gallagher, according to the man who discovered the band.
Former Creation Records boss Alan McGee guided the band to stardom after offering to sign them following a gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow.
And he is one of the key figures in Supersonic, a documentary film about the band which opens in cinemas this week.
The film has renewed interest in Oasis and demand for feuding brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher to reunite.
Noel, 49, who last month played a huge open-air solo gig at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, has repeatedly ruled out a reformation.
And his 44-year-old brother hardly helped the situation by threatening to cut off his teenage sons’ pocket money if they are ever seen attending one of his older sibling’s concerts.
He further warned that he would “dish out loads of old photos of them with nappies full of s*** and put that on the internet”.
Alan says Oasis could reunite without Noel, even though he is the band’s main songwriter.
He said: “The groups that Noel hero-worships are The Jam and The Smiths, who have never reformed with their original line-ups and are all the better for it.
“So I don’t think Noel will ever be part of an Oasis reunion, except for maybe a one-off charity gig.
“But I think Liam could do great. Noel wrote most of the songs but Liam started Oasis. I think the fans would accept it, like they have done with The Specials and Terry Hall.
“Liam has his solo record coming out first but we’ll see what happens. As long as they do what people want and don’t try to write new albums, I think that would be great.”
He added: “If Liam asked me, I’d probably go and see them.”
While the Gallagher brothers continue to bicker and insult each other in the press, Alan remains friends with both of them.
He said: “I’ve never had a bad word with Noel. I’ve had my ups and downs with Liam but we get on fine these days.”
Noel quit Oasis in 2009 after a backstage bust-up with Liam in Paris.
Noel has enjoyed a hugely successful solo career while Liam struggled with Beady Eye, which he formed with three Oasis members.
Alan said: “I thought they would go on for ever. I was surprised that it blew up and they packed it in.”
Liam will attend the premiere of the documentary Supersonic in Manchester tonight.
Alan said: “I keep getting asked to go but I hate film premieres. So I’m not going.
“But I’m dying to see the film. Noel has told me I have all the best one-liners in it.
“The film will remind people how good Oasis were. Oasis are going to be big for a month again and it will be great fun.”
Alan famously offered Oasis a record contract on the spot after seeing them play at Glasgow’s King Tut’s in 1993.
The Manchester band were third on the bill and played to only a handful of people.
Alan added: “It was a life-changer for me finding Oasis. I had no idea they would sell 77million albums. I just thought they were another really good band I had found.”
Twenty years ago, Oasis reached their peak when they played to more than 250,000 fans over two days at Knebworth in Hertfordshire.
Alan, 56, said: “It was probably the defining moment of the era. The era went on to about 2009 but Knebworth was the beginning of the end.”
Asked about Oasis’s highs and lows, he said: “There were no real lows. It was all good. I got fed up towards the end of the 90s, with the paparazzi following me pushing a pram with my daughter in it.
“I had a five-year break, got ill, got better and came back to manage Happy Mondays, The Jesus and Mary Chain and a great little indie band, Alias Kid. I’m really loving music again.”