Podcast - Original Oasis Drummer Tony McCarroll on 'Definitely Maybe'
For the latest episode of our podcast, John Fleming was joined by original Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll. His drumming on "Definitely Maybe" helped give the album its raw, driving sound – it would be the only full album he played on with the band.
McCarroll was there in 1991 during the formation of what would later be known as Oasis. Originally called The Rain, he and Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, bassist, and Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, guitarist, were joined by singer Chris Hutton. Liam Gallagher would replace Hutton in The Rain, and was the one to change the name to Oasis. His older brother Noel would soon follow, and the rest is history.
"Definitely Maybe" would sell more than eight million copies, and the follow-up, "(What's the Story) Morning Glory," moved 22 million-plus records. The two studio albums would help make Oasis icons.
The band broke up in 2009, but fans (including the Foo Fighters) still hope for a reunion. With this year marking a key anniversary, it seemed appropriate. McCarroll felt the same way. In April, he told the Associated Press that he wanted a reunion.
"You know, earlier on in the year, I must say, I thought it was something that might happen, whether I was involved or not," he said. "Even if it did happen, being part of the lineup or not, it's something that I would love."
For much more from the drummer, listen to the latest episode of our podcast, embedded at the top of the page. Among other topics, McCarroll talked about encounters with his former bandmates following his 1995 departure and whether or not he knew in the early '90s that "Definitely Maybe" would eventually be considered a classic.