Happy Birthday Paul Francis McGuigan! – born May 9. 1971

Happy Birthday Paul Francis McGuigan! – born May 9. 1971

Paul Francis McGuigan (born 9 May 1971), better known by his nickname, Guigsy (pronounced “Gwigzee”), is a British musician and one of the four founder members of the British rock band Oasis. He was the group’s bassist from 1991 to 1999.

The Rain and Oasis (1991–1999)

“When I first started I just played up and down the top string of the bass. Come to think of it, that’s what I still do now.”

—McGuigan

In the late 1980s, McGuigan started a band with his friends, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs on guitar, Chris Hutton on lead vocals, later joined by Tony McCarroll on drums. They called themselves The Rain. After Hutton was fired, McGuigan invited his school friend, Liam Gallagher, to join.

Though a functional bassist onstage, McGuigan’s bass tracks were often replaced by Noel Gallagher on the band’s recordings, especially on Definitely Maybe, which features no bass tracks by McGuigan at all. McGuigan has admitted to smoking marijuana during touring.

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