Paul McGuigan (musician)

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Paul McGuigan
McGuigan in 1998
Background information
Birth namePaul Francis McGuigan
Also known as"Guigsy"
Born (1971-05-09) 9 May 1971 (age 48)
Levenshulme, Manchester, England
GenresRock, Britpop, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, DJ
InstrumentsBass guitar, turntables, sampler, drum programming
Years active1991–1999, 2002
Associated actsOasis

Paul Francis McGuigan (born 9 May 1971), better known by his nickname Guigsy (pronounced "Gwigzee"), is an English musician and one of the five founding members of the British rock band Oasis. He was the group's bassist from 1991 to 1999.

The Rain and Oasis (1991–1999)[edit]

"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."[1]


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 occasionally played by Noel Gallagher on the band's first two albums. Despite a rumour that McGuigan didn't play bass on "Definitely Maybe" and that his and Arthurs' parts were replaced by Noel on the first two albums, this rumour has since been denied by Owen Morris and Anjali Hutt, who worked on "Definitely Maybe".[2][3] McGuigan has admitted to smoking Cannabis during touring.[4]

Post-Oasis (1999–present)[edit]

McGuigan left Oasis in 1999 and was replaced by bassist Andy Bell in the following year. Noel Gallagher claims he quit via fax and avoided phone calls from the Gallaghers in the following weeks. Though he eventually gave up trying to contact him by phone, Noel said he bears no malice towards McGuigan.[5]

He occasionally performs as a DJ. He declined to appear in the 2004 Definitely Maybe DVD, though a polite letter explaining his reasons for doing so appears as a hidden extra, along with a short segment with pundits giving their views on him.[6] He also declined to be interviewed for the Oasis: Supersonic documentary, though archive footage of him was used instead.


A lifelong sports fan, McGuigan especially loves football, and is a supporter of Manchester City F.C. He once stated, "watching football is my main hobby. Watching football, watching videos about football, reading about football and talking about football. That's pretty much all I care about."[7]

Whilst still with Oasis, he and journalist Paolo Hewitt wrote a book about football player Robin Friday, entitled The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw (ISBN 9781840181081). McGuigan was renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of football and cricket. In an interview for a BBC Radio 1 documentary in 1995, McGuigan said his favourite magazine is FourFourTwo.

Personal life[edit]

McGuigan presently lives in Mill Hill, North London with his wife and son.


  1. ^ "And the band played on | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
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  4. ^ "Oasis interview with Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan by Toazted part 1". YouTube. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. ^ Interview with Noel Gallagher on MTV Gonzo, 2006
  6. ^ "band - Paul "Guigsy" Mcguigan biography". Oasis fanatic. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ Mundy, Chris (2 May 1996). "Oasis: Ruling Asses". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

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