The ‘tribute band’ is an established byway of post-modern pop but mid-90s act No Way Sis took it almost to the limit of its endurance with their shambolic salutes to Oasis. Whereas earlier tribute bands were formed to impersonate major acts that had split up, such as the Bootleg Beatles (Beatles) and Bjorn Again (Abba) or carried on beyond their best years (e.g., the Counterfeit Stones), No Way Sis formed only a couple of years after Oasis released their debut album and achieved a bizarre relationship with their ‘parent’ band, with Noel Gallagher taking every opportunity to praise the Scottish quintet, a privilege denied to rival copyists such as Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova. Based, like Oasis, around a sibling duo of Joe (‘Liam’) and Gerry (‘Noel’) McKay, the other members were James McLardy (‘Bonehead’), Tony McCarthy (‘Guigsy’) and Mick Reilly (‘Alan’). The irony was compounded by the fact that, with one of the few criticisms to stick to Oasis in their glory years being the derivative nature of their songs, No Way Sis’ debut single was a cover version of the New Seekers’ ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’, supposedly a less-than-subtle influence on Oasis’ ‘Shakermaker’. Despite hyped hopes of a Christmas number 1 in 1996, the joke appeared to wear thin very quickly and EMI Records quietly dropped the band early the following year before they could begin work on the first album of (supposedly) a five-album recording contract.
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