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Arthurs received his rather un-flattering nickname when he was only nine years old because his father always made him have a crew cut. He supports the football team Manchester City. In the late 80's, Paul started a band with his mates, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (bass), Tony McCaroll (drums) and Chris Hutton (vocals). They called themselves "The Rain", after the Beatles B-side. When Hutton quit, he was replaced by Liam Gallagher. Liam changed the band’s name to Oasis. From there, Liam encouraged his brother Noel, who had just come back from travelling the world as a roadie for the band the Inspiral Carpets, to join the band. Noel brought with him a collection of songs that were to make the band famous. Bonehead remebers the first songs Noel played to him being "Live Forever" and "All Around the World". He claims his favorate Oasis song to play was "Columbia" as it only consists of three chords.
Although he mainly stuck to his duties as a guitarist, Bonehead took vocals on one Oasis track, "Bonehead's Bank Holiday" - a jocular ode to the double vinyl issue of (What's the Story) Morning Glory, claiming "Every day is a bank holiday for me,". Noel claims to enjoy the song for its comedic value "Particularly the way he sings it, because he's beyond tone deaf." He highlights it as Oasis' "Ringo track." He originally was suppose to sing lead vocals, but in the end Noel did that duty. Bonehead can be heard singing the "lalala...." part.
Bonehead left the band in 1999, during the recording of Oasis' fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, after a drunken row with Noel regarding a drink and drugs ban set by the band during recording. Apparently, Bonehead took to taunting the then-teetotal Liam (who had quit drinking for 3 months in a attempt to improve his voice) with wine bottles and kicking other crew members doors in the early hours to pour booze over them. When Noel turned the tables and broke into Bonehead's room, waking him up by pouring wine over his head, Arthurs was so irritated that he quit. His guitar parts were consequently re-recorded by Gallagher. He was replaced by Gem Archer, who was thereafter pointedly referred to as a 'professional'. The rest of the band downplayed the reaction to Bonehead's departue, Noel commenting "it's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles".
Arthur now lives in Manchester where he has built a studio under his house and formed "Moondog One" (named for "Johnny and the Moondogs", one of the Beatles former titles, before they rose to fame), which also includes The Smiths' Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke.
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