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Simon and Oscar Simon and Oscar

Two-thirds of Ocean Colour Scene head up to Whitehaven for a very special one-off acoustic gig ...

Simon and Oscar
Ocean Colour Scene are one of Britain’s most enduring bands. Together some 15 years now, the band have seen and weathered it all - poverty, break ups, destructive record company politics, fads and fashions, critical acclaim and critical abuse, massive chart success, despair, bailiffs and Top Of The Pops!

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On the way they have created six chart albums and seen many of their singles enter the Top 40. They have also built up one of the most loyal fan bases in Britain today.

In early 1996, the band released their debut MCA single 'The Riverboat Song', which was instantly picked up by popular DJ Chris Evans for his weekly TV show 'TFI Friday'. The single, with its insistent nagging riff, entered the charts at #15. The follow up, 'You've Got It Bad', did even better, flying in at that week's #7 slot, paving the way for the release of band's much loved album, 'Moseley Shoals', which stayed at #2 in the charts for a staggering six months, selling over a million copies. In June 'The Day We Caught The Train', was placed on vinyl, entering the charts at #4 and that October the band embarked on a triumphant UK tour that ended in front of 100,000 people in Edinburgh on New Year's Eve.

In the week that their album, ‘Marchin’ Already,’ went to number one and knocked Oasis off the top spot, Noel Gallagher very graciously sent Ocean Colour Scene his congratulations though a plaque on which he had inscribed To The Second Best Band In Britain. “And as The Beatles are the first best band in Britain,” vocalist and songwriter, Simon Fowler says laughing, “that was very nice of him.” 

Simon, who operates as the main songwriter in the band by locking himself away and coming up with riffs, melodies, and lyrics says 'We have built up a good reputation for playing live. I think we appeal to something that people always like which is, funnily enough, songs. Maybe we have a bit more fun than other bands such as Radiohead, that type. We're more of a knockabout band. I think it comes from that thing of being a gang, having a laugh. The Beatles, Stones, The Faces, that kind of line.' It's not a bad heritage to be falling back on when you're the second best band in Britain!"

Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene will be performing a very special, one-off acoustic show at Whitehaven Civic Hall on Sunday, 20th November. Tickets are £15 and available now from the Box Office on 01946 852821.

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