Episode 124 features a great interview with Simon Fowler (Ocean Colour Scene) sharing stories about #paulweller, #oceancolourscene and how copying other singers compares to Sebastian Coe running the mile….!
Since the group formed in 1989, OCS have released eleven studio albums including the million-selling Moseley Shoals and the number one Marchin’ Already. Their run of twenty successive Top 20 singles includes the era-defining ‘The Riverboat Song’, ‘The Circle’ ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘Hundred Mile High City’ (as featured in the film Lock Stock & Two Shooting Barrels).
The band and Paul have had so many connections over the years – playing on each other’s records, hanging out, music videos and TV promo appearances, playing live together and on supporting slots – not least with Steve Cradock and Damon Minchella joining Paul’s band for such long periods too (Steve has been with Paul for around 30 years now!). Check out my chat with Simon here and the links to order his new book – The life & lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene – below….
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EP124 – Simon Fowler – Ocean Colour Scene – Singer & Songwriter–Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast
Order the book here – One for the Road – The life & lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene is published on Thursday 8th December 2022.
In this limited edition, fully illustrated as a hardback coffee table book, Simon has collaborated with his lifelong friend, award-winning author, Daniel Rachel (Podcast Episode 43).
One For The Road is presented as an extended conversation featuring 69 personally hand-selected songs by Simon, including never seen before original handwritten lyrics, 13 unreleased songs, and over 350 hand chosen photographs and rarely seen items of memorabilia. With introductions by both Oscar Harrison and Steve Cradock this new stunning book offers a unique and illuminating visual record of one of the great songwriters.
Ocean Colour Scene & Paul Weller – Later with Jools Holland – 1996
Paul Weller – The Weaver
Simon features on Guitar and Backing vocals on this single – taken from the Wild Wood LP.
Paul Weller – Hung Up
Simon is listed with backing vocals on the Modern Classics album for this song and has a ‘little cameo’ in the promo video saying “I think I was flying, to be quite honest. But weren’t we all!”
Smokin’ Mojo Filters – Come Together
Whilst Simon isn’t credited as performing on the single – he is in the video – with a whole heap of stars!.
Paul Weller – The Circle – Cover – Gary Crowley GLR
Paul covered The Circle on Gary Crowley’s GLR show in 1996.
Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals
Paul Weller plays organ on The Riverboat Song, guitar on The Circle and piano with backing vocals on One for the Road.
Simon Fowler – A playlist from Desperately Seeking Paul
A music playlist with some of the songs that we talked about on the podcast plus my personal favourites…