Nineties indie legend looks totally unrecognisable 27 years after hit singles

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Ocean Colour Scene rose to fame in the 90s (Image: Redferns)
Ocean Colour Scene rose to fame in the 90s (Image: Redferns)

A nineties indie legend now looks totally unrecognisable 27 years after the band's top hit catapulted them to fame. Ocean Colour Scene was made up of frontman Simon Fowler, guitarist Steve Cradock, drummer Oscar Harrison and bass player Damon Minchella.

The Birmingham band secured six top 10 singles and seventeen top 40 hits since they formed in 1989. With the explosion of the Britpop scene, the band started gaining traction. They had the support of Noel Gallagher and played with Oasis on their 1995 tour and for one date at their Knebworth gigs.

Ocean Colour Scene even went on to kick the Britpop heavyweights off the UK Albums Chart with their third album Marchin' Already. They are best known for their hit tracks The Riverboat Song, The Circle, Traveller’s Tune, Hundred Mile High City and The Day We Caught The Train.

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To many fans delight, the band are still going strong having announced a 13-date UK tour earlier this year. Yet the band's singer Simon Fowler, 58, now looks totally different from their 90s days. Now sporting suits instead of parkas, the band still know how to put on a show.

Ahead of their August tour, Simon said: “After starting with a short run of dates in the summer, it’s going to be great ending the year on the road with Ocean Colour Scene, playing all the hits and more for some proper pre-Christmas partying with our fans.” While guitarist Steve shared: “This feels like the first proper tour Ocean Colour Scene have done in years.

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"Last year we managed six dates because of the World Cup and the year before Covid was still scaring people, so we are going to make it something special. .” Drummer Oscar added: “Looking forward to seeing everyone on tour – and we’re very happy that the final night will take place in Glasgow, a city with whom Ocean Colour Scene has always had a very special relationship.”

Back in 2021, the band made a stop-off at the Roundhouse in Camden Town - much to the delight of their adoring London fans. Yet many were left distracted by their totally different looks. Simon was cheered on by fans as he belted out Ocean Colour Scene's most famous tracks including Profit of Peace, The Circle, and Robin Hood.

The singer donned a casual ensemble on stage as he rocked an orange t-shirt and some baggy jeans. Following the performance, Ocean Colour Scene's fans flocked to social media to share some snippets and snaps from the stellar concert. And it wasn't long before more commented on Simon's changed look.

"Is that Simon Fowler? No way! He's like a different person," one penned. "Love that man! Gosh, he has changed a lot," someone else echoed. "Simon Fowler has transformed into a different man," someone else tweeted.

Mia O'Hare

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