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Debut album rescued band from obscurity “Moseley Shoals in its entirety”
OCEAN Colour Scene singer Simon Fowler owes everything to breakthrough album Moseley Shoals.
VOCALS Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene. FAMOUS FAN: Ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. Simon is convinced it was the record that saved the band. And they will celebrate the album 15 years after it hit the charts by playing Moseley Shoals in its entirety at the Music Hall on Thursday. Simon said: “Moseley Shoals was the album that really saw us break through and gain some recognition. If we had not made it then I doubt if we would still be together now. “When that album started selling it became almost surreal. Suddenly we were massive, and I am happy to play the album again. “But the thought of experiencing that level of success again doesn't excite me now – I have done it. “I don’t really see us as a pop band at all now.” Released at the height of BritPop in 1996 Moseley Shoals was acclaimed by Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher. Album track The Riverboat Song was also the theme tune of Chris Evans’ television show TFI Friday. Britain was also undergoing a revival in 60s mod-influenced guitar rock. Ocean Colour Scene fitted perfectly, and the album sold 1.3million copies. “In terms of travelling, the year of Moseley Shoals was our busiest ever,” said Simon. “It was crazy. We played more than 120 shows and went to places like India and Dubai. “Our work-rate was absolutely incredible as we also packed in television and radio shows on top of that. “For 18 months we were huge pop stars and we never had any intention of that happening. It was fantastic at the time but completely tiring.” At the height of the Moseley Shoals hysteria, Ocean Colour Scene were invited to support Oasis. They played in front of 125,000 fans at Knebworth House as Britpop reached its peak. “That Knebworth concert was absolutely terrifying,” said Simon. “It was the most nervous I have ever been. “But as soon as we launched into The Day We Caught The Train the crowd went absolutely ballistic. “The nerves just went and to hear 125,000 people singing the chorus to that song is something that will always stay in my mind. “We had a great relationship with Oasis and our album Marchin’ Already knocked their Be Here Now off the top of the charts. “Noel sent us a plaque which said ‘Congratulations to the second best band in the world’. “But if Noel thinks the Beatles are the best band ever, and we are second – where does that leave Oasis?” Following those heady years