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De­but al­bum res­cued band from ob­scu­rity “Mose­ley Shoals in its en­tirety”

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

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

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