Nineties indie legend ‘unrecognisable’ nearly 30 years since chart-topping hits

A legend from the indie music scene in nineties has had a complete makeover, with many calling him 'unrecognisable'.

Indie icon Simon Fowler was the frontman of the band Ocean Colour Scene, together with bass player Damon Minchella, guitarist Steve Cradock and drummer Oscar Harrison.

The band from Birmingham scored a sweet six top 10 singles and seventeen appearances in the top 40 after the band's formation in 1989.

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Ocean Colour Scene soared in popularity when, in the early nineties, their genre of Britpop and Britrock exploded onto the mainstream scene.

Due to the success of the genre, the band had the support of Oasis member Noel Gallagher, with Ocean Colour Scene even playing with the brotherly duo on their 1995 tour.

Britpop heavyweights like Blur and Pulp were knocked off the top of the UK album charts as the band's popularity skyrocketed with their third studio record 'Marchin' Already'.

Songs from the band that fans will know include "Hundred Mile High City", "The Circle" and "Traveller's Tune".

Since their musical hayday in the 90s, the band is continuing to carry on, with the group announcing a 13-date UK tour earlier in the year.

But lead singer Simon Fowler has had a complete change of style, swapping the parkas for suits and ties.

Simon said ahead of the band's tour that it will be a pleasure for him to end the year with Ocean Colour Scene.

Guitarist Steve agreed with Simon, saying: "This feels like the first proper tour Ocean Colour Scene have done in years.

"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".

The group are no strangers to pulling the public into their performances, with a gig at the Roundhouse in Camden Town causing a stir.

Despite their loyal fans loving every minute, many were confused by the four-piece's completely different outfits.

Simon sported a casual look for the concert as he showed off an orange t-shirt and baggy jeans.

Fans, as well as first-time listeners recalled their experiences at the event, with many refusing to believe that Simon Fowler was still carrying on.

"Is that Simon Fowler? No way! He's like a different person!" a user wrote. Another agreed, commenting: "Simon Fowler has transformed into a different man".

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