(often abbreviated to OCS) is a rock band from
They were formed after two other local bands called
The Boys and Fanatics disbanded.
Fanatics released an E.P. titled Suburban Love Songs.
first 7" single was called "Sway" and was released in the
early '90s UK indie era. However, when their record label
was swallowed up by larger company
Phonogram their eponymous debut was mixed, against
the band wishes, to fit in with the Manchester musical trend
of the time. With the album largely deemed a failure, and
with the band in dispute with their record company, they
spent several years in the wilderness.
the explosion of the Britpop scene, OCS's music became
nationally and internationally known. Their second album
Moseley Shoals was received to critical acclaim, containing
four hit singles and reaching the heights of #2 in the UK
Albums Chart and the follow up, Marchin' Already displacing
Oasis at the top of the charts.
song The Riverboat Song was featured on Chris Evans' TFI
Friday - as the backing music when guests were
introduced, and "Hundred Mile High City" and "July" were
used in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
and the associated television series.
undergone line-ups changes, the band continue to record and
perform, though they have struggled to recapture the success
they enjoyed with their breakthrough album, Moseley Shoals.
sound is deliberately retro, and influenced by sixties rock
traditional line-up has consisted of:
Steve Cradock; (b.
August 1969); guitars, piano, mandolin, E-bow, autoharp, organs and backing
Simon Fowler, (b.
1965); vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar
Oscar Harrison (b.
1965); drums, piano and backing vocals.
Damon Minchella (b.
1969); bass guitar
Minchella was fired by the band in 2003, temporarily
replaced by Gary "Mani" Mounfield for a support slot with
Stereophonics and then was permanently replaced by
Dan Sealey on bass. Another
guitarist, Andy Bennett was
also added, making them a five-piece.
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