Ocean Color Scene , often abbreviated OCS , is a British alternative rock band from Moseley, Birmingham, England. Formed in 1989, it is composed of Simon Fowler, Steve Cradock, Oscar Harrison, and Raymond Meade.
Ocean Color Scene is formed in 1989, in Moseley, Birmingham> after the dissolution of two local bands, The Boys and Fanatics. OCS signed to the Phfftt Records label in 1990, and published the same year, their first single, Sway, was released in September 1990 in the UK, during a period when independent music was booming.
However, following the acquisition of their record company by a large company, Phonogram Records, their first album, the eponymous Ocean Color Scene, is rearranged to fit the musical trend of the moment in Manchester, and this against the will of the members of the group. The album, widely considered a failure, is the source of conflicts between the band and its label. The album reaches 54> place of British rankings> and is certified silver disc>.
The year 1993 marks the beginning of the renewal. Paul Weller invites the group to accompany him on certain dates of his tour. In addition to these stage performances, Weller invites Cradock to play on one of his singles, and Fowler to sing on his next album, Wild Wood. These collaborations with Weller allow the group to continue to exist.