Although founded in 1989, it wasn’t until 1995, after an invitation to support Oasis, that Ocean Colour Scene found themselves riding the Britpop wave. Styling themselves after the ‘60s Mods and drawing on Blues influences, they created a standalone sound that made them one of the most popular bands of the ‘90s.
Despite having an eponymous debut album behind them, it was their second outing, Moseley Shoals, which brought them to public attention. The Riverboat Song was an instant hit, whiffing faintly of Led Zeppelin. The follow-up single, The Day We Caught The Train was much more in line with Britpop, showcasing their poppier side.
Their next album, Marchin’ Already, was equally-well received and knocked their contemporaries, Oasis, from the Number One spot in the charts. Although the line-up has changed and there have been some solo efforts, Ocean Colour Scene remain one of the defining bands of that decade.