Ocean Colour Scene – Sway

The second single from indie stalwarts Ocean Colour Scene.  Admittedly I have not heard the original that was released in 1990 on Phtttf records, but as this was the lead song on both sides I don’t think that there was much going on.  I picked up this record in 1992 when it was re-released on Fontana.

Sway is a remarkably listenable radio friendly piece of indie, big guitars and catchy lyrics.  Only two years later Oasis would storm the charts with equal musicmanship.  Unfortunately OCS did not have the internal bickering, attitude, haircuts or swagger.  Many of the bands I love; Stone Roses, Happy Mondays one of their main attractions is the swagger.

Mona Lisa Eyes showcases Simon Fowler’s vocals, this is the stand out b-side here.  Although Bellechoux is a instrumental for any James Taylor Quartet fans out there.  Jazz nice.

Ocean Colour Scene : Sway

Sway
My Brother Sarah
Mona Lisa Eyes
Bellechoux

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Ocean Colour Scene – Yesterday Today

This song would have passed me by if it had not been for my girlfriend of the time.  The lead song Yesterday Today is an absolute stonker, it is up there in the OCS discography along with Hundred Mile High City. While it is not as cathartic as Hundred Mile High City, but it is a beautifully crafted pop song that harks back to 60’s pop.  Ocean Colour Scene  often refer to this period as their baggy phase, but it has more in common with Fontana label mates The House of Love than the rest of Madchester.

The other songs Another Girl’s Name, Fly Me and No One Says are all great, there is no filler on this 12”.  One of the things that is really apparent is Steve Cradock’s natural guitar ability and the awesome vocals from Simon Fowler.

Ocean Colour  Scene : Yesterday Today

Yesterday Today
Another Girl’s Name
Fly Me
No One Says

Ocean Colour Scene – Do Yourself a Favour

I really loved the first few EPs that OCS did, and still consider them to be their finest work.  These are colossal tracks that never really transpired to a long player.  Unfortunately artistic clashes with their label caused the debut album to be a watered down flop.  This is probably why they tend to ignore this period, and it was not very commercially successful.    Thankfully Ocean Colour Scene have released an Anthology which includes all singles and b-sides. Otherwise those gems would of been lost forever.  It was only Yesterday Today that made any inroads in the charts, a weak number 49.

Do Yourself a Favour originally is a Stevie Wonder track with a really filthy funky guitar/organ riff, and Ocean Colour Scene maintain the 70s funky feel but in a Led Zeppelin style rather than Motown.  The Seventh Floor continues the 70s feel and I feel that the first two songs pave the way for Moseley Shoals.  Even at these early stages the production is crystal clear and can have a negative effect, sounding like a group of session musicians rather than a band.  Their rise to fame could be attributed that they became a more cohesive unit in the mid-90s

Ocean Colour Scene : Do Yourself a Favour

r-1814117-1245091036-jpegDo Yourself a Favour
The Seventh Floor
Patsy In Green
Suspended Motion