Simon Fowler

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Simon Fowler
Simon Fowler live.jpg
Fowler in concert with Ocean Colour Scene
Background information
Also known as Foxy[1][2]
Born (1965-05-25) 25 May 1965 (age 49)
Meriden, Warwickshire, England
Genres Rock, Mod Revival, Folk
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica
Labels Moseley Shoals Records
Associated acts Ocean Colour Scene, Merrymouth (band)

Simon Geoffrey Fowler (born 25 May 1965 in Meriden, Warwickshire[3]) is an English singer and acoustic guitarist, best known as the frontman of Ocean Colour Scene.

The Fanatics[edit]

Simon Fowler commenced his music career as the lead singer and songwriter for Birmingham band The Fanatics, which consisted of Simon Fowler (vocals & guitar), Damon Minchella (bass), Paul Wilkes (guitar) and Caroline Bullock (drums).[4] Future Ocean Colour Scene drummer and former Echo Base band member Oscar Harrison replaced Bullock on drums.[4]

The Fanatics released one record in 1989 before splitting, the four track 'Suburban Love Songs' 12" vinyl e.p. on Chapter 22 Records (12 CHAP 38), containing the songs "1,2,3,4"; "My Brother Sarah" (later re-recorded by Ocean Colour Scene), "Suburban Love Songs" and "Tight Rope".[5] Following the demise of The Fanatics in late 1989, Fowler, Minchella and Harrison teamed up with guitar player Steve Cradock to form Ocean Colour Scene.

Other works[edit]

Fowler has also appeared as a backing singer for Paul Weller, and with Kate Rusby.


Main article: Merrymouth (band)

On 26 March 2012, Fowler started a solo project, with Ocean Colour Scene band member Dan Sealey, and Mike McNamara, and released his debut solo album under the title of Simon Fowlers Merrymouth.[6]

In 2014, now joined by Adam Barry, Merrymouth return with their second album Wenlock Hill, and features guest appearances from John McCusker (violins) and Chas Hodges of Chas and Dave (Piano).

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, British tabloid newspaper The Sun outed Fowler as gay; this was troubling for him, as he had not then come out to his family, let alone publicly.[7] Fowler later said he "had a lot of sympathy" when Boyzone singer Stephen Gately was similarly hounded by the media.[8]

Fowler lives with his long term partner Robert in Warwickshire. He was educated at Tudor Grange School in Solihull, and later studied at The Sixth Form College Solihull where he wrote "Foxy's Folk Faced". He then became a journalist, working for the Birmingham Post. He is a supporter of Birmingham City Football Club.[9]


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