Fowler in concert with Ocean Colour Scene
|Also known as||Foxy|
25 May 1965 |
Meriden, Warwickshire, England
|Genres||Rock, Mod Revival, Folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica|
|Labels||Moseley Shoals Records|
|Associated acts||Ocean Colour Scene, Merrymouth (band)|
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). Future Ocean Colour Scene drummer and former Echo Base band member Oscar Harrison replaced Bullock on drums.
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". 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.
- Main article: Merrymouth (band)
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. Fowler later said he "had a lot of sympathy" when Boyzone singer Stephen Gately was similarly hounded by the media.
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.
- "Stay on the scene – Independent, The (London) – Find Articles at BNET".
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- Website containing details of The Fanatics Suburban Love Songs e.p. http://www.ugly.co.uk/wav_mp3/download.htm
- Sawyer, Miranda (12 November 2006). "Sounding off". The Guardian (London). Retrieved on 2007-11-06.
- O'Hare, Colm (29 September 1999). "Simon Says". Hot Press.
- "Ocean Colour Scene star Fowler admits being Birmingham mad". 23 October 2010.
- Ocean Colour Scene Band Biography
- The Official Ocean Colour Scene Website
- The Official Merrymouth Website