Ou Est le Swimming Pool

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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Origin Camden, London, England
Genres Synthpop, indietronica
Years active 2009–2010
Labels Fire & Manouvre
Past members Caan Capan
Charles Haddon
Joe Hutchinson

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool were an English synthpop[1] group from Camden, London, made up of Caan Capan, Charles Haddon and Joe Hutchinson.

The band name is an amalgamation of French (Où Est Le: where is the) and English (Swimming Pool) and is inspired by a line from French teacher Mrs Crabbe (played by Pam Ferris) in the television series Hardwicke House. They released four singles.[2]


In 2009, the band released and re-released their debut single, "Dance the Way I Feel", before supporting La Roux on their UK tour. In 2010, the band released the singles "These New Knights", "Jackson's Last Stand" and "The Key" as well as their debut album The Golden Year.[3]

The band played at Glastonbury Festival and Bestival in 2009[4] and supported La Roux on their tour in early 2010.[5] In May 2010, they played at Evolution Festival and in July at Global Gathering, along with a series of festivals all over Europe throughout the summer of 2010.

They appear on Tiësto's fifth album A Town Called Paradise on the song "The Feeling".[6]

Charles Haddon's death and disbandment[edit]

On 20 August 2010, Charles Haddon, the lead singer of the band, died after a performance at Pukkelpop, Belgium. He committed suicide in the backstage artists' parking area.[7][8][9][10][11][12][excessive citations] Haddon was reported to have been distressed after he feared he had seriously injured a young girl earlier after a stage dive.[13][14] However, other sources report that it was in fact Hutchinson who had stage dived into the crowd and injured the fan in question.[15] He was 22 years old.

On 3 October 2010, the remaining Ou Est Le Swimming Pool members arranged a festival, billed as Chazzstock, in honour of Haddon at Koko in Camden, London. The Kooks, Mr Hudson, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Man Like Me, Daisy Dares You, Kissy Sell Out, Tribes, Ollie Wride and The Horrors performed at the event.[16] The event raised more than £8,000 for charities Mind and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Faris Badwan of The Horrors also dedicated his side-project Cat's Eyes' debut album Cat's Eyes to Haddon's memory.




Year Single Peak chart positions Album

2009 "Dance the Way I Feel" 110 10 16 20 20 The Golden Year
2010 "These New Knights"
"Jackson's Last Stand" 79
"The Key"
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or has not been released


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  3. ^ Hugh Montgomery (2010-10-08). "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool:The Golden Year". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  4. ^ Waters, Cara (25 March 2010). "We won't down pints with Amy". The Sun. London. 
  5. ^ "Live Review: La Roux and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool at Bristol O2 Academy – Monday 10 May 2010 | There Goes The Fear Music Blog". Theregoesthefear.com. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Tiësto releases fifth album A Town Called Paradise on June 16". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer Charles Haddon found dead in Belgium". The Guardian. London. 21 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Ou Est Le Swimming Pool Frontman Commits Suicide - Contactmusic News". Contactmusic.com. 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  9. ^ "R.I.P. Charles 'Charlie' Haddon (Ou Est Le Swimming Pool)". Inlog.org. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool frontman has committed suicide on". Inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  11. ^ "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer kills himself at festival at the age of 22". Muzikablog.com. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  12. ^ "De laatste uren van Charlie Haddon (22), de artiest die zelfmoord pleegde op Pukkelpop". Humo.be. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  13. ^ Michaels, Sean (25 August 2010). "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer 'injured fan before killing himself'". The Guardian. London. 
  14. ^ Allen, Peter (23 August 2010). "British pop singer 'feared he had crippled a fan' just hours before plunging to his death at Belgian music festival". Daily Mail. London. 
  15. ^ "Family of British pop singer who plunged to his death at Belgian music festival tell of heartbreak". Daily Mail. 23 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Tony Hadley perfoms [sic] at Chazzstock". Female First. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  17. ^ "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool to release debut album following singer's death | News". Nme.Com. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  18. ^ "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool album to be released as planned | Ministry of Sound Australia". Ministryofsound.com.au. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  19. ^ "Discography Ou Est Le Swimming Pool". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  20. ^ "Discography Ou Est Le Swimming Pool". Hung Medien. ultratop.be. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  21. ^ "Discography Ou Est Le Swimming Pool". Hung Medien. chart.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 

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