Simon Fowler

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Simon Fowler
Simon Fowler live.jpg
Fowler in concert with Ocean Colour Scene
Background information
Also known asFoxy[1][2]
Born (1965-05-25) 25 May 1965 (age 54)
Meriden, Warwickshire, England
GenresRock, mod revival, folk
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica
LabelsMoseley Shoals Records
Associated actsOcean Colour Scene, Merrymouth (band)

Simon Geoffrey Fowler (born 25 May 1965 in Meriden, Warwickshire) 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 Carolyn Bullock (drums).[3] Future Ocean Colour Scene drummer and former Echo Base band member Oscar Harrison replaced Bullock on drums.[3]

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".[4] 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, Alison Moyet, Fine Young Cannibals, and with Kate Rusby.


On 26 March 2012, Fowler started what is now known as a "solo project", with Ocean Colour Scene band member Dan Sealey, and Mike McNamara, and released an album under the title of Simon Fowlers Merrymouth.[5]

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]

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.[6]


  1. ^ "Stay on the scene – Independent, The (London) – Find Articles at BNET". Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  2. ^ ":: oceancolourtheme :: simon fowler profile :: ocean colour scene ::". 25 May 1965. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Fanatics - Live at the Irish Center, Birmingham, 1988". Archived from the original on 4 November 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  4. ^ "The Men from UGLY Ś MP3 Download Area". Archived from the original on 23 February 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Merrymouth: Simon Fowler: MP3 Downloads". 25 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Ocean Colour Scene star Fowler admits being Birmingham mad". 23 October 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010.

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