“For a brief time in the late-90s, Ocean Colour Scene were just about the coolest band in Cool Britannia.
No, really! A new, one-hour, fly-on-the-wall feast, featuring unseen footage of the Brummie four-piece at their Britpop peak goes some way to making good that claim.
‘Scene’ is produced by Tony Briggs, OCS’ official lensman during their glory years, which reached a zenith in 1997 when Cradock and Co’s platinum-shifting Marchin’ Already toppled Oasis’ Be Here Now from the top of the album charts.
Briggs’ film – there are no interviews, all the pictures in still and video form do the talking here – captures the former baggy cast-offs enjoying the spoils of long-earned chart success; ripping-out an embryonic Hundred Mile City High in the studio; posing about London in gifted Minis; walking-out to 125,000 fans at Glastonbury.
As a measure of Briggs’ close association with the band, snippets of Cradock’s wedding in Merlin’s Cave, accompanied by a Merlin-a-like and ex-Style Councillor Mick Talbot on portable piano, provide a bonus highlight. Lookout too for cameo appearances from OCS’ luminaries Paul Weller and Liam and Noel Gallagher – when the pair were on recording and touring terms.
Due for an internet-only Boxing Day release, ‘Scene’ will have OCS devotees salivating over their turkey sandwiches – the rest can enjoy a unique view of a worthy underdog revelling in its day. This stands as a superb testament to Britain’s last great musical era”
Andy Gray, Scootering Magazine.