OCEAN COLOUR SCENE announce career spanning collection – ‘Yesterday Today: 1992 – 2018’ – out 24 February

Ocean Colour Scene

On 24 February, Edsel/Demon Music Group begin a year-long release campaign celebrating 30 years of one of the most popular and successful British bands to emerge in the 1990s, Ocean Colour Scene.

Ocean Colour Scene were founded in 1989 by Simon Fowler (vocals), Steve Cradock (guitar), Damon Minchella (bass) and Oscar Harrison (drums). Little over a year later their third single, the brilliant ‘Yesterday Today’ gave them a taste of chart action. Nevertheless, mainstream success would prove to be a trickier proposition. After a clutch of underperforming single releases, their record label, Fontana, dropped the band.

Following a three-year hiatus and period of self-examination, the band re-emerged, reinvented and ready to take on the music industry. In February 1996, ‘The Riverboat Song’ smashed into the UK chart and trailblazed six consecutive top-ten hits. Backed by the triple platinum-selling album Moseley Shoals and the number one follow-up Marchin’ Already, Ocean Colour Scene became one of the hottest bands in the country as the hits kept rolling.

Thirty-five years on, and Ocean Colour Scene are still together: making music and regularly selling out huge concert halls across the country. They have the support of an extraordinarily dedicated and loyal fan base who cherish their music and hold close to their hearts a lifetime of memories supporting the group. They are a people’s band. They believe in the soul of bass, drum and guitar rhythm. They exude melody. And they stand amongst the finest purveyors of the stirring sounds of a live concert. Each of the band has a passion to transcend everyday mundanity with music. And most of all they believe, as they always have, that one song can elevate the spirit and enrich the human experience.

This 230-track 15CD Collection is the first of its kind, a celebration of one of Britain’s finest bands. Including all of their studio albums, from the self-titled debut album Ocean Colour Scene, to the chart-topping Moseley Shoals, Marchin’ Already, One For The Modern and the post-Brit-pop Mechanical Wonder, North Atlantic Drift, A Hyperactive Workout For The Flying Squad, On The Leyline and the later albums Saturday, and Painting.

Moreover, the B-sides and rarities included in this box set offer a treasure trove of lesser-known Ocean Colour Scene classics. There is the Free-inspired ‘So Sad’ and ‘Men Of Such Opinion’ (Simon’s favourite self-written lyric), the irresistibly melodic ‘Huckleberry Grove’ featuring the Jamaican ska legend Rico Rodriguez, and the more sedate ballads ‘Robin Hood’, ‘I Need A Love Song’ and ‘Mrs Jones’ and a cover of ‘Day Tripper’, featuring Noel and Liam Gallagher. To round off the connection, you may also want to listen to an unreleased song of Paul Weller’s, ‘For Dancers Only’, which Steve unearthed for Ocean Colour Scene’s 2007 release, On The Leyline.

Ocean Colour Scene

Accompanying the 15CD collection is a stunning 72-page hardback book, with an in-depth essay from award-winning author Daniel Rachel depicting the rise of Ocean Colour Scene from the inside. No stone has been left unturned as alongside these words the book is packed with incredible photographs from Ocean Colour Scene photographers Lawrence Watson and Tony Briggs, many previously unseen. There’s also personal memorabilia, tour flyers, backstage passes from legendary gigs, lyrics and signed prints.

The same day Demon will also release a limited edition, 5LP coloured vinyl collection, Yesterday Today: 1992 – 1997. It brings together the band’s classic first three studio albums, Ocean Colour Scene, Moseley Shoals and Marchin’ Already. Including some of their biggest hits; ‘The Day We Caught The Train’, ‘The Riverboat Song’, ‘Hundred Mile High City’, ‘The Circle’ and ‘Travellers Tune’. The band’s debut self-titled album appearing here for the first time since its original pressing in 1992.

These two releases kick-start the beginning of a year-long campaign of collectable, exceptional Ocean Colour Scene releases. More information to follow in due course….


Yesterday Today: 1992 – 2018


1. Talk On

2. How About You

3. Giving It All Away

4. Justine

5. Do Yourself A Favour

6. Third Shade Of Green

7. Sway

8. Penny Pinching Rainy Heaven Days

9. One Of Those Days

10. Is She Coming Home

11. Blue Deep Ocean

12. Reprise


1. The Riverboat Song

2. The Day We Caught The Train

3. The Circle

4. Lining Your Pockets

5. Fleeting Mind

6. 40 Past Midnight

7. One For The Road

8. It’s My Shadow

9. Policemen & Pirates

10. The Downstream

11. You’ve Got It Bad

12. Get Away


1. Hundred Mile High Club

2. Better Day

3. Travellers Tune

4. Big Star

5. Debris Road

6. Besides Yourself

7. Get Blown Away

8. Tele He’s Not Talking

9. Fozy’s Folk Faced

10. All Up

11. Spark And Cindy

12. Half A Dream Away

13. It’s A Beautiful Thing


1. Profit In Peace

2. So Low

3. I Am The News

4. No One At All

5. Families

6. Step By Step

7. July

8. Jane She Got Excavated

9. Emily Chambers

10. Soul Driver

11. The Waves

12. I Won’t Get Crazed


1. Up On The Downside

2. In My Field

3. Sail On My Boat

4. Biggest Thing

5. We Made It More

6. Give Me A Letter

7. Mechanical Wonder

8. You Are Amazing

9. If I Gave You My Heart

10. Can’t Get Back To The Baseline

11. Something For Me


1. I Just Need Myself

2. Oh Collector

3. North Atlantic Drift

4. Golden Gate Bridge

5. Make The Deal

6. For Every Corner

7. On My Way

8. Second Hand Car

9. She’s Been Waiting

10. The Song Goes On

11. When Evil Comes



1. Everything Comes At The Right Time

2. Free My Name

3. Wah Wah

4. Drive Away

5. I Love You

6. This Day Should Last Forever

7. Move Things Over

8. Waving Not Drowning

9. God’s Word

10. Another Time To Stay

11. Have You Got The Right

12. Stary Of The Day

13. My Time


1. I Told You So

2. On The Leyline, Waiting

3. For Dancers Only

4. Man In the Middle

5. I Just Got Over You

6. Go To The Sea

7. These Days I’m Tired

8. You’ll Never Find Me

9. Don’t Get Me

10. Loneliest Girl In The Whole Wide World

11. Mr Brown

12. Two Lovers

13. Daylight


1. 100 Floors Of Perception

2. Mrs Maylie

3. Saturday

4. Just A Little Bit Of Love

5. Old Pair Of Jeans

6. Sing Children Sing

7. Harry Kidnap

8. Magic Carpet Days

9. The Word

10. Village Life

11. Postal

12. What’s Mine Is Yours

13. Fell In Love on the Street Again

14. Rockfield

DISC 10: PAINTING (2013)

1. We Don’t Look In the Mirror

2. Painting

3. Goodbye Old Town

4. Doodle Book

5. If God Made Everyone

6. Weekend

7. Professor Perplexity

8. George’s Tower

9. I Don’t Want To Leave England

10. The Winning Side

11. Mistaken Identity

12. The Union

13. The New Torch Song

14. Here Comes The Dawning Day

DISC 11: B-SIDES & RARITIES PART 1 (1990 – 1992)

1. Sway (Single Version)

2. Lullaby

3. Sway (12” Version)

4. One Of These Days

5. Yesterday Today

6. Another Girl’s Name

7. Fly Me

8. No One Says

9. My Brother Sarah

10. Mona Lisa Eyes

11. Bellechoux

12. Blue Deep Ocean (Alt. Version)

13. Is She Coming Home (Alt. Version)

14. Flowers

15. Don’t Play

16. The Seventh Floor

17. Patsy In Green

18. Suspended Motion


1. So Sad

2. Charlie Brown Says

3. Robin Hood

4. I Wanna Stay Alive With You

5. Huckleberry Grove

6. You’ve Got It Bad (Demo Version)

7. Here In My Heart

8. Beautiful Losers

9. Men Of Such Opinion (Demo Version)

10. The Clock Struck 15 Hours Ago

11. I Need A Love Song

12. Chicken Bones And Stones

13. The Day We Caught The Train (Acoustic Version)

14. Travellers Tune (Original Version)

15. Justine

16. Song Of A Baker

17. Mrs Jones

18. Cool Cool Water

19. Top Of The World

20. The Circle (Acoustic)

21. Chelsea Walk

22. Alibis

23. Day Tripper (Live, Electric Ballroom, 9 May 1996)

DISC 13: B-SIDES & RARITIES PART 3 (1997 – 1999)

1. The Face Smiles Back Easily

2. Falling To The Floor

3. Hello Monday

4. Song For the Front Row

5. On The Way Home

6. All Gods Children Need Travelling Shoes

7. Hundred Mile High City (Live at Wembley Arena, 1992)

8. The Best Bet On Chinaski

9. On And On

10. Mariners Way

11. Going Nowhere For A While

12. Expensive Chair

13. If You Get Your Way

14. Flood Tide Rising

15. Step By Step

16. Carnation

17. Hoping You’re Making It Too

18. The Inheritors

DISC 14: B-SIDES & RARITIES PART 4 (2000 – 2003)

1. July (New / Single Version)

2. I Am The News (New Version)

3. July (Forza Moderna Mix)

4. July (Live At The London Astoria, St. Patrick’s Day, April 17, 2000)

5. I Am The News (Live At The Dublin Point)

6. This Understanding (Live At Stirling Castle)

7. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

8. These Are The Ones

9. Take You Back

10. Free On The Wind

11. I Was

12. Crazy Lowdown Ways

13. Come Home

14. Best Friends and Lovers

15. Will You Take Her Love

16. Me, I’m Left Unsure

17. Questions

18. I Wanna See The Bright Lights Tonight

19. Perfect Strangers

20. I Never Believed It Too

21. We Rise

22. St. Cecelia

23. I Just Need Myself (Caged Baby Remix)

DISC 15: B-SIDES & RARITIES PART 5 (2003 – 2018)

1. Get Away (Live Bristol Academy 12/10/03)

2. The Riverboat Song (Live Glasgow Barrowlands 06/10/03)

3. Golden Gate Bridge (Live Manchester Apollo 10/10/03)

4. The Day We Caught The Train (Live Bristol Academy 12/10/03)

5. Better Than Before

6. Make It Better

7. Jimmy Wonder

8. Right On Time

9. William Bailey

10. Little Boy Could Be A Rolling Stone

11. Smile

12. Over My Head

13. Stay Alive Tonight

14. Dawn Cried The Day

15. Twenty-One

16. Shooting The Bridge

17. Come Up And See Me

18. Old, Old Song

19. Another Bard May Chant

20. Be With You

21. Because You’re Mine

22. Standing In The Place That You Used To Do

Yesterday Today: 1992 – 1997

Ocean Colour Scene (1LP)

A1. Talk On

A2. How About You

A3. Giving It All Away

A4. Justine

A5. Do Yourself A Favour

A6. Third Shade Of Green

B1. Sway

B2. Penny Pinching Rainy Heaven Days

B3. One Of Those Days

B4. Is She Coming Home

B5. Blue Deep Ocean

B6. Reprise

Moseley Shoals (2LP)

A1. The Riverboat Song

A2. The Day We Caught The Train

A3. The Circle

B1. Lining Your Pockets

B2. Fleeting Mind

B3. 40 Past Midnight

C1. One For The Road

C2. It’s My Shadow

C3. Policemen & Pirates

D1. The Downstream

D2. You’ve Got It Bad

D3. Get Away

Marchin’ Already (2LP)

A1. Hundred Mile High City

A2. Better Day

A3. Travellers Tune

B1. Big Star

B2. Debris Road

B3. Besides Yourself

C1. Get Blown Away

C2. Tele He’s Not Talking

C3. Foxy’s Folk Faced

C4. All Up

D1. Spark And Cindy

D2. Half A Dream Away

D3. It’s A Beautiful Thing

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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