Ocean Colour Scene Biography

A British rock band with a very loyal fan base

Biography and Guitar Lessons

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Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene (OCS) are an English rock band from Birmingham. They stem from the same 90s British indie/rock/pop era as Blur, Oasis, Radiohead and The Verve.

Ocean Colour Scene had the most success with their 1996 album Moseley Shoals. The album contained the band’s three biggest hits The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train and You’ve Got It Bad.

Spytunes has recorded one of Ocean Colour Scene’s B-sides Robin Hood, a song that has become a classic among their loyal fan base. Songs reaching the masses through underground demand like this are not as rare as you may first think.

I’m Yours by Jason Mraz had a similar venture. Everywhere Mraz went people knew the lyrics off by heart. Mraz capitalized on this with his 2008 release, OCS never did release Robin Hood as a single.

It’s worth noting how songs that reach legendary status like this always have a very simple harmonic and melodic structure. The message is clear, the chords are simple. The lyrics are direct and all rhythmical patterns are always easy to follow.

After the huge success with the ’96 Moseley Shoals, OCS has released a new album every two years between 1997 and 2007.

The latest release from Ocean Colour Scene appeared in 2010. Named Saturday, it marked the 21st birthday of the band.


Guitar Lessons


Robin Hood – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Today we start working on a song that contains a new slash chord.

We touched on this as you played Redemption Song with the G/B, today we learn a D/F# as we play the verse from Robin Hood.

Go to Robin Hood step 1.


Robin Hood – Step 2

Today we keep exploring how to play Robin Hood by taking a close look at the chorus and turnaround which are more complicated than the verse.

We also look at the outro.

Go to Robin Hood step 2.


Robin Hood – Step 3

Today we play Robin Hood with a singer from beginning to end.

To make it easier to follow along, I’ve included a rhythm chart for you.

Go to Robin Hood step 3.


Robin Hood – Step 4

Today we create a 2nd guitar part for Robin Hood by changing the key to C and placing a capo on fret 7.

You’ll get TAB and loops for everything to set you up for the final step.

Go to Robin Hood step 4.


Robin Hood – Step 5

Keep that capo on fret 7 and join me and the singer to play Robin Hood.

There’s a chart that you can keep an eye on as you strum and pick your way through it, in an improvised way.

Go to Robin Hood step 5.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Robin Hood ChordsOcean Colour Scene is a British cult band that has survived through touring and keeping a great connection with their fans.

Robin Hood is one of their songs the fans love and always want at gigs even though it was never an official single.

Go to Robin Hood chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

Robin HoodWhen you’re starting to choke take some pills with your coke
It’s inspirational
When your life is a mess light one more cigarette
It’s so logical

Go to Robin Hood lyrics.


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