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15 April 1965|
|Genres||Rock, Britpop, mod revival|
|Singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, piano,keyboards, bass|
|Ocean Colour Scene, Echo Base, The Fanatics, The Beat|
Oscar Lloyd Harrison (born 15 April 1965 in Birmingham) is a British musician who currently plays drums with Birmingham-based Ocean Colour Scene and the British ska band The Beat. He also plays piano and bass guitar, and occasionally sings lead vocals.
Harrison's first musical career began with an eleven-piece reggae band called Echo Base. Harrison had stated that he knew he wanted to be a musician from the moment he watched Top of the Pops, an English performance chart show, and that he always admired reggae giant Burning Spear. Echo Base were signed to the same label as fellow Birmingham band UB40 and, despite releasing an album, disbanded after disagreements.
After talking to Echo Base's manager, Harrison met and joined a band called 'The Fanatics', where he played alongside future friend Simon Fowler. He had replaced Caroline Bullock, who angrily responded by "outing" homosexual Fowler to British tabloid paper The Sun a few years later. After playing together for a while, The Fanatics too disbanded, along with another Birmingham rock band called 'The Boys'.
After the disbanding of The Boys and the Fanatics, Fowler and Harrison were part of another, new band called Ocean Colour Scene. This band featured Simon Fowler on lead vocals and acoustic guitar and Oscar Harrison on the drums, with the addition of lead guitar player Steve Cradock and bassist Damon Minchella.
Ocean Colour Scene were hugely successful during the Britpop era. They were signed with record label Phfftt, who were later bought out by larger label Phonogram, before signing with other labels such as Island Records and eventually creating their own label, Moseley Shoals Records.
Harrison has also played a lot of acoustic sessions; playing the piano with vocalist Fowler, as well as singing and playing the guitar for songs such as "Profit in Peace". Harrison composed and arranged all the parts of song "Don't Play", and programmed the instruments onto a Korg synthesizer.
Harrison first sang lead vocals for Ocean Colour Scene on a cover of the Bob Andy song, "My Time".
Harrison was born to Isaac and Susan Harrison. He is the eldest of four children alongside his siblings Rose, Peter and Paul Harrison. Harrison currently resides with a girlfriend in Edgbaston. He has two sons, Leon (now the drummer for Ska45's) and Damon Stephen Simon Isaac Harrison; the name Isaac is taken from Oscar's father, as well as two daughters, Cherelle and Fern Harrison.