Watch Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler on The Stool Of Rock - featuring a touching Joni Mitchell cover

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8 Dec 2022, 16:11

Chris Evans and Simon Fowler at Virgin Radio Studios

Ocean Colour Scene’s frontman Simon Fowler joined The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky today (Thursday 8th December) to discuss his new book, One For The Road, and performed live on The Stool of Rock, with two emotional OCS hits, as well as a sweet Christmas cover. 

Simon opened his Stool of Rock performance with The Circle, which was a top 10 hit for the band in 1996. 

When asked how the track came to be, Simon replied: “I don’t know what to say, but it’s one of my favourite songs I wrote and it's one of those songs that took about as long to write as it does to sing. Those are often the best ones, when you think ‘how the hell did I do that?’

Watch Simon’s performance of The Circle below: 

In between emotional moments, Chris and Simon reminisced about the days on TFI Friday in the 90s, which the rocker revealed he “enjoyed enormously.” 

“I remember I came on and asked you afterwards if you'd be our road manager because you know how to get people to do what you want,” Simon confessed to Chris. 

Next up on The Stool of Rock, Simon shared he was going to play their 1996 track, I Wanna Stay Alive With You.

“It seems appropriate as the time we’re in, what's going on everywhere,” Simon added.

Watch Simon’s performance of I Wanna Stay Alive With You below: 

With it being almost mid-December, Simon also took the chance to perform a festive cover, opting for Joni Mitchell’s 1971 classic, River. 

The acoustic track was never released as a single by Mitchell, but remains her second-most covered track by other artists, and an absolutely essential track on any Christmas playlist.

Watch Simon’s cover of Joni Mitchell's River below: 

One for the road – The Life & Lyrics of Simon Fowler & Ocean Colour Scene is out now.

For more great interviews and live sessions, listen to  The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky, weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or  catch up on-demand here.