Saturday, 1 December 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Octopus - Your Smile

Octopus were a Britpop band from Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland formed in 1993. They had three hit singles before splitting up in 1997.

The band was formed in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland (near Glasgow) by schoolfriends Marc Shearer (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Alan McSeveney (guitar), Steven McSeveney (bass guitar) and Bob Holmes (drums). The group later recruited Cameron Miller (bass guitar, replacing Steven McSeveney) and drummer Oliver Grasset (replacing Holmes) and relocated to London.

After playing several times in London (the first of which included a visit and constructive critique from Damon Albarn) Octopus were spotted by Levitation drummer David Francolini. He passed their demo to Food Records boss Andy Ross, who signed the band, releasing their debut single, "Magazine" in March 1996.

Octopus toured with Sleeper and second single "Your Smile" gave them their first hit, peaking at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart. "Your Smile" was followed by "Saved", which saw them break into the top 40. Octopus' first (and only) album, From a to b, was released in September 1996 and featured all three of the singles released to date. A fourth single from the album, "Jealousy", reached number 59, and proved to be Octopus' final release, the band splitting up in 1997.

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