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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

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Camden, London, England (2008 – 2010)

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool were an band based in Camden, London, England. They are most known for their track ‘Dance the Way I Feel’ and the Armand van Helden remix included on several mixes over the summer of 2009.

The band first formed as a three piece in 2008 when late founding member Charles Haddon met up with other members Joe Hutchinson and Caan Capan. Alex Starling joined the band soon afterwards.

After a concert at Pukkelpop festival (Kiewit, Belgium), on Friday August 20th, 2010, the band’s frontman, Charles Haddon, committed suicide. Haddon was reportedly “deeply upset” that he’d landed on a female fan during the band’s show after he dived off the stage. His manager, Sam Farr, stated the fan’s father had suggested he might take legal action after claiming that his daughter had suffered three damaged vertebrae due to his crowd surfing.

The singer had spoken to her father on the phone after the show, and then drank beer and vodka before hanging himself with a belt in a car park backstage. He was found to have 197mg of alcohol in his blood, which is more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

The London three-piece were in Europe playing a number of festivals and were due to perform as part of Australia’s touring Parklife festival the next month. They were also set to embark on a headline tour of the UK in October.

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  • E-Talker

    I saw their last show at PKP (which was awesome btw) and even stood right next to Charles after he had landed on that girl. I could really see in his eyes that he was sorry for making that sudden jump into the public. But I never imagined that the situation with that girl was so grave and certainly not that he would commit suicide because of it. When I heard the news the morning after I was devastated, I still like their music very much but it used to bring a smile on my face... it still does in fact but with more mixed feelings in the bag. Such a tragic loss. I'm still sorry for all people that were close to him. To me he seemed like someone I could've grabbed a beer with in another life. But unfortunately he'll stay forever young. Rest in peace.

    26 Aug 11:55am Reply
  • Con-dog

    This song, If You Want Me by Kite, REALLY reminds me of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. If anyone's interested. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CimY9uBSaR8 )

    2 Mar 6:55am Reply
  • 666blade666

    Outside

    4 Jan 11:04pm Reply
  • mozzerica

    Love them<3

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • HereComesBoyen

    anyone ever tried to do an acoustic cover of The Feeling?

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • hauzzer

    "He was found to have 197mg of alcohol in his blood, which is more than twice the legal drink-drive limit." -- The man was dead, who cares how much alcohol he had in his blood?

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • ivinhav

    legal demais.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • francielemgns

    It sucks to know that there won't be new songs from such a great group. [5]

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DenDracula

    It's impossible to listen to this and not to think about this fucking suicide shit. So tragic. [25]

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gabyu

    It's impossible to listen to this and not to think about this fucking suicide shit. So tragic [24]

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Con-dog

    It's impossible to listen to this and not to think about this fucking suicide shit. So tragic [23]

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • danzero

    Was such a golden year. ):

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • electrikmanik2

    For God' sake go listen to The Ghosts's debut album 'The End', one of the members' new band... awesome synthpop / electro rock album.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • h-a-w

    @oTiDDYo wow insensitive

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • oTiDDYo

    Only cowards kill themselves

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • randombob18

    It's impossible to listen to this and not to think about this fucking suicide shit. So tragic [22]

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • erosbathory

    I hate finding bands that are recently defunct. But this? This hurts a bit more - this band was incredible. RIP Charles.

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CesaarAlvees

    http://indiebasement.blogspot.com/2012/06/ou-est-le-swimming-pool.html

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ohianjo

    classic and haunting, the loss of such a talent only makes the music more powerful.

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • Megiddovl

    It sucks to know that there won't be new songs from such a great group. [4]

    25 May 2012 Reply
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