Monthly Archives: January 2011

Scottish Pop Song of the Day #11

Deacon Blue – Raintown (1987) This one’s a tribute to Glasgow and Edinburgh’s ace Let’s Get Lyrical festival, which starts tomorrow (February 1st). Hear the song, read my earnest rambling story and get more info on the forthcoming lyrical festivities here. (UPDATE: woops, … Continue reading

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Scottish Pop Song of the Day #10

Nick Robertson feat. Maria McKee – Pride & Joy (1992) There is next to nothing about Nick Robertson on the internet, so here are the facts as I vaguely recall them. Robertson was a young Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter who bore a vocal … Continue reading

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Scottish Pop Song of the Day #9

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells – (If You) Keep Me In Your Heart (2011) As the sun is largely prone to ascending, and bears are inclined to defecate in forestry, so Aidan Moffat is guaranteed to observe the floral trimmings of … Continue reading

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Scottish Pop Song of the Day #8

Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy (2005) Following two cardinal albums wound around vintage synths and discombobulating samples, (1998’s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’ and 2002’s ‘Geogaddi’), electro-diviners BoC embraced the vestiges of rock for 2005’s ‘The Campfire Headphase’. It infused their psychedelic machine music with … Continue reading

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Scottish Pop Song of the Day #7

Swelling Meg – Baba Yaga (1998) In 1998 I was living in London, flogging imported Dutch happy hardcore for a label whose dominant revenue sources were The Outhere Brothers and Living in a Box. But my musical interests lay elsewhere, … Continue reading

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Scottish Pop Song of the Day #6

Big Country – Look Away (1986) This blustering anthem was the biggest hit for a much-loved Dunfermline band who bridged the gap between seventies punk-pop / post-punk (via The Skids) and jock rock’s mid-late eighties imperial period (Simple Minds, Deacon … Continue reading

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Scottish Pop Song of the Day #5

Future Pilot AKA feat. Karine Polwart – ‘Shenandoah’ (2007) Before the wonderful Burns Unit, there was this: a wistful, shimmering-folk psalm from two BU protagonists. It provided one of many highlights on Future Pilot alias Sushil Dade’s ‘Secrets From The Clockhouse’ album … Continue reading

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