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The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 16, 2014 03:12pm | Post a Comment


By now you and I have heard the arguments for and against Scottish independence from the UK but as someone who has naturally bristled like a thistle when diasporic people argue passionately and ill-informedly about another country's political situations (which they are thankfully powerless to effect) I'll keep my political opinions to myself. What I will do instead is far more frivolous purposes -- that is list the best Scottish bands of all time.


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Given its small population, Scotland has produced a fairly shocking amount of great music. Sure, there have been occasional English bands of note -- almost always from the north -- but I've always taken Anglophiles' preference for all things (assumed to be) English over English language pop from anywhere else as proof of a terminal subcultural defect. It's not really fair to blame England for Anglophiles any more than it is to blame Nirvana for Puddle of Mudd but I suppose it's because so many of the helmet-haired horde mistakenly think that I am one of them that they so vex me. How could I not be an Anglophile when I drink more tea than the average North African, enjoy curry in all of its Asian forms, and my favorite writer is Irish

I wouldn't describe myself as an Albaphile either -- as I generally like things because they're good and not because of where they're from. Scottish bands are generally good, too. I'm not a fan of The Beta Band, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Eurythmics, The Exploited, Franz Ferdinand, IdlewildMogwaiPaolo NutiniThe Proclaimers, The Reindeer Section, The Rezillos, Snow PatrolStealers Wheel, Texas, and Wet Wet Wet although it's possible that I just haven't heard the right songs yet. 

About a decade ago I noticed the sudden appearance of Bobby Gillespie clones and detected a concurrent rise in appreciation of Scottish pop I suggested to more than one Britpop DJ (Britpop in the American catchall sense referring to all post-Phil Collins British music not sung by Seal) that they give Parklife a rest for just one night in just do a set entirely comprised of Scottish pop... or Kiwi pop -- or better yet, both together! It seemed that Scotland and their pop music might blow open the artificial dichotomy of Anglophila vs. Anglophobia and soon we'd all be enjoying music from beyond the Anglosphere altogether!

Lo and behold, my wish is finally coming true -- well, the wish to hear an all-Scottish set*** -- and all it took was the possible dissolution of the United KingdomClub Underground, a Chinatown-based dance club named after England's most famous rapid transit system, will be throwing (regardless of outcome) a Scottish Tribute Night (sorry, "Nite") on Friday, 19 September at Grand Star Jazz Club.

The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 3 (Lucifer & Friends)

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Mannequins

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Mannequins, parts of mannequins & women who look like mannequins.