Category Archives: Indie Pop

THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989.

THE LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS STORY, 1983-1989. With Lloyd Cole about to hit these shores on the latest leg of his 2016 tour, this seems a perfect time to look back at the band he made his name with, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions. They were one of the finest purveyors of perfect pop during the …

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FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT-PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK. Frightened Rabbit’s roots can be traced back to Scott Hutchison’s teenage years in Selkirk, Scotland. Back then, Scott Hutchison was chronically shy. So much so, that his mother christening her son Frightened Rabbit. This moniker Scott would later resurrect, when he began to play some live shows. Before that, …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-HERE. After a six year absence, Glasgow’s very own Kings of jangle pop, Teenage Fanclub have just returned with their much anticipated tenth album, Here. It was released on the PeMa label, and is the long awaited followup to Shadows, which was released in May 2010. Since then, the members of Teenage Fanclub have …

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KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION

KING CREOSOTE-ASTRONAUT MEETS APPLEMAN-LIMITED EDITION DELUXE VINYL VERSION. Since 1995, Kenny Anderson  has been a one man music making machine. He has released over forty albums under a number of aliases, including the Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra, Khartoum Heroes, Kwaing Creasite and Jokes.  That however, is  just part of the Kenny Anderson story.  Kenny Anderson is also …

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THIRTY YEARS OF THE TRASHCAN SINATRAS.

THIRTY YEARS OF THE TRASHCAN SINATRAS. Nowadays, very few bands get to celebrate their tenth anniversary, never mind their twentieth or thirtieth. Especially bands formed in the eighties. Many were short-lived affairs, who released a couple of albums, before calling it a day. Some crashed and burned amidst rancour and anger. Often, money was at the …

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SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK.

SON-OF-A-GUN AND MORE FROM THE LEE HAZLEWOOD SONGBOOK. On August the 4th 2007, Lee Hazlewood passed away aged seventy-eight. That day, music lost one its most talented sons. During a career that had spanned six decades, Lee Hazlewood had worked as a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and producer. Somehow, though, Lee Hazlewood found time to found …

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THE MAGNETIC NORTH-PROSPECT OF SKELMERSDALE.

THE MAGNETIC NORTH-PROSPECT OF SKELMERSDALE. Four years ago, The Magnetic North announced their arrival when they released their debut album Orkney: Symphony Of The Magnetic North in May 2012. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, and immediately was hailed one of the best albums of 2012. However, the inspiration for the critically acclaimed Orkney: Symphony …

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TRASHCAN SINATRAS-WILD PENDULUM.

TRASHCAN SINATRAS-WILD PENDULUM. Not many bands formed in 1986 are still together today. That includes some of the most successful eighties bands. Many of these bands spilt-up in the late-eighties. Some made it as far as the nineties before calling it a day. By then, music had changed, while many of these bands had stood …

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN-THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS. Over the last fifty years, many bands have been formed at university or college.  Many of these bands went on to hone their sound on college and university circuit. However, only one of theses bands went on to release their debut single and album  on their college’s record label. This might sound fat …

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STARLESS-STARLESS.

STARLESS-STARLESS. Paul McGeechan, it’s fair to say, is a veteran of Scottish music. After all, he’s spent over thirty years making music. His career began in 1982, when he was cofounded the short-lived, but much missed Friends Again.  Friends Again’s recording career began in 1983, when they released the first of eight single and EPs. …

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TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION.

TEENAGE FANCLUB-BANDWAGONESQUE-VINYL LIMITED EDITION. Hardly ever does commercial success and critical acclaim come overnight for a band. Instead, it often takes a couple of albums before a band hits their stride. That was the case with the Teenage Fanclub.  It wasn’t until the Teenage Fanclub released their third album Bandwagonesque in November 1991 that commercial …

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THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS.

THE BLUE NILE-THEY COULD AND SHOULD’VE BEEN GIANTS. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best of describe The Blue Nile. They’re the complete opposite of most bands. The Blue Nile have been described as publicity shy. That’ is an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and Paul Joseph Moore formed the Blue Nile, …

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MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE.

MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY-SATELLITE. You shouldn’t judge a book by its covers. These are wise words. Especially when it comes to Mull Historical Society. The name doesn’t sound particularly rock ’n’ roll. Far from it. Instead, it conjures up dusty relics in a far flung museum on the remote, but beautiful Isle Of Mull. However, that’s …

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BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD.

BIG STAR-THE GREATEST BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t equate to commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been the biggest bands in musical history. That wasn’t the case. Lady luck failed to smile on Big Star when they released a trio of albums between 1972 and 1978. Despite this, nowadays, …

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CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

CHVRCHES-EVERY OPEN EYE-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. It was 10.30pm, when there was a knock at the door. The old couple from up the stairs stood there almost embarrassedly. “Could you possibly turn it down  a wee bit. We’re trying to sleep?” This actually happened to Chvrches during the recording of their new album Every Open Eye which recently …

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RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES.

RM HUBBERT- TELLING THE TREES. Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, RM Hubbert made his first  tentative steps into Glasgow’s vibrant musical scene when he joined Me, Hubby and Thom. Since then, the man that’s known to all as Hubby, has become a stalwart of the Scottish music scene. He’s been a club promoter, and a …

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EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

EMMA POLLOCK-IN SEARCH OF HARPERFIELD-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Most people haven’t heard of Castle Douglas. Why should they? It’s a small market town in Dumfries and Galloway, in south-west Scotland. However, Castle Douglas has been home to some famous faces over the last 224 years. This includes a potter, politician, footballer and two rugby players. However, they’ve …

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ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

ADMIRAL FALLOW-TINY REWARDS-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Often, the hardest thing about forming a new band is coming up with a name. It can be a long and tortuous process. Especially, in the internet age. A new band have to ensure the dot com address hasn’t been taken. If it has, it’s a case of starting the process …

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MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE.

MIAOUX MIAOUX-SCHOOL OF VELOCITY-S.A.Y.A. NOMINEE. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album is never easy. It never has been, and never will be. That’s why many artists labour long and hard over their sophomore album. In some cases, three years pass by. During this creative struggle, an artist is said to be suffering from second …

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THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY.

THE BATHERS-KELVINGROVE BABY. January 2016  marked the comeback of  a Scottish musical institution, The Bathers. They were formed in Glasgow, in 1985, by singer, songwriter and troubled troubadour Chris Thomson and released six albums between 1987 and 1999. The Bathers fifth album was Kelvingrove Baby, a minor classic, that’s one of the finest Scottish albums ever …

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