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Scottish music top ten(ish!)

LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
edited June 2016 in General Discussion

Now that’s what I call Scottish music…?

 

I’m a big music fan and a huge fan of Scottish Music, I think we do big, heartfelt songs better than anyone else. Whether it’s traditional tunes with a box player and fiddler or angst ridden rock anthems by the likes of Biffy, our music seems to manage to evoke the landscape and way of life more than many others. 


It’ll no doubt be because of those dreich, dark winters stuck indoors where we’ve got nothing better to do!

 

So here’s my starter for ten(ish) in no particular order, I’ve deliberately avoided the likes of Runrig and Capercaillie for more contemporary tunes.

 

1.       Frightened Rabbit: Swim Until You Can't See Land



2.  Hector Bizerk: Rust Cohle



3. Julie Fowlis: Hug air a bhonaid mor



4. Biffy Clyro: Animal Style (this is the new single and it's a fine beast, a bit of return to form in my view)



5. Belle and Sebastian: The Party Line



6. Edwyn Collins: A Girl Like You (I know, I know Orange Juice should probably feature but I love the guitar in this!)



7. Idlewild: You Held The World in Your Arms:



8. Primal Scream: Movin' on Up



9. Garbage: Only Happy When it Rains (only Shirley Manson is Scottish in the band but I think the song fits!)



10. Travis: All I want to do is Rock (yes I could have done the other rainy song but this is better in my view!)



11. Big Country: In a Big Country



12. Simple Minds: Alive and Kicking




And finally... the best song about Scotland....



(a: because it's Iron Maiden and it's against the rules to do a playlist without a Maiden song in there somewhere and b, because I can't think of many other bands who've song about the clans in such a cheesy fashion :smile: )

So that's the beginnings of a playlist, what would you suggest to add to that? I'm tempted to create a spotify playlist if there are enough suggestions for extra songs. 

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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] ✭✭✭✭
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  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    I never got to see Big Country live in their original guise, I know they still tour but it's just not the same. 

    I keep thinking of other bands I should have mentioned, Twilight Sad, Jesus and Mary Chain, Chvrches, Nazareth, Arab Strap... we're a talented bunch. :)




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  • OutandaboutElaineOutandaboutElaine Member ✭✭✭
    @Leodhasach Hue and Cry would also make the list seen them many times over the years and more recently at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh, brilliant live.  Deacon Blue reminds me of my teens and School discos! Kate Tunstall, Annie Lennox and Emeli Sande all great Scottish grown talent. 
  • VisitScotlandRuaridhVisitScotlandRuaridh Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    If you come and visit the Highlands and in particular, the Isle of Skye, you're likely to hear many Gaelic songs. Here's a taste here of some the culture we have to offer on the island.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4SOp401cFc 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4SOp401cFc 

    You'll all be singing Gaelic songs before the end of the summer season.
  • IornamacIornamac Member ✭✭
    @Leodhasach Hue and Cry would also make the list seen them many times over the years and more recently at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh, brilliant live.  Deacon Blue reminds me of my teens and School discos! Kate Tunstall, Annie Lennox and Emeli Sande all great Scottish grown talent. 
  • IornamacIornamac Member ✭✭
    Reliving the eighties music scene then head to Rewind at Scone Palace in July. Or T in the Park Both great locations with good line ups 

  • FishjaggerFishjagger Member ✭✭
    What about Runrig - they must be in the top 10!
  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    What about Runrig - they must be in the top 10!
    Read my original post :) I deliberately left them out. 

    I'll probably get kicked out of The Highlands for this but I have to admit I'm nae really a fan. Although I did review them once...

    http://invernessgigs.co.uk/2012/08/26/runrig-storming-in-the-rain/

    (Excuse the godawful grammar. It's one of my earlier bits of writing and I'm cringing when I read it back!)
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  • Saintkev76Saintkev76 Member
    B) Check out The New Madrids and Red Pine Timber Country; both from Perth and both fine examples of Scottish Americana!
  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    I'd heard of The New Madrids, I think I saw them in Hoots in Inverness a while back . Red Pine Timber country are a new one for me though, I'll keep an eye out. 

    One of my favourite chillout albums is by a chap who goes by the name of Siiga. 'The Sea and The Mirror' is a beautiful piece of work. Worth checking out if you want something to sooth your soul. It's nearly as good as 'Blind' by The Sundays, but they don't qualify for this list because they're from London!
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  • KenMKenM Member ✭✭
    I was lucky enough to be at the preview of the fantastic 'House of Annie Lennox' exhibition a couple of years ago when it arrived at Aberdeen Art Gallery.  As well as costumes, Brit Awards, an Oscar and lots of memorabilia, Annie performed at the piano in the Gallery in front of an audience of less than 100.  A magical evening with an exceptional Scottish talent.
  • VisitScotlandAlisonVisitScotlandAlison Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
     Hospitalfield House in Arbroath is a unique venue which often hosts great music in the Jazz Room in the oldest part of the building.  The next one is on 8 July at 7.30pm, a local Angus Duo called Lunan Bay and admission is FREE!   :)  Check out the website at    for more information.  http://www.hospitalfield.org.uk/
  • ejfraser94ejfraser94 Member ✭✭
    There are lots of good Scottish music to feast your ears with. I would agree with Biffy Clyro and Simple Minds. Another great band, who performed at the Commonwealth Games ceremony is Deacon Blue, you can't beat a bit of Dignity or Real Gone Kid. They're going on a tour round Scotland in December, hoping to go to see them at the AECC. Runrig as well are great, their live albums especially.

    KT Tunstall has been a favourite artist of mine from my childhood, she's also going on a tour round Scotland, gutted it sold out pretty quickly at Aberdeen's Lemon Tree! Possibly have to go to the Highlands to go and see her. Travis has the lead singer Sharleen Spiteri who's a great singer also, she has her own solo material. Franz Ferdinand were also popular 10 years ago, Take Me Out is always a good song to 'rock' to. 

    If anyone is aware of the Pixar film Brave, Julie Fowlis contributed to the soundtrack, she was born in North Uist but grew up in Ross-shire in the Highlands (fellow Highlander, whoop whoop!). She usually sings in Scots Gaelic but she has a lovely voice, great one to listen to.

    As a recent music graduate who doesn't have a day where she doesn't listen to music, I had to post on here! But Scotland has a wide range of music all across the country. :smile:

  • FishjaggerFishjagger Member ✭✭
    @Leodhasach Runrig made only number 2 in the UK singles chart but I remember hearing them on the juke box in the Queen Vic on "Eastenders" - on tv that was, I wasn't an extra! With Runrig being the first band ever to have 50,000 at Loch Lomond, with the release of their album The Big Wheel, years before Oasis played at Loch Lomond,  I think they deserve a top ten place at least ;-) They would definitely have a few songs in my Scottish top ten! Also Travis - why does it always rain on me - classic!
  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    Travis has the lead singer Sharleen Spiteri who's a great singer also, she has her own solo material.

    If anyone is aware of the Pixar film Brave, Julie Fowlis contributed to the soundtrack, she was born in North Uist but grew up in Ross-shire in the Highlands (fellow Highlander, whoop whoop!). She usually sings in Scots Gaelic but she has a lovely voice, great one to listen to.



    You mean Texas of course :)

    My daughter went to school with the girl that played young Merida in Brave. The whole family are a very talented bunch of musicians. 
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  • sparkysparky Member ✭✭
    @Leodhasach Do bands formed in Scotland count in this list? SnowPatrol's time in Scotland must have shaped their sound...

    https://youtu.be/AOBs8dU4Pb8




  • jauntyjag58jauntyjag58 Member
    Scottish Top 10 .................without the Vatersay Boys ??? Impossible  
  • SarahJDSarahJD Member
    My personal top 10 would include Runrig, Manran, Skerryvore, Amy McDonald, 
  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    Scottish Top 10 .................without the Vatersay Boys ??? Impossible  
    That's why it's a top Ten-ish :smiley:
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  • VisitScotlandMarinaVisitScotlandMarina Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Let's not forget The Blue Nile 'Tinseltown In The Rain' from 1984 great tune.  :) <3


    Good choice! Love this song!!
  • VisitScotlandMarinaVisitScotlandMarina Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited July 2016
    I love Deacon Blue! Seen them live a few times now and it's always been a great show and a brilliant atmosphere! 
    There are loads of great Scottish bands but top gigs I've been to are Hue & Cry, Runrig, Wet Wet Wet and The Proclaimers!!
    All this music talk - I want to go to a concert NOW!!! lol
  • EileanDonanEileanDonan Member ✭✭
    edited July 2016
    Having watched Runrig for more years than I care to mention, I have to say that standing in the mud and rain in Drumnadrochit back in 2007 was one of the most fabulous memories in my live music memory. Myself and the other 17,000 diehards will never forget the experience! Looking forward to seeing them once again in a few weeks time at Edinburgh Castle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uspq0Iq4tc
  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    @EileanDonan I remember watching the cars driving back through Inverness afterwards, I don't think I've ever seen so many muddy cars at once!


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  • beenjamminbeenjammin Member
    @Leodhasach There's a lot of good stuff for sure. 

    How about some fresh Chvrches and Anna Meridith? 
  • What no Maggie Bell no Jack Bruce and no place for the marvelous one hit wonder that is Jessie Rae
  • johnmurrayjnrjohnmurrayjnr Member ✭✭✭
    King Creosote :smile:


  • LeodhasachLeodhasach Member ✭✭
    Good call! He's one that came out of the Fence Collective along with the likes of KT Tunstall if I remember correctly. 
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  • johnmurrayjnrjohnmurrayjnr Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 2016
    Kenny (King Creosote) founded Fence Records and KT Tunstall was amongst their ranks. Some fantastic acts involved before a bit of a break up leading to The Pictish Trail moving to Eigg to start Lost Map records. Another good Scottish label. :smiley: @Leodhasach
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