I’d like to claim that I’d been planning this for ages; that it wasn’t a spur of the moment thing, an idea that popped into my head on the morning of 2 January, when it occurred to me (not for the first time) how much wonderful music Scotland has produced over the years…
It was fortunate that the song I’d posted on New Year’s Day happened to be a song by a Scottish band (Camera Obscura’s New Year’s Resolution) but I suppose that, given Scotland’s long association with the celebrations that mark the turning of the year, perhaps it wasn’t too surprising. So, without giving it too much thought, I blithely announced that I was going to post a ‘great Scottish song by a great Scottish band’ on my Facebook feed, every day throughout 2015.
Foolish, I know, but as GlassHalfEmpty said at the time ‘amazingly doable’.
So here I am at the end of month 1 of 12 bringing you a summary (or ‘Spillary if you will [We won’t. Ed]) of the January highlights. First up, here are the runners and riders for the month:
1 Camera Obscura New Year’s Resolution
2 Trashcan Sinatras All The Dark Horses
3 The Proclaimers Sunshine On Leith
4 The Average White Band Pick Up The Pieces
5 King Creosote For One Night Only
6 Altered Images Happy Birthday
7 Aztec Camera We Could Send Letters
8 Hipsway The Honeythief
9 Belle & Sebastian Like Dylan In The Movies (Live)
10 Glasvegas Geraldine
11 The Blue Nile Tinseltown In The Rain
12 The Boy Hairdressers Golden Shower
13 Teenage Fanclub Sparky’s Dream
14 Cocteau Twins Heaven Or Las Vegas
15 Eddi Reader The Patience Of Angels
16 Trashcan Sinatras Maybe I Could Drive
17 Mull Historical Society Barcode Bypass
18 Malcolm Middleton Break My Heart
19 Orange Juice Untitled Melody
20 Belle & Sebastian The Party Line
21 Win Super Popoid Groove
22 Primal Scream Velocity Girl
23 Roddy Frame Small World
24 Edwyn Collins If You Could Love Me
25 Eddi Reader Ae Fond Kiss
26 Camera Obscura I Love My Jean
27 Teenage Fanclub What You Do To Me
28 30 Pounds of Bone Crack Shandy
29 Orange Juice Blue Boy
30 Deacon Blue Raintown
31 Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Lost Weekend
Scotland undoubtedly punches above its weight when it comes to quality pop music of the indie persuasion. The list of candidates for possible inclusion is long and varied (I currently have 76 acts in my virtual tartan note book) and I feel confident that I will be able to maintain a healthy standard throughout the year.
It’s proved to be a fascinating exercise so far and, without wanting to overthink it, I can already see that it’s going to lead me on some interesting voyages of discovery. I’ve already, for example, found a love for Eddi Reader that I wasn’t necessarily aware of and had the chance to rediscover music that I hadn’t listened to for years (such as Win’s Super Popoid Groove).
I’ve had an appeal (which I instantly committed to) for an absence of Nazareth and a call for more Teenage Fanclub, more Lloyd Cole and more Aztec Camera – these pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Some artists will inevitably appear more often than others and, clearly, the list will reflect my personal tastes. But I will also try to be adventurous and explore music that I don’t know so well.
Here are a couple of January highlights:
I’m enjoying this. Keep the comments coming…