The Greatest Scottish Bands Ever Part 2: 20-1



3. The Blue Nile. there's nobody in Scotland doesn't love The Blue Nile. If you find one, shun them immediately as they are clearly an arsehole. The first album is essentially the sound of nighttime Glasgow set to music. It's utterly mesmerising. The second album is arguably even better. Worked at a notoriously glacial pace, 4 albums in around 20 years, but worth the patience. A very special group.


Fran, this is me living your adolescence. Love, love, love


Has is a perfect album

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2. Teenage Fanclub. I get all dewy-eyed when I talk about the Fannies, they are just magic. They have been bringing the sunshine to our lives for nearly 30 years now and their impact hasn't yet diminished, their last album Here being an absolute belter. Nice guys, great tunes, three brilliant songwriters and harmonies to die for. Love them eternally.

1. Orange Juice. Many of the bands on this list simply wouldn't have existed without them. Their shadow looms large over every band that followed them out of Glasgow, their influence can be heard in pretty much every guitar band that plays with melody since the early 1980's. Never really got the commercial success they deserved, but their legacy is eternal. Simply thrilled honey to make them No 1.

That's my list then, 40 bands that shaped the man I am. Not an exaggeration to say that either. Basically outside Manchester, there's no other part of the world that has given me so much of a musical education and joyfulness than the bands that have emerged from my home country. I'm sure not every band on this list is for you, but almost without exception they've been mine at some stage.

Angus MacColl

Will definitely read in more detail once back from holiday. ..agreed with No 1..biggest bone if contention for me is Simple Minds being in it! (And where are Slik? :-)


Feel like I should answer with a similarly partisan Manchester list. Been a belter to read Paul!

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Here's a Spotify playlist of (nearly) all the bands covered over the two parts, cruelly Win aren't on the platform...


Freaky Trigger is on there ....


Cheers I couldn't find them!

Honourable mentions also to: The Bathers, KMO, The Pearlfishers, Idlewild, The Waterboys, The Exploited, Eurythmics, The Silencers, Close Lobsters, Aberfeldy, Frightened Rabbit, Boards Of Canada, Mull Historical Society, Calvin Harris, Ballboy, Ivor Cutler, Django Django, The Scars, Jazzateers, King Creosote, Momus, Nazareth, SAHB, AWB, Scheme, Paul Quinn, The Wendys, Superstar...they also served.

I've been @pault1888 thanks for reading, I'm fully aware that lists like this are never 'definitive', I'd probably change some of it myself if I did it all again tomorrow to be honest, music's a fluid thing for me, but hopefully there's a few nuggets in here that makes you listen to some of the bands listed, or even to go back to the bands I missed and listen to them instead. Cheers.


Brilliant choices and many trips down memory lane.... You Got The Power!

Alan Wilson

Terrific - some arguments over ordering but agree with top 3. I'd have idlewild and paul Quinn over a couple of others

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