Today is the day Scotland votes on their independence referendum. Whether they decide to stay or go, the love for Scotland outside of Scotland still remains. They are fantastic people with a country that could make anyone envious. It is a place that captures the love of most who go through their borders. Edinburgh, outside of London, remains my favourite city in the entire world. It is the country that has produced some of the greatest post-punk and indie bands this side of 1978.
So here’s to Scotland. Whatever the decision, you’ll always be an envy. And these are the bands that prove it:
- Aztec Camera: Roddy Frame’s lovely jangle-pop outfit has a catalogue filled with deliciously sweet pop singles (“Walk Out to Winter” and “All I need is Everything”). Originally on the infamous Postcard Records, Frame moved on to Rough Trade and WEA to release a solid set of albums. it was Frame’s guitar work that made a certain Johnny Marr jealous enough to write the guitar line to “This Charming Man”.
- Orange Juice:
- Josef K:
- Belle & Sebastian:
- Primal Scream:
- The Wake:
The band that gave the world Edwyn Collins and a whole slew of fantastic music. Still hailed as Scotland’s greatest export and the band that kept Postcard Records alive – if only for a while.
One of the first bands to prove that Scottish post-punk was going to be a force for the coming decades. Their only album, The Fun in Town, is a classic with some of the most influential sounds.
Stuart Murdoch and clan have been the most consistent band of the last three decades. Eight albums, many very solid and more than a handful are greats, and they are still one of contemporary music’s most interesting bands. Twee: how Scottish music should be.
Blur and Oasis can get all crowns they want – Bobby’s Primal Scream created the best dance music of the 90’s. People in clubs still throw their hands in the air to sing “MY LIGHT SHINES OOOOON!” Anthems worth keeping around that would make any Scot proud.
A band that is often tragically over-looked. Ethereal and bright, the Glaswegians are, thankfully, reformed and still producing music. Their vast collection of singles are well worth checking out for those not yet attending the wake.