Bands/music from, or with a strong connection to, Glasgow and nearby towns S/D (mostly S rather than D tbh)

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I've lived in Glasgow for about 14 years now and have recently begun exploring the city on foot while listening to music made by folk from here. Yesterday, I walked from Battlefield, where I live, to Cambuslang while listening to the following records (on shuffle so not 100% of each by any means), made by folk from, or with a strong connection to, Glasgow. I'm very keen to find more things to listen to while doing this, so do please let me know about anything you think is worthwhile. For reference, I think I'm defining Glasgow as anywhere that's contiguous with it or which could sensibly be associated with it. No probs with this being debated though. And, I'm very aware that there are bands from Glasgow other than those listed below. I'm just using these as a starting point.

Kode 9 and the spaceape - Memories of the future
Ivor Cutler - a wet handle
Spirea X - Fireblade skies
Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
Bert Jansch - Avocet

Glasgow and nearby towns to include those shown on this map. By 'strong connection' I mean bands/musicians bands/musicians from the area shown or who emerged from Glasgow's music scenes. http://mapsof.net/uploads/static-maps/road_map_of_glasgow.jpg

neilasimpson, Friday, 6 March 2020 19:40 (eleven months ago) link

The Cocteau Twins have got nothing to do with Glasgow.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Friday, 6 March 2020 19:45 (eleven months ago) link

fwiw I certainly would not consider JAMC a Glasgow band either and Bert Jansch, though born in Glasgow, was Edinburgh from top to toe.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Friday, 6 March 2020 19:50 (eleven months ago) link

Walking is rubbish as well. I'd abandon the whole project.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 6 March 2020 19:53 (eleven months ago) link

Fresh & Low

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1X59TH8IxI

saer, Friday, 6 March 2020 19:56 (eleven months ago) link

Lapsus Linguae - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmT871PkLyM

Maresn3st, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:02 (eleven months ago) link

Well, notwithstanding my cursory online list browsing and occasional desire to leave my house, let's keep going...

neilasimpson, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:03 (eleven months ago) link

Dawson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NePH3F2hLrc

Maresn3st, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:04 (eleven months ago) link

Stretchheads - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2F_JF7mIxw

Maresn3st, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:08 (eleven months ago) link

This is bugging me now as I have a record in my head. I can't remember what its called or who the artist is but I think there's maybe a car on the cover and its red blue and green and I feel like the artist is from Glasgow

saer, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:12 (eleven months ago) link

Altered Images!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bands_from_Glasgow

sleeve, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:27 (eleven months ago) link

Donovan!

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Friday, 6 March 2020 20:37 (eleven months ago) link

JAMC can't really be considered a Glasgow band imo because unlike many Lanarkshire bands (mogwai, teenage fan club) they were never based in Glasgow, it was straight down to London from EK for the brothers Reid

of the bands that have not yet been mentioned

blue nile
the wake
orange juice
deacon blue (don't @ me)

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Friday, 6 March 2020 20:42 (eleven months ago) link

there was a poll here Best of Glasgow

JAMC were included (RONG)

B&S won (RONGER)

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Friday, 6 March 2020 20:43 (eleven months ago) link

oh yeah Lloyd Cole and the Commotions obv

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Friday, 6 March 2020 20:43 (eleven months ago) link

I didn't know Fresh and Low were from Glasgow

paolo, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:46 (eleven months ago) link

Modern stuff:

Free Love (fka Happy Meals)
Lo Kindre
Cucina Povera
Iona Fortune
Sacred Paws
LAPS

paolo, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:47 (eleven months ago) link

Bis

warsaw303, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:59 (eleven months ago) link

Richard Youngs

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Friday, 6 March 2020 23:30 (eleven months ago) link

PRIMAL SCREAM

Οὖτις, Friday, 6 March 2020 23:32 (eleven months ago) link

yummy fur

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Friday, 6 March 2020 23:44 (eleven months ago) link

John Martyn

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:27 (eleven months ago) link

Jack Bruce

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:28 (eleven months ago) link

Yesterday, I walked from Battlefield, where I live, to Cambuslang

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51HAsTvrNUL._AC_SX466_.jpg

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:50 (eleven months ago) link

Lest we forget Éire Óg, whose seminal album "Live at the Brazen Head" is the Sgt. Pepper's of rebel music

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 7 March 2020 02:09 (eleven months ago) link

tbh had never listened to the Battlefield Band before, can't see the wood for the trees etc, but they're good - it's the Tannahill Weavers next for me...

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 10:37 (eleven months ago) link

Kode 9 and the spaceape - Not from Glasgow
Jesus and Mary Chain - Not from Glasgow
Cocteau Twins - Not from Glasgow

stirmonster, Saturday, 7 March 2020 17:49 (eleven months ago) link

tbf Neil was very clear that he was not listing bands from Glasgow

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Saturday, 7 March 2020 20:03 (eleven months ago) link

He said from or with a strong connection to tho

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 7 March 2020 20:09 (eleven months ago) link

Vince Watson

And hi, I live in Shawlands

the article don, Saturday, 7 March 2020 20:29 (eleven months ago) link

Konx-om-panx

the article don, Saturday, 7 March 2020 20:33 (eleven months ago) link

'zat no' yon Giacinto Scelsi fae Carntyne?

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 21:08 (eleven months ago) link

... ran a chippie in Cranhill?

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 21:12 (eleven months ago) link

... available at all charity shops in the West of Scotland.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 21:27 (eleven months ago) link

He said from or with a strong connection to tho

he specifically said music made by people from or near to or connected to Glasgow, not bands from Glasgow

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Saturday, 7 March 2020 21:46 (eleven months ago) link

Kode 9 and the spaceape - Not from near to or connected to Glasgow
Jesus and Mary Chain - Not from from near to or connected to Glasgow

stirmonster, Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:01 (eleven months ago) link

Kode9 was born in Glasgow, the Reid brothers grew up half an hour from Glasgow and probably walked around it as teenagers going to record shops (it took me at least an hour to get into the city as a teen, and nobody in Australia would argue that I wasn't "from Sydney").

Neil is just looking for cool recommendations of music to listen to while walking around the city, and openly soliciting ones that are better than the examples he's started with!

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:21 (eleven months ago) link

In the UK I don't think anybody would seriously say you're "from" somewhere an hour away, there must be at least a dozen very distinct cities that distance from where I grew up.

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:30 (eleven months ago) link

Christ, the distinction even between Paisley and Glasgow (a few miles apart) is huge.

Maresn3st, Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:41 (eleven months ago) link

Is there music that very openly telegraphs a feeling of Glasgow? or did Deacon Blue nail that back in 87?

Maresn3st, Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:43 (eleven months ago) link

my bad. was a poor cut and paste. meant to say - Cocteau Twins - Not from from near to or connected to Glasgow.

I'm mainly just joshing actually, but as an East Coaster but long time resident in Glasgow, I can't have Glasgow laying claim to the Cocteaus.

East / West coast Scottish music rivalry is a serious business! Kode 9 got his music enducation in Edinburgh for example. :)

stirmonster, Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:56 (eleven months ago) link

I know Neil said he was open to debate, just trying to nudge ppl back towards recommendations as well as shouting him down :)

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Saturday, 7 March 2020 23:01 (eleven months ago) link

that said though for Noodle

there must be at least a dozen very distinct cities that distance from where I grew up

yah, it depends on what you count as a city. Australia is 7.7 million square kilometres and has maybe nine of what people think of as "cities*," most of which are 2-7 days apart. Scotland is 30 sq km and has two cities, joined by a 45-minute train. Glasgow is definitely the closest proper city to the young Reids! and probably more of a musical epicentre for their formative years than East Kilbride.

(* by English standards of population size and local character and architecture and ethnographic makeup and distance nine or ten Sydney "suburbs" would probably count as cities. and we have city councils for hundreds of places that people don't count as cities mentally)

((the furthest-out suburb in Sydney, an extra Penrith, has a population of 200,000 and is a city on paper. The Australian city of Perth has a population of 2 million, vs the Scottish one's population of 47,000. My local member's electorate in inner-west Sydney - three stops from Central - is the smallest in the country, has a population of 150,000, and is 32 sq km.))

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Saturday, 7 March 2020 23:17 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah I get that, it was kinda my point. Having never been to Australia I picture it as huge and empty compared to here where two villages a mile apart will have been thinking of each other as alien territory for a thousand years or more. It's not a numbers thing, it's a bizarro state of mind.

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 7 March 2020 23:21 (eleven months ago) link

Christ, the distinction even between Paisley and Glasgow (a few miles apart) is huge.

Indeed, just try calling someone from Paisley a Glaswegian.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 23:25 (eleven months ago) link

Scotland is 30 sq km and has two cities, joined by a 45-minute train. Glasgow is definitely the closest proper city to the young Reids! and probably more of a musical epicentre for their formative years than East Kilbride.

There's more than two cities in Scotland. And, I can assure you, absolutely no-one in Glasgow at the time considered JAMC a Glasgow band

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 23:28 (eleven months ago) link

They looked kind of corny and provinicial, needed Boaby G pretending to play drums to give them some Glasgow hip credentials.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 March 2020 23:29 (eleven months ago) link

In Glasgow if you're from an hour out you're a teuchter. I've been called a shire boy despite growing up half a mile from the city limits

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 8 March 2020 00:49 (eleven months ago) link

Increasingly feel the most interesting Glasgow music of the past few years is that which doesn't telegraph its "Glasgow-ness" - whatever that means - too much. And there's always a risk of falling into authentocracy/parochialism/nativism when trying to define it.
The Glasgow indie traditions of the 80s and 90s - whether it's twee indie pop or dour post-rock - feel increasingly played out and the further away we get from them the better tbh.
The stuff GLARC has put out over the past few years has been great, especially Still House Plants, Bamya, Quinie and Horse Whisperer. https://glarc.bandcamp.com/
Comfort absolutely rule and should be getting way more attention than they have so far.
That soft issues tape on Penultimate Press is grrrreat.
Cucina Povera, Helena Celle, Mercuro Chrome, Fritz Welch, Tony Bevan, Caroline McKenzie, Kapil Seshasayee, Stable...
Also intrigued by the mysterious graed. Anyone know who it might be? https://www.lowcompany.co.uk/products/decibels

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:41 (eleven months ago) link

el hombre were good. rm hubbert fae el hombre is v good too, tho i never kept up with him when he started doing stuff with aidan fae arab strap (I'd probably enjoy it).

im going to try and get more up to date with glasgow stuff, that list will be very helpful, stew

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:42 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDa14HUiscg

Strawberry Switchblade - Trees and Flowers

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:46 (eleven months ago) link

A pleasure Jim. Howie from El Hombre is still doing lots of interesting stuff, as is Jer from Dawson, P6 from Stretcheads et al. I do feel the official narrative of 90s Glasgow has tended to write out those guys, mainly cos they didn't enjoy the same commercial success as their peers and are harder to fit into the narrative, but they're such energetic and supportive figures.
Luke Sutherland's current band Rev Magnetic are worth checking out and he's done some improv stuff with Tony Bevan, Jer Reid et al. Great musician!

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:52 (eleven months ago) link

still fucking love this song...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67rn5rUBbP4

Telstar Ponies - Farewell, Farewell

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:52 (eleven months ago) link

xx-post soft tissues that is! Soft Issues are a noise/punk band from Leeds.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:54 (eleven months ago) link

another good folky one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A204YG53ZRg

Trembling Bells - Willows of Carbeth

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:57 (eleven months ago) link

Shelagh McDonald was Glasgow based wasn't she?

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:01 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP15bKvUpdw

Dick Gaughan - Craigie Hill

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:11 (eleven months ago) link

does anyone know that crazy rave record about celtic, possibly specifically about henrik larsson? i'm looking at you stirmonster - i think eclair fifi played it on her nts show once? i might be misremembering one or more of the details on this mind you

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:26 (eleven months ago) link

Oh God, lol

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

Maresn3st, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:28 (eleven months ago) link

FUCK YES!!!

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:32 (eleven months ago) link

oh boy tune is everything

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:35 (eleven months ago) link

*that*

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:35 (eleven months ago) link

Shelagh MacDonald and Dick Gaughan both Edinburgh

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:58 (eleven months ago) link

i think shelagh was born in edinburgh but moved to glasgow, and dick was born in glasgow and then moved to edinburgh. so yes and no!

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:00 (eleven months ago) link

I would rather hang out with Nadine Dorries than have to listen to that Henrik Larsson tune.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:02 (eleven months ago) link

haha!

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:03 (eleven months ago) link

Glasgow Post Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH18U_AcAGM&feature=emb_title

stirmonster, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:05 (eleven months ago) link

Dick Gaughan is about as Edinburgh as it's possible to be.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:06 (eleven months ago) link

I dunno what this kind of music is but it's lovely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQRRAJ4XxIQ

stirmonster, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:09 (eleven months ago) link

I think it possible to be more Edinburgh than Dick Gaughan.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:10 (eleven months ago) link

tom has seen dick taking a slash iirc so i'll take his word on this one

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:25 (eleven months ago) link

maybe he has some sort of edinburgh tattoo on his cock - once a year by the castle *boom-tish*

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:27 (eleven months ago) link

sorry

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 23:27 (eleven months ago) link

I can't find anything about them online but I reckon I'm getting the spelling wrong.


https://thequietus.com/articles/07284-tattie-toes-interview

https://www.discogs.com/artist/76418-Shlebie

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 00:21 (eleven months ago) link

thread redeemed by henrik tune

||||||||, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 08:05 (eleven months ago) link

Henrik tune is a pure tune btw

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 08:12 (eleven months ago) link

XXXP - Thanks Tomboto!

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 10:19 (eleven months ago) link

Cant believe theres no DJ Rankin or DJ Badboy in this thread yet

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 12:55 (eleven months ago) link

More Glasgow post rock - https://soundcloud.com/lcasioimmunitas. And, I posted that Ganger track further up. Probably worth posting at least twice though

neilasimpson, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:15 (eleven months ago) link

ah, sorry for the double post. fits in well with all my other double posts. :)

stirmonster, Wednesday, 11 March 2020 14:16 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEz4_X7tshg

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 15:14 (eleven months ago) link

Really enjoying this thread now. Thank you all!

neilasimpson, Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:04 (eleven months ago) link

Asparagus Piss Raindrop - https://asparaguspissraindrop.wordpress.com/

neilasimpson, Thursday, 12 March 2020 17:07 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Stumbled across a website for The List, which seems to have an entire browsing archive.

Made me a wee bit nostalgic upon seeing the music listing section circa '91, the days when Barky Barky and Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants were playing every week somewhere.

https://archive.list.co.uk/the-list/1991-11-22/40/

Maresn3st, Monday, 4 May 2020 13:56 (nine months ago) link

I don't think anyone's mentioned Sacred Paws yet

paolo, Monday, 4 May 2020 21:08 (nine months ago) link

Gentle Giant don't quite count.

Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Monday, 4 May 2020 21:15 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

I'd never heard of Pub until his Do You Ever Regret Pantomime? album was reissued recently. It's very good ambient/IDM/electronica, recommended if you like Boards Of Canada

paolo, Friday, 3 July 2020 10:36 (seven months ago) link

Does anyone not like Boards Of Canada? I've never met anyone who doesn't

paolo, Friday, 3 July 2020 10:37 (seven months ago) link

See the BoC thread.

Future England Captain (Tom D.), Friday, 3 July 2020 10:38 (seven months ago) link

Most of their tunes are underdeveloped vignettes,drum programming is leaden and unadventurous. I mean I quite like them but they're not unimpeachable

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Friday, 3 July 2020 10:58 (seven months ago) link

Pub was new to me to! I kind of hate Borads of Canada but i like that Pub record

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Friday, 3 July 2020 11:19 (seven months ago) link

was sold from the moment i saw the cover tbh

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2108186735_10.jpg

Boris the Spreader (NickB), Friday, 3 July 2020 11:21 (seven months ago) link

New to me too,will check it out

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Friday, 3 July 2020 11:22 (seven months ago) link

That is an extremely Scottish image

paolo, Friday, 3 July 2020 12:00 (seven months ago) link

Jascob Yates - https://optimomusic.bandcamp.com/track/michael

stirmonster, Friday, 3 July 2020 14:31 (seven months ago) link

just went on a stray google and discovered you did that record with him in 2018!!

sean gramophone, Friday, 3 July 2020 14:32 (seven months ago) link


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