Saturday, 29 April 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Primal Scream - Screamadelica

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd March 2017

To complement the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2005, Davie talks to Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie about the classic Screamadelica, released in 1991. Bobby takes us back to the heady recording sessions and describes the ways in which politics and hedonism fuelled the music of the band, who headlined last year's 6 Music Festival in Bristol.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st March 2017

To complement the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011, Davie discovers the story behind Franz Ferdinand's 2004 self-titled debut. With a certain suaveness, optimism and confidence, the band bagged the Mercury Music Prize, three top-10 singles and 3.6 million album sales worldwide. They made a bigger impact on America than Robbie Williams and Oasis combined, and did it with a lot less bluster. Their influences include Talking Heads, Chic, Pulp and Joy Division, and these combined to reach a far wider audience than your average indie band.

Take Me Out topped several 'Best of 2004' lists, and seemed never to be off the Queen Vic's jukebox in Eastenders. The NME described their music as 'intoxicating', while others compared their worldwide appeal to that of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Duran Duran.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: The KLF - The White Room

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 17th March 2017

In the run-up to the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011, Davie unravels one of music's most fascinating tales, The White Room by the KLF.

Bill Drummond - son of a Church of Scotland minister - was almost 40 years old when he decided to create a 'Stadium House' band. He wanted to unite music fans with "gigantic anthems". A former top music exec, he understood pop music hype and hyperbole and used that to his advantage. While some might have judged he and partner Jimmy Cauty as over-the-hill, Bill's marketing know-how pushed The KLF to become the bestselling singles act in the world in 1991. 'Justified and Ancient' (featuring Tammy Wynette) was inescapable. It was No.1 in 18 countries and provided her highest-ever Billboard placing. 'What Time is Love' provided the first taste of The KLF's big commercial sound and was soon answered by the number 1 single '3am Eternal'.

And it wasn't just the fans who loved them. The music press couldn't get enough of their contrary ways, one journalist enthusing that "as providers of perverse, throwaway, three-minute pop-song manna... (they're) punk rock, the Renaissance, Andy Warhol and Jesus Christ all rolled into one."
The gigantic commercial success of the band flew in the face of taste-making rhetoric, and Bill and Jimmy caused further alarm when - at the height of their success - they gave a "violently antagonistic performance" at the 1992 Brit Awards and left the stage to a tannoy announcement stating that "The KLF have now left the music business". Job done!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 16th March 2017

In the run-up to the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode Davie chats to Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins about the chaotic sessions for their sixth album, Heaven or Las Vegas, released in 1990, and now acknowledged as a masterpiece. Robin also reveals something of the mystery of the enigmatic lead singer Elizabeth Fraser's extraordinary lyrics and vocal style.

This episode first broadcast in 2007.

Cocteau Twins - Fotzpolitic [4AD]
Cocteau Twins - Pitch The Baby [4AD]
Cocteau Twins - Fifty Fifty Clown [4AD]
Cocteau Twins - Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires [4AD]
Cocteau Twins - Road, River And Rail [4AD]
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas [4AD]

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Incredible String Band - Incredible String Band

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 15th March 2017

In the run-up to the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in which Davie Scott reveals the stories behind Classic Scottish Albums.

In this episode, Davie reveals the true and very amusing stories behind the Incredible String Band's first and self-titled album, which was released in the summer of 1966.

First broadcast in 2006.

The Incredible String Band - Maybe Someday [Elektra]
The Incredible String Band - The Empty Pocket Blues [Elektra]
The Incredible String Band - Womankind [Elektra]
The Incredible String Band - Tree [Elektra]
The Incredible String Band - Whistle Tune [Elektra]
The Incredible String Band - October Song [Elektra]
The Incredible String Band - Footsteps Of The Heron [Elektra]

Monday, 24 April 2017

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 14th March 2017

In the run-up to the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series in which musician Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2005, Davey talks to Bert Jansch about how he recorded his seminal 1965 self-titled album and what he thought about it 40 years on.

Born in Glasgow in 1943, Bert was an influential guitarist and songer / songwriter, who was also a founder member of Pentangle. Bert died in 2011.

Bert Jansch - Strolling Down The Highway [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Needle Of Death [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Casbah [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Instrumental Medley (Bonus Track On CD) [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Courting Blues [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Veronica [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Angie [Transatlantic]
Bert Jansch - Dreams Of Love [Transatlantic]

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Mogwai At The BBC

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th March 2017

As part of the 6 Music Festival in Glasgow, Stuart Braithwaite of local heroes Mogwai picks his favourites moments from the BBC's concert and session recordings of his own band. These include the Chemikal Underground 5th birthday celebrations in Glasgow in 2000, Mogwai's first Peel session (22.12.1996) and highlights of their appearance at the 2015 6 Music Festival in Tyneside.