Classic Scottish Albums

Episodes

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Bert Jansch20170314 (6M)
20190416 (6M)

Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2005, Davie 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 talks to Davie Scott about his seminal 1965 self-titled album.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Franz Ferdinand20170321 (6M)
20190503 (6M)

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.

Davie Scott discovers the story behind Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut album from 2004

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Glasvegas20170330 (6M)
20190501 (6M)

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 2010 Davie tells the story of 'Glasvegas' - the debut album released by Glasvegas in 2008.

Davie Scott tells the story of Glasvegas, the debut album released by Glasvegas in 2008.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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 2010, Davie tells the story of Glasvegas - the debut album released by Glasvegas in 2008.

Davie Scott tells the story of Glasvegas, the debut album released by Glasvegas in 2008.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Heaven Or Las Vegas By The Cocteau Twins20070308 (6M)
20190418 (6M)

In the run-up to the 6 Music Festival, taking place this year in Glasgow, we repeat highlights of a series first broadcast in 2007 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.

Robin Guthrie discusses the Cocteau Twins' sixth album, Heaven or Las Vegas.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

High Land, Hard Rain20170331 (6M)
20190502 (6M)

To complement the 6 Music Festival 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 2006, Davie Scott considers Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain, which blended infectious tunes and mature lyrics to create a debut with a very distinctive Scottish take on the world.

Davie Scott focuses on Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Incredible String Band20170315 (6M)
20190417 (6M)

The story behind the Incredible String Band's debut album, released in 1966.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Psychocandy20170324 (6M)
20190425 (6M)

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 2010, Davie looks back at Psychocandy, the debut album by the Jesus and Mary Chain, released in 1985. With the help Janice Long, Bobby Gillespie and the famously-elusive Reid brothers themselves, Davie comes to the conclusion that teen angst never sounded so good... well certainly not from East Kilbride.

Davie Scott looks back on Psychocandy, the 1985 debut album by The Jesus and Mary Chain.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Screamadelica20170322 (6M)
20190423 (6M)

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.

Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie discusses Screamadelica, released in 1991.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Solid Air20170329 (6M)
20190430 (6M)

Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2006, Davie selects John Martyn's Solid Air. Released in 1973, The Glasgow-raised singer / songwriter's distinctive vocal style and stunning guitar playing combine to pay homage to friendship, love and life.

Davie Scott looks back on John Martyn's Solid Air, a homage to friendship, love and life.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2006, Davie selects John Martyn's Solid Air. Released in 1973, The Glasgow-raised singer / songwriter's distinctive vocal style and stunning guitar playing combine to pay homage to friendship, love and life.

Davie Scott looks back on John Martyn's Solid Air, a homage to friendship, love and life.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

The Boy With The Arab Strap20170323 (6M)
20190424 (6M)

Davie Scott reveals the stories behind classic Scottish albums.

In this episode, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2006, Davie looks at Belle and Sebastian's The Boy with the Arab Strap, released in 1998, which won them 'Best Newcomer' at the Brit Awards. We hear from the famously interview-shy collective about the making of the album, and also from crime writer Iain Rankin about his passion for their melancholy summertime sounds.

Davie Scott looks at Belle and Sebastian's The Boy with the Arab Strap, released in 1998.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

The White Room By The Klf20110905 (6M)
20190419 (6M)

'The White Room' by The KLF has turned 20, so join Davie Scott as he unravels one of Scotland's most fascinating pop anecdotes. 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!

'The White Room' by The KLF has turned 20. We unravel one of pop's best anecdotes...

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

You Can't Hide Your Love Forever20170328 (6M)
20190426 (6M)

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 Scott talks to Edwyn Collins and friends to reveal the remarkable stories about Orange Juice's 1982 classic, You Can't Hide Your Love Forever.

Edwyn Collins and others tell the story of Orange Juice's You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.