Classic Scottish Albums [Radio Scotland]

Musician Davie Scott goes behind the scenes, revealing insightful stories about classic Scottish albums, and looks at why Scottish bands have had such massive international success.

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Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. 2: The Incredible String Band's self-titled debut.

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In the series revealing insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums, Davie Scott selects 6 albums whose success changed the lives of those involved, and struck a very intimate chord in the history of music.

3/6. With Solid Air John Martyn's distinctive vocal style and stunning guitar playing is combined to pay homage to friendship, love and life.

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In the series revealing insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums, Davie Scott selects 6 albums whose success changed the lives of those involved, and struck a very intimate chord in the history of music.

5/6. With High Land, Hard Rain, Aztec Camera blended infectious tunes and mature lyrics to create a debut with a very distinctive Scottish take on the world.

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In the series revealing insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums, Davie Scott selects 6 albums whose success changed the lives of those involved, and struck a very intimate chord in the history of music.

6/6. Davie goes back to 1984 to reveal untold stories about The Blue Nile's debut album, A Walk Across The Rooftops.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

1/7. The Proclaimers: This Is The Story.

If you could vote for a band to rule the country this one would probably win. They've peppered the last two decades with infectious songs that are sung all over the world. Craig and Charlie Reid tell Davie Scott how a lot of hard work and an explosive appearance on The Tube kick started a memorable career and a classic Scottish album.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

2/7. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Next.

Five amazing years together and a frantic eight albums, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band lived up to their name in the studio and on stage. Surviving members of the band talk about the creation of their finest record of those years.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

4/7. The Waterboys: This is the Sea

Having totalled 24 years with Mike Scott at the helm, their most dazzling record remains This is the Sea. The charismatic lead singer reveals how he created the songs, and the real reason why he refused to appear on Top of the Pops.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

5/7. Lloyd Cole and The Commotions - Rattlesnakes: If you were growing up in the 1980s this band probably improved your vocabulary. Lloyd Cole explains how they honed their sound on the live circuit before recording 'Rattlesnakes', while along the way they influenced a young student called Ian Rankin with their wordy references.

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Revealing more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

6/7. Gerry Raferty - City to City: Davie Scott rediscovers the album that spawned the monster hit Baker Street. Despite the record's massive success, Gerry Rafferty withstood the wrath of the music industry by refusing to tour America.

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

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 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.

Belle and Sebastian are appearing at this year's 6 Music Festival.

Revealing more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

7/7. Belle and Sebastian. The Boy With The Arab Strap: A look at the album that won the band the 'Best Newcomer' Award at the Brit Awards in 1998. Davie Scott delves deep into the pockets of the album with the famously interview-shy collective, and hears from crime writer Iain Rankin about his passion for their melancholy summertime sounds.

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talks to Davie Scott about his seminal 1965 self-titled album.

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 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.

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Musician Davey Scott talks to Bert Jansch about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album and surprisingly, what he thinks about it today.

Musician Davey Scott talks to Bert Jansch about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album.

talks to Davie Scott about his seminal 1965 self-titled album.

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 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.

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Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

In this new series, musician Davie Scott goes behind the scenes revealing insightful stories about 6 Classic Scottish albums and finally reveals why so many Scottish bands have had such a massive national and international success. Bert Jansch talks about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album and surprisingly, what he thinks about it today.

Bert Jansch talks about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album.

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 talks to Davey Scott about the recording of his seminal 1965 self-titled album

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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.

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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

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 tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums, selecting another album that changed the lives of those involved and struck a very intimate chord in the history of music. He goes back to 1984 to reveal untold stories about The Blue Nile's debut album, A Walk Across the Rooftops.

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Davie Scott unravels one of music's most fascinating tales, The White Room by the KLF.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Another chance to hear a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011, in which Davie Scott 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!

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Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. 1: The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian.

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2/12. Average White Band: Musician Dave Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. Alan Gorrie reveals how six long haired funky Scottish white men achieved stardom.

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Musician Dave Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. 3/12. Teenage Fanclub. Band member Norman Blake reveals remarkable stories about their album Bandwagonesque.

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5/12. Musician Dave Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr talks about their album New Gold Dream.

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Musician Dave Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. 6/12. Primal Scream. Bobby Gillespie recalls the time Screamadelica was recorded.

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7/12. Davie delves deep into Belle and Sebastian's The Boy With the Arab Strap with the famously interview-shy collective, and hears from crime writer Iain Rankin about his passion for their music.

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8/12. Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums, and looks at why Scottish bands have had such massive international success. Tonight, The Incredible String Band.

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9/12. Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums, and looks at why Scottish bands have had such massive international success. 3: John Martyn's Solid Air.

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10/12. Davie Scott reveals insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums. Dignity, work, dreams, love and loss, are all themes on Deacon Blue's Raintown. Singer Ricky Ross reveals the inspirations.

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11/12. Davie Scott reveals more tales behind Classic Scottish Albums. With High Land, Hard Rain, Aztec Camera blended infectious tunes and mature lyrics to create a fantastic debut album.

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12/12. Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six Scottish albums and looks at why Scottish bands have had such big international success. 12/12. The Blue Nile: A Walk Across the Rooftops.

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Musician Davie Scott goes behind the scenes, revealing insightful stories about classic Scottish albums, and looks at why Scottish bands have had such massive international success.

Bert talks about his seminal 1965 album and what he thinks about it today.

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Musician Davey Scott talks to Bert Jansch about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album and surprisingly, what he thinks about it today.

Musician Davey Scott talks to Bert Jansch about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album.

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

In this new series, musician Davie Scott goes behind the scenes revealing insightful stories about 6 Classic Scottish albums and finally reveals why so many Scottish bands have had such a massive national and international success.

Bert Jansch talks about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album and surprisingly, what he thinks about it today.

Bert Jansch talks about how he recorded his seminal 1965 album.

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 talks to Davey Scott about the recording of his seminal 1965 self-titled album

Bert talks about his seminal 1965 album and what he thinks about it today.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals the tale behind the classic Scottish album.

If you could vote for a band to rule the country this one would probably win. They've peppered the last two decades with infectious songs that are sung all over the world. Craig and Charlie Reid tell Davie Scott how a lot of hard work and an explosive appearance on The Tube kick-started a memorable career and a classic Scottish album.

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Davie Scott rediscovers the album that spawned the monster hit 'Baker Street'.

0102The Average White Band - The White Album2005030120060409
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Alan Gorrie reveals how six long haired funky Scottish white men achieved stardom.

0103Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque2005030820060416
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Band member Norman Blake reveals remarkable stories about their album Bandwagonesque.

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

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 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.

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Lead singer Jim Kerr talks about how this album launched the band internationally.

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Primal Scream band member Bobby Gillespie takes us back to the heady days when the album was recorded and talks about how ecstasy, Thatcher and hedonism fuelled their songs.

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Davie delves deep into Belle and Sebastian's The Boy With the Arab Strap with the famously interview-shy collective, and hears from crime writer Iain Rankin about his passion for their music.

A look at the album that won the band the 'Best Newcomer' Award at the Brit Awards in 1998.

Davie Scott delves deep into the pockets of the album with the famously interview-shy collective, and hears from crime writer Iain Rankin about his passion for their melancholy summertime sounds.

1/6. Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. Today, The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle and Sebastian.

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Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums. 2/6. The Incredible String Band's first and self-titled album, which emerged from the 1960s folk scene.

Their first and self-titled album, which emerged from the 1960s folk scene.

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3/6. Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums, and looks at why Scottish bands have had such massive international success. This week he looks at John Martyn's Solid Air.

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As a tribute to singer-songwriter John Martyn, who died this week, another chance to hear David Scott telling the story of Solid Air, the album that many consider Martyn's finest.

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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 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.

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Dignity, work, dreams, love and loss, are all themes on Deacon Blue's Raintown.

Singer Ricky Ross reveals the inspirations.

Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six classic Scottish albums, and looks at why Scottish bands have had such massive international success. 4/6. Deacon Blue's Raintown.

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With High Land, Hard Rain, Aztec Camera blended infectious tunes and mature lyrics to create a fantastic debut album.

Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six Scottish albums and looks at why Scottish bands have had such huge international success. 5/6. Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain.

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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.

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.

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6/6. Musician Davie Scott provides insight into six Scottish albums and looks at why Scottish bands have had such big international success. This week it's The Blue Nile's A Walk Across the Rooftops.

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Davie Scott speaks to Donovan and pals about the dippy, trippy 'Sunshine Superman' album. He recalls his unusual recording process, his massive US breakthrough and his longing for a lost love. It'd be another 6-years before he and Linda Lawrence finally got together, but making her a muse for this worldwide chart-topper certainly helped his cause.

Davie Scott speaks to Donovan and pals about the dippy, trippy Sunshine Superman album.

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Davie Scott speaks to Donovan and pals about the dippy, trippy 'Sunshine Superman' album. He recalls his unusual recording process, his massive US breakthrough and his longing for a lost love. It'd be another 6-years before he and Linda Lawrence finally got together, but making her a muse for this worldwide chart-topper certainly helped his cause.

Davie Scott speaks to Donovan and pals about the dippy, trippy Sunshine Superman album.

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 speaks to Donovan and pals about the dippy, trippy Sunshine Superman album recorded in 1966. He recalls his unusual recording process, his massive US breakthrough and his longing for a lost love. It'd be another 6 years before he and Linda Lawrence finally got together, but making her a muse for this worldwide chart-topper certainly helped his cause.

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If you could vote for a band to rule the country this one would probably win.

They've peppered the last two decades with infectious songs that are sung all over the world.

Craig and Charlie Reid tell Davie Scott how a lot of hard work and an explosive appearance on The Tube kick started a memorable career and a classic Scottish album.

Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

1/6. The Proclaimers: This Is The Story.

If you could vote for a band to rule the country this one would probably win. They've peppered the last two decades with infectious songs that are sung all over the world. Craig and Charlie Reid tell Davie Scott how a lot of hard work and an explosive appearance on The Tube kick started a memorable career and a classic Scottish album.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

2/6. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Next.

Five amazing years together and a frantic eight albums, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band lived up to their name in the studio and on stage. Surviving members of the band talk about the creation of their finest record of those years.

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The group behind crowd anthems like 'In a Big Country', 'Chance' and 'Fields of Fire' has a story more emotive than their music. In programme two of 'Classic Scottish Albums', Davie Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit 'The Crossing' by Big Country, talking to those who matter including U2's super-producer Steve Lillywhite who still thinks Big Country are one of the most talented bands he's ever worked with.

Davey Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit The Crossing by Big Country.

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The group behind crowd anthems like 'In a Big Country', 'Chance' and 'Fields of Fire' has a story more emotive than their music. In programme two of 'Classic Scottish Albums', Davie Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit 'The Crossing' by Big Country, talking to those who matter including U2's super-producer Steve Lillywhite who still thinks Big Country are one of the most talented bands he's ever worked with.

Davey Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit The Crossing by Big Country.

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Five amazing years together and a frantic eight albums, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band lived up to their name in the studio and on stage.

Surviving members of the band talk about the creation of their finest record of those years.

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Teen angst never sounded so good - or certainly not from East Kilbride. This is the story of the 'Psychocandy' album by The Jesus and Mary Chain, as told by Janice Long, Bobby Gillespie and the famously-elusive Reid Brothers themselves...

Teen angst never sounded so good - the story of The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy.

Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

3/6. The Cocteau Twins: Heaven or Las Vegas.

Davie chats to band member Robin Guthrie about the drug fuelled sessions that created a masterpiece and reveals the mystery of enigmatic lead singer, Elizabeth Fraser's extraordinary lyrics and vocal style.

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Teen angst never sounded so good - the story of The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy.

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Teen angst never sounded so good - or certainly not from East Kilbride. This is the story of the 'Psychocandy' album by The Jesus and Mary Chain, as told by Janice Long, Bobby Gillespie and the famously-elusive Reid Brothers themselves.

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Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

3/7. The Cocteau Twins: Heaven or Las Vegas.

Davie chats to band member Robin Guthrie about the drug fuelled sessions that created a masterpiece and reveals the mystery of enigmatic lead singer, Elizabeth Fraser's extraordinary lyrics and vocal style.

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

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.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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.

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24 years with Mike Scott at the helm and The Waterboys' most dazzling record remains This Is The Sea.

Their charismatic lead singer reveals to Davie Scott how he created the songs and the real reason he refused to appear on Top of The Pops.

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If you were growing up in the 1980s this band probably improved your vocabulary.

Lloyd Cole explains how they honed their sound on the live circuit before recording 'Rattlesnakes', while along the way they influenced a young student called Ian Rankin with their wordy references.

Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

5/6. Lloyd Cole and The Commotions: Rattlesnakes.

If you were growing up in the 1980s this band probably improved your vocabulary. Lloyd Cole explains how they honed their sound on the live circuit before recording 'Rattlesnakes', while along the way they influenced a young student called Ian Rankin with their wordy references.

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Davie Scott rediscovers the album that spawned the monster hit Baker Street.

Despite the record's massive success, Gerry Rafferty withstood the wrath of the music industry by refusing to tour the US.

6/6. Gerry Rafferty: City to City

Davie Scott rediscovers the album that spawned the monster hit Baker Street. Despite the record's massive success, Gerry Rafferty withstood the wrath of the music industry by refusing to tour the US.

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0401Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat20110820
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Al Stewart's 'Year of the Cat' album took the Hippie Trail mainstream. Davey Scott hears how this escapism resonated with UK listeners mired in strikes and unemployment in 1976. It was a far cry from Al Stewart's humble beginnings. As he tells it in one of his songs, "I came up to London when I was 19 with a corduroy jacket and a head full of dreams." A poetic singer-songwriter born in Glasgow, he moved to Dorset before falling in with the folk scene. So far, so Donovan, but then Al's story splinters off into peculiarly unique directions.

He bought his first guitar from Andy Sumners of The Police, shared a flat with Paul Simon and gave Yoko Ono all his money for an exhibition of naked bottoms. That came before landing in the US Top 5 with his 1976 album 'Year of the Cat'. The single of the same name is a dreamy, meandering epic about a life changing meeting between a naïve young traveller and a worldly hippy. It's absolutely of it's time, but continues to get airplay around the world and helped Al secure high-profile friends and admirers such as Tori Amos, Jimmy Page, Bert Jansch and Rick Wakeman.

Year of the Cat took the Hippie Trail mainstream. Glasgow singer Al Stewart tells all.

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Davie Scott speaks to Donovan and pals about the dippy, trippy 'Sunshine Superman' album.

He recalls his unusual recording process, his massive US breakthrough and his longing for a lost love.

It'd be another 6-years before he and Linda Lawrence finally got together, but making her a muse for this worldwide chart-topper certainly helped his cause.

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Davey Scott discovers the story behind 'Franz Ferdinand' by Franz Ferdinand. With a suaveness, optimism and confidence not typically associated with bands from Scotland, the band swept into focus in 2004 with their self-titled debut. By the year's end, 'Franz Ferdinand' had 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 was seemingly never off the jukebox in Eastenders Queen Vic. 'Michael' gained attention for it's homoerotic overtones - "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor" - while 'This Fire' is a fan-favourite and closes a typically energetic Franz Ferdinand live set. The NME called them music "intoxicating", while others compared their universal buzz to that of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. In this episode of Classic Scottish Albums, Davey discovers how they did it...

Suave, catchy and confident, Franz Ferdinand was not your average Scottish debut album.

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Suave, catchy and confident, Franz Ferdinand was not your average Scottish debut album.

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Davey Scott discovers the story behind 'Franz Ferdinand' by Franz Ferdinand. With a suaveness, optimism and confidence not typically associated with bands from Scotland, the band swept into focus in 2004 with their self-titled debut. By the year's end, 'Franz Ferdinand' had 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 was seemingly never off the jukebox in Eastenders Queen Vic. 'Michael' gained attention for it's homoerotic overtones - "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor" - while 'This Fire' is a fan-favourite and closes a typically energetic Franz Ferdinand live set. The NME called them music "intoxicating", while others compared their universal buzz to that of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. In this episode of Classic Scottish Albums, Davey discovers how they did it.

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

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 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.

0402The Crossing By Big Country2010061420100619
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The group behind crowd anthems like 'In a Big Country', 'Chance' and 'Fields of Fire' has a story more emotive than their music.

In programme two of 'Classic Scottish Albums', Davie Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit 'The Crossing' by Big Country, talking to those who matter including U2's super-producer Steve Lillywhite who still thinks Big Country are one of the most talented bands he's ever worked with.

Davey Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit The Crossing by Big Country.

The group behind crowd anthems like 'In a Big Country', 'Chance' and 'Fields of Fire' has a story more emotive than their music. In programme two of 'Classic Scottish Albums', Davie Scott discovers the story behind worldwide hit 'The Crossing' by Big Country, talking to those who matter including U2's super-producer Steve Lillywhite who still thinks Big Country are one of the most talented bands he's ever worked with.

0403Capercaillie - Delirium2010062120110903
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Davey Scott highlights Capercaillie's dynamic 1991 crossover album Delirium. A groundbreaking record it marked a major change in their approach to Gaelic music, adding contemporary dance grooves to the traditional tunes.

It took the band from folk clubs into the national spotlight when the Gaelic waulking song, 'Coisch A Ruin', made it into the top forty.

Davey talks to the band members about how they were spotted and signed after a television appearance and to contemporary Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis about their influence on young performers.

Davey Scott highlights Capercaillie's dynamic 1991 crossover album Delirium.

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Davey Scott highlights Capercaillie's dynamic 1991 crossover album Delirium.

0403Psychocandy By The Jesus And Mary Chain2010062120100626
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Teen angst never sounded so good - or certainly not from East Kilbride.

This is the story of the 'Psychocandy' album by The Jesus and Mary Chain, as told by Janice Long, Bobby Gillespie and the famously-elusive Reid Brothers themselves.

Teen angst never sounded so good - the story of The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy.

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Teen angst never sounded so good - or certainly not from East Kilbride. This is the story of the 'Psychocandy' album by The Jesus and Mary Chain, as told by Janice Long, Bobby Gillespie and the famously-elusive Reid Brothers themselves.

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It's pop music, but not as you know it.

Containing stabbings, social work and sectarianism, this is the story of 'Glasvegas' by Glasvegas.

Stabbings, social work and sectarianism - the story of Glasvegas' debut album.

It's pop music, but not as you know it. Containing stabbings, social work and sectarianism, this is the story of 'Glasvegas' by Glasvegas.

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.

Musician Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums.

4/6. The Waterboys: This Is The Sea.

24 years with Mike Scott at the helm and The Waterboys' most dazzling record remains This Is The Sea. Their charismatic lead singer reveals to Davie Scott how he created the songs and the real reason he refused to appear on Top of The Pops.

0501Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat2011081520110820
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Al Stewart's 'Year of the Cat' album took the Hippie Trail mainstream.

Davey Scott hears how this escapism resonated with UK listeners mired in strikes and unemployment in 1976.

It was a far cry from Al Stewart's humble beginnings.

As he tells it in one of his songs, "I came up to London when I was 19 with a corduroy jacket and a head full of dreams." A poetic singer-songwriter born in Glasgow, he moved to Dorset before falling in with the folk scene.

So far, so Donovan, but then Al's story splinters off into peculiarly unique directions.

He bought his first guitar from Andy Sumners of The Police, shared a flat with Paul Simon and gave Yoko Ono all his money for an exhibition of naked bottoms.

That came before landing in the US Top 5 with his 1976 album 'Year of the Cat'.

The single of the same name is a dreamy, meandering epic about a life changing meeting between a naïve young traveller and a worldly hippy.

It's absolutely of it's time, but continues to get airplay around the world and helped Al secure high-profile friends and admirers such as Tori Amos, Jimmy Page, Bert Jansch and Rick Wakeman.

Year of the Cat took the Hippie Trail mainstream.

Glasgow singer Al Stewart tells all.

0501Stealers Wheel By Stealers Wheel2013012120130127 (RS)

Davie Scott delves into the story behind Stealers Wheel's self-titled 1972 debut album.

Davie Scott delves into the story behind Stealers Wheel's self-titled 1972 debut album, which featured the unforgettable track Stuck in the Middle with You.

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Davey Scott discovers the story behind 'Franz Ferdinand' by Franz Ferdinand.

With a suaveness, optimism and confidence not typically associated with bands from Scotland, the band swept into focus in 2004 with their self-titled debut.

By the year's end, 'Franz Ferdinand' had 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 was seemingly never off the jukebox in Eastenders Queen Vic.

'Michael' gained attention for it's homoerotic overtones - "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor" - while 'This Fire' is a fan-favourite and closes a typically energetic Franz Ferdinand live set.

The NME called them music "intoxicating", while others compared their universal buzz to that of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran.

In this episode of Classic Scottish Albums, Davey discovers how they did it...

Suave, catchy and confident, Franz Ferdinand was not your average Scottish debut album.

Davey Scott discovers the story behind 'Franz Ferdinand' by Franz Ferdinand. With a suaveness, optimism and confidence not typically associated with bands from Scotland, the band swept into focus in 2004 with their self-titled debut. By the year's end, 'Franz Ferdinand' had 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 was seemingly never off the jukebox in Eastenders Queen Vic. 'Michael' gained attention for it's homoerotic overtones - "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor" - while 'This Fire' is a fan-favourite and closes a typically energetic Franz Ferdinand live set. The NME called them music "intoxicating", while others compared their universal buzz to that of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. In this episode of Classic Scottish Albums, Davey discovers how they did it.

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0502Strange Kind Of Love By Love And Money2013012220130127 (RS)

Davie Scott explores the making of Love and Money's second album Strange Kind of Love featuring Halleluiah Man, Jocelyn Square and Walk the Last Mile.

0503Capercaillie - Delirium2011082920110903
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Davey Scott highlights Capercaillie's dynamic 1991 crossover album Delirium.

A groundbreaking record it marked a major change in their approach to Gaelic music, adding contemporary dance grooves to the traditional tunes.

It took the band from folk clubs into the national spotlight when the Gaelic waulking song, 'Coisch A Ruin', made it into the top forty.

Davey talks to the band members about how they were spotted and signed after a television appearance and to contemporary Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis about their influence on young performers.

Davey Scott highlights Capercaillie's dynamic 1991 crossover album Delirium. A groundbreaking record it marked a major change in their approach to Gaelic music, adding contemporary dance grooves to the traditional tunes.

0503Meet Danny Wilson By Danny Wilson2013012320130127 (RS)

Davie Scott delves into the story behind the standout debut album of Dundee band Danny Wilson, including the timeless and magical song Mary's Prayer.

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

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!

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'.

Davie Scott unravels the story behind The KLF's fourth and final album, The White Room.

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The White Room - The KLF

Davie Scott unravels one of music's most fascinating tales, The White Room by the KLF.

As part of BBC Rado 6 Music celebration of the KLF, another chance to hear a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011, in which Davie Scott 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!

'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 tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Another chance to hear a programme first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011, in which Davie Scott 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!

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Davie Scott hears the story behind the making of Texas' most successful number 1 album, White on Blonde, which featured Say What You Want, Halo and Black Eyed Boy.

Davie Scott hears the stories behind the making of the Texas album White on Blonde.

0601Stealers Wheel By Stealers Wheel2013012120130127 (RS)

Davie Scott delves into the story behind Stealers Wheel's self-titled 1972 debut album, which featured the unforgettable track Stuck in the Middle with You.

Davie Scott delves into the story behind Stealers Wheel's self-titled 1972 debut album.

0602Strange Kind Of Love By Love And Money2013012220130127 (RS)

Davie Scott explores the making of Love and Money's second album Strange Kind of Love featuring Halleluiah Man, Jocelyn Square and Walk the Last Mile.

0603Meet Danny Wilson By Danny Wilson2013012320130127 (RS)

Davie Scott delves into the story behind the standout debut album of Dundee band Danny Wilson, including the timeless and magical song Mary's Prayer.

0604 LASTWhite On Blonde By Texas2013012420130128 (RS)
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Davie Scott hears the story behind the making of Texas' most successful number 1 album, White on Blonde, which featured Say What You Want, Halo and Black Eyed Boy.

Davie Scott hears the stories behind the making of the Texas album White on Blonde.

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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 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.

6MBelle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap20170323

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 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.

Belle and Sebastian are appearing at this year's 6 Music Festival.

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

6MFranz Ferdinand By Franz Ferdinand20170321

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

6MScreamadelica By Primal Scream20170322

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.

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

6MThe Jesus And Arnd Mary Chain - Psychocandy20170324

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.

6MYear Of The Cat By Al Stewart20170325

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 looks at Al Stewart's Year of the Cat, released in 1976.

We hear how its escapiosm resonated with UK listeners mired in strikes and unemployment. It was a far cry from Al Stewart's humble beginnings. As he tells it in one of his songs, "I came up to London when I was 19 with a corduroy jacket and a head full of dreams." A poetic singer-songwriter born in Glasgow, he moved to Dorset before falling in with the folk scene. So far, so Donovan, but then Al's story splinters off into peculiarly unique directions.

He bought his first guitar from Andy Sumners of The Police, shared a flat with Paul Simon and gave Yoko Ono all his money for an exhibition of naked bottoms. That came before landing in the US Top 5 with his 1976 album Year of the Cat. The single of the same name is a dreamy, meandering epic about a life changing meeting between a naïve young traveller and a worldly hippy. It's absolutely of it's time, but continues to get airplay around the world and has helped Al secure high-profile friends and admirers such as Tori Amos, Jimmy Page, Bert Jansch and Rick Wakeman.

Glasgow singer Al Stewart talks about how Year of the Cat took the hippie trail mainstream

6MYou Can't Hide Your Love Forever By Orange Juice20170328

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