Classic Scottish Albums [Radio Scotland]

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20180102Davie Scott rediscovers the album that spawned the monster hit 'Baker Street'.
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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.

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.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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Davie Scott celebrates Eddi Reader's album Sings the Songs of Robert Burns.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott celebrates Eddi Reader's album Sings the Songs of Robert Burns.

Davie Scott celebrates Eddi Reader's album Sings the Songs of Robert Burns.

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Davie Scott meets Emeli Sande to hear how she wrote Our Version of Events.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott meets Emeli Sande to hear how she wrote Our Version of Events.

Eye To The Telescope - By Kt Tunstall2020110420210101 (RS)Davie Scott meets KT Tunstall to find out how she made her debut album Eye to the Telescope, including hit singles Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, Other Side of the World and Suddenly I See. With further contributions from Producer Steve Osborne, co-writer Martin Terefe, fellow Fife songwriter Kenny Anderson and blogger/podcaster Paul Laird.

Davie Scott chats with KT Tunstall about how she made her debut album Eye to the Telescope

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Eye to the Telescope by KT Tunstall2020110420210317 (RS)Davie Scott meets KT Tunstall to find out how she made her debut album Eye to the Telescope, including hit singles Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, Other Side of the World and Suddenly I See. With further contributions from Producer Steve Osborne, co-writer Martin Terefe, fellow Fife songwriter Kenny Anderson and blogger/podcaster Paul Laird.

Davie Scott chats with KT Tunstall about how she made her debut album Eye to the Telescope

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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Davie Scott chats to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody about the hit album Eyes Open.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott chats to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody about the hit album Eyes Open.

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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 the 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.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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.

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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...

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

This episode first broadcast in 2007.

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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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 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.

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.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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Davie Scott hears about the making of the 1986 debut album from Hipsway.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott hears about the making of the 1986 debut album from Hipsway.

Davie Scott hears about the making of the 1986 debut album from Hipsway.

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Meet Danny Wilson - By Danny Wilson2013012320200930 (RS)Davie Scott delves into the story behind the standout debut album of Danny Wilson.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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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.

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.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums. He selects another album that changed the lives of those involved and struck a very intimate chord in the history of music.
Dignity, work, dreams, love and loss, all themes on Deacon Blue's 'Raintown'. Lead singer Ricky Ross reveals the inspirations for one of the most successful albums to emerge from the 1980s.

Davie Scott reveals insightful tales behind Raintown by Deacon Blue.

The stories behind 30 classic Scottish albums.

Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind Classic Scottish Albums. He selects another album that changed the lives of those involved and struck a very intimate chord in the history of music.
Dignity, work, dreams, love and loss, all themes on Deacon Blue's 'Raintown'. Lead singer Ricky Ross reveals the inspirations for one of the most successful albums to emerge from the 1980s.

The stories behind Classic Scottish albums.

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Davie Scott reveals stories behind the classic Primal Scream album Screamadelica.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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.

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. We also hear from Andrew Weatherall, who co-produced the album, and sadly died in 2020.

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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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Davie Scott chats to Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody about the hit album Eyes Open.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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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.

This programme was made before John Martyn died in 2009.

A look back at the late John Martyn's Solid Air, a homage to friendship, love and life.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Stealers Wheel - By Stealers Wheel2013012120200916 (RS)Davie Scott delves into the story behind Stealers Wheel's self-titled 1972 debut album.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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Davie Scott chats to Alan Rankine about The Associates' second studio album, Sulk.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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Davie Scott discovers how The Bluebells made their iconic 1984 album Sisters.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott discovers how The Bluebells made their iconic 1984 album Sisters.

Davie Scott discovers how The Bluebells made their iconic 1984 album Sisters.

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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.

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.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

The Delgados2019082720190901 (RS)Davie Scott hosts a reunion for The Delgados to hear how they made The Great Eastern.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

The Delgados2019082720210303 (RS)Davie Scott hosts a reunion for The Delgados to hear how they made The Great Eastern.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

The Remote Part - By Idlewild2020111120201230 (RS)Davie Scott meets Roddy and Rod of Idlewild to talk about the making of The Remote Part.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott meets Roddy and Rod of Idlewild to talk about the making of The Remote Part.

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Davie Scott and guests celebrate The White Album by The Average White Band.

The stories behind Classic Scottish albums.

Davie Scott reveals more insightful tales behind the music.

The stories behind 30 classic Scottish albums.

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Davie Scott chats with Justin Currie and Iain Guthrie about the making of Del Amitri's Waking Hours including smash hits Kiss This Thing Goodbye and Nothing Every Happens. With further contributions from Producer Mark Freegard, US journalist and broadcaster Alex Green, blogger and podcaster Paul Laird and music journalist Catrina Rose.

Davie Scott chats with Justin and Iain about the making of Del Amitri's Waking Hours.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott chats with Justin Currie and Iain Guthrie about the making of Del Amitri's Waking Hours including smash hits Kiss This Thing Goodbye and Nothing Every Happens. With further contributions from Producer Mark Freegard, US journalist and broadcaster Alex Green, blogger and podcaster Paul Laird and music journalist Catrina Rose.

Davie Scott chats with Justin and Iain about the making of Del Amitri's Waking Hours.

Waking Hours by Del Amitri2020102820210310 (RS)Davie Scott chats with Justin Currie and Iain Guthrie about the making of Del Amitri's Waking Hours including smash hits Kiss This Thing Goodbye and Nothing Every Happens. With further contributions from Producer Mark Freegard, US journalist and broadcaster Alex Green, blogger and podcaster Paul Laird and music journalist Catrina Rose.

Davie Scott chats with Justin and Iain about the making of Del Amitri's Waking Hours.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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Davie Scott chats with Tommy and Graeme about Wet Wet Wet's Popped In Souled Out.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott chats with Tommy and Graeme about Wet Wet Wet's Popped In Souled Out.

Davie Scott chats with Tommy, Neil and Graeme about Wet Wet Wet's Popped In Souled Out.

White On Blonde - By Texas2013012420200304 (RS)Davie Scott hears the stories behind the making of the Texas album White on Blonde.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Year Of The Cat20170325 (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 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

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

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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.

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.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

0101This Is The Story - By The Proclaimers20180101If 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 the tale behind the classic Scottish album.

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

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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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!

Series looking at classic albums from Scottish artists.

Davie Scott 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!

Davie Scott unravels one of Scotland's most fascinating pop anecdotes with Bill Drummond.

The tales behind classic Scottish albums.

Davie Scott 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!

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.

'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'.

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

Davie Scott unravels one of Scotland's most fascinating pop anecdotes with Bill Drummond.