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Cocteau Twins, The

The Cocteau Twins formed in late 1981 in Grangemouth - a grimy, featureless Scottish factory town on the Firth of Forth - when the...

Teenage Fanclub

A band for which the word 'quirky' may have been invented, Teenage Fanclub had always possessed an infuriating knack of confounding expectations. They promised so...

Texas

Texas was formed in Glasgow, Scotland, by Johnny McElhone, a veteran of the Scottish rock circuit who had been part of two groups, Hipsway...

Gerry Rafferty

After early musical collaboration with comedian/actor Billy Connolly in a group called The Humblebums, and a successful stint in Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty enjoyed a...

Middle Of The Road

Scottish quartet Middle Of The Road formed in 1970 - they had previously been known as both Los Caracas and Part Four - and cut five...

Orange Juice

Lovelorn, naive and vibrant, these foppish lads from the middle-class Glasgow suburb of Bearsden fashioned post-Byrds jangle and skinny white soul into their own nervy,...

Blue Nile, The

Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and PJ Moore first combined at Glasgow University in the very early 80s. Paul and PJ had known each other...

Bluebells, The

From the same new Scottish pop scene that begat Aztec Camera came The Bluebells - a bookish-looking quintet of Merseybeat revisionists. Their self-titled debut mini-album...

Big Country

Scottish band Big Country - with their big guitars and heroic, anthemic rock - were the polar opposite of the predominant synthesizer groups of...

Wet Wet Wet

Fronted by Marti Pellow (born Mark McLaughlin), Scottish band Wet Wet Wet had three Top 10 hits in 1987, and a #1 debut album...

Associates, The

Billy MacKenzie (most lyrics, all vocals, eventually everything) and Alan Rankine (most music and all instruments except drums) - once attempted brilliance, but later...

Average White Band

Ex-Delaney & Bonnie singer Bonnie Bramlett gave the band their name because she was amused that the pale-faced Scotsmen could perform such convincing R&B and...

Aztec Camera

Formed by 15-year-old Roddy Frame in East Kilbride in Scotland in 1980, Aztec Camera hit the top of the Independent Charts in the UK...

Altered Images

Formed in 1979, this Glasgow band centred around 17-year-old Clare Grogan who appeared in the film Gregory's Girl (1981) directed by Bill Forsyth. In 1980 Altered Images toured...

Beatstalkers, The

Formed in Glasgow in 1962, The Beatstalkers - the #1 Beat group in Scotland - were sometimes referred to as "the Scottish Beatles" in...

White Heather Club, The

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 8 (UK) Andy Stewart was the star of the BBC’s The White Heather Club, which commenced in 1958...

Flight Of The Heron

1 9 6 8 (UK) 8 x 30 minute episodes The late Finlay Currie starred in this rather epic Scottish Television serialisation of the 1925 novel by...

Hamish Macbeth

1 9 9 5 - 1 9 9 7 (UK) 20 x 50 minute episodes Robert Carlyle starred as the eponymous easy-going police constable of the remote...

Dr Finlay’s Casebook

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 7 1 (UK) 200 x 50 minute episodes The popular series Dr Finlay's Casebook was set in the 1920s in a pre-NHS medical...

Rezillos/Revillos, The

Before Punk came along, Edinburgh art college students Alan Forbes and John Callis were R&B covers band The Knutsford Dominators. Their 1976 venture, The Rezillos, was...

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Ted Nugent

In the late 1960s, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes emerged from the American midwest playing thunderous rock which knew no discipline or boundaries. Nugent...

True Blue

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes The short-lived NBC drama series True Blue aired from December 1989 to April 1990. It...

Malta Story (1953)

It is 1942 and Britain is clinging to the island of Malta, located south of Sicily and critical to keeping Allied supply lines open....

Prince

His name was Prince, then it wasn't, then it was again. One of the most fascinating artists of the Eighties, the pocket-sized legend was...

Fairy Tales (1978)

This R-rated spoof of classic fairy tale characters begins when the Prince (Don Sparks) turns 21 and discovers he must sire an heir or...

Striptease (1996)

Based on a half-decent novel by Carl Hiaasen, Striptease is a dumbed-down-for-the-masses vehicle for Demi Moore, who one doesn’t immediately associate with comedy unless Indecent...

Wichita Town

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 0 (USA) In the decade following the Civil War the town of Wichita, on the fringes of...

Matlock Police

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 5 (Australia) 228 x 50 minute episodes Undeterred by the failure of The Long Arm, Australia's Channel Ten commissioned this...