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20 Best Scottish Bands of All Time

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Who are the 20 best Scottish bands?

Who are the 20 best Scottish bands?

Who Are the Great Scottish Bands?

When I mention some of the great bands from Scotland, I often get the response, "I never knew they were Scottish!" So it's time to set the record straight.

Many Scottish artists have been among the greatest U.K. bands of all time. They have all contributed immensely to the history of contemporary music over the past 50+ years, so it is difficult to choose the best.

Here is a list of the top 20 Scottish bands of all time. Their ranking could be based on many factors—quality, influence, popularity, success—but this list goes strictly in alphabetical order and simply celebrates the best bands that have come out of Scotland.

(Note: This list focuses only on groups; solo artists are not included.)

Top 20 Famous Bands from Scotland

  1. Average White Band
  2. Bay City Rollers
  3. Belle and Sebastian
  4. Biffy Clyro
  5. Big Country
  6. Deacon Blue
  7. Del Amitri
  8. Incredible String Band
  9. Marmalade
  10. Mogwai
  11. Nazareth
  12. Primal Scream
  13. Proclaimers
  14. Sensational Alex Harvey Band
  15. Simple Minds
  16. Skids
  17. Texas
  18. Travis
  19. Waterboys
  20. Wet Wet Wet

1. Average White Band

  • Current Band Members: Alan Gorrie, Onnie McIntyre, Fred Vigdor, Rocky Bryant, Brent Carter, Rob Arie, Cliff Lyons
  • Years Active: 1972–1983, 1989–present
  • Labels: Atlantic, RCA, MCA, Rhino, Arista

The Average White Band is a funk and R&B band, who were hugely popular in the 1970s. Their soulful disco tunes influenced many bands. The band members come from Dundee, Glasgow, and Perth.

Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart were on lead vocals. They were backed up by the voice and guitar of Owen "Onnie" McIntyre. Along with Malcolm Duncan, Robbie McIntosh, and Roger Ball, they made up the original band members. Their breakthrough came after signing to Atlantic Records and basing themselves in New York.

The resultant album AWB was No.1 in the USA in 1974, establishing them as a top act. Their biggest hits were "Let’s Go Round Again", "Cut the Cake", "Queen of My Soul", and the largely instrumental brass of "Pick Up the Pieces". Many gold albums and Grammy nominations followed, and their work has been sampled by many other artists ever since.

Where Are They Now: The group broke up in 1983, before reforming in 1989. Despite various line-up changes, they are still working today and very popular in America, where their music has crossed over to fans of many genres, from rock to funk to R&B.

Best Song: "Pick Up the Pieces"

Pick up the pieces, uh, huh

Pick up the pieces, alright

Pick up the pieces, uh, huh

Pick up the pieces, whoo!

— The Average White Band ("Pick Up the Pieces")

2. Bay City Rollers

  • Original Lineup: Les McKeown, Eric Faulkner, Derek Longmuir, Alan Longmuir and Stuart Wood.
  • Years Active: 1966–1987, 1990, 1998–2000, 2015–present
  • Labels: Bell, Arista, Epic

The Bay City Rollers were a 1970s pop phenomenon that were not only popular in the U.K., but also had success in America. Their style of dress was ubiquitous, especially at their height in 1975. Their popularity made tartan fashionable among the teeny-boppers of Great Britain.

The band had the country in their grip. Not since The Beatles had such teenage hysteria been seen in the U.K. Their most famous hit was the No.1 song, "Bye Bye Baby". In the same year "Give a Little Love" was another No.1 in 1975.

They also went high on the charts with '"Shang-a-Lang", "Love Me Like I Love You", and "Summerlove Sensation", songs which still stand up today for their sing-a-long style.

By the late '70s, their short-lived popularity had faded and they effectively ceased to exist by 1981. They were not the most accomplished artists and musicians, but they deserve their place in the history of Scottish music simply for the brief and dramatic impact they had.

Unfortunately, there have been disputes, recriminations, and legal actions between band members and management over royalties.

Where Are They Now: While various configurations of original and new members of the Bay City Rollers have toured since the '80s, the current lineup features only one original member, Stuart "Woody" Wood.

Best Song: "Bye, Bye Baby"

You're the one girl in town I'd marry

Girl, I'd marry you now if I were free

I wish it could be

I could love you but why begin it

'Cause there ain't any future in it

She's got me but I'm not free so

Bye bye baby, baby goodbye (bye baby, baby bye bye)

— Bay City Rollers ("Bye, Bye, Baby")

3. Belle and Sebastian

  • Current Band Members: Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes, Richard Colburn, Sarah Martin, Bobby Kildea, Dave McGowan
  • Years Active: 1996–present
  • Labels: Rough Trade, Jeepster, Matador, Arts & Crafts México

Belle and Sebastian are a much-vaunted group from Glasgow. They formed as a college project in 1996. The result of the project was Tigermilk, the first of 11 studio albums, along with several compilations, live albums and other releases over the years.

While Tigermilk was a great album, it was their sophomore album, If You're Feeling Sinister, that made them famous and became one of the best records of the '90s. They then went from strength to strength with the next album, The Boy With the Arab Strap, hitting No.12 on the U.K. charts and winning a "Best Newcomer" prize at the prestigious Brit Awards in 1999.

The highlights in their career include: shows at the Glastonbury Festival, studio work with producer Trevor Horn (of Yes fame), and an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006 backed up by the L.A. Philharmonic. On top of all of these successes, in an extensive public opinion poll conducted by The List magazine in 2005, they were actually voted the best ever Scottish band.

Where Are They Now: The band's lineup has remained relatively unchanged over their almost 30-year career. They continue to tour, perform at festivals, and release music on a regular basis. Lead singer and main songwriter Stuart Murdoch wrote and directed the 2014 indie movie God Help the Girl; Murdoch also wrote the songs for the soundtrack.

Best Song: "I Want the World to Stop"

Let me step out of my shell

That's wrapped in sheets of milky winter disorder

Let me feel the air again, the talk of friends

The mind of someone my equal

— Belle and Sebastian ("I Want the World to Stop")

4. Biffy Clyro

  • Band Members: Simon Neil, James Johnston, Ben Johnston
  • Years Active: 1995–present
  • Labels: Beggars Banquet, 14th Floor, Roadrunner

Biffy Clyro is a band from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, formed in 1995. They first existed under the name Skewfish. They are a trio consisting of Simon Neil and twin brothers Ben and James Johnston.

Like many great bands, they were a slow-burner. An appearance at the Scottish festival, T-in-the-Park Festival, in 2000 brought a contract with Beggars Banquet. The first three albums, which began with the 2002 release of Blackened Sky, performed respectably on the U.K. charts.

It was their fourth album called Puzzle that made them popular. It was released in 2007 by a Warner Brothers company called 14th Floor. It went platinum in the U.K. Since then all of their resulting albums have been huge hits both in the U.K. and Europe. Top tunes include "Folding Stars", "Mountain", and "Many of Horror".

They also have crossover appeal between indie rock and heavy metal and have headlined at the Download Festival, Glastonbury, and T in the Park.

Where Are They Now: Biffy Clyro remain the same trio of Neil and the Johnston brothers, but they perform live with two auxiliary musicians. In addition to their regular touring, the band has released nine studio albums and they've been nominated and won many awards.

Best Song: "Folding Stars"

Take a long hard look at yourself

How did you end up here

The blood drips like red inverted balloons

Tomorrow is a promise to no-one

If you want, follow me and I'll lead you inside

You don't have to run and hide

— Biffy Clyro ("Folding Stars")

5. Big Country

  • Classic Lineup: Stuart Adamson, Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki, Tony Butler
  • Years Active: 1981–2000, 2007, 2010–present
  • Labels: Mercury, Track-BCR, Transatlantic, Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros.

Stuart Adamson built on his success with The Skids with a distinctively Scottish style of rock in Big Country, in which Adamson's and Bruce Watson's guitars were synthesised to resemble the sound of bagpipes or fiddles.

This worked to great effect, and they became even more popular than The Skids, enjoying some brief success in the USA with their album The Crossing in 1983.

Ironically none of the members of Big Country were actually born in Scotland. Even Adamson was born in Manchester, but his Scottish parents returned to Dunfermline and he was raised there from the age of four years old.

Big Country's most famous tunes were "Fields of Fire", "Look Away", "Chance", "In A Big Country" "One Great Thing", and "King of Emotion" throughout a sparkling career in the 1980s.

Where Are They Now: Adamson struggled with alcoholism and was found dead by hanging in a Honolulu hotel in 2001 at the young age of 43 years. However, the remaining members of Big Country reformed in 2010 with Mike Peters of The Alarm on vocals for their 2013 album The Journey. Although Peters left soon after, the band has continued to make music with different lineups.

Best Song: "In a Big Country"

I've never seen you look like this without a reason

Another promise fallen through

Another season passes by you

I never took the smile away from anybody's face

And that's a desperate way to look

For someone who is still a child

— Big Country ("In a Big Country")

6. Deacon Blue

  • Current Band Members: Ricky Ross, James Prime, Lorraine McIntosh, Dougie Vipond, Gregor Philp, Lewis Gordon
  • Years Active: 1985–1994, 1999–present
  • Labels: Columbia, Sony, Chrysalis, Demon, earMusic, Sheer Sound

Deacon Blue named themselves after a Steely Dan song. They fused '80s pop-rock with '60s style soul music. This made Deacon Blue one of the most stylish and classy bands around. Ricky Ross's superb songwriting on "Dignity", "Loaded", "Real Gone Kid", and "Fergus Sings the Blues" gave them massive success throughout the U.K. and Europe.

Their 1987 debut album, Raintown, went platinum in the U.K. and remains a classic album. Its iconic cover picture depicts a rainy cityscape of Glasgow. They are one Scottish band that are held in great esteem in their homeland.

Singer Lorraine McIntosh became a successful actress in Scotland. She appeared as a regular in the TV soap River City. The band's drummer, Dougie Vipond, became a BBC sports presenter.

Where Are They Now: The band split in 1994 and reformed in 1999. They remain a popular headline act, albeit in sporadic phases, as they also continue to work on individual projects.

Best Song: "Dignity"

And I'll sail her up the west coast

Through villages and towns

I'll be on my holidays

They'll be doing their rounds

They'll ask me how I got her I'll say "I saved my money"

They'll say isn't she pretty that ship called dignity

— Deacon Blue ("Dignity")

7. Del Amitri

  • Current Band Members: Justin Currie, Iain Harvie, Andy Alston, Ashley Soan, Kris Dollimore
  • Years Active: 1983–2002, 2013–present
  • Labels: Chrysalis, A&M, Mercury

Del Amitri's songs stand out among other Glasgow bands because of their excellent songwriters. Among their best songs were "Nothing Ever Happens", "Kiss This Thing Goodbye", "Always the Last to Know", "Right Time", "Move Away Jimmy Blue", and "Roll to Me", which was a Top 10 hit in America.

Strangely, they never hit the Top 10 in the U.K. (despite their catchy and well-written songs). However, in the late '80s and early '90s, they were still a major force in the Scottish music scene, winning many fans in the U.K.

They were even awarded the accolade of recording the Scottish football team's official song for the 1998 World Cup. The song "Don't Come Home Too Soon" (a prophetic title, given the team's fortunes in the tournament) was a major hit with fans throughout Scotland.

Where Are They Now: Del Amitri went on hiatus after they were dropped by their record company following the release of their 2002 album Can You Do Me Good? and took 19 years to release another studio album in 2021, Fatal Mistakes. A documentary called You Can't Go Back about the making of Fatal Mistakes was released in 2021. You can check out the trailer here.

In 2013, the band was reactivated and they have been on several tours and released a handful of compilations and live albums.

Best Song: "Kiss This Thing Goodbye"

I sometimes feel when we're together baby,

Everything has turned out wrong

And I know you feel exactly the same way

But still we carry on.

I've been waiting up by the window

Watching these cars go by

And I tell myself that I'll go through the motions

For the last time tonight.

— Del Amitri ("Kiss This Thing Goodbye")

8. Incredible String Band

  • Prominent Members: Mike Heron, Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer, Licorice McKechnie, Malcolm Le Maistre
  • Years Active: 1966–1974, 1999–2006
  • Labels: Elektra, Island

The Incredible String Band (originally a trio) is a psychedelic folk band from Edinburgh that was formed in 1966 by Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer, and Mike Heron. Their eponymous first album came out almost immediately after forming and ended up winning the "Folk Album of the Year" award in Melody Maker.

They garnered praise from such illustrious contemporaries as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant. They firmly established their reputation as exponents of experimental music, blending elements of folk, rock, and pop. They actually split up and reformed in 1966. Unfortunately, when they reformed, Palmer did not return to the fold.

They remained busy, releasing two albums in 1968 called The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter and Wee Tam and the Big Huge. After the success of these albums, they began playing big venues. They graced the stages of London's Festival Hall and even the Royal Albert Hall as well as an appearance at Woodstock in 1969.

A prolific band, they put out 12 albums in only nine years before they broke up in earnest in 1974.

Where Are They Now: There was an Incredible String Band reunion of several key members in 1999; it lasted until 2006. Unfortunately, their reunion did not result in any studio releases.

Heron and Palmer were involved in a live tribute to their music in 2009, featuring famous fans and musicians at The Barbican, a performing arts center in London. Williamson declined to participate "because he didn't want to look back."

Best Song: "October Song"

When hunger calls my footsteps home,

The morning follows after,

I swim the seas within my mind,

And the pine-trees laugh green laughter.

— The Incredible String Band ("October Song")

9. Marmalade

  • Original Members: Patrick Fairley, William Junior Campbell, Dean Ford, Raymond Duffy, Graham Knight
  • Years Active: 1966–present
  • Labels: CBS, Decca, London, Target Records, Castle, Sanctuary, Union Square Music, BMG Rights Management

Being forever associated with their cover version of The Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" could be a blessing or a curse for this Glasgow band. Certainly, their re-working of the song hit No.1 in the U.K. and sold around a million copies worldwide. Unfortunately, this song may have obscured their other great material.

Originally called The Gaylords, they changed their name to The Marmalade before dropping the definite article and becoming simply "Marmalade". They went on to fantastic domestic success and fairly high success on the U.S. charts.

After they rejected the offer to record "Everlasting Love" (which became a massive hit for Love Affair), they struggled to make waves. But success did indeed come through top tunes such as "Lovin Things", "Wait For Me Mary-Anne", "Baby Make it Soon", and perhaps their best song, the beautiful "Reflections of My Life".

While composer Tony McAuley had previously penned hits for them, this song was co-written by band members Junior Campbell and Dean Ford.

Where Are They Now: The charts started to elude Marmalade in the mid-1970s. The band has kept going in one iteration or another for the past 40 years, although Graham Knight was the last original member when he left in 2010. The current touring lineup is a hodgepodge of various later members.

"Reflections of My Life" occasionally appears in film and TV shows, and at least one comprehensive retrospective compilation, Fine Cuts: The Best of Marmalade, was released in 2011.

Best Song: "Reflections of My Life"

The greetings of people in trouble

Reflections of my life

Oh, how they fill my eyes

Oh, my sorrows

Sad tomorrows

Take me back to my own home

— Marmalade ("Reflections of My Life")

10. Mogwai

  • Band Members: Stuart Braithwaite, Dominic Aitchison, Martin Bulloch, Barry Burns
  • Years Active: 1995–present
  • Labels: Rock Action, Sub Pop, Chemikal Underground, Matador Records, PIAS Recordings, Rocket Girl

Mogwai is a Glasgow band that formed in 1995 and is named after a creature from the Gremlins movies. It was meant to be a temporary name, but it stuck. Described as post-rock, their music uses distortion effects and lengthy guitar interludes to build their grandiose, sweeping instrumental songs.

Their first album called Mogwai Young Team appeared in 1997, and since then they have enjoyed consistent commercial success for many years without actually hitting the mainstream on the charts. Their biggest album to date was their 2014 disc called Rave Tapes, which reached No.10 on the U.K. charts.

Although they were never considered to be a "singles band", they first entered the U.K. Top 40 in 2006 with their song "Friend of the Night", which rose to a respectable 38 in the charts.

Where Are They Now: A handful of other musicians have come and gone from Mogwai, but the core band of Braithwaite, Aitchison, Bulloch and Burns has remained intact since its inception. Having appeared on scores of movies and TV soundtracks, the music of Mogwai has become more recognisable. They've also composed soundtracks for several projects:

  • Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (documentary, 2006)
  • Atomic (documentary, 2016)
  • Kin (film, 2018)
  • ZeroZeroZero (TV series, 2020)
  • Black Bird (TV series, 2022)

Best Song: "Take Me Somewhere Nice"

A false memory

Would be everything

A denial my eliminent

What was that for?

What was that for?

— Mogwai ("Take Me Somewhere Nice")

More Famous Scottish Bands

ArtistEssential AlbumYear Released

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

2004

Friends Again

Trapped and Unwrapped

2004

The Headboys

The Lost Album

2013

Old Blind Dogs

Close to the Bone

1993

Manran

The Test

2013

The XCERTS

Stairs to Noise

2011

Snowblood

The Human Tragedy

2003

KT Tunstall

Tiger Suit

2010

Altered Images

Pinky Blue

1982

Donovan

Mellow Yellow

1967

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Darklands

1987

11. Nazareth

  • Classic Lineup: Dan McCafferty, Manny Charlton, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet
  • Years Active: 1968–present
  • Labels: Mooncrest, NEMS Enterprises, Vertigo, Eagle

Nazareth are legends of the Scottish rock scene. While they hail from Dunfermline, they are admired internationally by artists such as Guns n’ Roses, who included "Hair of the Dog" on their 1993 album, The Spaghetti Incident.

Their most famous hit was a rocking version of Joni Mitchell’s "This Flight Tonight" which crops up on countless rock compilation albums. They also had a huge hit with their cover of "Love Hurts" in 1975, which was their only Top 10 hit in the United States and went platinum.

Despite their mastery of covering other people's songs and making them their own, Nazareth had many fine songs in their own right, including "Razamanaz", "Broken Down Angel", "May the Sunshine", and "Bad, Bad Boy".

Where Are They Now: The original Nazareth lineup remained unchanged from 1968 through 1990, with guitarist Charlton leaving first. In the subsequent years, drummer Sweet left in 1999 and singer McCafferty bowed out in 2013 due to ill health. Bassist Agnew remains the only original member and the band continues to tour and release new music.

Nazareth have maintained an honoured presence in the music scene for over 50 years. They are appreciated by lovers of raw and honest hard rock music. They are possibly the greatest Scottish rock band ever.

Best Song: "Broken Down Angel"

And morning brings another empty day

Now she's only a broken down angel

She's only a bird that's broke her wing

She's only someone, someone who's gone wrong

She's only a child that's lost her way

— Nazareth ("Broken Down Angel")

12. Primal Scream

  • Current Band Members: Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Martin Duffy, Darrin Mooney, Simone Butler
  • Years Active: 1982–present
  • Labels: Elevation, WEA, Sire, Creation, Columbia, Intercord, SME, Reprise, Astralwerks, Epic, B-Unique, First International

Hailing from Glasgow, their love of traditional classic rock shines through their songs, which were heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. With a mixture of styles borne from garage rock, indie, and even dance, they have never stood still, preferring to experiment in different genres. This was exemplified by their seminal album, Screamadelica, released in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim.

Fronted by the enigmatic but brilliant Bobby Gillespie, they are a fantastic live band with a back catalogue of instantly recognisable tunes. Their most famous songs are the catchy party-stomper "Rocks", "Movin’ On Up", "Kowalski", "Country Girl", and the psychedelic dance classic "Loaded".

Where Are They Now: A highly prolific band by modern standards, they released nine albums on a regular basis between 1987 and 2008. The last of those, Beautiful Future, was a Top 10 hit in 2008. They've eased up since then, but More Light (2013) and Chaosmosis (2016) both went Top 20 in the U.K., proving they've never lost their popularity.

A compilation of Primal Scream singles from 1986 through 2016 was released in 2019. Screamadelica was re-released in several 30th anniversary special editions in 2021.

Best Song: "Rocks"

Creeps keep crawlin'

Drunks keep fallin'

Teasers keep teasin'

Holy joes are preachin'

Cops keep bustin'

Hustlers keep hustlin'

Death keeps a-knockin'

Souls are up for auction

— Primal Scream ("Rocks")

13. Proclaimers

  • Band Members: Charlie Reid, Craig Reid. Current backing band: Steven Christie, Clive Jenner, Garry John Kane, Zac Ware, Erica Nockalls
  • Years Active: 1983–present
  • Labels: Chrysalis, Nettwerk

Charlie and Craig Reid are identical twin brothers from Fife who broke with tradition by eschewing the natural inclination to sing with mid-Atlantic style accents (as many U.K. bands do).

They sing with their distinctive Scottish brogue and, surprisingly, became an international success. Politically committed, they released "Letter from America", which is about the social decline of industrial Scotland during the recession years of the 1980s. The song was popular enough in the rest of the U.K. to reach No.3 in the charts in 1987.

Another song, "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)", has become their roof-raising signature tune. It is loved by music fans and football supporters throughout the country. At the request of actress Mary Stuart Masterton, the song was used as the theme song in the opening titles of the 1993 Hollywood movie Benny and Joon, which propelled it to Number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Where Are They Now: Since their heyday in the early 1990s, the Proclaimers have released 10 albums, including 2022's Dentures Out. A stage musical Sunshine on Leith, which ran from 2007 through 2013, highlighted the music of the Proclaimers and enjoyed successful runs in both the United States and the U.K. They are still a major attraction today on the live scene, inspiring patriotic gatherings of party-going fans.

Best Song: "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)"

When I wake up, well I know I'm gonna be,

I'm gonna be the man who wakes up next you

When I go out, yeah I know I'm gonna be

I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you

If I get drunk, well I know I'm gonna be

I'm gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you

And if I haver up, yeah I know I'm gonna be

I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you

— The Proclaimers ("I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)")

14. Sensational Alex Harvey Band

  • Band Members: Alex Harvey, Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, Hugh McKenna, Ted McKenna
  • Years Active: 1972–1978
  • Labels: Vertigo, Universal International

Alex Harvey passed after suffering a heart attack in Belgium in 1982 (only a day before his 47th birthday). He is still fondly remembered as a unique, larger-than-life character, with a charismatic stage persona. He was backed by superb musicians.

He was expertly assisted by the colourful Zal Cleminson on guitar, sporting his "Pierrot" image of white-painted clown make-up. There was also Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna on drums, both of whom later joined the Michael Schenker Group. Ted's cousin Hugh played keyboards.

Only The Sensational Alex Harvey Band can fully compete with Nazareth for the crown of the greatest Scottish rock band of all time. They weren’t a huge chart band by any means, but with their memorable live rendition of Tom Jones' "Delilah", a huge hit in 1975, and "Boston Tea Party", another hit in 1976, they gained a period of national fame.

Other top tunes were the dubiously titled "Gang Bang", the epic "Faith Healer", a hilarious version of Jacques Brel’s "Next", and the raunchy blues of "Framed".

Where Are They Now: Many of their songs stand out today for their high-quality musicianship and great humour. Alex Harvey had actually left the band before his death, but the band carried on without him at the time, and also staged several reunions between 1992 and 2008.

A "lost album" from 1974 (mostly early version of songs that ended up on the band's The Impossible Dream album) finally saw the light of day as an album called Hot City, released in 2009.

Best Song: "Faith Healer"

All ya got to do is feel

Your body's going to start to heal

The fingertips of holy fire

Everlasting sweet desire

It don't matter what the doctor said

The healer man will sail away

Immortality for two

The miracles, they will come to you

— The Sensational Alex Harvey Band ("Faith Healer")

15. Simple Minds

  • Current Members: Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Ged Grimes, Sarah Brown, Gordy Goudie, Cherisse Osei, Berenice Scott
  • Years Active: 1977–present
  • Labels: Virgin, Zoom, Arista, Sire, Chrysalis, Eagle, A&M

Simple Minds are a hugely popular international band from Glasgow who were truly originals of electronic rock. Fronted by charismatic singer Jim Kerr, with Charlie Burchill on guitar, this band soared to stardom rapidly. In the early '80s, they released memorable tunes like "‘Love Song" and "The American" before having hits with "Promised You a Miracle" and "Glittering Prize" in the U.K.

However, they really established themselves with the epic song, "‘Waterfront", which featured an unforgettable bass line. In 1983, they conquered America with their classic number one hit song, "Don’t You Forget About Me", popularized by the director John Hughes in the movie The Breakfast Club. This success was followed by the anthemic "Alive and Kicking", which reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1989, they gambled on the song "Belfast Child", when the troubles in Northern Ireland were still a problematic issue for musicians to address. But they were rewarded with their first U.K. Number 1, which balanced out the controversy and vindicated their decision.

Where Are They Now: Personnel changes were ongoing throughout the band's history (with Kerr and Burchill being the only remaining original members today), and band went into relative decline for several years before storming back with the single "She’s a River" in 1995. An attempt at reuniting the original band members in 2008 didn't pan out, but the band continues to release records and tour the world.

Best Song: "Waterfront"

Get in, get out of the rain

I'm goin' to move on up to the waterfront

Step in, step out of the rain

I'm gonna walk on up to the waterfront

Said, one million years from today

I'm gonna step on up to the waterfront

Get in, get out of the rain

Come in, come out of the rain

— Simple Minds ("Waterfront")

16. Skids

  • Original Lineup: Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, William Simpson, Tom Kellichan
  • Years Active: 1977–1982, 2007–2010, 2016–present
  • Labels: No-Bad, Virgin

Skids are a punk outfit hailing from Dunfermline led by the combined talents of singer Richard Jobson and the late Stuart Adamson on lead guitar. They were very successful in the U.K. with their albums Scared to Dance, Days in Europa, and The Absolute Game. They quickly developed a unique sound.

They combined the raw power of punk and the new sophistication of electronic music, but they always had Adamson’s fierce metal guitar sound in the forefront. Jobson’s lyrics were highly eloquent and forceful, although sometimes veering towards the pretentious.

Their biggest hits were the awesome "Into the Valley", "Masquerade", "Working for the Yankee Dollar", "Charade", and "Circus Games". These classics marked them as one of the best ever U.K. punk bands to come out of the late 1970s.

Where Are They Now: Skids broke up in 1982. Adamson formed Big Country and Jobson went on to present TV programmes and direct movies. The band regrouped in 2007 to celebrate their 30th anniversary and pay tribute to Adamson, who had died in 2001. Since then, they have regrouped several times for concerts, tours and recording new albums.

A new album Destination Dusseldorf is slated for release in March 2023.

Best Song: "Into the Valley"

Out of concealment

Blank and stark eyed

Why so uncertain

This culture deceives

— The Skids ("Into the Valley")

17. Texas

  • Current Lineup: Sharleen Spiteri, Johnny McElhone, Eddie Campbell, Tony McGovern, Cat Myers
  • Years Active: 1986–present
  • Labels: Mercury, Vertigo, PIAS, BMG

Although they hail from Glasgow, they took their name from the movie Paris, Texas, as they were heavily influenced by the bluesy slide guitar of Ry Cooder. This sound introduced them to the scene on their first album, Southside, which gave them an instant hit in 1989 with "I Don’t Want a Lover", which was sung by the beautiful and talented Sharleen Spiteri.

They went from strength to strength ever since, especially with their classic White on Blonde album, which was released in 1996. With a combination of soulful dance and radio-friendly rock, the album spawned many hits, such as "Say What You Want", "Halo", and "Black Eyed Boy". It sold a million copies in the U.K. alone.

In 1994, their song "So Called Friend" was adopted by Ellen DeGeneres for her hit U.S. sitcom Ellen.

Where Are They Now: Texas have released 10 studio albums to date; the most recent is Hi in 2021. The band continues to tour regularly, and singer Spiteri has an active solo career, releasing two solo albums and appearing on several reality TV shows.

Best Song: "I Don’t Want a Lover"

It's always a different story

When it's me who's in the wrong

But you can't have it all

Cause I'm the one who's strong

I've already been burnt before

Once but never again

I know the time will come

That's when you need me then

— Texas ("I Don’t Want a Lover")

18. Travis

  • Band Members: Fran Healy, Andy Dunlop, Dougie Payne, Neil Primrose
  • Years Active: 1990–present
  • Labels: Red Telephone Box, Caroline International, Independiente, Epic Records, Kobalt

Travis is a successful indie band that was formed in 1990. They were obviously inspired by bands like Teenage Fanclub, but they enjoyed more national success than their idols ever did. Like the band Texas, Travis also took their name from the movie Paris, Texas—the character played by Harry Dean Stanton in the movie is named Travis Henderson.

They wrote melodic, catchy tunes such as "Why Does it Always Rain on Me", "Coming Around", "Sing", "Closer", "Re-Offender", and "Driftwood". Initially, they played rock influenced tunes, but they moved into more moody and reflective songs on their album, The Man Who, which rocketed them to stardom in 1999.

They also produced quirky and inspiring videos, including "Writing to Reach You", which was sung by Fran Healey. In the video, Fran is fleeing a World War II Messerschmitt across a desolate countryside as machine gun bullets spit up from the ground from behind him.

Where Are They Now: In their career of 30+ years, Travis are still very active, with nine studio albums (three in a row went platinum), along with a live album and a compilation of their singles. There is a 2018 documentary about the band called Almost Fashionable: A Film About Travis. Travis remain prolific recording and performing artists.

Best Song: "Turn"

I want to see what people saw

I want to feel like I felt before

I want to see the kingdom come

I want to feel forever young

I want to sing

To sing my song

— Travis ("Turn")

19. Waterboys

  • Current Members: Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, Ralph Salmins, "Brother" Paul Brown
  • Years Active: 1983–present
  • Labels: Island, Chrysalis

The Waterboys were formed in 1983 in Edinburgh by Mike Scott. Scott is a vastly underrated singer-songwriter, who deserves to be huge on the international scene.

In recent years, the band has been more of an open-house collective, with scores of participants performing on their albums, a lineup the Waterboys refer to as a "Raggle Taggle band." They have provided listeners with an excellent and highly eclectic mix of folk, rock music, soulful ballads, and epic anthems.

The music of The Waterboys always resonates with fire and feeling, such as on the inspiring "This is the Sea", written in 1985. Mike Scott has been the songwriter behind such classic hits as "Whole of the Moon", "Fisherman's Blues", "Glastonbury Song", "A Man is in Love", and "The Return of Pan".

Where Are They Now: Mike Scott abandoned The Waterboys name for several years in the 1990s, embarking on a solo career, but he eventually started performing under the name again in 1998, and he hasn't looked back.

Between Waterboys albums and Scott's solo albums, there are 15 studio releases (as recently as 2022's All Souls Hill), along with a handful of live albums and compilations and several EPs. The band also continues touring the world.

Best Song: "The Whole of the Moon"

I pictured a rainbow

You held it in your hands

I had flashes

But you saw the plan

I wandered out in the world for years

While you just stayed in your room

I saw the crescent

You saw the whole of the moon

The whole of the moon

— The Waterboys ("The Whole of the Moon")

20. Wet Wet Wet

  • Original Lineup: Marti Pellow, Graeme Clark, Tommy Cunningham, Neil Mitchell
  • Years Active: 1982–present
  • Labels: Uni, London, Phonogram, The Precious Organisation, Mercury

Clydebank's Wet Wet Wet were already long-established when they struck gold with their massive hit "Love Is All Around", a cover of The Troggs classic revamped for the soundtrack to the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.

This song stayed at No.1 in the U.K. charts for 15 weeks in 1994 and reaped a financial windfall for original writer Reg Presley, who reportedly earned £1million from the publishing rights.

However, Wet Wet Wet had many other marvelous original songs, such as "Wishing I Was Lucky", "Hold Back the River", and the beautiful ballads "Goodnight Girl", "Julia Says", and "Angel Eyes". These songs were enhanced by the tremendous singing voice of Marti Pellow.

Where Are They Now: Pellow battled drug problems and the band split for a few years in the early 2000s. They reformed in 2004, but Pellow eventually quit the band in 2017, followed by drummer Cunningham in 2022, leaving Clark as the only remaining founding member.

Despite their setbacks, their soulful ballads and dance tunes, backed with lavish production values, mark Wet Wet Wet as one of the classiest and most popular Scottish bands around.

Best Song: "Love Is All Around"

You know I love you, I always will

My mind's made up by the way that I feel

There's no beginning, there'll be no end

'Cause on my love you can depend

— Wet Wet Wet ("Love Is All Around")

So there you have it—my take on the greatest Scottish bands in popular music history. You may have your own ideas on entries or omissions, which is not surprising given the rich heritage of Scottish musicians, but these recommendations should satisfy even the most critical listener.

On the other hand, if you were not familiar with many of the bands, then I hope you enjoyed some of the videos and are interested in finding out more about the rock and pop music of Scotland.

Top 10 Albums by Scottish Bands

ArtistEssential AlbumYear Released

Average White Band

AWB

1974

Belle and Sebastian

If You're Feeling Sinister

1996

Wet Wet Wet

Holding Back the River

1989

Waterboys

Room to Roam

1990

Texas

White on Blonde

1997

Simple Minds

Empires and Dance

1980

Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Framed

1972

Primal Scream

Give Out But Don't Give Up

1994

Skids

Scared to Dance

1979

Bay City Rollers

Once Upon a Star

1975

Questions & Answers

Question: The Bay City Rollers founders were as follows: Les McKeown, Eric Faulkner, Derek Longmuir, Alan Longmuir, and Stuart Wood. Why does this list include members of the Bay City Rollers who weren't original members?

Answer: Of course, it should list the classic line-up. I wasn't responsible as Hubpages, the host site of this article, added that band list in an edit. I'll contact them to ask for more accuracy.

Comments

clive on March 26, 2020:

you missed out Dundee's Danny Wilson band with Mary's Prayer

Stéphane on January 25, 2020:

You missed: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lloyd Come and the Commotions...

Doyle on January 22, 2020:

1 Cocteau twins

2 jesus and Mary chain

3 ultravox

Alan Harrison on December 28, 2019:

What about Middle of the Road and Pilot. Along with the Pathfinders and the Beachcombers who laid down the foundations for Scottish Popular Music.

John Lawrie on December 17, 2019:

You missed out Scotland’s biggest band - Runrig

Coop on October 12, 2019:

Simple Minds are easily the most successful and famous band from Scotland globally. Ends.

Jim on September 25, 2019:

No Teenage Fanclub, Delgados, Idlewild, or even Orange Juice?

rob jamieson on July 19, 2019:

ACDC all the way......Crowd of philistines.

Alex perez on July 05, 2019:

And THE BETA BAND?

Martincrawford1962@yahoo.com on April 10, 2019:

Love it

Joe on November 22, 2018:

What about Slik? No.1 single in the 70's. where together for several years though with a few line ups. MIdge Ure, Billy McIsaac and others for their No.1.

Good informative hub.It could go on forever with the amount of talent that Scotland has given and still has. So many bands playing that, hopefully, someday will make your list. Maybe should start on your top 100 to help 'scratch the surface'

Suthalan on March 28, 2018:

Loved the list, good memories. I would add Writing on the Wall and Teargas both of whom didn’t last long. WOTW lead singer died and Teargas mainly went into SAHB, thought Poets were great to watch and Blue were in the same category

1967 on February 16, 2018:

Gerry Cinnomon

MARTIN on February 12, 2018:

CHVRCHES?

Polish bloke in France on January 19, 2018:

Interesting...

thank you for this anthology.

But : Travis now is only bleak copy of the glory years,

their vids are crap, no more great clips, music is third league in comparison to the past,

they should stop... their will be no "Sing" anymore neither "Side" haha.

Hoping to be wrong,

Ommm

Scot on January 16, 2018:

AC/DC ,the greatest rock band ever and will ever be,both Angus and Malcolm (RIP) and Bonn (RIP) were born in Scotland and statue to Bon in Kirriemuir where he spent childhood.

Jamie on December 14, 2017:

Biffs clyro!!!

Keith on November 30, 2017:

Can't make everyone happy but Jesus and the Mary Chain need to be on the list.

Kim Roberts on November 30, 2017:

No mention of Runrig and they are huge in Scotland.

Extract on October 10, 2017:

Mogwai !!

David Hyde on July 17, 2017:

Mogwai

Colin Smith on January 05, 2017:

You cannot miss Runrig from any list of Scottish best bands.

Jacek on November 09, 2016:

Aztec Camera

Rod Stewart on October 22, 2016:

Used to go to Burns Howff in West Regent Street Glasgow and listen to

Maggie Bell and Stone the Crows

Colinmacfix on February 25, 2016:

Just a small correction. The two McKenna lads in The Sensational Alex Harvey Band are cousins, not brothers.

Juan on December 04, 2015:

Hi, I am from Southamerica and the only Scotish bands known there are: Simple Minds, Cocteau Twins, and Travis. I do not understand how you forgot Cocteau Twins!

cahuenga on March 07, 2015:

Cocteau Twins!

Your Argument is Invalid!

Billy on November 24, 2014:

One of the best Scottish Bands of the late 50s, early 60s were The Corvettes. They played a concert in 1960 at the old Blantyre picture house, there were about four or five other bands from Scotland, and England playing. I had to stand in for The Corvettes singer Eric Carr, who had a throat infection, I sang Twist Again by Chubby Checker which was just out at the time. We came in second in the competition, a guy singing Gene Vincents Be-Bop-A-Lola won it.

Projectlazy on October 29, 2014:

I only new about half of these and I actually lived in Scotland for a while. Guess I wasn't paying attention.

111 on September 14, 2014:

LOL, no Blue Nile. Ridiculous.

JC on September 12, 2014:

Stone the Crows, Bell and Sebastian, Waterboys, Cocteau twins, Delgados,

Maggie.L from UK on July 24, 2014:

This article brings back memories. I was a big fan of Bay City Rollers when I was about 7 years old and loved Simple Minds and Big Country in my teens. I guess I've given my age away now! Great hub!

Gudgieinchina from Zhuhai on July 07, 2014:

Good article Shinkicker. Some I agree with; some I don't but it's your opinion so fair do's.

Question for you though. Why did you leave out The Blue Nile (and for that matter Paul Buchanan on the influential musicians article)? They certainly lasted long enough, even if they weren't exactly prolific, and have to be considered at least as famous as Del Amitri.

MJC from UK on April 03, 2014:

Hi Shinkicker. Great hub. Love it. However, you haven't mentioned the GREATEST Scottish band... It is ... ..... ..... WOLFSTONE! I love them. When you listen to their 'Unleashed' you would know why... :-) I know, almost nobody knows them, I can't imagine WHY. By the way, I'm not Scottish, but I love genuinely Scotland and Wolfstone. Really. (Do not mix them up with Wolf Tone or something like this, they aren't meant here.)

Mark Neale on March 13, 2014:

Can't believe you dismiss Runrig so easily, as they are without a shadow of a doubt THE best band not only to have come out of Scotland, but the UK. Maybe not commercially, although they regularly sell out throughout the UK, and Europe but they have created some of the best music and retain key lyrics I have ever heard. They remain the band who sold out fr the biggest outdoor event in Scottish history when they played Loch Lomond in 1990 and still sell out Edinburgh Castle and other big outdoor concerts such as Scone, and Loch Ness. One of Scotland's best kept secrets, and in their 41st year, long may it continue.

paddy murphy on March 11, 2014:

Runrig loch lomond scotlands greatest and fastest selling gig ever

paddy murphy on March 11, 2014:

Deacon blue supported simple minds and blew em off stage

Chris G on January 20, 2014:

No room for The Beta Band?

Joe90V on December 12, 2013:

Hope you might consider Runrig, even though they weren't as 'commercially successful' as some on your list, they have a great following throughout the UK. Also, Fiction Factory were excellent but underrated.

For me, Garbage's vocalist Shirley Manson would head any list of Scottish lead singers.

Stephen on September 09, 2013:

Texas hired their bands so they could pay them less so technically they were not a band per se. Franz Ferdinand deserve to be in it and if Teenage Fan Club are in it then the Supernaturals who used to out sell Travis should also be in it! lol

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on August 15, 2013:

Thanks Rod but this article is for bands not solo artists

Rod on August 14, 2013:

Don't forget FISH, former Marillion's lead singer and the only Scottish in the band. He was also famous and he's a big act by himself. Greetings from Chile.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on August 06, 2013:

This article is for bands not solo artists Mobius Gildred

Mobius Gildred on August 06, 2013:

Scottish singer and songwriter, Fish (former leadman of 80s band Marillion, whom had opened up shows for bands such as Rush) Fish has been a solo artist ever since leaving Marillion. Fish as a solo artist has included many talented musicians and artists in his line up band such as John Young, Frank Usher, Chris Brown just to name a small list. Sam Brown as well as Peter Gabriel have also collaborated together on album. Do you remember, "Kayleigh"? and how about "Lavender"? or how about, "Just For The Record"? And "Sugar Mice" These are just only a few songs and info. provided about Fish. There is also a not so well known artist name globally speaking, Jo McCafferty, a brilliant solo artist, and do I need to remention, one artist I already have mentioned, Sam Brown (also a Scottish artist)

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on July 20, 2013:

Yes indeed VerminWatch the Top FAMOUS Scottish Bands of All Time would just have to include those bands that hardly anyone outside the UK has heard of.

VerminWatch on July 12, 2013:

I can't believe what I have just read... What about Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, The Pastels and so on? This list makes me sick... You make me sick. Tosser.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on July 09, 2013:

Thanks or the comment Aaron. Yes we should sing a song for Andy. A great day for Scottish sport.

Cheers!!

Aaron Seitler from Manchester, United Kingdom on July 08, 2013:

Awesome list.In the wake of Andy Murray's historic win,we should all indulge in the pride of Scottish Culture.

benwilder on November 23, 2012:

I saw the Silencers open up for Squeeze in Boston and Squeezed were the crowd favorites..but from the opinion of a veteran of rock, Dj and radio program director..the silencers were the far better band that night and their albums are classics..right up there with the Simple Minds...and I loved Endgames records...Edwyn Collins Orange Juice.........

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on November 14, 2012:

Clouds, Maramalade, The Poets, Hue and Cry????

Top famous Scottish bands in the past 40-odd years worldwide???

I really don't think so! But thanks for stopping by anyway

Jack Diamond on November 14, 2012:

Ridiculous that CLOUDS - "the Greatest Scottish Band and the most influential ever" (from Scotland on Sunday, April 2012) are not even mentioned here. This is a poll about fame and popularity, not artistic success.

Davy on October 05, 2012:

Hi, Great Hubs, Great list but what about The Poets & Marmalade?

Phrase on August 25, 2012:

What about the Blue Nile?

Natasha on August 16, 2012:

Hue and Cry

They're fantastic!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on July 28, 2012:

The title says 'Famous'

End of!!.........

Yes, you might have your favourites but the title is 'FAMOUS'

Wayne B on July 28, 2012:

One needs a longer list. The AWB was truly great. So was the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Nice to see both here. Let me add Glasgow's Cado Belle and Edinburgh's Cafe Jacques. Both shone brightly for a short time in the late 70s, leaving behind music that 30+ years later reveals itself as being much better than we realized at the time - wonderful stuff. Both Cafe Jacques albums are on CD, and Cado Belle's LP and EP are on a single CD from Japan. You Tube them if you'd like to hear what those bands sounded like. BTW, I drummed in Mowgli & the Donuts, the leader of which (Wilf Smarties) recorded the first Wet Wet Wet LP, 'Popped In, Souled Out' and classic tracks including 'Wish I Was Lucky'. Scotland produces great musicians...like Cream's Jack Bruce. Like I said, you need a longer list... But thanks for this one.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on June 01, 2012:

Hi BigDavey

Because they haven't been around long enough yet. Terrific band though. I love them

BIGDAVEY on June 01, 2012:

BIFFY CLYRO ... how could you leave them oot?

Allen Wittert on May 24, 2012:

I'll add Camera Obscura.. Pity about the great name, it seems to have added to their hidden-ness!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on May 10, 2012:

Good band Trash Can Sinatras but wouldn't rate them any higher than many other bands. If Rock/Blues bands from Scotland are more famous than others that's they way it goes I suppose.

Cheers for commenting Sam

Sam on May 09, 2012:

I find it odd you glossed over the one recommendation I saw for Trashcan Sinatras, of Kilmarnock. You seem to be hung up on both "hits" and blues-based rock bands. Trashcan Sinatras might not seem to have the commercial success needed to make your list, but for a relatively obscure band they probably touch more corners of the world than any other Scottish band. They also have a greater, staying cult following that transcends more generations and genres than ANY band, let alone Scottish bands. Without a doubt, no other band promotes Scotland more within their music, with songs about the highlands and Robert Burns. Despite a lack of "hits" since their 1st album in 1990, their songs have been quietly used in TV shows, movies, and commercials in both the US and Japan. Lead singer, Frank Reader, is brother of renowned singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader, ex-singer for another Scottish band, Fairground Attraction. Trashcan Sinatras are definitely worthy of at least a mention, if not top 15.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on March 22, 2012:

Hi Damo

Nice band , another great example of Scottish Indie music. But alas no hits. There's a lot of competition for best Scottish bands :-)

Thanks for reading and commenting

Damo on March 21, 2012:

Couldn't make it the top 16 and squeeze in Camera Obscura could you?

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on March 18, 2012:

You have great taste Brian, the 80's and 90's were a really successful era for Scottish bands like Simple Minds, Big Country, Wet wet Wet and Texas :-) And I can just imagine rockin in the Highlands with a few beers. Brilliant!!

Thanks for your comment

BRIAN SLATER on March 18, 2012:

A great list of the best bands to come out of Scotland, my favorites, Simple Minds, Texas I could listen to Sharleen all night, Big Country and Wet Wet Wet, all were pretty awesome in their day, voted up. On a side note I've seen some pretty good small bands at Pitlochry at Killen and at Inverness. After a few beers, and a lock-in you can see the walls rockin. Great times!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on February 06, 2012:

Are you kiddin PK?

'Middle of the Road' lasted less than a couple of years at the top and 'Slade' are English.

Cheers for reading and commenting anyway :-)

PK on February 06, 2012:

I call BS! You can't have a list like this and not include Slade and Middle of the road.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on February 03, 2012:

Another vote for the Cocteau Twins David. Well said, great band

David on February 03, 2012:

Cocteau Twins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on January 20, 2012:

Yep! Gilped, The Sutherland Brothers were definitely quality.

Gilped on January 19, 2012:

Missed the Sutherland Brothers as well. Not nearly as famous as they should be but wrote great songs, including 'Sailing' which Rod Stewart made into one of the most famous songs of all time.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on September 17, 2011:

The Silencers were very good but not musical greats and I haven't heard any El Presidente music. Never even heard of the Indian Givers mate.

Cheers for commenting Stuckinthe70s80s

Stuckinthe70s80s on September 14, 2011:

Hoots min... whit aboot The Silencers, The Indian Givers ... and El Presedente!!!! min ..

susiequeue from Glasgow, UK on March 11, 2011:

Would also thoroughly recommend the Trashcan Sinatras if anyone hasn't heard them, my favourite..

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on October 21, 2010:

Cheers Michael

I like Aztec camera but they were kind of fleeting in the public eye. Great song-writing. The Fratellis and Franz Ferdinand are excellent too, just need more time to see if they last.

I totally agree with your comment on Teenage Fanclub.

All the best

michael ely from Scotland on October 21, 2010:

Hi Shinkicker, I am Scottish as well, and i came across your interesting list. Some that didn't make it on here that i like are Aztec Camera, Franz Ferdinand, and the Fratellis, but of the bands on the list i have always liked Travis, and Teenage Fanclub who are probably one of the most under rated bands.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on October 16, 2010:

H Mo

Thanks for the correction and for reading. I'll put that right. All the best

moses_pray on October 13, 2010:

... ouch, that could be misunderstood:

of course Onnie McIntyre did play guitar (often lead guitar) with the band - but the other fellas sang lead.

cheers again, Mo

moses_pray on October 13, 2010:

Nice posts. Only thing -

The Average White Band:

"They had a distinctive soft voice at the helm with singer and guitarist Owen 'Onnie' McIntyre"

McIntyre was their backing singer only. The two guys at the helm taking turns on bass, guitar as well as on lead vocals where Hamish Stuart and Alan Gorrie.

-> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AWB_(album) - under "Personnel".

cheers, Mo

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on July 31, 2010:

Cheers epigramman

The Las came from Liverpool, transformed into the band Cast after that.

Thanks for commenting

epigramman on July 31, 2010:

....just wondering - the Las - There shes goes again - one of the greatest pop songs of all time - are they not from Scotland?

...still, a hubtastic hub by you - and I should know - I am a master musicologist - and you are a blessing to your music fans - of all ages! Bravo!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on June 04, 2010:

Good shout Distillerdude, the Cocteau twins were a really imaginative band.

Distillerdude on June 04, 2010:

Cocteau Twins really should have been included!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on February 04, 2010:

Cheers Dgenr8

You have excellent taste my good man. Thanks for stopping by. I'll need to check out The Exploited, much forgotten I think.

Dgenr8 on February 03, 2010:

Teenage Fanclub "thirteen" was really big back in the day. Sill have that disk and listen from time to time. Nazareth put out some really timeless Hard Rock, Hair of the Dog and Rampant My fave's. And of course, I forgot that Alex Harvey was Scottish. Ah, but Almighty, and Exploited (Till' "Let's Start A War") Really Rock! I get why they don't make the top 15 though. Great Job!

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on January 22, 2010:

Yeah, great band Teenage Fanclub

maureen. on January 20, 2010:

great choices i didn't know primal scream were scottish even tho ive a few of their albums as for teenage fanclub my favourate band seen them loads at barrowland.love sparkys dream.

Shinkicker (author) from Scotland on January 18, 2010:

Glad you liked it habee, you've great taste. I played 'Alive and Kicking' the other night on the pub jukebox. Sounded brilliant blasting out loud.

Holle Abee from Georgia on January 07, 2010:

LOVE Big Country and Simple Minds!! Enjoyed the read and the music. Thanks!