15 of the Top Famous Scottish Bands of All Time

Updated on December 23, 2017
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The Top Scottish Bands of All Time : 15 of the Best (with videos)

I often get the response "I never knew they were Scottish" when I mention some of these bands. So it's time to set the record straight.

Many great Scottish artists have been among the greatest British bands of all time.

They have contributed handsomely to the history of contemporary music over the past 40 years and therefore it is difficult to chose the best.

I was going to compile a Top 10 list but felt that there were too many good artists that would be left out and so here is my Top 15.

Of course there are many bands I could have included and so mentions in dispatches are in order for the likes of Runrig, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Aztec Camera, Belle and Sebastian, The Silencers, The Blue Nile, Gun, The Exploited, The Almighty and many others that you may yourself have enjoyed.

So here is my purely personal take on who I think would be the top Scottish bands based on many factors such as quality, influence, popularity and success but not necessarily all of the above. Solo artists are not included as this is purely about groups.

I also don't believe in rating them in preference or choosing an absolute No.1, all music is subject to taste. So here they are in alphabetical order.


The Average White Band

A Funk and R&B band from different parts of Scotland such as Dundee, Glasgow and Perth who were hugely popular in the 1970’s with their soulful style of disco tunes.

They had Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart on lead vocals backed up by the voice and guitar of Owen 'Onnie' McIntyre.

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.

The group broke up in 1982 before reforming in 1989 and despite various line-up changes are still working today and very popular in America where their music has crossed over the supposed colour lines of R&B.

Best song: Pick Up the Pieces

Bay City Rollers

The Rollers were a 1970s pop phenomenon not only in the UK but the also had success in America.

They made tartan fashionable among the teeny-boppers of Great Britain and their style of dress was ubiquitous especially at their height in 1975.

Not since The Beatles had such teenage hysteria been seen in the UK as the band had the country in their grip. Probably their most famous hit was the No.1 song 'Bye Bye Baby' although in the same year 'Give a Little Love' was another No.1 in 1975.

They also went high in 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 70's their short-lived popularity had faded and they effectively ceased to exist by 1979. 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 ever since between band members and management over royalties.

Best song: Bye, Bye Baby

Big Country

Stuart Adamson built on his success with The Skids with a distinctively Scottish style of Rock in which the guitar was 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 to Scottish parents and he was raised in Dunfermline from the age of 4 years old.

Their 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 1980’s. Tragically Stuart struggled with alcoholism and was found dead by hanging in a Honolulu hotel in 2001 at the young age of 43 years.

Best song: Look Away

Deacon Blue

A sophisticated mixture of 80’s pop-rock fused with 60’s style soul music made Deacon Blue one of the stylish and classy bands around.

Calling themselves after a Steely Dan song they had massive success in the UK and Europe with ‘Dignity’, ‘Loaded’, ‘Real Gone Kid’ and ‘Fergus Sings the Blues’ as singer Ricky Ross especially provided superb song-writing.

Fellow singer Lorraine McIntosh became a successful actress in Scotland appearing as a regular in TV soap ‘River City' and drummer Dougie Vipond became a BBC sports presenter.

The band split in 1994 but reformed in 1999 and remain a popular headline act albeit in sporadic phases as they also continue to work on individual projects. Their 1987 debut album 'Raintown' was a million seller in the UK and remains a classic album with an iconic cover picture depicting a rainy cityscape of Glasgow. Probably one of the bands from Scotland held in the greatest affection in their homeland.

Best song: Dignity

Del Amitri

Great songwriting marked this Glasgow band out from many others with excellent songs.

Among their best 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 UK despite the commercial possibilities of their songs. However in the late 80's and early 90's they were still a major force in the Scottish music scene winning many fans in the UK.

They were even awarded the accolade of recording the Scottish Football team's official song for the 1998 World Cup which was called 'Don't Come Home Too Soon'. Sadly a phrophetc title given the team's fortunes in the tournament. Although they have never officially split-up,

Del Amitri have not released an album since 2002. Soon after they were dropped by their record company. Singer Justin Currie remains active in recording and performing.

Best song: Kiss This Thing Goodbye


Legends of the Scottish Rock scene from Dunfermline and much 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 CD’s.

They also had a huge hit with their cover of ‘Love Hurts’ in 1975 which was their only Top 10 hit in the USA and sold platinum.

Singer Dan McCafferty was even invited to perform the song at Axl Rose’s wedding in 1990 but turned it down. However they had many fine songs in their own right including ‘Razamanaz’, ‘Broken Down Angel, ‘May the Sunshine’ and ‘Bad, Bad Boy’.

Although undergoing line-up changes the band have never broke up despite original lead-guitarist Manny Charlton leaving in 1990. They have maintained an honoured presence in the scene for over 40 years appreciated by lovers of raw and honest Hard Rock music. Possibly the greatest Scottish Rock band ever.

Best song: Broken Down Angel

Primal Scream

Hailing from Glasgow their love of traditional classic rock shines through their songs as the influence of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles has figured heavily in their music.

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 recognisable are the catchy party-stomper ‘Rocks’, the psychedelic dance classic ‘Loaded’ with also ‘Movin’ On Up’, ‘Kowalski’ and ‘Country Girl’.

A highly prolific band by modern standards having released 9 albums on a regular basis between 1987 and 2008. The last of those albums 'Beautiful Future' was Top 10 in 2008, proving that they have never lost their popularity

Best song: Rocks

The Proclaimers

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

They sing with their distinctive Scottish brogue and perhaps surprisingly became an international success.

Politically committed they released ‘Letter from America’ about the social decline of industrial Scotland during the recession years of the 1980s.

The song was popular enough in the rest of the UK to reach No.3 in the charts in 1987. Another song ‘I’m Gonna Be(500 miles)’ has become their roof-raising signature tune loved by music fans and football supporters ever since.

It was also used as the theme song in the opening titles of the 1993 Hollywood movie ‘Benny and Joon’ at the request of actress Mary Stuart Masterton and which propelled it to No.3 in the Billboard Hot 100. 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)

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Alex Harvey passed away with a heart attack in Belgium as far back as 1982 only a day before his 47th birthday.

He is still fondly remembered as a uniquely larger than life character, with a charismatic stage persona and 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.

This was the Sensational Alex Harvey Band who perhaps vie 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’ which was a huge hit in 1975 and ‘Boston Tea Party’ a hit in 1976 they gained a period of national fame.

Many of their songs stand out today for their quality and humour. Top tunes were the dubiously entitled ‘Gang Bang’, the epic ‘Faith Healer’, a hilarious version of Jacques Brel’s ‘Next’ and the raunchy blues of ‘Framed’’. Alex Harvey had actually left the band before his death and today former members still tour, although Zal Cleminson had decided to leave in 2008 and retire from the music business.

Best song: Faith Healer

Simple Minds

Hugely popular international band from Glasgow who were truly original exponents of electronic rock fronted by charismatic singer Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill on guitar.

In the early 80’s they released memorable tunes like ‘Love Song’ and ‘The American’ before having hits with ‘Promised You a Miracle’ and ‘Glittering Prize’ in the UK.

However they really established themselves with the epic song ‘Waterfront’ featuring an unforgettable bass-line.

After that they conquered America in 1983 when they sang ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, the theme tune to director John Hughes brat-pack movie ‘The Breakfast Club’ which was a No.1 hit. This was followed by the anthemic ‘Alive and Kicking’ which reached No.3 in the US Hot 100.

They gambled on the song ‘Belfast Child in 1989 when the Troubles in Northern Ireland were still a problematic issue for musicians to address. However, they were rewarded with their first UK No.1 which balanced out the controversy and vindicated their decision. The band went into relative decline for several years before storming back with the single ‘She’s a River’ in 1995. They continued to release records throughout the 2000s and still tour around the world.

Best song: Waterfront

The Skids

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 UK with their albums ‘Scared to Dance’, ‘Days in Europa’ and ‘The Absolute Game’ and quickly developed a unique sound.

They combined the raw power of punk and the new sophistication of electronic music but always with Adamson’s fierce metal guitar sound to the fore.

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 British Punk bands to come out of the late 1970s.

However they broke up in 1982. Jobson went on to present TV programmes and direct movies. In recent years the band reformed to play some gigs, in 2007 in Dunfermline as a tribute to Adamson, T-in-the-Park in the same year and at the 2009 Homecoming celebrations.

Best song: Into the Valley

Teenage Fan Club

Highly influential group in the Indie music scene in the 1990’s with their harmonic vocals over soft rock melodies and acoustic music reminiscent of The Byrds.

Their only major single success in the UK was the 1997 song ‘Ain’t That Enough’ although they had some success in the US Rock charts also.

Producing many well-written tunes like 'The Concept', 'Sparky's Dream' and 'Mellow Doubt' they became one of the most respected bands to come out of Scotland.

Their most popular albums were ‘Grand Prix’ and ‘Songs From Northern Britain’ released in the mid-90’s at the height of the BritPop era in the UK. They are generally recognised as inspiring the music of the more commercially successful career of Travis in recent years. Despite the fact that Teenage Fanclub rarely appeared high in the charts their work is nonetheless held in high regard today and they still busy making music.

Best song: Ain't That Enough


Although hailing 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 onto the scene on their first album 'Southside' which gave them an instant hit in 1989 with ‘I Don’t Want a Lover’ sung by the beautiful and talented Sharleen Spiteri.

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

Also their song ‘So Called Friend’ was adopted by Ellen DeGeneres for her hit US sit-com ‘Ellen’ in 1994. Their last album to date was 'Red Book' in 2005. Since then Sharleen Spiteri has recorded solo material and was also a guest singer on the song 'Stirb Nicht Vor Mir' by the German industrial band Rammstein.

Best song: I Don’t Want a Lover


A very successful Indie band obviously inspired by Teenage Fanclub but who enjoyed more national success.

They took their name from 'Paris Texas' too from the character played by Harry Dean Stanton in the movie.

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 moved into more moody and reflective songs and their album 'The Man Who' in 1999 rocketed them to stardom. They also produced quirky and inspired videos, including 'Writing to Reach You' with singer Fran Healey fleeing a WW2 Messerschmitt across a desolate countryside as machine gun bullets spat up from the ground behind him. They are still prolific recording artists and a major attraction live.

Best song: Turn

Wet Wet Wet

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 old Troggs classic re-vamped for the soundtrack to the movie ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.

This song stayed at No.1 in the UK 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, they had many other marvellous songs such as ‘Wishing I Was Lucky’, ‘Hold Back the River’, and the beautiful ballads ‘Goodnight Girl’, ‘Julia Says’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ enhanced by the tremendous singing voice of Marti Pellow.

Unfortunately Pellow experienced drug problems and the band split for a few years in the early 2000s. They reformed in 2004 and are still active today. Their soulful ballads and dance tunes backed with lavish production values mark them as one of the classiest and most popular Scottish bands around.

Best song: Love is all Around


So there you have it, just my own take on who are the greatest Scottish bands in popular music history. You may have your own ideas on entries or ommissions which is not surprising given the rich heritage of Scots musicians. 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.

I'm sure this list will quickly go out of date given the fantastic new Scottish bands who have appeared on the scene in recent years. Hopefully groups like Franz Ferdinand, Idlewild, The Fratellis and Biffy Clyro will maintain their quality for years to come.



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      Keith 6 weeks ago

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

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      Kim Roberts 6 weeks ago

      No mention of Runrig and they are huge in Scotland.

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      Extract 3 months ago

      Mogwai !!

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      David Hyde 6 months ago


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      Colin Smith 12 months ago

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

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      Jacek 14 months ago

      Aztec Camera

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      Rod Stewart 15 months ago

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

      Maggie Bell and Stone the Crows

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      Colinmacfix 23 months ago

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

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      Juan 2 years ago

      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!

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      cahuenga 2 years ago

      Cocteau Twins!

      Your Argument is Invalid!

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      Billy 3 years ago

      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.

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      Projectlazy 3 years ago

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

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      111 3 years ago

      LOL, no Blue Nile. Ridiculous.

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      JC 3 years ago

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

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      Maggie.L 3 years ago from UK

      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!

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      Gudgieinchina 3 years ago from Zhuhai

      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.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 3 years ago from UK

      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.)

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      Mark Neale 3 years ago

      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.

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      paddy murphy 3 years ago

      Runrig loch lomond scotlands greatest and fastest selling gig ever

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      paddy murphy 3 years ago

      Deacon blue supported simple minds and blew em off stage

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      Chris G 3 years ago

      No room for The Beta Band?

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      Joe90V 4 years ago

      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.

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      Stephen 4 years ago

      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

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      Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Rod but this article is for bands not solo artists

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      Rod 4 years ago

      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.

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      Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

      This article is for bands not solo artists Mobius Gildred

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      Mobius Gildred 4 years ago

      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)

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      Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

      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.

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      VerminWatch 4 years ago

      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.

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      Shinkicker 4 years ago from Scotland

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


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      Aaron Seitler 4 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

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

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      benwilder 5 years ago

      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.........

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      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

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      Jack Diamond 5 years ago

      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.

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      Davy 5 years ago

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

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      Phrase 5 years ago

      What about the Blue Nile?

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      Natasha 5 years ago

      Hue and Cry

      They're fantastic!

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      The title says 'Famous'

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

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

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      Wayne B 5 years ago

      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.

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      Hi BigDavey

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

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      BIGDAVEY 5 years ago

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

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      Allen Wittert 5 years ago

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

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      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

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      Sam 5 years ago

      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.

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      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

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      Damo 5 years ago

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

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      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

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

      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!

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      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 :-)

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      PK 5 years ago

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

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

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

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      David 5 years ago

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

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      Shinkicker 5 years ago from Scotland

      Yep! Gilped, The Sutherland Brothers were definitely quality.

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      Gilped 5 years ago

      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.

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      Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

      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

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      Stuckinthe70s80s 6 years ago

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

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      susiequeue 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK

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

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      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

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      michael ely 7 years ago from Scotland

      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.

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      H Mo

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

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      moses_pray 7 years ago

      ... 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

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      moses_pray 7 years ago

      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

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      Cheers epigramman

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

      Thanks for commenting

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ....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!

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

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

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      Distillerdude 7 years ago

      Cocteau Twins really should have been included!

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      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.

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      Dgenr8 7 years ago

      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!

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      Yeah, great band Teenage Fanclub

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      maureen. 7 years ago

      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.

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      Shinkicker 8 years ago from Scotland

      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.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

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

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