Classic Scottish Albums

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

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
0101Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch2005022220060402 (RS)
20111016 (RS)
20120103 (RS)

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

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

1/1

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

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

Classic Scottish Albums: Bert Jansch

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

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

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

0102The Average White Band - The White Album2005030120060409 (RS)

Alan Gorrie reveals how six long haired funky Scottish white men achieved stardom.

0103Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque2005030820060416 (RS)

Band member Norman Blake reveals remarkable stories about their album Bandwagonesque.

0104Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever2005031520050918 (RS)
20060423 (RS)
0105Simple Minds - New Gold Dream2005032220050925 (RS)
20060430 (RS)

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

0106 LASTPrimal Scream - Screamadelica2005032920051002 (RS)
20060507 (RS)

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

0201Belle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap2006022120060514 (RS)
20070111 (RS)
20070112 (RS)
20070816 (RS)
20070817 (RS)

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

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

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

0202The Incredible String Band2006022820060301 (RS)
20060521 (RS)
20070118 (RS)
20070119 (RS)

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

0203John Martyn - Solid Air2006030720060308 (RS)
20060528 (RS)
20070125 (RS)
20070126 (RS)
20070201 (RS)
20070202 (RS)
20090201 (RS)
0204Deacon Blue - Raintown2006031420060315 (RS)
20060604 (RS)

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

Singer Ricky Ross reveals the inspirations.

0205Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain2006032120060322 (RS)
20060611 (RS)
20070208 (RS)
20070209 (RS)

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

0206 LASTThe Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops2006032820060329 (RS)
20060618 (RS)
20070215 (RS)
20070216 (RS)
20071018 (RS)
20071019 (RS)
0301The Proclaimers - This Is The Story2007022220070223 (RS)
20070705 (RS)
20070706 (RS)

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

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

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

0302The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Next2007030120070302 (RS)
20070713 (RS)

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

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

0303The Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas2007030820070309 (RS)
20070719 (RS)
20070720 (RS)

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

0304The Waterboys - This Is The Sea2007031520070316 (RS)
20070726 (RS)
20070727 (RS)

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

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

0305Lloyd Cole And The Commotions - Rattlesnakes2007032220070323 (RS)
20070802 (RS)
20070803 (RS)

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

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

0306 LASTGerry Rafferty - City To City2007032920070330 (RS)
20070809 (RS)
20070810 (RS)

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

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

0401Sunshine Superman By Donovan2010053120100605 (RS)
20100815 (RS)
20101225 (RS)

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

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

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

1/1

0402The Crossing By Big Country2010061420100619 (RS)
20110715 (RS)

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

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

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

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

0403Psychocandy By The Jesus And Mary Chain2010062120100626 (RS)
20110530 (RS)
20110801 (RS)

Teen angst never sounded so good - or certainly not from East Kilbride.

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

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

1/1

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

0404 LASTGlasvegas By Glasvegas2010062820100703 (RS)
20100822 (RS)
20110502 (RS)
20110715 (RS)

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

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

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

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

0501Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat2011081520110820 (RS)
20110822 (RS)

Al Stewart's 'Year of the Cat' album took the Hippie Trail mainstream.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year of the Cat took the Hippie Trail mainstream.

Glasgow singer Al Stewart tells all.

0502Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand2011082220110827 (RS)
20110829 (RS)
20120718 (RS)
20120722 (RS)

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

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

By the year's end, 'Franz Ferdinand' had bagged the Mercury Music Prize, three top-10 singles and 3.6 million album sales worldwide.

They made a bigger impact on America than Robbie Williams and Oasis combined, and did it with a lot less bluster.

Their influences include Talking Heads, Chic, Pulp and Joy Division, and these combined to reach a far wider audience than your average indie band.

'Take Me Out' topped several 'Best of 2004' lists and was seemingly never off the jukebox in Eastenders Queen Vic.

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

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

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

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

Davey Scott discovers the story behind 'Franz Ferdinand' by Franz Ferdinand. With a suaveness, optimism and confidence not typically associated with bands from Scotland, the band swept into focus in 2004 with their self-titled debut. By the year's end, 'Franz Ferdinand' had bagged the Mercury Music Prize, three top-10 singles and 3.6 million album sales worldwide. They made a bigger impact on America than Robbie Williams and Oasis combined, and did it with a lot less bluster. Their influences include Talking Heads, Chic, Pulp and Joy Division, and these combined to reach a far wider audience than your average indie band.

'Take Me Out' topped several 'Best of 2004' lists and was seemingly never off the jukebox in Eastenders Queen Vic. 'Michael' gained attention for it's homoerotic overtones - "beautiful boys on a beautiful dancefloor" - while 'This Fire' is a fan-favourite and closes a typically energetic Franz Ferdinand live set. The NME called them music "intoxicating", while others compared their universal buzz to that of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran. In this episode of Classic Scottish Albums, Davey discovers how they did it.

2/4

0503Capercaillie - Delirium2011082920110903 (RS)
20110905 (RS)
20120725 (RS)
20120729 (RS)

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

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

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

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

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

0504 LASTThe Klf - The White Room2011090520110910 (RS)
20110912 (RS)
20120801 (RS)
20120805 (RS)

The White Room' by The KLF has turned 20, so join Davie Scott as he unravels one of Scotland's most fascinating pop anecdotes.

Bill Drummond - son of a Church of Scotland minister - was almost 40 years old when he decided to create a 'Stadium House' band.

He wanted to unite music fans with "gigantic anthems".

A former top music exec, he understood pop music hype and hyperbole and used that to his advantage.

While some might have judged he and partner Jimmy Cauty as over-the-hill, Bill's marketing know-how pushed The KLF to become the bestselling singles act in the world in 1991.

'Justified and Ancient' (featuring Tammy Wynette) was inescapable.

It was No.1 in 18 countries and provided her highest-ever Billboard placing.

'What Time is Love' provided the first taste of The KLF's big commercial sound and was soon answered by the number 1 single '3am Eternal'.

And it wasn't just the fans who loved them.

The music press couldn't get enough of their contrary ways, one journalist enthusing that "as providers of perverse, throwaway, three-minute pop-song manna...

(they're) punk rock, the Renaissance, Andy Warhol and Jesus Christ all rolled into one."

The gigantic commercial success of the band flew in the face of taste-making rhetoric, and Bill and Jimmy caused further alarm when - at the height of their success - they gave a "violently antagonistic performance" at the 1992 Brit Awards and left the stage to a tannoy announcement stating that "The KLF have now left the music business".

Job done!

The White Room by The KLF has turned 20.

We unravel one of pop's best anecdotes.

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

The White Room' by The KLF has turned 20, so join Davie Scott as he unravels one of Scotland's most fascinating pop anecdotes. Bill Drummond - son of a Church of Scotland minister - was almost 40 years old when he decided to create a 'Stadium House' band. He wanted to unite music fans with "gigantic anthems". A former top music exec, he understood pop music hype and hyperbole and used that to his advantage. While some might have judged he and partner Jimmy Cauty as over-the-hill, Bill's marketing know-how pushed The KLF to become the bestselling singles act in the world in 1991. 'Justified and Ancient' (featuring Tammy Wynette) was inescapable. It was No.1 in 18 countries and provided her highest-ever Billboard placing. 'What Time is Love' provided the first taste of The KLF's big commercial sound and was soon answered by the number 1 single '3am Eternal'.

And it wasn't just the fans who loved them. The music press couldn't get enough of their contrary ways, one journalist enthusing that "as providers of perverse, throwaway, three-minute pop-song manna... (they're) punk rock, the Renaissance, Andy Warhol and Jesus Christ all rolled into one."

The gigantic commercial success of the band flew in the face of taste-making rhetoric, and Bill and Jimmy caused further alarm when - at the height of their success - they gave a "violently antagonistic performance" at the 1992 Brit Awards and left the stage to a tannoy announcement stating that "The KLF have now left the music business". Job done!

4/4

The White Room - The KLF