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Glasgow Song #1: The Great Western Road

‘The Great Western Road’ comes from one of the darker recesses of David Byrne’s lengthy and storied career as a songwriter and performer. Yet it is one of his finest creations with and has an obvious and strong Glasgow connection with its references to the titular road, Suachiehall Street and Kelvingrove Park.  It appears as […]

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Historical Interlude #2: Fab 64

This show at the Kelvin Hall on 4th September 1964 as advertised below in the Evening Times is an interesting historical snapshot for a number of reasons. As well as being a homecoming for Lulu, who was still only 15 and had already moved to London and had a huge hit single with a version […]

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Jazz in Glasgow: pasts and futures

The recent nomination of Fergus McCreadie for the Mercury Prize has turned attention on the Glasgow jazz scene. Similarly, when Glasgow jazz DJ Rebecca Vasmant released her album With Love, From Glasgow in 2021, it came with the confidence that new listeners would find a thriving jazz scene based in Glasgow, but also acknowledging a […]

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Historical Interlude #1: Cockburn Hotel

The Cockburn Hotel – on the corner Bath Street and West Campbell Street – is thought to be the location of the first ever commercial recording made in Glasgow. The recording of Iff’s Orchestra took place on the 10th September 1899 and the record was released on a 78 rpm shellac record on the Berliner […]

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Artist-in-residence #2: Ivor Cutler

Never has an artist typified the eccentricities of Glasgow’s music scene as the late great poet, troubadour, and teacher Ivor Cutler. Born in Govan in 1923, Cutler started writing songs and poetry in the 1950s and found a platform for his work through BBC radio. His unconventional songs, which typically involved his deep Glaswegian baritone […]

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No shoegaze without Scotland?

Shoegaze, a subgenre of indie-rock categorised by obscured vocals, distortion, and noise, is most often associated with bands like My Bloody Valentine (MBV), Slowdive, and Ride. MBV’s landmark album loveless, released in 1991, is often seen as the pinnacle of the genre. However, the foundations for this peak were laid throughout the 1980s as part […]

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The never-ending search for the next Oasis

Venturing up the renowned stairs from the bar to the stage in King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, you read the names of the celebrated artists who have played there over the years. Oasis, Paolo Nutini, Florence and the Machine, The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi are a few names you may glance through the 300 pairs […]

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A quiet pint: music in pubs and public health

Glasgow as a city is famous (and in some cases infamous) for being a party city and having a vibrant nightlife. Boasting numerous music venues and nightclubs to suit everyone’s individual styles and music tastes, as well as several hundred pubs and bars, the Glasgow nightlife economy alone contributes approximately £5.5bn a year to the […]

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Artist-in-Residence #1: Wet Wet Wet

Like many of their contemporaries and indeed, predecessors, Wet Wet Wet’s huge commercial success from the release of their debut single, ‘Wishing I Was Lucky’ in 1987, has seen the band largely overlooked or seen as an uncomfortable sideshow in histories of Scottish pop. The conventional narrative focuses on cheesy grins, tabloid tales of drug […]

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