Since the music video format became popular with the advent of MTV in the early 1980s, Glasgow has frequently provided a backdrop to musicians either performing or honing their acting ambitions with varying degrees of success.
Recent months have seen workers across many different industries take strike action in response to below-inflation pay offers in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis that shows no signs of ending, creating uncertainty for many.
What does this mean for musicians in Glasgow and beyond?
Life Without Buildings were a short-lived but lovingly remembered band whose afterlife means that may be long gone but are not forgotten. Formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2002, they were were part art-project, part pop band, equally at home on the two King Street venues that played an important part in their short […]
by John Williamson — Published on 1 November, 2022
Chris McClure is one of Glasgow’s most remarkable performers. Still performing at the age of nearly 80, his career began in the social clubs of the 1960s. He was briefly part of the burgeoning beat group scene before returning to a more middle of the road oeuvre as Christian, the name under which he has […]
‘Sepultura, from Brazil! One, two, three, four…’. For over two decades now, this phrase has been shouted from the stage every time Brazilian metal band Sepultura are about to play their biggest hit: Roots Bloody Roots, featured on the band’s sixth studio album, Roots (1996). On the stages of Glasgow alone, this sequence of events […]
‘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 […]
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 […]