80s Scottish Music Explosion

To me the volume and quality of music that came out of a small nation like Scotland in the 1980s is amazing.

My mother and her family are from Port Glasgow and Greenock, I lived there for a while, there is a strong sense of humour and socialist compassion that came through in the bands and solo artists below:-

Big Country- made it big with “bagpipe guitars” but got better as their music became more obscure apart from to the diehard fans.

Deacon Blue- had a burst of popularity with critically acclaimed “Raintown” and commercially successful “When The World Knows Your Name”. Underrated since, but consistent quality output including Ricky Ross’s solo stuff.

Simple Minds- sometimes a little pompous like U2 but enough glittering gems.

The Proclaimers- they look comical but better songs than their appearance might lead one to expect.

Aztec Camera- this song is somehow miserable and uplifting at the same time?

Wet Wet Wet- forgive them for “Love Is All Around”…

The Bluebells

Del Amitri- underrated, Justin Currie has produced some solo gold since such as “Bend To My Will”

Danny Wilson- catchy

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

Midge Ure and Ultravox

The Blow Monkeys

David Byrne

Marillion- in the Fish era. H is Welsh after all…

Jim Diamond

Mark Knopfler

Shirley Manson of Garbage

B.A. Robertson

Jimmy Somerville

Bill Drummond of the legendary KLF

Hue and Cry




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The Associates (Club Country but prefer Party Fears Two)

Orange Juice

and by popular demand – Runrig


7 thoughts on “80s Scottish Music Explosion

    1. I think I will have to put up Country Club by The Associates whilst Party Fears Two has gone awol, I only know Rip It Up by Orange Juice from the 80s, but fair point.


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