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”…
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
Marillion- in the Fish era. H is Welsh after all…
Shirley Manson of Garbage
Bill Drummond of the legendary KLF
Hue and Cry
The Associates (Club Country but prefer Party Fears Two)
and by popular demand – Runrig