Isobel Campbell


I’m currently trying to put together to the mother of all best of scottish playlists on the iPod. The condition is that each band only gets one song, though related acts can qualify (for example, Edwyn Collins is on there as a member of Orange Juice, solo, and collaborating with Paul Quinn). There are currently 280 acts on there (including Rod Stewart, not including Sandi thom, Runrig or Danananackroyd, for aesthetic reasons).

Belle and Sebastian made the list early, of course. Isobel Campbell makes the cut as member of Gentle Waves, her early side project and as a solo artist.

Gentle Waves -‘Falling From Grace.’ mp3

Isobel Campbell -‘Time Is Just the Same.’ mp3 (featuring Eugene Kelly of Vaselines/Eugenius fame).

Though not eligible for the best of scottish playlist, she has also made two phenomenal albums with Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees fame) Ballad Of The Broken Seas and Sunday at Devil Dirt.

…oh, go on then!

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan -‘Deus Ibi Est.’ mp3

Scots indie!

When I first started this blog, about fifteen months ago, one of my main aims was making scottish indie as high profile as possible.

Arguably since then, I have diversified a little -folk, death metal, grime and even a little classical have made their way onto these pages.

However, my bandwith is about to be exceeded –again! and so I thought I would do a post the old-fashioned way, and about music I am passionate about, with or without regard to fashion.

Some of these you may know, others you won’t. Some are well-known, others less so, some bands are gone, some new, some just beginning. But enjoy…

Arab Strap -‘Love Detective.’ mp3

Belle And Sebastian -‘Funny Little Frog.’ mp3

Isobel Campbell -‘Amorino.’ mp3

Franz Ferdinand -‘Darts Of Pleasure.’ mp3

Delgados -‘American Trilogy.’ mp3

Mogwai -‘Dial:Revenge.’ mp3 (featuring Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, it’s a celtic thing, you understand!)

Sons and Daughters -‘Johnny Cash.’ mp3

Teenage Fanclub -‘What You Do To me.’ mp3

Twilight Sad -‘That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy.’ mp3

1990s -‘You’re Supposed To Be My Friend.’ mp3


have a good weekend!