Fiona ShepherdFiona Shepherd of Edinburgh Music Tours shares her top 12 tracks inspired by the Rip It Up exhibition. In no particular order….

  1. The Associates: Party Fears Two
    The most exotic, orgasmic three minutes (or so) in Scottish pop… just supreme in every way.
  2. The Jesus & Mary Chain: Upside Down
    The Jesus & Mary Chain were my punk rock awakening and gateway drug to the likes of the Velvet Underground. Still Scotland’s finest exponents of the melody/noise interface.
  3. Gerry Rafferty: The Ark
    The production’s supersmooth but check out the yearning melody. Rafferty was a musical alchemist.
  4. Simple Minds: I Travel
    Forty years on, this Kraftwerk-meets-Giorgio Moroder trailblazer still sounds like the future… straight out of Toryglen. See you on the dancefloor.
  5. Bay City Rollers: Saturday Night
    And while we’re dancing… my favourite glam cheerleader stomp from this underrated band of hopefuls. Influenced The Ramones (fact).
  6. Treacherous Orchestra: March of the Troutsmen
    The Led Zeppelin of Scottish folk. Dig this riff and try saying otherwise.
  7. Frankie Miller: Be Good To Yourself
    Righteous rocker from our greatest soul man. You have to check out his covers of Lennon’s 'Jealous Guy' and Jim Reeves’ 'He’ll Have To Go'. Rod who?
  8. Belle & Sebastian: The State I Am In
    Side one, track one of debut album Tigermilk – what better place to start with Scotland’s most singular band?
  9. The Primevals: Prairie Chain
    While their mid-80s Glasgow contemporaries were jangling guitars and flopping fringes (and, believe me, there is nothing wrong with that), The Primevals seemed to have crawled from the swamp. They were intimidating and I liked it!
  10. Sheena Easton: For Your Eyes Only
    Rip It Up divas Lulu and Shirley Manson have both belted/crooned creditable James Bond themes but I’ve got a soft spot for the softcore ballads of the late 70s/early 80s films, so Sheena is the Bond girl for me. 
  11. Ivor Cutler: Women of The World
    The inimitable Cutler wrote this prescient ditty 35 years ago and we need it more than ever.
  12. Young Fathers: Get Up
    Loved them when they used to smile, still love them in their feral intensity. Best Scottish band of the last decade.

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