Introducing The Results Of ‘The Twitter Hive Mind Favourite Scottish Album’ Thing.

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  1. Psychocandy – Jesus & Mary Chain – 46 votes
    If You’re Feeling Sinister – Belle & Sebastian – 43 votes
    High Land Hard Rain – Aztec Camera – 41 votes
    Screamadelica – Primal Scream – 32 votes
    Grand Prix – Teenage Fanclub – 31 votes
    Bandwagonesque – Teenage Fanclub – 27 votes
    Treasure – Cocteau Twins – 17.5 votes
    Songs From Northern Britain – Teenage Fanclub – 17 votes
    You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever – Orange Juice – 15 votes
    Hats – The Blue Nile – 15 votes
    Darklands – Jesus & Mary Chain – 13 votes
    Come On Die Young – Mogwai – 13 votes
    Head Over Heels – Cocteau Twins – 12 votes
    Moving Up Country – James Yorkston & The Athletes – 12 votes
    Philophobia – Arab Strap – 11 votes
    Music Has The Right To Children – Boards of Canada – 11 votes
    New Gold Dream – Simple Minds – 11 votes
    Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole & Commotions – 9 votes
    I’ve Seen Everything – The Trash Can Sinatras – 9 votes
    The Crossing – Big Country – 8 votes
    Garlands – Cocteau Twins – 8 votes
    The Great Eastern – The Delgados – 8 votes
    Uh! Tears, Baby – Win – 7 votes
    Raintown – Deacon Blue – 6 votes
    Young Team – Mogwai – 6 votes
    The 3EPs – The Beta Band – 6 votes
    100 Broken Windows – Idlewild – 5 votes
    A Brighter Beat – Malcolm Middleton – 5 votes
    Mr Beast – Mogwai – 5 votes
    Xtrmntr – Primal Scream – 5 votes
    The Affectionate Punch – The Associates – 5 votes
    Walk Along The Rooftops – The Blue Nile – 5 votes
    Mobile Safari – The Pastels – 5 votes
    LA Turnaround – Bert Jansch – 4 votes
    Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine – Cosmic Rough Riders – 4 votes
    Waking Hours – Del Amitri – 4 votes
    Handful Of Earth – Dick Gaughan – 4 votes
    Midnight Organ Fight – Frightened Rabbit – 4 votes
    Good Deeds & Dirty Rags – Goodbye Mr MacKenzie – 4 votes
    Stoned & Dethroned – Jesus & Mary Chain – 4 votes
    Honey’s Dead – Jesus & Mary Chain – 4 votes
    The Only Fun In Town – Josef K – 4 votes
    Fairest Floo’er – Karine Polwart – 4 votes
    KC Rules OK – King Creosote – 4 votes
    Strange Kind Of Love – Love And Money – 4 votes
    Omicide – Oi Polloi – 4 votes
    Empires And Dance – Simple Minds – 4 votes
    Thirteen – Teenage Fanclub – 4 votes
    Peloton – The Delgados – 4 votes
    Fond – The Fire Engines – 4 votes
    A Happy Pocket – The Trash Can Sinatras – 4 votes
    Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters – The Twilight Sad – 4 votes
    Heaven Or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins – 3.5 votes
    Boots Met My Face – Admiral Fallow – 3 votes
    Bite – Altered Images – 3 votes
    The Last Romance – Arab Strap – 3 votes
    Monday night at the hug and pint – Arab Strap – 3 votes
    Tigermilk – Belle & Sebastian – 3 votes
    Bert Jansch – Bert Jansch – 3 votes
    Creeping Up On Jesus – The Big Dish – 3 votes
    Everything’s Getting Older – Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – 3 votes
    The New Transistor Heroes – Bis – 3 votes
    Geogaddi – Boards of Canada – 3 votes
    Biggest Bluest Hi-fi – Camera Obscura – 3 votes
    Victorialand – Cocteau Twins – 3 votes
    The Moon and The Melodies – Cocteau Twins / Harold Budd – 3 votes
    Meet Danny Wilson – Danny Wilson – 3 votes
    Hope and Despair – Edwyn Collins – 3 votes
    Jammy Smears – Ivor Cutler – 3 votes
    Songs for a Tailor – Jack Bruce – 3 votes
    Just Beyond The River – James Yorkston & The Athletes – 3 votes
    What Is Love for? – Justin Currie – 3 votes
    Texas Fever – Orange Juice – 3 votes
    Vanishing Point – Primal Scream – 3 votes
    Boys Outside – Steve Mason – 3 votes
    Fourth Drawer Down – The Associates – 3 votes
    Sulk – The Associates – 3 votes
    Feudal Grind – The Four Sons Of King Henry V – 3 votes
    Up for a Bit with The Pastels – The Pastels – 3 votes
    The Wants – The Phantom Band – 3 votes
    Checkmate Savage – The Phantom Band – 3 votes
    Stray – Aztec Camera – 2 votes
    The Sash my Father Wore And Other Stories – Ballboy – 2 votes
    The Man – Bill Drummond – 2 votes
    Outernational – Billy MacKenzie – 2 votes
    Bones Of What You Believe – Chvrches – 2 votes
    Foxheads Stalk This Land – Close Lobsters – 2 votes
    Blue Bell Knoll – Cocteau Twins – 2 votes
    One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs – Dawn Of The Replicants – 2 votes
    Burns – Eddie Reader – 2 votes
    Diamond Mine – King Creosote / John Hopkins – 2 votes
    Any Other City – Life Without Buildings – 2 votes
    Happy Songs For Happy People – Mogwai – 2 votes
    Hardcore Will Never Die – Mogwai – 2 votes
    Us – Mull Historical Society – 2 votes
    Live – Sensational Alex Harvey Band – 2 votes
    The Repulsion Box – Sons & Daughters – 2 votes
    The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion – The Incredible String Band – 2 votes
    Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys – 2 votes
    Against A Simple Wooden Cross – Caught In The Wake Forever – 1 votes
    Cure For The Blues – APB – 1 votes
    The Boy with The Arab Strap – Belle & Sebastian – 1 votes
    Prevention – de Rosa – 1 votes
    Human Don’t Be Angry – Human Don’t Be Angry – 1 votes
    Rocket DIY – King Creosote – 1 votes
    Kenny and Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides – King Creosote – 1 votes
    Eye To The Telescope – KT Tunstall – 1 votes
    Rock Action – Mogwai – 1 votes
    The Philosophy Of Momus – Momus – 1 votes
    Morning Dove White – One Dove – 1 votes
    Rip It Up – Orange Juice – 1 votes
    Ostrich Churchyard – Orange Juice – 1 votes
    Will I Ever Be Inside of You? – Paul Quinn – 1 votes
    Sonic Flower Groove – Primal Scream – 1 votes
    Author! Author! – Scars – 1 votes
    The Magnificents – The Magnificents – 1 votes
    Sunshine on Leith – The Proclaimers – 1 votes
    Sacred To Dance – The Skids – 1 votes
    Cake – The Trash Can Sinatras – 1 votes
    No One Can Ever Know – The Twilight Sad – 1 votes
    Good Feeling – Travis – 1 votes

    1. I would have thought that The Associates would have come in higher, to be honest. Sadly, no-one voted for Billy’s posthumous ‘Beyond The Sun’ LP, which is as heartbreaking as it is wonderful.

  2. I thought the Associates would have come in higher too, but there you go. Didn’t realise there was such consensus on B&S – I thought there were more Tigermilkers out there, but Sinister is far and away my fave of theirs.

    I think you might see a Vaselines entry if you were to do a Scottish singles poll, and there’s always going to be a split King Creovote by virtue of his prolificacy (is that a word?) An honourable mention should go to the Lone Pigeon too, although the Three EPs has something of him on there.

    Half of the Top Ten touched by the hand of McGee also. An interesting list for sure – good work!

    1. Good point; I’d forgotten the McGee element (even if I did meet him once; “This man is an insufferable oaf” I might have said at the time).

      Wasn’t surprised in the least that ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ receives so much love. As much as the word ‘iconic’ is horrible, this album above all of Murdoch’s others exemplifies it. Alas Stevie Jackson’s solo album – ‘(I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson’ didn’t receive any nominations – hopefully that will score highly on the forthcoming “Best Album Title” poll.

    1. Ah, Sunday mornings. We should all be in church, not parked on the sofa with our hangovers and all those empty beer bottles.

      The one thing I’ve learned with all this synthpop talk is that definitions vary. One Twitter comrade limited himself to albums where analogue synth was the only instrument – he then had a cry when he realised that the OMD album he voted for featured guitar on one track, this making his selection invalid in his eyes. Personally, I think there’s a difference between synthpop and pop with synth – although perhaps that’s a semantic argument, which there’s too little time to debate, what with being late for church.

      1. Oh dear. Despite being refreshed and freed from the burden of my sins, I am now left in a state of befuddlement. Does ‘Opus 4’ by Art of Noise count? What about more recent fare, ‘The Teaches of Peaches’? If I am being requested to select my 4 favourite albums within the confines of early to mid 80s ‘synth pop’ then I will happily drop out and wait for the next challenge. Despite many recent highly acclaimed retrospective reviews from this epoch to compliment repackaged 30th anniversary reissues, I still feel in general it’s a pile of shit. Lots of great singles, don’t get me wrong, but albums? Great albums by OMD, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Soft Cell, The Human League (Dare included!), Spandau Ballet, Japan etc etc? Do me a favour….

  3. Kristian Gunn: we all have to pay for our sins, eventually. I fear my room in the underworld has already been saved for me; the Muse back-cat on a permanent loop, and where Morrissey is forever cancelling his gigs.

    80’s synth-pop is incredibly important. Yes – even the albums; Gary Numan; ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’, the first three Human League albums (‘Dare’ included!). But that’s certainly not the whole story – two of my votes were for albums from the 1990s, one from the 2000s, and each American rather than 80’s British.

    My recommendation – check out ‘In A Real Sense Now’ by the European. Pristine synthpop from the year of our lord, 2010.

    (Oh, and zero of your nominations were excluded – cheers for voting).

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