Long have been the evenings where I’ve mused upon the identity of Twitter’s favourite Scottish album. And courtesy of you lot, I’m now going to need a new pastime, such was the number of votes that came rushing in – thank you.
Well over a hundred LPs received nominations. Quite the eclectic soundtrack, all told, even if the demographic range of my Twitter correspondence prefers its pop music from the ’80’s, and has no truck with overt commerciality – nothing by Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, or The Fratellis appears in the list, for instance; probably a good thing. Other omissions are more puzzling: both The Vaselines, and Kid Canaveral didn’t receive the nod. No BMX Bandits, no Lulu, and no Jimmy Shand – such is democracy.
A quick note on the voting process (just in case the Electoral Commission are reading this with an eye on auditing the paperwork). Four suggestions were asked for, with albums scored one to four as if a dodgier version of Eurovision voting; should you have thrown me your quartet in no particular order – the results are pretty much the same if calculated on nominations alone. Also, with this type of endeavour there’s always discussions around eligibility; a case can be made for excluding Fisherman’s Blues by The Waterboys (is it a Scottish album?), The Beta Band’s The Three EPs compilation, or Omicide by noise urchins Oi Polloi – the latter featuring only five tracks. Ultimately, the only vote excluded was Aidan Moffat’s, for this tweet:
I’ll publish the full list in the comments section, although it’s well worth trawling through; when it comes to matters of the sonic variety, the Twitterati have refined tastes. Uh! Tears Baby by Win. The Man by Bill Drummond. Checkmate Savage, the début Phantom Band disc – all wonderful. Names such as Ivor Culter and Bert Jansch appear alongside the first three albums by The Associates, the first seven Cocteau Twins LPs, two-thirds of The Jesus And Mary Chain back-cat – and all of this is incredibly pleasing, records from 1965 to 2013 represented (even a few – whisper it – that I’m not familiar with; very much looking forward to discovering Caught In The Wake Forever and Life Without Buildings) – there’s a grand compilation here somewhere; maybe we should all chip in for the licensing fees?
The top 20 doesn’t include any of my nominations – Malcolm Middleton / A Brighter Beat; King Creosote / KC Rules OK; Dawn Of The Replicants / One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs; and Up for a Bit with The Pastels (of course) – which kinda demonstrates the wealth of Scottish musicality. Of how it represents something essential, and somehow pure; if you don’t own at least 75% of the following, you’re probably not funky enough to join my gang…
#20 (equal): Big Country / The Crossing
#20 (equal): Cocteau Twins / Garlands
#20 (equal): The Delgados / The Great Eastern
#18 (equal): The Trashcan Sinatras / I’ve Seen Everything
#18 (equal): Lloyd Cole & The Commotions / Rattlesnakes
#15 (equal): Simple Minds / New Gold Dream
#15 (equal): Boards of Canada / Music Has The Right To Children
#15 (equal): Arab Strap / Philophobia
#13 (equal): James Yorkston & The Athletes / Moving Up Country
#13 (equal): Cocteau Twins / Head Over Heels
#11 (equal): Mogwai / Come On Die Young
#11 (equal): The Jesus & Mary Chain / Darklands
#10 (equal): The Blue Nile / Hats – because certain records resonate until long after the run-out groove hits.
#10 (equal): Orange Juice / You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever – in which describing this an anything other than “the near-perfect début album” feels counter-intuitive.
#8: Teenage Fanclub / Songs From Northern Britain – in which it’s the strength of the songwriting that makes it so special.
#7: Cocteau Twins / Treasure –simply iridescent.
#6: Teenage Fanclub / Bandwagonesque – a calling card that’s a little rough around the edges, and all the better for it.
#5: Teenage Fanclub / Grand Prix – I was cheering for the record at #6, but the wry maturity of this LP is impossible to dismiss.
#4: Primal Scream / Screamadelica – is post-rave a genre?
#3: Aztec Camera / High Land Hard Rain – again, the depth of love for this record is humbling.
#2:Belle & Sebastian / If You’re Feeling Sinister – perhaps the only surprise being it just missed the number one spot.
#1: The Jesus & Mary Chain / Psychocandy – the fuzzy, truculent masterpiece; well chosen, Twitter.
Next week: Twitter’s favourite synth-pop album – something of a broad canvas question, with no clear boundaries, so I guess it’ll be up to me to decide what is, and what isn’t. Send me your top four (in order of preference) by Sunday 3 November, either in the comments or at @lazerguidedblog – and I’ll announce the breakdown soon after.