Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland the Brave

Still British!

Annie from Aberdeen

Gerry from Paisley

Midge from Cambuslang

Jim from Glasgow

Charlie and Craig from Leith


  1. Fay, it's cool how you tied it in with the vote! I had no idea any of these artists were Scots except for The Proclaimers. Now for my in-depth reviews ;-)

    I absolutely adore Annie Lennox. "Why" is one of my favorite songs of all time, I've spent waaay too much time looking for her SNL version from the 80's with GE Smith backing her on guitar. Haven't found it yet but it was unforgettable. I'm more familiar with her solo work but I love this video you chose from the Eurythmics. The harp player blew me away!!! Wow!

    Gerry Rafferty sure brought back lots of memories, I know exactly when he came out with City to City, I was in the midst of a fiery love affair. I think it was his best album, one of those rarities with not a single bad or even middling song. The man had such amazing talent, how sad that he couldn't work with other musicians and pretty much drank himself to death. Very bittersweet when I listen to his music.

    Midge Ure. Yes, the name is familiar but honestly, I thought it was a woman. Midge? A guy??? Ha! Anyway, I liked the hard-rocking edge to the song but it was too repetitive for me. Is that Brian May on lead guitar? So good music - lyrics, not so much.

    Breakfast Club! I know the song so well but couldn't tell you the name of the group. I just associate it so much with the movie (which I loved). Brings back more good memories, a great song.

    Of all these videos, The Proclaimers & Gerry Rafferty are the only ones I have on CD. Good thing because this video is not available in my country. Heh, payback for the Phil Hartman/Frank Sinatra skit.

    Another lovely night of music, thanks for putting it all together, Fay.

    1. I adore Annie Lennox too. Just her voice though, not her politics. She's another "Champagne" socialist.

      Gerry Rafferty and Billy Connolly were 2/3 of the Scottish folk band, The Humblebums. Love Billy, hate his politics.

      Midge Ure was the singer for Ultra Vox always loved his stylings.

      Jim Kerr from Simple Minds was married to Chrissie Hynde, she ate him up and spat him out. Took him a while to recover.

    2. Thanks for the videos Fay, and for the "in-depth reviews" florrie! I too am a fan of this style of music, although I didn't know it was called 80s synth-pop!

  2. Fay, that was awesome - thanks!

    I too I loved the version of There Must Be An Angel you found. Annie Lennox is the bomb - listened to the Eurythmics quite a bit in grad school with my sweetheart and future (now ex) wife.

    The Simple Minds anthem I most associate with driving too fast, at night, when I lived in California in the early 90's.

    So, OK. Seems we both like British 80's synth-pop. Who knew! Maybe I'll contribute some suggestions for next Friday...

    1. Wow lewy, I'm shocked. I thought for sure you would hate this post, mostly because I figured you would not be partial to 80's synth-pop. How nice to be proved wrong.

      I too love the live version of There Must Be An Angel, although the one I posted was not the one I was looking for. There is a better one (yes, that is possible) I think it's the Live Aid 85 one but I'm not sure, it could be the Mandela concert in 88 or 89.

      Looking forward to your "Friday Night Music" ...

    2. Okay I found it, it's the 1988 Mandela concert version. Effing brilliant.

  3. I have a feeling that he contributed heavily to the 175,000 hits on that link ;-)

    lewy, I was surprised to see that your oh-so-blue House in Oregon recently had some bipartisan legislation in the works.

  4. I cannot elieve no one has cited the tune that is the headline here. Among the very best of renditions (with the words in a text format below the screen) here is Scotland the Brave A melody that we've all heard in movies and elsewhere (Rourke's Drift, Devils Brigade, etc.) and know it but can't recall its name. So here is it....

    1. Oh, and yes, I am rather biased toward anything Celtic. Scots and Irish may fight over that heritage, but they both have it. Cannot be avoided. And it is still the predominant melodic inspiration for almost all old style country music right there at home in the US of A. Over time we came as settlers or as indentured servants, but one and all of us, the Celts, came with freedom in our eyes. I am glad the vote went as it did...because I have relatives, from both Scotland and Ireland, who survived the Blitz of London and kept in touch with my parents by shortwave radios during all of it. Had we Yanks and Brits, Russians and all the rest, lost that war, we'd not be talking about it today. We'd be dead.