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ATL | 10:16 UK time, Monday, 25 January 2010

To celebrate Burns Night, this week's SuggestiON-AIR is a nod to the Scottish bands and artistes ATL loves.

And as always, we want your help!

Get involved by choosing your favourite song by your favourite Scottish act. What about Biffy before they were massive or Mogwai at their noisiest? Maybe Franz Ferdinand, Travis and legends Orange Juice do it for you? Or perhaps a newbie like The View, Glasvegas or The Fratellis have been welcomed into your heart...

Let us know via twitter or on facebook, email us or text 81771 during tonight's show. We'll read out as many of your contributions as we can, play a couple of the tracks and add the best ones to this very blog once we come off air.

Here's five to get you started...

Primal Scream  - Kowalski (1997)
After the playful psycadelia of Screamadelica and before the paranoid electronica of XTRMNTR, Primal Scream released arguably the most underrated Scottish album of all time. 'Vanishing Point' was a brooding, warped masterpiece - nasty yet inspiring, dubby and dark. Full of confidence and menace. Certain members of team ATL even argue on 'Kowalski', we hear Mani's finest bass-line to date.

Idlewild - American English (2002)
Released around the time ATL was moshing and barrier hugging down the front in a tent at Witnness. Enjoying what was clearly going to be one of 'those' gigs, Roddy Woomble dived, rolled and carelessly threw himself around the stage, leaving sweaty teenagers making their way en mass to the t-shirt stall after the set with a new favourite band. It felt like Idlewild were set to take on the world.

Camera Obscura - French Navy (2009)
Lush sunshine indie pop from a group of Glaswegians?? Yup, you read that right! A band many had largely ignored for too long, the six musicians got it together big time on the fourth Camera Obscura album 'My Maudlin Career'. A near sold out Stiff Kitten in Belfast celebrated an act at their very best - even though vocalist Traceyanne Campbell was poorly, nothing could stop the wide smiles spreading on the faces of a joyous, swaying, hypnotised crowd.

Belle & Sebastian - Slow Graffiti (1998)
Before Belle & Sebastian became a cheery prospect who actually smiled in photos and chatted to the press, they were awkward sorts, unhappy in their skin, despite those wonderful early EPs and albums. This song opened an incredible Dublin gig, during which singer Stuart Murdoch proved himself an unpredictable sort, trashing his guitar in the middle of a song for no apparent reason, before walking offstage for a lengthy huff. Shame they ever cheered up.

Simple Minds - A Brass Band in African Chimes (1985)
Having fallen in love with 'New Gold Dream' and Sparkle in the Rain', a then young ATL producer dredged the archives of this now unbearably crud band and discovered the early stuff, in an attempt to win playground cool (yes they were actually cool in the late 80s). It's unlike anything Simple Minds ever produced before or after, a three-part iridescent gem of sweeping synth and strings, free from the ridiculous lyrics of Jim Kerr. Remarkable.


  • Comment number 1.

    Some good selections there, and a couple of surprising ones. My Belle & Sebastien choice would definitely be I Fought In A War, but aside from that, these...

    Teenage Fanclub - I Don't Know (1991)
    A decent enough start, don't get me wrong, jangly with a hint of darkness, bass and drums meshing brilliantly, but when that riff comes in... What a riff. Dirty. Bandwagonesque is a good album, but it was this track that brought the realisation that Teenage Fanclub were more than just pleasant. For something along those lines, lift almost anything off Grand Prix, a much underrated album.

    The Delgados - Everything Goes Round The Water (1998)
    After randomly hearing them in a tent at the Reading festival in '98 and being blown away, this was the first recorded Delgados track I listened to. It doesn't disappoint. The flute line that opens is great, but the bit when everything drops out to leave just strings and vocals about 3 minutes in is just awesome, and a reminder of just how great this band could be.

  • Comment number 2.

    Not an all-time favourite exactly, but very fond of Frightened Rabbit these days, especially after their support slot with Modest Mouse last month.

    Keep Yourself Warm is just a flipping brilliant track - first heard it when they supported Death Cab and wasn't aware of it, then it came up on a tv show I like so I wound up getting the album, and I listen to that song (and sing along with a very dodgy Scottish accent) all the time.

    The Fratellis need a good slap, though.

  • Comment number 3.

    I would agree with ATL Bell's selection of bands. Use to love TFC and Delgados (even though the latter copied pavement -- ooh controversal!!) I would also throw Mogwai and The Associates into the mix :) I have a sneaky feeling Simple Minds might pop up ;)


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