MUSIC industry seminar/social club Born To Be Wide celebrated its tenth birthday last night – and I was invited to play my three favourite Scottish releases of the past decade.
It was no easy feat picking the songs for my short stint on the decks – it’s like being asked to choose between your children – but after much deliberation I narrowed my setlist down to three.
Here’s what I went for...
Saint Jude’s Infirmary – Vampyres (2006) Time was when I’d have put the mortgage on this sadly now-defunct Edinburgh band making it – thankfully I thought better of staking everything on ones named after the patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases.
The vitriolic Vampyres is the sucker-punch standout track from the band’s brilliant 2006 debut album, Happy Healthy Lucky Month, itself a mixture of sad, sweeping epics and rollicking bar-room romps which saw them hailed as ‘Scotland’s answer to The Velvet Underground’.
Sons & Daughters – Dance Me In (2005) This track was produced by ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins, who seemed to relish the challenge of taking what was then this country’s most exciting young band from cultdom into commerciality.
The devilishly catchy Dance Me In was poppier than anything the brooding Glaswegian indie quartet had released to date, and it gave them their first Top 40 hit in 2005.
I caught S&D live at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom in 2008, and this song was undoubtedly the highlight.
Chvrches – Lies (2013) This was the first Chvrches song to surface, paving the way for the enormous sea of hype that surrounded the Lauren Mayberry-fronted trio’s blistering debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe.
Lies is the best track from the album – an utterly infectious slice of electro-pop that sounded like an instant classic from the very first time I heard it.