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BIOG'S to '89
OATS & THE SACKCLOTH:  Graeme High School based act formed in late 1984 by Eric Easton (guitar), Alan Martin (drums, ex-Fizzy Pink), Sandy Sneddon (vocals/guitar, ex-Fizzy Pink), Paul Veitch (bass) & Gavin Wilson (keyboards). Early in 1985 Easton & Wilson left/were sacked, and soon afterwards the others formed Woodhenge, with Easton welcomed into that act as well.

OBSESSION:  Larbert High School band formed in early 1987 by Ross Cunningham (bass/vocals), Gordon McCulloch (guitar), David Rourke (drums/vocals) & Kenny Walker (vocals). Later that year they changed their name to The Innocent Thieves.

ONE DAY SOON:  Pop/rock act formed in 1989 by Carol Brown (keyboards/vocals) & Lorna Marjoribanks (vocals), who were helped out on their one live date supporting The Diesel Kings by Richard McCarron (drums, ex-Run Riot) & Michael Watkins (bass, ex-Run Riot). Whilst Watkins joined Someone's Daughter, the other three formed Outspoken the following year.

ONE OVER THE EIGHT:  Grangemouth based folk-rock act formed in 1988 by Greg Drysdale (drums/ saxophone, ex-Native Son), Steve Drysdale (vocals/guitar), David May (violin/mandolin/guitar) & Gordon Wood (bass, ex-Blue Ruin), who spent many unemployed months rehearsing and writing their set before unleashing it upon the public at the Grangemouth Rock Festival that year. Soon afterwards Wood left to form his own act Stacatto Hat, and was replaced by Harry Brown. 1989 saw a couple of Highland tours completed, including one with Andy White, before splitting. Brown joined Sweet & Savvy, Steve Drysdale joined Fife act Alto Cirrus, and his brother Greg joined Edinburgh act We Free Kings. Local label Seminal released a retrospective collection of demo and live recordings as an album in 2003.
RELEASES:
"Here's Some We Made Earlier" (cd album, Seminal Records, 2003)
WEBSITE:
http://www.falkirkmusicscene.co.uk/seminal.

ORIGINAL SIN:  Synth pop act formed in late 1986 by ex-Southern Comfort member Stephen Anderon (keyboards). He later joined Surrender.

ORION:  Denny based rock act formed in 1982 by Sandy Mitchell (drums), Harvey Lockwood (guitar), Brian Lancaster (guitar). Pete McBride (bass) & Brian Burns (vocals). Burns was replaced in 1983 by Sandy Newlands (apparently known as "Sandra"), and in 1984 Mitchell left (eventually joining Agatha & Cleo's Exploding Plastic Ynevitable). In June 1986 ex-Stealer guitarist Stuart Drake and drummer Alan Wright joined, allowing the band to continue playing locally. Wright later joined Easy Money, whilst McBride was a member of Dragonfly.

OUT OF THE BLUE:  Grangemouth based act formed in 1987 by Gordon Adams (guitar), Paul Fitzsimmons (guitar) and David Jamieson (bass), all of whom had previously played in Visions. Making up the band was Tam Boyle (drums). Later in the year Adams, Boyle & Jamieson formed Fourth Dimension, whilst Fitzsimmons turned up in Captain Trips.

OUTLAW TRIBE:  Band formed in October 1986 from the remains of The Swinging Curtises by Michael Davidson (drums), Eddie McKenzie (bass/vocals) & Willie Moffat (guitar/vocals), along with novice backing vocalists Shirley Boslem & Gill Porter. Towards the end of 1986 McKenzie also briefly formed The Moscardini Brothers. Outlaw Tribe played five local dates in 1987 (including one memorable one in Kincardine where they started a riot between punks and bikers, and left the venue being pursued by a man with an axe!) before splitting in June, with Boslem, McKenzie & Moffat forming ...And Jane. Gill Porter later went on to be the press agent for The Manic Street Preachers.
RELEASES:
"Shit Rap" (cassette mini-album, 1986).

The OVENS:  Bedroom band from late 1980's by Steve Wallace (drums) & Mick MacPherson (vocals/guitar). Wallace went on to join Consider The Mass, whilst MacPherson later formed Alaska.

The OYSTER BAND:  English folk band originally formed in and around Canterbury in a squat near the university by John Jones (vocals/squeezeboxes), Alan Prosser (guitars/mandolin/vocals, ex-Fiddler's Dram), Falkirk born Ian Telfer (fiddle/concertina, ex-Fiddler's Dram), Ian Kearey & Russell Lax (drums) during the mid-1980's. At that time folk-rock, whatever that was, had long since withered and died and the Oyster Band, angry and loud yet still eminently tuneful, were way out on a limb. They became the first act to sign to new label, Cooking Vinyl, and released their debut album, "Step Outside" in 1986.  At every turn since, they've steadfastly followed their own instincts, gloriously disregarding irrelevancies such as image, make-believe musical boundaries and media flavours of the month. Their own writing took a leap on 1987's "Wide Blue Yonder", which included the classic, if seriously strange, "Oxford Girl", as well as an electrifying cover of Billy Bragg's "Between The Wars", and had a guest appearance from Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes some years before Sting had the same idea. lan Kearey left to be replaced on bass (and occasional cello) by Chopper (ex-3 Mustaphas 3), who came to play a defining role on their next album "Ride", and indeed their sound ever since. "Ride", including a cheeky version of New Order's "Love Vigilantes", left the public in no doubt of the band's unconditional commitment to its own path.

A largely live album, "Little Rock To Leipzig", rounded off the 1980s, and they entered the new decade veering off at an unexpected tangent, collaborating with the high priestess of English folk song, June Tabor, on their most successful album thus far, "Freedom & Rain". They toured with Tabor too, a tense, fascinating amalgam between two highly independent and sharply contrasting spirits and styles which merged into an uneasy dream ticket for English music. "Imagine if Aerosmith and Madonna announced they were to tour together........!!" said Rolling Stone magazine, excitably. It was a refreshing diversion, but one that distracted the Oysters from the sense of purpose that had driven them for so long... and it confused their followers.  "Deserters" in 1992 saw that sense of purpose dramatically re-emerge, new drummer Lee (ex-Kirsty MacColl) joining to complete the current line-up and provide a harder edge still to a darker style of songwriting. The contrast between "Deserters" and the relatively jaunty "Freedom And Rain" again confounded the critics.

But by this time the goalposts had shifted again. Bands like The Levellers had been building a fervent following with an alternative indie approach that embraced many of the values pioneered by The Oyster Band. There was also an unexpected upsurge of young musicians taking their own inspiration from folk song and traditional instrumentation; and with their spectacular 1993 album "Holy Bandits" striking a glorious balance between their own traditions and a very modern kind of rock, the Oysters suddenly found themselves talked of as godfathers of a new English style of roots rock. After years being regarded by the music industry as on a par with inter-planetary aliens, it came as a shock to them to discover they were now 'leaders of a movement'.  If anybody imagined this would mellow the band they were wrong. After a compilation album ("Trawler") on which they rather novelly (and to Cooking Vinyl's initial horror) decided to re-record most of the old tracks to enable Chopper and Lee to put their own stamp on them, they came back in 1995 with "The Shouting End Of Life", probably the most aggressive and political album of their career. It was an album of acute extremes, from the trailblazing title track to their raging treatment of Leon Rosselson's socialist national anthem "The World Turned Upside Down".  

In 1997 they teamed up again with friend/producer Alan Scott for "Deep Dark Ocean". It came, unpredictably, with a smile on its face, warm and melodic and, revealing an unexpected talent for quirky pop music, surprised in an election year by ignoring politics altogether (except in the sleevenotes: "Yes, we voted Labour but we didn't inhale").  "Here I Stand", co-produced with Alaric Neville, released during the last summer of the 20th Century, created another landmark with the formation of their own label Running Man. Happily, sales proved the Oysters' following were not fazed by the album's provocative (read "risky") mix of austerity, improvisation, tradition and outright pop; which proved surprisingly radio-friendly and promises well for the label's future.  But while marking time with an interesting remix of one of the "Here I Stand" songs, "Ways Of Holding On", featuring Swedish ice-princess Emma Hardelin from the band Garmarna, The Oyster Band have been talking to their former label. Autumn 2000 saw the release of an ultimate "Best Of" compilation, titled "Granite Years". Covering the period 1986 to 1997, it weighed somewhat toward the later albums, partly because Cooking Vinyl had already licensed out a compilation from the early albums under the title "Pearls From The Oysters" (one the band had successfully avoided using for a great many years!), and partly because they reckoned the band's writing had improved with time.  The band continue to perform around the world in 2006.
RELEASES:
"Step Outside" (vinyl / cassette album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1986)
"Hal-An-Tow" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1986)
"The Old Dance" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1986)
"Rose Of England" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1987)
"Wide Blue Yonder" (vinyl / CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1987)
"Ballad Of A Spycatcher" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1987)
"The Early Days Of A Better Nation" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1988)
"I Fought The Law" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1989)
"Ride" (vinyl / CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1989)
"The Lost And Found" (7 inch / 12 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1989)
"New York Girls" (7 inch / 12 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1989)
"Love Vigilantes" (7 inch / 10 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1989)
"Little Rock To Leipzig" (vinyl / CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1990)
"Granite Years" (7 inch / 12 inch vinyl / CD single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1992)
"Deserters" (vinyl / CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1992)
"Fiddle Or A Gun" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1992)
"All That Way For This" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1992)
"Gone West" (CD single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1993)
"Celtic Junkies" (CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1993)
"Holy Bandits" (CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1993)
"Cry Cry" (CD single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1994)
"20th of April" (CD single, 1994, Cooking Vinyl Records, Spain only)
"Trawler" (CD album, 1994, Cooking Vinyl Records, Australia / Canada / Germany only)
"Oxford Girl" (CD single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1994)
"The Shouting End Of Life" (CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1995)
"Long Dark Street" (CD single, 1995, Cooking Vinyl Records, Germany only)
"Everywhere I Go" (CD single, 1996, Cooking Vinyl Records, Germany only)
"Alive & Shouting" (CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1995)
"One Green Hill" (12 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1996)
"Sail On By" (CD single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1997)
"Deep Dark Ocean" (CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1997)
"Tubthumping" (7 inch vinyl single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1997)
"Pearls From The Oysters - The Early Years, 30 Tracks From 86-90" (double CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1998)
"Alive & Acoustic" (CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1998)
"This Is The Voice" (CD single, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1999)
"Here I Stand" (CD album, Running Man Records, 1999)
"Street Of Dreams" (CD single, 1999, Running Man Records, Germany / Spain only)
"This Is The Voice" (CD single, 1999, Running Man Records, Spain only)
"On The Edge" (CD single, 1999, Running Man Records, Germany only)
"Granite Years" (double CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 2000)
"Ways Of Holding On (Waiting For The Sun)" (CD single, Running Man Records, 2000)
"The Soul's Electric" (CD single, 2002, Running Man Records, Germany / Spain only)
"Rise Above" (CD album, Running Man Records, 2002)
"Rise Above" (CD single, 2003, Running Man Records, Spain only)
"25" (CD EP, 2003)
"The Big Sessions: Volume 1" (CD album, Running Man Records, 2004)
The Oyster Band with June Tabor:
"Freedom & Rain" (vinyl / CD album, Cooking Vinyl Records, 1990)
WEBSITE:
http://www.oysterband.co.uk

The PALMERS:  Local act from 1989 containing seasoned musicians Sandy Black (vocals, ex-Blackout, also with The Smokehouse Blues Band), Graeme Gillson (bass, ex-Ellingtons), Ian Mathers (drums, ex-Brahn Seer) & Jim Moir (guitar, ex-Shad & The Pineapples). With Moir also an ex-member of Brahn Seer, it seemed almost like a re-union. In 1990 Moir moved on to Edinburgh act The T.C.'s, and Black continued with The Smokehouse Blues Band.

PASTIS 51:  Falkirk based pop act formed in February 1981 by Gordon Davidson (guitar), Chas Fotheringham (bass/vocals), Ally Gibb (guitar/saxophone/keyboards), George Smith (drums) & Barbara (vocals). They built up a strong local following, and recorded a session for Radio Royal in 1982. Barbara was replaced by Diane Smith (vocals) as the band released their debut cassette single, "Long Summers" in April 1983, and recorded a Radio Forth session a couple of months later. Davidson was then replaced by former Shout guitarist Alex Irvine, and later in the year they won a Levi's Battle Of The Bands in Edinburgh, judged by Radio One DJ Peter Powell. This led to a support with The Bluebells. Gibb also guested on The Cocteau Twins album "Head Over Heels" at this time. By 1985 Diane Smith had left to pursue a career as a dancer, eventually turned up in the Cadbury's Twirl (Take 5) advert, and also in the video for "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen. The band split up soon afterwards, with Gibb joining The Breakfast Boyz and Irvine turning up ten years later in Frank's Wild Years. Future Smokehouse Blues Band saxophonist David Hair played a few dates with the band whilst still at school.
RELEASES:
"Long Summers" (cassette single, 1983).

The PEARLFISHERS:  Glasgow band formed 1989 by ex-Hearts & Minds vocalist/guitarist/ keyboard player (a Falkirk lad) Davy Scott. He recruited Australian Jim Gash (drums) from his former act, and added Brian McAlpine (keyboards) & Mil Stricevic (bass, ex-Big Sur). With the help of the Princes Trust Scott was able to set up his own label, My Dark Star, and release three EP's in the early 1990's. These singles were playlisted all over Scotland, and led to sessions on Radio Clyde & BBC Radio 1, all of which helped the band build up a strong following north of the border.

The first half of 1992 was spent playing an astonishing range of gigs, including the "Drum Beat" benefit at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, a hugely successful spot on the main stage of the first Scottish Fleadh, support slots at Edinburgh's Usher Hall and the Aberdeen Capitol with Capercaillie, a headline at the SECC during Mayfest, and an open-air gig at Leith Links in Edinburgh with Deacon Blue.
May 1992 saw the start of sessions for the group's debut album at their own studio and at Glasgow's CaVa, featuring guest contributions from Capercaillie's Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw, and Deacon Blue's Graeme Kelling and Jim Prime. The sessions, which continued throughout the year, were only interrupted by the filming of ITV's 'The Gig' at the Tunnel Club in Glasgow (broadcast twice nationally), and an acoustic tour in December 1992.  Almost a year after the session started the final mixing at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh was completed. The Pearlfishers approached Scottish record label Iona who immediately agreed to license the release of the album and the preceding single. "Saint Francis Songs" emerged as the first choice single, followed by the album, "Za Za's Garden" in August 1993. A second single from the album was released in April 1994, entitled "Living In A Foreign Country".  
From there the band started working with Scotland-loving German l
abel Marina, who signed The Pearlfishers and were responsible for the next album, "The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies" in 1997. The album was licensed for mainland Europe by Sony, who memorably flew a posse of French and German journalists over to Glasgow to see them gig at CaVa Studio. The line-up for this album was Scott, McAlpine & Wilf Taylor (drums), with help from Charlie McKerron (violin). By then Scott was working at East Kilbride Arts Centre, and co-produced (with Bill Wells) an album for Andy Shanks & Jim Russell.

Jim Gash re-joined the band for the next album, "The Young Picnickers" in 1999, along with Deepak Bahl (bass), Amy Geddes (violin), Derek Star (drums) & Gabriel Telerman (guitar). Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub guested on backing vocals. In 1999 Scott, Gash & McAlpine also helped Robin Laing on his "Imaginary Lines" album, whilst Scott produced an album for Tannas.  
2000 saw Scott producing The Gentle Waves, as well as a Brian Wilson tribute album for Marina.  The next album, two years later had guest spots from Johnny Cameron, Lindsay Cooper, Alison Lucas, Mick Slaven, Colin Steele & Wendy Wetherby. 2001 also saw the release of "Tiny Waves Mighty Sea", an album by Future Pilot A.K.A. produced by and featuring Scott.  2002 saw The Pearlfishers play at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park, along with Bob Geldof & Snow Patrol. That year also saw Scott work with Amy Allison, The Bill Wells Trio, Ricky Ross, Space Kelly & John Miller.  2003 saw the band release the ambitious "Sky Meadows" album, taking their music to the outskirts and the byways in October with a short tour ("The Tallpop Sinfonia Tour") of provincial theatres and arts centres throughout central Scotland. The core band was augmented by a string quartet and brass and woodwind trio, enabling the sounds and textures of the album to be faithfully rendered.  2004 saw Scott working with ex-Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell, The BMX Bandits, Amy Rigby Ally Kerr & the legendary Kim Fowley. In 2005 Davy Scott helped to record an album of piping songs for 71 year old David Hamilton, entitled "Tunes From The Glen", as well as working in the studio with Ricky Ross, Amy Allison & Tom Clelland. The band played at the "Way To Blue" Festival in Falkirk in October.  2006 began well, with Scott completing a solo mini-tour of Japan supporting The B.M.X. Bandits (of whom he was also a member by this time), and producing material by Ally Kerr, David Heavenorr & Richard Anderson & YeonGene. By the end of the year he had begun work on the next album, co-produced by Norman Blake (of Teenage Fanclub). 

The next album, "Up With The Larks" was released in September 2007, and featured Scott, Jim Gash, Deepak Bahl, Norman Blake, Stuart Kidd, Derek Star, Margaret, Michael & Shaun Daly and the Tallpop Sinfonia. The album would go on to be the Daily Record's "Scottish Album Of The Year". Scott completed a solo European tour with Norman Blake in October, and then began 2008 with a date at Celtic Connections.
2009 was quiet for the band, however they did release an expanded version of their Christmas album, "A Sunflower At Christmas".  2010 saw a temporary line-up of Scott, Gash, Finlay McDonald & Jim McCulloch (all members of The BMX Bandits) play a tribute gig for Alex Chilton.  2011 saw Scott part-producing the album by Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, "Everything's Getting Older".  Influenced most obviously by Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Webb, there are also traces of The Byrds, Burt Bacharach and even the much maligned Gilbert O'Sullivan in The Pearlfishers mix.
RELEASES:
"Sacred" (CD/2 inch EP, My Dark Star, 1991)
"Hurt" (CD/12 inch ED, My Dark Star, 1991)
"Woodenwire" (cassette EP, My Dark Star, 1992)
"Saint Francis Songs" (CD EP, Iona Gold, 1993)
"Za's Za's Garden" (CD/cassette album, Iona Gold, 1993)
"Living In A Foreign Country" (CD EP, Iona Gold, 1994)
"The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies" (CD album, Marina Records, 1997)
"Even On A Sunday Afternoon" (CD EP, Marina Records, 1997)
"Banana Sandwich" (CD EP, Marina Records, 1998)
"The Young Picnickers" (CD album, Marina Records, 1999)
"Across The Milky Way" (CD album, Marina Records, 2001)
"Sky Meadows" (CD/vinyl album, Marina Records, 2003)
"A Sunflower At Christmas" (CD album, Marina Records, 2004)
"Up With The Larks" (CD album, Marina Records, 2007)
"The Umbrellas Of Shibuya" (7 inch single, Marina Records, 2007)
"A Sunflower At Christmas (Expanded version) " (CD album, Marina Records, 2009)
GUEST APPEARANCES:
Andy Shanks & Jim Russell, "Diamonds In The Night" (CD/cassette album, Culburnie Records, 1997)
Bill Wells Vs Future Pilot AKA, "Bill Wells Vs Future Pilot AKA" (CD album, Domino, 1998, engineer)
Various Artists, "Songs For Marshmallow Lovers" (CD album, Marina, 1998)
Duglas T. Stewart, "Frankenstein" (CD album, Vinyl Japan Records, 1998)
Robin Laing, "Imaginary Lines" (CD album, Greentrax Records, 1999)
Tannas, "Suilean Dubh" (CD album, Lochshore Records, 1999)
Various Artists, "Caroline Now! - the songs of Brian Wilson" (CD album, Marina, 2000)
The Gentle Waves, "E.P." (CD EP, Jeepster Records, 2000, engineer)
John Herrald, "Roll On, John" (CD album, Spit And Polish, 2000, engineer/co-producer)
Future Pilot A.K.A. "Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea" (CD album, Geographic Records, 2001)
The Bill Wells Trio, "Incorrect Practice" (album, Geographic, 2001, engineer/co-producer)
Tom Clelland, "Little Stories" (album, Spit And Polish, 2001)
Various Artists, "You Don't Need Darkness..." (album, Geographic/Trattoria, 2001)
Amy Allison, "No Frills Friend" (album, Diesel Only, 2002)
The Bill Wells Trio, "Also In White" (album, Geographic, 2002, engineer and mix)
Space Kelly, "Space Kelly Fanclub" (album, Syft Japan, 2002)
Ricky Ross, "This Is The Life" (album, Papillon, 2002)
John Miller, "Those Old Country Songs" (album, Shoeshine, 2002)
Isobel Campbell, "Amorino"(album, Snow Storm Records, 2004)
Ally Kerr, "Calling Out To You" (album, Neon Tetra, 2004)
The BMX Bandits, "Down At The Hop"(album, Spit And Polish, 2004, engineer/musician, 2004)
Kim Fowley, "Fantasy World" (album, Spit And Polish, 2004, engineer)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz, "Blues Du Jour" (album, Geographic Records, 2004, engineer)
Amy Rigby, "Till The Wheels Fall Off" (album, Signature Sounds, 2004)
Amy Allison, Everything And Nothing Too" (album, Spit & Polish Records, 2005)
David Hamilton, "Tunes From The Glen" (album, 2005, featuring Davy Scott on guitar & piano)
Tom Clelland, "Life Goes On" (album, Whistleberry Records, 2005)
Ricky Ross, "Pale Rider" (album, P3, 2005, producer/musician)
YeonGene, "Me & My Burt" (CD album, Beatball Records, 2006, producer)
The B.M.X. Bandits,
"Bee Stings" (CD album, Poppydisc, 2007, musician)
The B.M.X. Bandits, "Take Me To Heaven" (Internet single, 2007, musician)

WEBSITES:

http://www.pearlfishers.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/thepearlfishers

The PENNY DREADFULS:  Band from 1990 - 1991.

PERFECT SENSE:  Grangemouth based act from 1989.

The PLAGUE:  Band formed at Graeme High School in 1984 by Dougie Cameron (guitar), Stuart Brown (vocals), Ramsay Hunter (bass) & Stephen Murphey (drums/vocals). After a few dates they changed their name to The Bainbridge Silencers in 1985.

POSSE III IN EFFECT:  Rap influenced 3-piece from 1988 with Alisdair Rankine, Scott Smith & Mark Cowan.

POZESSED IMAGES:  Bo'ness based band formed by Gogz, Bri and Hammy, who played between 1984 and 1985. In 2005 they reformed for a charity night in Bo'ness, and then decided to keep going.

The PRIZE TURKEYS:  Solo performer Gareth Finn (vocals/guitar, ex-Randy Horn & The Section) who played a few support slots in 1988, before joining The Grassharps.

PUNCH:  Punch were a 6-piece Glasgow based band who featured local musicians Donald Lang (saxophone), ex-Nassau member Richard Newlands (bass) & Eddie O'Connor (vocals), with Pete Haggerty (drums). In early 1987 they supported The Proclaimers on a few dates. Haggerty left in the summer, replaced by Graham Murray (drums), and the band played a few joint headline dates with Del Amitri. O'Conner later went solo.

PURPLE BASS PLECTRUM:  Band formed in 1988 by Willie Green (drums), Meff (vocals) & Malcolm Middleton (bass). The band never gigged and eventually lost interest the following year, with Green going on to form Constable Savage, and the other two forming Rabid Lettuce.

QUIET LIFE:  Quiet Life were a pop/rock band, in the vein of The Psychedelic Furs, formed by Karl Anderson (bass), Stephen Morris (keyboards) & Donald Nisbet (vocals/guitar) early in 1986. After recruiting Gordon Allan (guitar) and Vince Boytler (drums) they began playing live around central Scotland. By December of that year the band recruited drummer Alan Wright (ex-Orion) and changed their name to Easy Money.

The RAINPALS:  Grangemouth based act formed in 1986 by ex-Prymal Urge vocalist/guitarist Kevin Kirkham. After recruiting ex-Avoided drummer Gary Glen, the duo recorded a cassette album, "Circle Dream", which was released that year. In November they recruited Bill Fraser (keyboards) & ex-Cary Grants bass player Paul O'Donnell, and then added guitarist Sid Ritchie in January 1987. The band released a single, "A New Day" in May 1987. A couple of months later Glen left the band, after which the other members gave up.
RELEASES:
"Circle Dream" (cassette album, 1986)
"A New Day" (single, 1987).

RAM:  Bo'ness based band from 1987 featuring John Martin (keyboards/vocals) & Simmie Henderson (guitar/ vocals, ex-Mother Earth).

RANDY HORN & THE SECTION:  Mythical band formed by Stuart "Snowy" Snow (ex-solo) & Gareth Finn, who were meant to play at The Whitecross Rock Festival in 1986, but failed to show. It turns out they were playing a gig in St. Andrews that night. Snow later moved to Northumberland where he teaches music, whilst Finn performed as The Prize Turkey.

RED DEXTER & THE TRAILBLAZERS:  Band formed in 1986 featuring former members of Thrush.

RED SKY:  Band formed in 1988 featuring Jim Derry (vocals), Gavin Mills (drums, ex-Forgotten), Ian Stevenson (guitar) & Davey (bass). The band continued to play live into 1989.

RED VISION:  1987 band featuring Graham, Paul & Steve.

RHUBIN:  Rhubin contained Derek Kirkwood (drums) and Evan Stewart, and played one date supporting Two Helens at The Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth early in 1986. Kirkwood formed Cato's Cat the following year, with Stewart as their manager.

RHYTHMIC IMPULSE:  Duo from 1989 featuring Angela Presslie (vocals), Keith Maxwell (bass) & James Stevenson (guitar). Presslie later sang backing with Raw Elvis, whilst Maxwell formed Perfectly Chilled.

RHYTHM METHOD:  Band formed in 1983 by Eric Baker (guitar, ex-Bustop), Alan Leckie (keyboards, ex-Caspian), Eamon Tolan (drums, ex-Bustop) & Jamie (bass). Leckie also helped out with Fifth Estate. Rhythm Method were still going in some format in 1988. Leckie turned up in 2005 playing jazz with Fifer Willie Logan.

ROCK BOTTOM:  Denny based act formed in 1987 by bass player John McKenna, who later that year joined These Consuming Passions.

RUN RIOT:  Rock act, in the AC/DC mould, formed in 1987 by Craig Cowan (guitar), Chris McCarron (keyboards/guitar), Stuart McCulloch (drums) & Michael Watkins (bass). After playing gigs locally, they replaced McCulloch with Richard McCarron (drums) at the start of 1989. By the end of the year they had split, with Richard McCarron & Watkins joining One Day Soon, Chris McCarron briefly joining The Diesel Kings, and Cowan later forming Lieutenant Stardust.

 
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