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BIOG'S 90'S +
AFTERJONES:  Bo'ness based Indie act formed in 1992 by ex-Loaded musicians Graeme Beglin (drums), Douglas Grant (guitar) & Lee Robertson (bass), with the addition of Paul Barkhouse (keyboards) & John Bissett (guitar). In 1993 the band had a track included on the "Buzztracks" compilation cassette.

The ALASKANS:  Glasgow based act formed in 1993 by ex-Wedgewood Line musicians Craig Anderson (vocals), Gary Cunningham (guitar), Michael Kane (guitar) & Kenny MacInnes (drums). Both Anderson & MacInnes were local, and the following year formed Uncle Jack.

ALBION:  Duo formed in 1991 by Dave Llewllyn (vocals/guitar/keyboards) & Michelle Worrall (vocals).

ALIEN FROG CHOCOLATE:  Funk/rock act formed in 1994 by a name change from Magic Bus, however they were soon to change their name again, this time to Bingo Fury.

ALTO CIRRUS:  Dunfermline based folk-punk act featuring Grangemouth born Steve Drysdale (vocals/guitar), an ex-member of One Over The Eight. Stevie joined Phil Cheyne (bass), Cowfreak (drums), Kate Hill (violin) & Mike Wilson (guitar) in late 1989, all of whom had played in a previous version of the band. Alto Cirrus played regularly around Scotland during this time, especially on Highland tours, and released a self-financed single in 1990, entitled "Badge Of Poverty". After this the band split.
RELEASES:
"Badge Of Poverty/The Cowboy Song" (7 inch single, 1990).

ANGELBABY:  Alternative act formed in 1993 by ex-Pigtube members Malcolm Middleton (guitar) & Heebie (drums), along with Paul Coleman (vocals). Later in that year the band changed their name to Oral Groove.

ANGELDUST:  Rock act from 1992, featuring someone called Davie.

The ANGRY BUDDHISTS:  Loose collection of Aidan Moffat (also Someone's Daughter & Bay), Gavin Moffat, Stuart The Postman, Jason Taylor (also Bay) and The Stobe. The act were formerly known as The Arab Strap but renamed posthumously by Gavin Moffat for obvious reasons. They recorded over 40 songs on dictaphones and 4-tracks between 1991 and 1996, and never played live, before Aidan Moffat formed the real Arab Strap.
APPARITION:  Metal act formed in 1994 by vocalist Clark Preston.

ARAMANTH:  Local rock act formed in early 1992 by ex-members of Stealer Kev (bass) & Pat "Paddy" Johnson (drums), along with Dougal Rae (guitar/vocals), Jim Dunbar (vocals), Ray Easton (guitar) & Stuart (percussion/vocals). The band continued to gig into 1993, when Dunbar left to join Fine. Johnson then took off to Paris with David Bennie (of A Rose For Emily) & Louise Reid, but later joined a re-formed version of Citizan's Bureaux along with Rae. Someone else from the band formed Anthem in 1995, whilst Easton formed Fat Davey & The Denny Brass.

A ROSE FOR EMILY:  Act formed in 1989 by ex-These Consuming Passions members David Bennie (vocals/ guitar) & Michael Ryan (keyboards), adding brother Charles Bennie (drums) & Joseph Murphy (bass). The band played regularly into 1990, and in November replaced bass player Murphy with another ex-Consuming Passion John McKenna. The band supported Hazel O'Connor on a Scottish tour in 1991, then Murphy left later that year to be replaced by Warren Mann (bass). This allowed the band to continue playing live until 1993, when they split in April. Mann then joined Cage, and Bennie later played some solo dates in 1997. The band appear to have played at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth in 1997, but that may have been a one-off date. Charles Bennie later joined his brother in Giveway.

AURORA:  Band from around 2003 - 2004 featuring Jamie Rodgers (bass, also with Whumff), Lewis Wilson (guitar) and John Walker (drums). They played together for around a year, recording an EP ("You're A Star") and getting some internet radio play from contrabands. There was another local band with the same name around 1994. Wilson may have gone on to join Bravado.
RELEASES:
"You're A Star" (CD EP, 2004).

BABELFISH:   Act formed in 1991 by Neil.

The BAIRNS:   Interim act formed in 1993 by husband and wife duo, Alan Robertson (vocals/guitar) & Dawn Robertson (vocals), both of whom had played with local legends Spank!. The Bairns recorded a track at Black Market Studios for the "One Records" compilation album with the help of George Falconer (drums, of The Earth Dwellers & The Jazz Prophets), Cal Marshall (keyboards, of The Earth Dwellers & The Jazz Prophets), Grant Paterson (bass, of Missing Link) & Peter Watson (guitar, of The Earth Dwellers), and received some Scottish radio play. Later on they worked under the name The Harbour Road Angels.

BAY:  Falkirk indie band formed in 1994 by Aiden Moffat (drums, ex-Someone's Daughter) & Jason Taylor (vocals/guitar/bass, ex-Happymen), both also worked with The Angry Buddhists. Moffat worked in Sleeves Records, whilst Taylor worked in Music City across the road. They signed with local Anoise Annoys label to release an EP of sparse songs "Happy Being Different" in 1994. A double album, "Alison Rae", followed for which they recruited Ross Miller (keyboards) & Ronnie Young (guitar, ex-Bed In The Sea). In early 1995 they featured live on B.B.C. Scotland with an American bass player from The Chubbies, before Taylor lost interest and Moffat formed Arab Strap. Taylor at that time was also a member of Lowlife, Miller joined Clockwork Pig, and Young later helped out The International Pop Assassins. Taylor later formed Mosca.
RELEASES:
"Happy Being Different" (CD EP, Anoise Annoys, 1994)
"Alison Rae" (CD double album, Anoise Annoys, 1995).

BELT:  Much rated young local act formed in 1993 by Mark Donaldson (vocals), Stuart Menzies (bass), Gavin Brown (drums), Steven Morton (guitar) & Doug Hendry (guitar). The band split in 1994, with Brown, Donaldson & Menzies forming Citrus Soul, and Hendry later playing in Hipster.

BIG BLUE FUNKY WHALE:  Local indie-pop act formed in 1990 by Nigel Frayling-Kelly (keyboards/vocals, ex-Constable Savage), Robbie Lesuik (bass, ex-Tuliptown), Dave McIntosh (guitar, also with Filigree Son), Paul Tonner (samples) & Steve Wallace (drums, ex-Tuliptown). During their time they also played with various other acts: Frayling-Kelly & Lesuik with Colors Coral, Wallace with Slowdown, and all members except McIntosh formed Spag Bog. In 1993 the band had a track on the "Buzztracks" compilation cassette, and continued to play live into 1994 including an appearance at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth. After the band split Lesuik, Tonner & Wallace formed Twister, whilst Frayling-Kelly joined Strawberry. McIntosh, meanwhile, continued with his own act, Filigree Son.

BIG WEDNESDAY:  Glasgow based act from 1994 featuring Denny musician Jamie Anderson. The band released their debut single, "Four Stories High" in 1994.
RELEASES:
"Four Stories High" (CD single, 1994).

BINGO FURY:  Funk/rock act formed in 1994 by a name change from Alien Frog Chocolate. Sometime over the next year they reverted to a previous name of Magic Bus.

The BITTER SUITE:  The Bitter Suite were formed in the late 1980's as Boo Radley, but changed their name in 1990 with the emergance of the Creation signed act of the same title. Retaining Craig Anderson (vocals), John Anderson (drums), Thomas McKenna (bass) & George Ramage (keyboards), they recruited ex-Getting Serious guitarist Tom Clark, and backing vocalist May, and began playing in earnest around Central Scotland over the next two years. Their act, whilst originally containing original songs, soon became purely cover versions. After splitting Craig Anderson formed the more successful Wedgewood Line. A club version of the band re-appeared in 1994. Clark later went solo.

BOO RADLEY:  Boo Radley were a pop act playing a mixture of original material and covers who emerged in early 1988. Initially started as The Fugitive Kind by Craig Anderson (vocals) & John Anderson (drums) (no relation), they recruited Alan Finlay (guitar), George Hall (guitar/keyboards, ex-Economy), Thomas McKenna (bass, ex-Mirror Mirror) & George Ramage (keyboards). The band continued to play live into 1990, when they changed their name to The Bitter Suite upon the emergance of The (more famous) Boo Radleys.

BORDERLINE:  Band formed as Take 5 in 1990, who changed their name to Borderline during the summer. The line up consisted of Jamie Anderson (saxophone), Andrew Baker (sax), Stuart Blackwood (vocals/guitar), Carrick Flockhart (guitar), Robin Michaels (keyboards), Keith Parsons (bass), Gordon Samuels (drums) & Barry Smart (trombone). The large band continued to gig into 1992 with whatever musicians were available on the night. In 1992 Anderson also played with The Smokehouse Blues Band. In July 1992 Blackwood joined The Delta Hurricanes, and soon afterwards Borderline split. Parsons & Samuels later joined Blackwood in The Delta Hurricanes, whilst Baker played keyboards for Heskey.

The BOTTOM LINE:  Act formed in early 1990 by Sandy Brodie, Duncan Dewar (drums, ex-Scrape), Steven Lawson, Robert Park (vocals/guitar) & Blair Scrimgeour. Dewer & Park later formed Commit A Crime.

BOUNCY CASTLE:  Indie act formed in late 1991 by Willie Green (drums, ex-Constable Savage), Martin Walker (guitar), Stuart Wynd (vocals) & Michael Young (bass). The band played sporadically into 1993, and recorded two demo tapes, produced by Ronnie Young. When Michael Young left he was replaced by Brian Walker (ex-Tuliptown). Green later joined Papa Tree, whilst Martin helped out The Harbour Road Angels.

BREED:  Denny High based act who started playing live in 1994, and continued into the following year. Their frontman, Barry Honeyman, later formed Bullitt For Pablo.

BROKEN PROMISE:  Broken Promise were formed in 1988 by Paul Elliot (vocals/bass), Andy Phillips (bass), Derek Brown (vocals), David Dowell (drums) & Ross Horne (guitar), and continued to play into 1989, after which they seemed to disappear, with Dowell joining Sacrosanct. The band appeared again in 1992 with Elliot & Horne being joined by Steven Elliott (drums), though the emphasis was very much on cover versions by then. In 1993 Broken Promise contributed two tracks to the One Records compilation album.

The George BURT BAND:  Jazz act formed by George Burt (guitar) featuring Frank Hughes (sax), George McKay (double bass), Bill Wells (bass, also solo) & Nick Weston (drums) for a track on the One Records compilation album in 1993. Afterwards Burt concentrated on his main act, The Burt MacDonald Quartet.

BUS STOP:  Act formed in 1991.

CAGE:   Metal/funk act formed in 1994 by Phil Harley (guitar), Warrie Mann (ex-A Rose For Emily) & Chris (vocals). The band released a seven inch single in 1994 called "Song X", and continued to play live until 1996. Harley later formed The Caine Rooms, whilst Mann joined Brighawk.
RELEASES:
"Song X" (7 inch single, 1994)
"You Dirty Rat" (CD single, Scratch Records, 1995).

CAL:  Local singer/songwriter, born Michael Callaghan (1963). He turned to performing in 1991 when recovering from a serious back injury. Deciding to further develop his musical talents he studied at Perth College for 3-years and attained an HND in "Rock Music Performance". He also won the "Outstanding Adult Learner Award 1993" and won the "Sound Control Music Trophy 1993 - 1994".   He supported Fish at the Martell in late 1995, before auditioning for the job of frontman with Runrig (he was unsuccessful!). After a year of working in a factory Cal returned to further education where he attended Edinburgh Jewel and Esk Valley College in 1996 - 1997 and achieved his Advanced Diploma in "Film And Television Music". 

Cal is one of the busiest pub performers, with 2 - 3 gigs a week, and to date has released four self-financed albums.  2004 saw him release his fourth album, "Calling You", on his own Cal Music label, and complete German and Polish tours. He has continued his gigging schedule in 2005, complete with a support to Midge Ure at Stirling's Albert Hall. He also entered Cava Studio, Glasgow, and recorded a double A-side single, "Scotland, A Part Of Me" & "The Rose Among The Heather", which was released in spring 2006. This single featured Grubowski's Allstars drummer David Dowell.

2006 saw Cal continue his furious gigging, including a couple more supports to Midge Ure. In 2007 he supported former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro on a Danish tour. He also recruited a band for some live dates of Mikey Grant (keyboards), Kenny McLean (bass) & Adam Thompson (drums). The year ended on a high with Cal winning the "Festival4stars" National Songwriting Competition.  Cal kept up his non-stop live schedule throughout 2008, once again taking part in the "Festival4stars" singwriting competition, however this time in the International category. In August / September he undertook a series of dates in Canada.  Cal continued to play into 2009, including some dates with Sandi Thom in February. August & September saw him complete a short Canadian tour.   Work continued, and by 2012 he was being backed by David Lindsay (drums), Graham Brown (bass) & Ross Munro (keyboards). This line-up played at T In The Park that year.
RELEASES:
"One Of One" (cassette album, 1996)
"Vintage Years" (cassette album, 1998)
"(Scotland) A Part Of Me" (CD album, 2000)
"Calling You" (CD album, Cal Music, 2004)
"The Rose Among The Heather" (CD single, 2006)
WEBSITE:
http://www.calmusic.co.uk

The CANDY STARS:  Three piece act formed in 1994.

The CAUCUS RACE:  3-piece formed by Paul Hunter (guitar/vocals/mandolin), Vincent Kane (percussion/ vocals) & Stephen Mossen (keyboards) who contributed a track to the 1993 One Records compilation. Helping out on the track were David Cowan (bass) & Jim Montgomery (trumpet). The band played live in 1994.

CEILIDH MINOGUE:  Ceilidh Minogue, formed in the 1990's, included Jock The Box (accordion, also Box 'o' Bananas), Stevie Gillies (guitar/bagpipes/vocals, also Box 'o' Bananas), Fraser Neil (fiddle/vocals)  & Brian McAlpine (keyboards/guitar/accordion). Ceilidh Minogue are still going to this day, and Alistair Morrow plays drums and runs the business.
The CHARM:  Kincardine based act from 1993 featuring Blaine (bass) & Cammie (guitar), who started playing live in 1995. In 1996 they advertised for a drummer, which allowed them to play at an all-dayer at the Martell in December 1996. The band continued to play live until 1999, after which Blaine & Cammie formed Goodson.

CHAPTER FOUR:  Folk act formed in the early 1970's by Tommy Quinn, Peter Davie, Robin Duncan & Ian Scott. They continued to play for the next 34 years until Quinn's death in 2009.

CHARON:  4-piece Bonnybridge act from 1994, who continued to play live until they split in February 1995.

CHILIRYDER:  Band who started playing live in 1999 as Nicotine Junkies, and then changed their name not long after. Their line-up was Kevin Byrne (drums), Scott (vocals), Mick Murphy (bass) & Les Sweeney (guitar). After several dates the band lost their guitarist, and tried to continue with Martin Crossley (ex-Tibor). However, that didn't work out, and they split for good. Byrne then joined The Seventeenth. Crossley later went solo.

The CHUBBIES:  Band run by Americans in 1994, one of whom helped out in Bay.

The CLAN:  Folk act formed in 1990 by Colin Blakey (flute/guitar/mandolin/vocals, ex-Waterboys). He recruited a long list of collaborators to record their only album, "The Roke", including Phil Bull (cello, ex-We Free Kings), Dave Robb (bouzoki), Geoff Pagan (violin, ex-We Free Kings), Rob Welsh (digeridoo), Robbie The Pict (guitar), Lucy Johnstone (vocals/guitar/percussion), Kenny Welsh (bodhran), Wendy Blakey (drums), Steve Bradley (harmonica), Mark Ritchie (guitar, ex-We Free Kings), Seb Holbrook (percussion, ex-We Free Kings), Kirsten Webster (percussion), Julian Goodacre (scottish smallpipe), Marshall Stormonth (vocals), Rob Blakey (clarinet), Billy Smith (violin), Pete Livingstone (violin), Joe Kingman (mandolin, ex-We Free Kings) & Shona McMillan (violin). Holbrook later formed The Dead Plants and toured the world busking, whilst Blakey formed Orchestra Macaroon.
RELEASES:
"The Roke" (cassette album, Temple Records, 1990).

The COCTEAU TWINS:  Grangemouth act formed in 1981 by former Liberators Robin Guthrie and Will Heggie. Guthrie's position as DJ at the International Hotel in Grangemouth allowed him to spot Liz Fraser, who the duo recruited as vocalist. Taking their name from an obscure song by Simple Minds, the Cocteau Twins won a session on John Peel's BBC Radio show, which in turn led to a recording contract with the 4AD label in London.

The Cocteau Twins developed a unique sound, based around Heggie's rythmic bass and Guthrie's swirling guitar. The fact that Fraser's vocals were like another instrument, with deliberatly obscured lyrics sealing their instant reputation as an influential and critically aclaimed act.

The band released their debut album, "Garlands", in 1982, and began playing live dates with the likes of The Birthday Party and Modern English. Later in the year they produced an EP entitled "Lullabies" which once again sent critics into frenzies of ecstacy. This was followed early the following year by another EP, "Peppermint Pig", produced by Alan Rankin of The Associates. The use of an outside producer left the band with a bad taste in their mouths, and they vowed to do it themselves from now on. Subsequent touring led to Heggie leaving the band, with rumours of Guthrie & Frasers romantic relationship being too much for him. He subsequently returned to Grangemouth and joined Dead Neighbours. The duo embarked on a European tour supporting OMD, but left before the end after arguments over the sound.

The next album, "Head Over Heels" was a classic of the 1980's, and feauring fellow Falkirk musician, Ally Gibb (of Pastis 51) on saxophone. Recorded back in Grangemouth, the band soon returned to London, where their neighbours signed a petition to evict them due to the noise. The band responded by playing their  first American dates.
1983 also saw them becoming involved with another act, This Mortal Coil, which was the brainchild of 4AD owner Ivo. The duo recorded a version of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren" which soon began picking up airplay and almost made it into the top forty.

In late 1983 the band recruited a new bass player, Simon Raymonde, who had previously played in Drowning Craze, and the first fruits were the single "Pearly Dewdrops Drops", which entered the charts in 1984, finally reaching #29. The band, peverse as ever, turned down a slot on "Top Of The Pops". The next project was the third album, "Treasure" in October 1984, which remains one of their most popular releases, although the band claim to hate it. The band then set out on a short world tour early in 1985, making a first visit to Japan where the band were mobbed by thousands of fans at airports and hotels. The crowds thought that Fraser was singing in Japanese!

This was the start of a particularly prolific period for the band, and the follow up EP, "Aikea-Guinea" was released just six months later. Guthrie & Fraser also found time to guest on "The Legendary Wolfgang Press and Other Tall Stories", an album by label mates, The Wolfgang Press. The next two EP's were released soon after, entitled "Tiny Dynamite" & "Echoes In A Shallow Bay", recorded in their own London studio.
The Cocteau Twins signed an international distribution agreement in 1985, and to mark the occasion, and to give Americans some exposure to what the band had previously recorded, 4AD released a compilation album entitled "The Pink Opaque" in November. The album's ten tracks drew from material released from 1982 to 1984, and included songs from "Garlands", "Head Over Heels", "Sunburst and Snowblind", "The Spangle Maker", and "Treasure", as well as the previously unreleased track, "Millimillenary".

In early 1986 the band recorded and released a primarily acoustic album entitled "Victorialand". Raymonde did not appear on the album as he was at work on the second This Mortal Coil LP, "Filigree and Shadow". However, the album did feature Dif Juz member Richard Thomas on saxophone and tablas. Guthrie & Fraser returned the favour by appearing on the Dif Juz album, "Extractions", later that year, on which Guthrie was also engineer and producer. 1986 also saw the band complete a European tour.

The band then started work on a collaborative project with Harold Budd, which was released as the album "The Moon & The Melodies". Keen to avoid this being seen as a Cocteau Twins project, the band members listed their names on the cover.

The band returned to their own name later in 1986 for the single "Love's Easy Tears", after which they took time off to finish building their studio, as well as guesting with bands such as Felt, The Wolfgang Press & AR Kane. This silence was broken with the release of a new album, "Blue Bell Knoll", in October 1988. The album was the first on their new label, Capitol, a move which led to accusations of "selling out". Despite the major label, the band refused to tour or do any promotion, which did not stop the album raching number 14 in the UK. In place of any promotion the band returned to their private lives, with Raymonde getting married and having a son, and Fraser & Guthrie having a baby girl, Lucy Belle, in September 1989.
The band leased studio space in Twickenham and christened their new home "September Sound" in honor of the month in which their children were born. Guthrie found himself in demand as a producer, working with such bands as Lush, Chapterhouse, The Veldt and Shellyan Orphan, and Fraser made a guest vocal appearance on the song "Candleland" by ex-Echo and the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch.

Afterwards the band set about recording what was to become their most successful album, "Heaven Or Las Vegas", which was preceeded by a single, "Iceblink Luck" in August 1990. Fraser's vocals were recorded while she held her baby in her arms, and the songs were more coherant and commercial than previously. The band then set out on their most extensive and elaborate tour to date, including their first headline US tour. For the tour two new guitarists were brought in: Mitsuo Tate and Ben Blakeman, allowing the band to reproduce the layered studio sound. As the tour ended in Las Vegas the band were released from their contract with 4AD. Inside the band things hit rock bottom, with Guthrie abusing drugs and alcohol, and his and Frasers relationship being increasingly strained.

The next couple of years were quiet for the band, with only an uncharacteristic version of "Frosty The Snowman" finding it's way onto a Capitol Records christmas compilation album. Part of the hiatus in proceedings was Guthrie's recovery from drink and drug addiction, which was to inform the content and sound of the next album, "Four Calendar Cafe". This album saw a change in the band's sound, with the emphasis more on songs, and Fraser's lyrics clear. The band had also signed a new record deal in the UK with Fontana (whilst Capitol continued to release them in the USA). In Autumn 1993 the band began a world tour to support the album, with addition musicians Benny DiMassa (drums) & David Palfreeman (percussion). When the tour ended in 1994 Guthrie and Fraser split, with Fraser having a nervous breakdown.

The following year saw the band working with other acts again, notably Medicine on the soundtrack to "The Crow", and Fraser on The Future Sound Of London's single "Lifeforms" and Fuel's "Timeless" EP. Moose and The Bathers also benefited from her vocals. Guthrie meanwhile appeared on the second Veldt album, "Afrodisiac".

In spring 1995 the band returned with two EP's, "Twinlights" & "Otherness". During this time Fraser had met and fallen in love with the doomed Jeff Buckley, and the end of that relationship informed the content of the two EP's.

The following year saw the band's last proper album being released, "Milk & Kisses". The album was written in a rented house in Brittany (home of Guthrie's new wife, Florence), and was recorded by the band in the same room at the same time for once. A number of television and live radio performances in the UK were followed by an extensive European and North American tour in late spring and early summer.
 
The Cocteaus had established their own independent record label, Bella Union, while continuing to work as a group and run September Sound as a commercial recording studio. However, while recording, in 1998, what was to have been their last album, the Cocteau Twins finally called it quits. That year saw Fraser being voted 60th best vocalist ever in Mojo magazine.

In 1999, Bella Union, in cooperation with the BBC, released a two-disc set of BBC radio session recordings, compiled from the band's numerous live studio appearances from 1982 to 1996. Raymonde released solo recordings under his own name, whilst Guthrie formed a new act, Violet Indiana. Fraser re-located to Bristol with her new partner, Damon Reece (of Spiritualized), where she hooked up with Massive Attack on their "Mezzanine" album and "Teardrop" single. She also sang on an album by Craig Armstrong, as well as lending her voice to songs on the soundtracks to the movies "The Winter Guest" & "In Dreams".
A Cocteau Twins retrospective, "Stars & Topsoil" was released by 4AD in 2000, whilst the following year Fraser gave birth to her second child, Lily.  
Fraser also added vocals to two tracks from the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy soundtrack in 2001 and 2002. 2006 saw her feature on an unreleased track on the Massive Attack best of album, "Collected", and also appear with the band at the Coachella Festival in California. A reported collaboration with Scott Walker never materialised, however she did tour with Massive Attack on their "Greatest Hits" tour later that year.In 2008 The Cocteau Twins won an "Inspiration" award from Q Magazine, and also ruled out any re-union.
RELEASES:
"Garlands" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1982)
"Lullabies" (12 inch single, 4AD, 1982)
"Peppermint Pig" (7 inch vinyl EP, 4AD, 1983)
"Head Over Heels" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1983, UK charts #51)
"Sunburst & Snowblind" (12 inch single, 4AD, 1983)
"Pearly Dewdrops Drops" (7 inch single, 4AD, 1984, UK charts #29)
"Treasure" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1984, UK charts #29)
"Aikea-Guinea" (7 inch EP, 4AD, 1985, UK charts #41)
"Tiny Dynamite" (12 inch EP, 4AD, 1985, UK charts #52)
"Echoes In A Shallow Bay" (12 inch EP, 4AD, 1985, UK charts #65)
"The Pink Opaque" (vinyl/cassette album, 1985, USA only)
"Victorialand" (vinyl / cassette album, 4AD, 1986, UK charts #10)
"Love's Easy Tears" (7 inch single, 4AD, 1986, UK charts #53)
"Blue Bell Knoll" (vinyl/cassette dat album, 4AD, 1988. UK charts #15)
"Carolyn's Fingers" (7 inch single, 4AD, 1988)
"Iceblink Luck" (7 inch/cassette single, 4AD, 1990, UK charts #38)
"Heaven Or Las Vegas" (vinyl/cassette/CD album, 4AD, 1990, UK charts #7, US charts #99)
"Evangeline" (7 inch/cassette single, Fontana, 1993, UK charts #34)
"Four Calendar Cafe" (vinyl/cassette/CD album, Fontana, 1993, UK charts #13, US charts #78)
"Winter Wonderland" (CD single, Fontana, 1993. UK charts #58)
"Bluebeard" (7 inch/cassette single, Fontana, 1994, UK charts #33)
"Twinlights" (7 inch/CD EP, Fontana, 1995, UK charts #59)
"Otherness" (12 inch/CD EP, Fontana, 1995, UK charts #59)
"Milk & Kisses" (cassette/CD album, Fontana, 1996, UK charts #17, US charts #99)
"Tishbite" (12 inch single, Fontana, 1996, UK charts #34)
"Violaine" (12 inch single, Fontana, 1996, UK charts #56)
"The BBC Sessions" (double CD album, Bella Union, 1999)
"Stars & Topsoil" (CD album, 4AD, 2000)
"Lullabies to Violaine" (CD album, 4AD, 2005)
As Harold Budd, Liz Fraser, Robin Guthrie & Simon Raymonde:
"The Moon & The Melodies" (vinyl/cassette album, 4AD, 1986, UK charts #46)
Guest appearances:
The Wolfgang Press: "The Legendary Wolfgang Press and Other Tall Stories" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1985, featuring Liz Fraser & Robin Guthrie)
Dif Juz: "Extractions" (vinyl album, 4AD, 1986, featuring Liz Fraser, produced by Robin Guthrie)
The Wolfgang Press: "Standing Up Straight" (album, 4AD, 1986, featuring Liz Fraser)
AR Kane: "Lollita" (single, 4AD, 1986, produced by Robin Guthrie)
Harold Budd: "The White Arcades) (album, 1988, produced by Robin Guthrie)
Ian McCulloch, "Candleland" (album, 1989, featuring Liz Fraser)
Lush, "Scar" (e.p., 4AD, 1989, produced by Robin Guthrie)
Chapterhouse, "Whirlpool" (album, 1989, one track produced by Robin Guthrie)
The Future Sound Of London, "Lifeforms" (single, 1994, featuring Liz Fraser)
Fuel, "Timeless" (EP, 1994, featuring Liz Fraser)
The Bathers, "Sunpowder" (CD album, Marina Records, 1994, featuring Liz Fraser)
The Veldt, "Afrodisiac" (album, 1994, featuring Robin Guthrie)
Simon Raymonde, "Blame Someone Else" (album, Bella Union, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser & Robin Guthrie)
Massive Attack, "Mezzanine" (album, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Massive Attack, "Teardrop" (single, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Craig Armstrong, "The Space Between Us" (CD/cassette/minidisc album, Melankolic Records, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Craig Armstrong, "This Love" (CD/cassette single, Melankolic Records, 1998, featuring Liz Fraser)
Massive Attack, "Collected" (CD album, 2006, featuring Liz Fraser)
Mahogany, "Conectivity" (CD album, 2006, featuring Robin Guthrie) 
WEBSITE:
http://www.cocteautwins.com


The COLE PORTERS:  Band formed by former Long Ryders frontman Sid Griffin. In 1993 the band featured Grangemouth drummer Greg Drysdale on a Spanish tour. Drysdale had previously played bass with The Diesel Kings, and was soon to play drums with The Concorde Jams.

COLORS CORAL:  Band formed in 1992 by Nigel Frayling-Kelly (drums, also with Big Blue Funky Whale), Robbie Lesuik (bass, also with Big Blue Funky Whale), Graham McKenzie (guitar) & Paul Murray (vocals, ex-Doctor Caligari). The band continued to play into 1993.

COLOUR COMPANY:  Edinburgh funk band formed as Sweet & Savvy in 1991, who changed name to Colour Company, and featured Grangemouth bass player (and ex-member of One Over The Eight) Harry Brown.

COMMIT A CRIME:  Three piece R&B act from 1992, formed by Duncan Dewar (drums, ex-Bottom Line), Robert Park (guitar/vocals, ex-Bottom Line) & Harry Harrison (bass). The band played mostly covers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and played regularly in the Argyll Bar and Barrellhouse. They were in the Barrellhouse so often that Park penned a song called "Barrellhouse Boogie" which was guaranteed to go down a storm, only partly due to name-checking a few of the regulars.

The CONCORDE JAMS:  Well rehearsed band who only did one gig circa 1993, at the Kelty Rock Club. The line-up featured Ian Deering (bass, ex-Grassharps), Greg Drysdale (drums, ex-Cole Porters), Scott MacKenzie (vocals/guitar, ex-Cahn & Cahn), Sharon McKenzie (vocals, ex-Cahn & Cahn) & Les Makin (keyboards, ex-Stacatto Hat). Afterwards Drysdale joined Red Shelley, whilst Makin later worked with Jill Hepburn.

CONSIDER THE MASS:  Local indie act from 1989 featuring ex-Lampshades & Flowerpots members Neil Campbell (vocals/guitar) & Jock Miller (guitar), alongside Steve Wallace (drums, ex-Ovens) & Brian Walker (bass). The band played live into early 1990 when they changed their name to Tuliptown.

CONTRIBUTION BOOM:  Act formed in 1991 by ex-Made Of Stone members Mark McAllister (vocals) & Stuart McGregor (guitar), who continued to play live until 1994, including an appearance at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth. Final gigs were played in 1996. McAllister later joined Sound Society.

COOLIN' TOWERS:  Grangemouth act from 1994 featuring Michael & Stuart. In May the band recruited a second guitarist, and made an appearance at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth. Later in the year they supported Saidflorence at the Martell, Falkirk. The band continued to play live into 1995. A band called Cooling Towers emerged live in 2008, however we are unsure if they are connected.

Greg CORBETT:  Former Doctor Caligari member Greg Corbett (vocals/guitar) set out on a solo career in 1987, sometimes backed by other musicians. He later formed The Bed In The Sea. In 1991 Corbett wrote the music for "Moon Cafe", a show at the Edinburgh Festival.

The COTTON TRAIN:  Pop act formed in 1989 by ex-Deep Heat musicians Stephen Morris (keyboards) & Donald Nisbet (vocals/guitar), by recruiting Alan Burns (bass, ex-Cahn & Cahn), Douglas Herd (guitar, ex-Blackout) & Ian Wallace (drums, ex-Boxing Clever). The band lasted until 1990, after which Wallace joined Fool No More and Burns joined Wedgewood Line.

CRYSTAL HEAD RADIO:  Band who existed around 1985, formed by ex-Four Minutes member Alan Smith (vocals/guitar). When they split he formed The Gallery. The band re-surfaced in 1993, and were included in the Falkirk Herald top ten of that year. Fronted by Robert Stevenson, the band received airplay on BBC Radio Scotland's "Usual Suspects" and "Beat Patrol" in 1994 for their demo "Ariel's Aerial". Later that year they made an appearance at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth. The band continued to play live into 1995.
RELEASES:
"Ariel's Aerial" (cassette single, 1994)

CYANIDE DOLLS:  Manic Street Preachers influenced act formed in 1992 by David Gow (drums), Paul Deans (bass), Dav Jones (vocals), Kevin O'Donnell (guitar) & Michael Thom (vocals / guitar). Dav Jones was then thrown out for being "too crap at singing", and Deans left, to be replaced by Gary Miller (bass). The band continued to play until 1995, after which Gow & Miller joined Arab Strap, with Gow later forming Sons & Daughters. Rumour has it that promoter and future Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos once "punched out" one of the band for being "difficult".  Deans, Thom & O'Donnell then formed Pretty Kamikaze.

DARK:  Act formed by Graeme High pupils Ross Ballainy (guitar), Andy Hume (bass/vocals), Gav MacVicar (drums) & Stuart Woodland (guitar) in 1992. They rehearsed for a couple of years, before meeting Kevin Byrne in Jinty McGinty's, Falkirk during 1994. Byrne harrassed the band until they let him sing, and changed their name to Foam.

DAZED & CONFUSED:  Act formed in 1991 by Chris Curran (bass), Tony Harvey (guitar) & Massimo Pozzo (drums). Later that year they changed their name to The Electric Crayons.

DECOMPOSED:  Kincardine based rock/metal act from 1992 featuring Dave, who changed their name to Sludder the following year.

The DELTA HURRICANES:  Act formed in November 1991 by Alex Bain (guitar), David Johnston (bass), Brian Kelly (guitar/vocals), Douglas Smith (vocals/harmonica, ex-Cracked Actor) & Stuart Thompson (drums). Specialising in blues, the band gigged regularly throughout the next year. In July 1992 Kelly left and was replaced by Borderline frontman Stuart Blackwood (vocals/guitar), and it was this line-up that released a cassette album and played dates in Europe towards the end of the year. In 1993 Bain, Blackwood & Smith were joined by ex-Bordeline members Keith Parsons (bass) & Gordon Samuels (drums), and this line-up played into 1995. Blackwood later formed The Blue Jays, whilst Smith turned up in Bad Luck'n'Trouble.
RELEASES:
"Blowin' Up A Storm" (cassette album, 1992).

The DIESEL KINGS:  Falkirk folk/rock crossover who were formed as Shotgun Religion in late 1987 by Ross Cunningham (bass/vocals), Emma Hunter (violin/vocals), Eddie McKenzie (vocals/guitar), David Rourke (drums/vocals). Changing their name to The Diesel Kings in April 1989, the band played extensively throughout that year, building up a strong local following. This was helped by a tape recorded by Cocteau Twins / Prefab Sprout producer Jon Turner at Edinburgh's Palladium Studios in June. With Hunter suffering a serious shoulder complaint, forcing her to give up violin, the band were helped out by ex-Run Riot frontman Chris McCarron (keyboards/guitar) in early 1990. Cunningham left in March, and was briefly replaced by ex-Influx bass player Kenny McColl for a Soup Dragons support, however when the date fell through the band fell apart.

Whilst McColl moved to Hamburg and McCarron formed his own act, Outspoken, McKenzie and Rourke started looking for a new line-up. A brief return by Cunningham later in the year (after which he formed his own act Someone's Daughter) and a brief spell with Glaswegian violinist Julie Boyle in 1991 did not bear any fruit, and the duo relocated to Glasgow. December 1991 saw them finally recruit a band, with Kenny McColl (bass, and back from Hamburg), Maria Elena Mateo (keyboards / vocals) & Becky Wood (violin / vocals) joining. Six months rehearsal led to a nine track home made cassette album, "Special", in the summer (named after McColl's habit of calling wrong notes "special" notes). The band played some dates at the end of summer, after which McColl moved to London, and then New York, where he worked under the name Subverse and continues as one of the people behind The Tartan Specials. His replacement on bass was former We Free KIngs drummer Greg Drysdale, who helped out until the end of the year. A heavy live schedule was rounded off with a tour as backing musicians for an acoustic version of Goodbye Mr MacKenzie in December 1992.

Drysdale left at the end of the year, to return to drums with The Cole Porters, and was replaced by Andy Wood, bass player with Glasgow band, Auntie Rose, and future husband of Diesel Kings violinist Brooks. The band played constantly over the next six months with acts like The McClusky Brothers, Travis, The Lost Soul Band, The Humpff Family & The Skoubhie Dubh Orchestra, culminating in a successful London Mean Fiddler date in June 1993.  A
fter this a permanent bass player was found in the shape of ex-Missing Link member Grant Paterson, whilst Andy Wood later joined Zuba. This allowed the band to continue touring for the next year with Martin Stephenson & The Kevin McDermott Orchestra, and again with The Lost Soul Band & The Humpff Family. As well as these supports, and a constant string of headline dates, the band also played constantly with a stripped down acoustic line-up in bars and pubs around the country.

1994 began in the same busy way, playing with The Pearlfishers, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and Ian Acher (of Snow Patrol), whilst recording sessions and live concerts for Northsound & BBC Radio Scotland. September 1994 saw the band release of debut self-financed single, "Matadors & Scavengers", on their own Seminal Records label, which was promoted with more radio (and TV) work and a string of dates across Scotland (some with The Supernaturals & Thrum). Exposure on Radio 1 (the Steve Wright show!) led to a Europe-wide deal with Polygram offshoot, Music Of Life, and the release of "Purple Rain etc." in 1995.
In May 1995 the band played a final couple of sold out dates on the one night in Glasgow (at King Tuts & Mayfest) before retreating into full time rehearsals over the summer. This was a particularly fruitful time for the band creatively, with over 100 songs written in the next four months, however a shift in musical direction and the need to get out of their contract led to the band changing their name to The Sublimes in October 1995, minus violinist Wood.  In 2002 Seminal Records released a belated album of Diesel Kings tracks, recorded live in rehearsal.
RELEASES:
"Special" (cassette album, 1992)
"Matadors & Scavengers" (CD EP, Seminal Records, 1994)
"Purple Rain etc" (CD single, Music Of Life, 1995)
"Songs Of The Open Road" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2002)
WEBSITE:
http://www.falkirkmusicscene.co.uk/seminal

 
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