The Hot 100 2018: In memory
Craig Angus and Kelly Apter reflect on two inspiring creative figures who sadly died in 2018
The passing of Scott Hutchison in May was felt not only within the Scottish artistic community but the world over. There were those who'd sought consolation or found joy in his music, those who'd enjoyed the cathartic experience of a Frightened Rabbit live show, and those who'd been fortunate enough to meet this kind, generous and humorous man in person.
The ten-year anniversary tour of the band's seminal album The Midnight Organ Fight back in March, was a timely reminder of Hutchison's powers. Concluding with a completely sold-out show at Glasgow's O2 Academy, it was a defiant victory lap for one of the landmark Scottish albums. The band had gone from small clubs to festival headline shows in the decade since its release, and deserved this moment in front of thousands. There were some sore throats (and hangovers) the following day.
It was a year that also brought the first Mastersystem album, Dance Music, a collaboration between Hutchison and his brother Grant, and James and Justin Lockey, and one that had promised more Neu! Reekie! output. We end the year grieving for the loss of a great man, but grateful for his gifts and his time on earth. (CA)