Belle & Sebastian revealed as ‘Best Scottish Band of All Time'

  • 1 January 2005

After a three-month public vote, Belle & Sebastian were named as the ‘Best Scottish Band of All Time’ at an exclusive Announcement Party at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. The prestigious accolade, sponsored by Orange, was announced in front of an invited audience of stars of the Scottish music scene past and present.

Also credited in second and third place were Travis and Idlewild respectively, the latter of which received the news after performing a storming acoustic set to bring the anticipation to a peak before the announcement.

Stuart Murdoch of winners Belle & Sebastian said:
‘We don’t think for a moment that we are the best band in Scotland, but we are thrilled to be on a list with some of our favourite artists like Teenage Fanclub and the Cocteau Twins. I think it says more about the fans than it does about us. We have a very loyal fan base. We’re absolutely delighted.’

We recently published a guide to the ‘50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time’, sponsored by Orange, and since then the public have been voting for their favourite Scottish band, whether they were included in our guide or not. There was a massive response with over 12,000 votes counted from both online and texting via Orange.

At the Announcement Party, Scottish artists took to the stage in support of the campaign, playing songs of their own and exclusive Scottish covers. Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society) kicked off proceedings with The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Some Candy Talking’, followed by Gary Lightbody and Nathan Connolly of Snow Patrol who covered an early Belle & Sebastian song called ‘The State That I Am In’ after a very special rendition of their top 5 hit ‘Run’.

Eugene Kelly (Vaselines) wowed the audience by playing a set of classic and seldom heard live Vaseline’s songs, followed by The Proclaimers ‘(I would walk) 500 Miles’ which had every foot in King Tut’s tapping. Then Idlewild whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their version of ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’ ’by the classic Simple Minds. In between sets, audio delights were provided by Belle & Sebastian’s DJ Richard Colburn who was blissfully unaware of the award they were about to scoop at the event.

Mark Robertson, Music Editor of The List magazine comments:
‘The idea behind the project was simple – to rediscover the very best of Scottish music from the finest musical talent spanning from the age of 70’s rock through to 80’s pop right up to today’s international stars. Everyone has strong opinions about who they believe deserves this prestigious accolade, and we wanted to open this up to the public to decide. The response was amazing, and we were delighted to be able to unveil the victors at such a special event this evening. Our thanks go to all artists who performed and attended the show, and to all those who worked with us over the course of the three months’

Pip MacLennan, Scottish PR and Sponsorship Manager, for Orange added:
‘Orange is delighted to have partnered The List in this very exciting project. We are very pleased so many people have voted for their favourite band and at the success of the Announcement Party. Of course we have to have a winner but we hope this has raised the profile of all the bands and the exciting Scottish music scene today.’

Vic Galloway, presenter of Radio 1 in Scotland and Radio Scotland’s Air, agreed:
‘I have really enjoyed being involved with The List 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time. It has given us a chance to look back on Scotland’s consistently colourful musical heritage and to look to the future, through the artists who are currently enjoying international success or who have been cited as ‘ones to watch.’ The debate has been great fun, and we’ve been thrilled to bring that debate onto the show over the last three months. The Announcement Party was also a huge success, and remember you can hear exclusive interviews with the performers and guests, together with the live acoustic sets on the Radio 1 and Radio Scotland shows this week!’

The 50 Best Scottish Bands of All Time

(as voted for by the public)

  1. Belle & Sebastian
  2. Travis
  3. Idlewild
  4. Wet Wet Wet
  5. Sensational Alex Harvey Band
  6. Simple Minds
  7. Teenage Fanclub
  8. Bay City Rollers
  9. Primal Scream
  10. The Proclaimers
  11. Texas
  12. Mull Historical Society
  13. Big Country
  14. Snow Patrol
  15. Franz Ferdinand
  16. Bis
  17. Deacon Blue
  18. Fish
  19. Jesus and Mary Chain
  20. Mogwai
  21. Runrig
  22. Trash Can Sinatras
  23. Del Amitri
  24. Orange Juice
  25. Nazareth
  26. Beta Band
  27. Biffy Clyro
  28. Altered Images
  29. Aztec Camera
  30. Eddi Reader
  31. Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
  32. Fire Engines
  33. Delgados
  34. Arab Strap
  35. Vaselines
  36. Associates
  37. The Pastels
  38. Eurythmics
  39. Aereogramme
  40. Blue Nile
  41. Boards of Canada
  42. Rezillos
  43. Incredible String Band
  44. Cocteau Twins
  45. Dogs Die in Hot Cars
  46. Spare Snare
  47. Average White Band
  48. Lulu
  49. Skids
  50. Shamen


1. Alex98527 Dec 2016, 9:20pm Report

This list is badly flawed In terms of history. No Scottish band has achieved more than CLOUDS (formerly 1-2-3) - Both Scotland on Sunday ("The Greatest Scottish band and our most influential ever") and Sky Arts ("Progressive Rock's true genesis") agree, as did David Bowie ("a brand of unique pop music - Billy was an unrecognised genius"). Then again, glad to see Alex Harvey on the list - a true pioneer, so well done for that. But re Clouds/1-2-3 - Do Think again!

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