Glastonbury Festival 2004

25 June 2004 - 27 June 2004

Belle and Sebastian best Scottish band ever!

By Ross Purdie || 13 January 2005
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Festival faves Belle & Sebastian have been voted the best Scottish band of all time as part of a definitive list of the top 50 ever. Travis came second and Idlewild finished third.

After a three-month public vote, Belle & Sebastian were named as The List magazine's ‘Best Scottish Band Of All Time’ at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow last night (Wed 12 January).

Stuart Murdoch, from the band, 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."

At the announcement party, Scottish artists took to the stage to play 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 covering 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’. Then Idlewild whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their version of the classic ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’ by Simple Minds. Songs from these exclusive sets can be heard on both Radio 1 on Thursday 13th January from 7.30pm and on Radio Scotland on Monday 17th January from 8pm.

Mark Robertson, music editor of The List magazine said: "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."

The 50 Best Scottish Bands Of All Time (as voted for by 12,000 music fans) are as follows:

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


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