Belle and Sebastian best Scottish band ever!
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
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."
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."
50 Best Scottish Bands Of All Time (as voted for by 12,000 music fans) are as follows:
1 Belle & Sebastian
Wet Wet Wet
5 Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6 Simple Minds
8 Bay City Rollers
9 Primal Scream
10 The Proclaimers
12 Mull historical society
13 Big country
14 Snow Patrol
17 Deacon Blue
Jesus and Mary Chain
22 Trash Can Sinatras
24 Orange Juice
26 Beta Band
28 Altered Images
29 Aztec Camera
30 Eddi Reader
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
32 Fire Engines
34 Arab strap
37 The Pastels
40 Blue Nile
41 Boards of Canada
Incredible string band
44 Cocteau twins
45 Dogs Die in Hot Cars
47 Average White Band