1. Campbelltown Loch (Andy Stewart)
- this was taken from the Tribute
to Skippy CD, a compilation of Tartan Army favourites produced
a few years ago. Singer Andy Stewart is a "shortbread tin"
singer of some repute, and his albums are widely available in Edinburgh
2. Say It With Pride (1990 WC
Squad) - This was recorded by the 1990 World Cup Squad, aided
by the likes of Runrig's Donnie Munro, The Silencers and Fish. Most
people remember it for the hideous "training shirts" sported
by the squad on the record cover and on Top of the Pops (as recently
modelled by Dean Gordon). This one was pilfered from the Scotland
World Cup Anthems album.
3. An Open Letter (Jim Prime and
Drew McCulloch) - Another World Cup song, another compilation
(Tartan Army - Pride of Scotland,
released ahead of France 98). This criminally under-played ballad
brings a lump to my throat.
4. High Tension At Boghead (The
Supernaturals) - Lifted from the B side of Prepare
to Land (disc 2), this is a spoken word track set against
an indie-pop tune. I don't what it is about spoken songs, but I've
always been a big fan if they're done right. The lyrics of this
one are very good, and will doubtless ring true to any lower-league
5. Chance (Big Country) -
Chance features some very intense and poetic lyrics, and dates from
the debut album The Crossing (1982). This live version has been
taken from Without The Aid Of A Safety
Net, the 1994 live album. A great band, with many great songs.
6. The Woolston Ferry (Gutta Percher
and Balladeers) - Lifted from Super
Saints, this Southampton classic starts off slightly suspect
(the first verse is an adaptation of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariots"
of all things) but develops into a catchy, witty folk song. Can't
tell you much about the band, I'm afraid.
7. Caledonia (Frankie Miller)
- This song hails from The
Best Scottish Album In The World, although I can boast of
owning an original seven-inch single of this very song. I remember
this song from the lager ads in the early 1990s. I honestly don't
know why we don't hear it more often?
8. D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (Billy Connolly)
- This adaptation of Tammy Wynette's country and western
anthem was spoofed by the Big Yin, and actually made it to number
one in the UK charts for one week only in November 1975, which happened
to be the very week I was born! You can find this track on the Pick
Of Billy Connolly.
9. Wild Mountain Thyme (The Silencers)
- Another track from the The
Best Scottish Album In The World, this is my favourite version
of this old Scottish folk song.
10. Headlights On The Parade (The
Blue Nile) - An electronic pop band around in the late 1980s,
the Blue Nile always threatened to be bigger than they ever were.
This track is my favourite, and comes from the 1989 album Hats.
11. Happy Hooligans (Gaberlunzie)
- Another nod to the Tribute
to Skippy album, this sing-along favourite celebrates the
hi-jinks at the end of the famous 1977 win at Wembley.
12. The Commentator Cried (Rory
McLeod) - Dating all the way back to 1976 and from the album
Kicking The Sawdust, this
is another spoken word song with a football link. Despite the Scottish-sounding
name, Rory McLeod usually sounds very much like a politicised version
of Chas and Dave!
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