Music Documentary: Caledonia Dreaming

The best pop music is always born out of some sort of miserable situation. Break ups and break downs provide typical inspiration but the most powerful are usually made in reaction to a social circumstance. Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Gil Scott Heron’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and even Nina’s 99 Red Balloons were all prompted by social injustice. Similar to the post-industrial Manchester that prompted The Smiths, Joy Division and The Fall into being, the youth of 1980’s Scotland were having an identity crisis, and they battled it with pop music.

The BBC documentary below details the history of Scottish pop from Orange Juice to Teenage Fanclub to Franz Ferdinand. A musical heritage that heavily influenced the current young Scot crop we regularly play such as Django Django, Casual Sex and Frightened Rabbit, and it seems to just keep thriving. Yes, there are some questionable mentions of bands such as The Fratellis and Wet Wet Wet, but it all has its place in music history, just not in your record collection.

(all parts available on youtube, just see the suggestions at the end)


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