This Friday (22 February) BBC4 is airing a documentary, Caledonian Dreamin’, about Scottish pop:
Caledonia Dreamin' reveals the hidden history of Scottish pop music, including how a small record label inspired bands like Orange Juice, Altered Images, Wet Wet Wet and Franz Ferdinand.
Fri 22 Feb, 22:00-23:00 60mins
An hour’s programming does seem a little tight; given the amount of free airtime on that channel, a four-part series could easily have been accommodated in the schedules and given Scottish pop a closer analysis.
Still, treats in store include Justin Currie of Del Amitri (bear with me) saying:
If you saw Edwyn Collins from the top of the bus it was like seeing Elvis. I had 'I love Edwyn' written on my school bag in 4th year and got called a poof.Stuart Murdoch says:
The spirit of Postcard affected everything that we did. We wanted to be the sons of Postcard.Hilariously, author Christopher Brookmyre claims that Wet Wet Wet suffered at home because
In Scotland there's an enduring hatred of people who are too successful.Silly me, I thought it was because they were cunts who made shit music.
Edwyn Collins mentions that he’s fallen out with Alan Horne, who “hates nostalgia” so won’t appear in the programme. His wife Grace doesn’t think that Horne:
…behaved any worse than before. He got in touch when Edwyn was unwell [having suffered two brain haemorrhages]. I miss Alan: he could be very funny, and when I think back, the pair of them were arrogant so-and-sos.
"Ach, I suppose we were," Edwyn says.
Straight after that programme, you can watch more Edwyn in the Edwyn Collins: Home Again documentary:
Edwyn Collins, former lead singer of Orange Juice and a successful solo artist in his own right, suffered a brain haemorrhage in February 2005 and almost died.
Miraculously he pulled through, despite contracting MRSA after undergoing a risky operation, but had to face a lengthy and arduous rehabilitation programme to learn how to walk, speak and play the guitar again. This programme follows him through therapy and back into the recording studio as he completes the solo album - Home Again - that he began before falling ill.
Fri 22 Feb, 23:00-23:35 35mins