Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream

It’s great to see that so much great music of the late 70s and early 80s is still providing food 4 thought. Viva NuWave

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Big Gold Dream


I’ve rewound to the early days of 1979. By this point independent music labels have started springing up in Scotland; there’s Sensible and Zoom in Edinburgh for instance, Boring in Glasgow, NRG in Dundee and No Bad in Dunfermline but they’re still a real rarity.

In an NME article titled Product Packaging, and Rebel Music, I read about the most high profile addition to this trend, Edinburgh’s Fast Product, whose first releases, singles by The Mekons and 2.3, had came out around a year earlier.

Bob Last, a former architecture student and theatre set designer at the Traverse, is interviewed and writer Ian Cranna concludes that: ‘Last has the potential to be what Brecht was in theatre,’ a statement that sounds mightily impressive even though at this point in my life I know as much about concepts such as Bertolt Brecht’s alienation effect as I do about quantum…

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Dave Lordan’s Radical Fiction Playlist is required viewing for people thinking of studying literature in Dublin this Autumn. These videos are  being used  By Dave as starting points for discussions at  a course he is giving at the Irish Writers’ centre this season

Source: Dave Lordan's Radical Fiction Playlist