A few days ago the plug was pulled on Xfm Scotland, thus ending any interest we had in switching on the radio.
In a move that makes as much sense as using a vacuum cleaner on a beach, the station’s owners (headed by Richard Park, the Fame Academy judge who desperately attempted to pass himself off as the BBC’s Simon Cowell) have replaced it with dance-orientated Galaxy Scotland.
What makes this decision so inexplicable is that popularity in dance music is at its lowest ebb in decades, while the indie scene has never been in a healthier state.
Just look at the facts. This year alone The Hold Steady, Fleet Foxes, Sigur Ros, MGMT, British Sea Power, Vampire Weekend, The Raconteurs, Elbow, Noah And The Whale, Bloc Party, Kings Of Leon and Biffy Clyro have all been in the top 20 of the UK album charts.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s live music scene continues to thrive with sell-out gigs taking place every night, some great new venues popping up and at least half a dozen major music festivals in the summer calendar – an incredible number for a country of our size.
Xfm Scotland was far from perfect. Their playlists were somewhat predictable, but there was no better alternative for those seeking alternative music. The station came into its own during the evening shows, with DJs like Jim Gellatly working wonders to root out the best local talent (we discovered THE STREETLIGHT CONSPIRACY and THE STATE BROADCASTERS among many others through him) and giving them a priceless platform to reach a like-minded audience.
It’s a sorry state of affairs when the only place left to hear decent music on the radio these days is at ASDA.
4 The Streetlight Conspiracy – Best On The Radio
b November 15, Box, Glasgow
4 The State Broadcasters – Let’s Make T-Shirts
b November 15, Meridian, Leith
b November 22, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow