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Jan

Five bands with secret Scottish connections

Stornoway the town had better watch out. If Stornoway the band become famous, the name could well go the way of Franz Ferdinand – two words that are now infinitely more recognisable as a guitar-pop group from Glasgow than the man whose assassination only triggered the start of World War I.

Stornoway aren’t the only non-Scottish band with an unlikely Scottish connection, so for today’s post The Pop Cop has rounded up a few you may or may not already know. Feel free to add any others you can think of in the comments section.

STORNOWAY
Singer Brian Briggs called the Oxford band after the Isle of Lewis capital because he liked the name when he saw it on a UK weather forecast map. Briggs has never been to the town despite his best efforts.
He said: “I tried to go there on a friend’s yacht three years ago but unfortunately the weather was pretty rough after setting out from Mallaig so we only made it to Harris. But we look upon Stornoway as our virtual home and we want to play there in the spring. It will feel like a homecoming even though we’ve never been there. We offered to play at last year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway but we were turned down by the organisers. We would love to put Stornoway on the map more widely around the world.”
Stornoway – Fuel Up
January 20, ABC 2, Glasgow (tickets)

JAMES
Violinist/guitarist Saul Davies was born in Oldham in 1965 but relocated to Scotland when he was a child, before moving back down south to Hull in 1980. Seven years later Davies crossed the border again, buying a house in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, where he lived throughout James’ heyday in the Nineties. He now calls Scotland his home. In 2006, he took Glasgow band Unkle Bob under his wing, managing them and producing their debut album Sugar & Spite, which he released via his own Friendly Sounds/Mother City label.
Bass player Jim Glennie lived in Ullapool from 2001 to 2006 before moving back down to Manchester when James reformed.
James – Porcupine (live)
April 5, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh (tickets)

COLDPLAY
Bassist Guy Berryman was born in Kirkcaldy in 1978 and lived just behind Raith Rovers’ football stadium, Stark’s Park. He attended The Edinburgh Academy until the age of 12 when his family moved to Canterbury, Kent after his dad got a job as project manager for building the Channel Tunnel.
Coldplay – See You Soon (live)

THE DARKNESS
Frankie Poullain was born in 1967 in Milnathort, a small village which neighbours the site of T in the Park, and moved to Edinburgh when he was 11, where he attended The Royal High School from 1979 to 1985. While in The Darkness, the bass player pretended to be five years younger than he actually was until the Sunday Mail rumbled him, producing his birth certificate as proof (real name: Francis Patterson). He was sacked by the band in 2005, a year before they split up. His mother is married to Phil Kay’s dad, which makes the comedian his step-brother.
The Darkness – Growing On Me

RED LIGHT COMPANY
Guitarist Paul Mellon is Motherwell born and bred. Before joining Red Light Company, he played in Scottish bands Fuck-Off Machete and Little Doses, the latter still counting sacked Snow Patrol founder member Mark McClelland as one of their members.
Red Light Company – Fine Fascination

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