SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #226 : ONE DOVE

Pinched from elsewhere on t’internet:-

One Dove were a Scottish electronic music group active in the early 1990s, consisting of Dot Allison, Ian Carmichael and Jim McKinven.

Originally called Dove, the group released its debut single, “Fallen”, on the Glasgow-based label Soma in October 1991. It was a significant club hit and brought them a deal with the Junior Boy’s Own label. Changing their name to avoid confusion with a similarly named group, in 1992 JBO issued a new recording of “Fallen”, produced by Andrew Weatherall, which brought the group to greater attention from the British music press. The single was withdrawn one week after release however, due to an unlicensed sampling of a harmonica from a Supertramp song. Further critical acclaim followed with the release of the 12″ single “Transient Truth”.

At this stage, One Dove were still primarily a club-oriented group, but for the single “White Love”, an attempt was made to make their music more radio-friendly by including a commercial remix by Stephen Hague. With this increasingly commercial sound, the band became a favourite with publications such as Select and Q, and were often favourably compared with Saint Etienne, another female-fronted group who were having success with pop-dance crossover recordings.

In 1993, One Dove released their only album, Morning Dove White, which included the Weatherall version of “Fallen” (minus the Supertramp sample) together with 12″ mixes of “Transient Truth” and “White Love”. The album was originally set for release in 1992 but was delayed for a full year through disputes between the band and their new record company – London Records had taken over the Boy’s Own label. The band were unhappy about the commercialisation of their sound, and the disputes were only resolved when the band agreed to release singles mixed by Stephen Hague, if they could work with him in the studio during the remix sessions.

The album was preceded by the single “Breakdown”, with remixes by Stephen Hague, William Orbit and Secret Knowledge and a further track from the album, “Why Don’t You Take Me,” was subsequently released as a single for the Christmas market. For the B-sides of the “Why Don’t You Take Me” single (which included a reworking of Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene”), the group expanded to a five-piece with the addition of Ed Higgins on percussion and Colin McIlroy on guitar, and showcased a more heavily dub-influenced sound. This line-up later went into the studio to begin work on a second album, but frustrated by record industry politics, split up midway through the sessions.

The first time I heard them was in 1993.  I’d missed the whole initial fuss and the link-up with Weatherall and so it was the radio mix of White Love that pulled me on board:-

mp3: One Dove – White Love

I still can’t get my head around the fact that something as smooth and classy as this was the work of a bunch of Glaswegians, including one who had enjoyed a fair stint in Altered Images at the height of their commercial success.

JC

9 thoughts on “SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #226 : ONE DOVE

  1. Ah, One Dove, what a shining bright star they were. I was going to say that they reminded me of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood post’s reference to burning brightly but briefly, but the commercial success of FGTH sadly eluded One Dove. Like you, White Love was the first song that I heard, though I think it was either Weatherall’s Guitar Paradise Mix or another pair of Glaswegians, Slam’s epic remix, via Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 show. I ended up getting the CD and Slam 12″ of this and every subsequent single, plus the Morning Dove White album. Thanks to the internet, I’ve since been able to find MP3s of the earlier singles, although I’ve yet to find a mix of Transient Truth that doesn’t skip! There is also a One Dove Soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/one-dove/tracks) with “work in progress” mixes of songs intended for the 2nd album, which makes their premature demise all the more sad. Dot Allison’s gone on to release some great solo albums, but One Dove will always have a special place in my musical heart. What a great song to start the weekend!

  2. Can’t remember exactly where I first heard this – might have been on Mark Radcliffe or a freebie with a magazine but I think it is one of the best singles of the 1990’s – thanks for reminding me!

  3. Oops, my previous reply seems to have been lost in cyberspace, so I’ll keep this one shorter 🙂 White Love is a fantastic song. I think I first heard it on Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 show, though it would have been either the Guitar Paradise Mix or the epic remix by fellow Glaswegians Slam. I ended up getting the Weatherall mixes CD and Slam remix 12″ singles, all of which are incredible. A great choice for the weekend, JC.

  4. Not in the slightest PPM. I’m with you on ‘Bite’ which was a huge transition from earlier Altered Images material – and I’m a fan of them from start to finish. The fact that Jim McK left the band after ‘Pinky Blue’ and then was involved in something so different as One Dove is the point I was trying to get across, if maybe a tad clumsily!!

  5. Hi Khayem

    Your original comment was sitting in a sort of holding folder…the problem is I don’t check it every day!!!!

    It seems to happen when comments include direct links – it triggers a safety/security thing with WordPress. It’s all there now that I’ve ‘approved’ the comment.

    I’m loath to drop the safety feature as I get around 10-15 spam comments per day, none of which end up appearing.

  6. Many thanks JC, I’d forgotten about the embedded link. Having seen other blogs comments infested with spam, I completely understand having the safety feature. I’ll keep it in mind in future!

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