There are two ways to get to Villain Towers from Glasgow city centre. The best and quickest way is to take a train from Central Station, with it being just one stop and five minutes to Dumbreck, itself a couple of hundred yards away from the tower’s turrets.
The alternative is to take a 59 bus, which nowadays is a pale imitation of its glory days some twenty-five years ago when it used to meander from the south side through the centre, over to the west end via Glasgow University every twenty minutes or so. Now, it’s merely an hourly service, from the city centre to the south side only.
The bus makes it way through Pollokshields, an area of the city celebrated in song by the 1990s on the debut album Cookies, released on Rough Trade in 2007:-
mp3: 1990s – Pollokshields
Two years later, the follow-up album, Kicks, also contained a track harking back to the part of the city where the members of the band grew up:-
mp3: 1990s – 59
Yup….a tune in which taking a journey on the bus (presumably into the city centre) is made all the better by the appearance of an attractive member of the opposite sex.
1990s called it a day in 2012, probably not too long after I caught them as an excellent opening act for Cornershop at a gig in one of the outlying housing schemed of Glasgow as part of the annual Celtic Connections festival that takes place every January.
However, the band got back together again not too long ago and their third album, Nude Restaurant, will be coming out later this year on Last Night From Glasgow, the wonderfully inventive label that I’ve mentioned a few times before. Click here for more details.
Oh, and the reason for all this today instead of the usual Saturday feature?
Your humble scribe is 59 today. I might celebrate it with a bus journey.