Back on 8 October 2011, I started a series called ‘Saturday’s Scottish Single’. The aim was to feature one 45 or CD single by a Scottish singer or band with the proviso that the 45 or CD single was in the collection. I had got to Part 60-something and as far as Kid Canaveral when the rug was pulled out from under TVV.
I’ll catch up soon enough by featuring 5 at a time from the archives..
(1) Aberfeldy : Vegetarian Restaurant b/w What You Do : Rough Trade 7″ (2003)
Read more about Aberfeldy here
(2) Aerogramme – Barriers b/w Dissolve : Chemikal Underground 7″ (2007)
Read more about Aerogramme here
(3) Aidan Moffat and The Best-Ofs – Knock On The Wall Of Your Womb b/w Aidan Moffat – The Lavender Blue Dress : Chemikal Underground 7″ (2009)
The single is a complete re-working of Lullaby For Unborn Child from the How To Get To Heaven From Scotland album and features the Mansionhouse Ensemble (which is basically Alun Woodward aka Lord Cut Glass and ex-member of The Delgados).
The cover of this limited 7″ (500 copies all told) features an image courtesy of Leonardo Da Vinci while the back of the sleeve has a photo of Aidan in shock on the floor of the delivery room during the birth of his son.
The B-Side is again a bit different – a childrens’ story.
(4) Alan Rankine – The World Begins To Look Her Age b/w Can You Believe Everything I See? : Virgin 7″ (1987)
Read more about Alan Rankine here
(5) Aloha Hawaii – Towns On The Moon b/w I’ve Been Bad For Years and Years b/w Untitled Third Track : Chemikal Underground 10″ (2008)
This is what the record label said upon its release:-
The brainchild of our very own Aidan Moffat and Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Aloha Hawaii will, according to the two protagonists themselves, be bringing you random releases of sonic experimentalism as and when they can be arsed. I’ll leave it to their self-penned press release to explain exactly where they’re coming from with this…
Aloha Hawaii is the result of at least a decade of (often drunken) planning that has finally come to some form of fruition: to record any kind of sounds that please our four ears whenever we have the time, inspiration and enthusiasm. There is no game-plan, no style, no genre; anything that makes us smile will make it onto our records, which will take the form of sporadic, vinyl-only singles to be released on any record label willing to accommodate us over the next year or two. The first label to support our efforts will be our good friends, Chemikal Underground, who release the 10″ single Towns On The Moon b/w I’ve Been Bad For Years And Years on September 8th 2008.
There will be no digital formats whatsoever.
This could be a statement about the cheapening of an art-form in a world of disposable download culture or it could simply mean that we’re interminably old-fashioned and hopelessly out of date. We also reserve the right to change our minds.
These five are a bit of a mixed bag and are meant to reflect the series’ aim to have lesser known stuff posted. I will say however, that if you’re not familiar with it, I recommend you give the Aereogramme single a listen as it’s an absolute belter.