There were certain 80s Scottish singers and bands that I admired and respected rather than took a shine to. It wasn’t that the songs and music were dull, boring or uninspired but more that the delivery and production were just too clean and polished for my liking.

The band most probably at the top of this list would be The Big Dish although Danny Wilson would likely be not too far behind. Both had ridiculously talented frontmen who couple pen and hold a tune but neither did enough to hold my interest all that much.

The Big Dish, from the very working-class and industrial town of Airdrie some 25 minutes slow train journey to the east of Glasgow centred around vocalist and guitarist Steven Lindsay on whom Virgin Records placed a lot of faith tolerating a number of band changes in the early years from their formation in 1983 and allowed the best part of two years for the initial singles to be released during which time the band built up their fanbase with a number of high-profile support slots to touring bands. Two albums and six singles yielded little in the way of commercial success and Virgin dropped the band in late 1988.

They were soon snapped up by East/West (part of the Warner Brothers family of labels) but in all essence it was now in the main Lindsay backed by some very talented and in-demand session musicians. The first release on the new label actually took the band into the singles charts at #37 with Miss America but two singles and one album later the band called it a day at the end of 1991.

Stephen Lindsay initially maintained a career in the music industry working with highly regarded composers like Craig Armstrong and issuing solo records. He later turned his hand to visual art where he was acclaimed by quite a number of critics and the, in 2012, The Big Dish reformed for a show as part of an annual music festival in Glasgow where it proved to be one of the most sought after tickets.

Here’s the song of theirs that is probably the most highly regarded from their back catalogue. Virgin Records tried to make it a hit on two occasions

mp3 : Big Dish – Prospect Street



This particular series is now going on an extended break but it will return at some point in the future.  I’m doing something else with Saturdays for the next wee while…all will be revealed in seven days time!


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..


(16) Belle & Sebastian – Legal Man b/w : Judy Is A Dick Slap b/w Winter Wooskie : Jeepster CD Single (2000)

Read more about Belle & Sebastian here


(17) The Beta Band : Dry The Rain b/w I Know b/w B+A b/w Dog Got A Bone : Taken from Regal EP compilation (1998)

Read more about The Beta Band here


(18) Big Country – Fields Of Fire (alternative mix) b/w Fields of Fire b/w Angle Park : Phonogram 12″ (1983)

Read more about Big Country here


(19) The Big Dish : Miss America b/w From The Mission Bell To The Deep Blue Sea b/w The Town Celebrity :East West 12″ (1990)

Read more about The Big Dish here


(20) Bis – Kandy Pop b/w Secret Vampires b/w Teen-C Power b/w Diska : Chemikal Underground 7″ (1996)

Read more about Bis here