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.
(61a) : James King & The Lone Wolves – Texas Lullaby b/w Sacred Heart b/w Chance I Can’t Deny b/w Until The Dawn b/w Lost : Thrush Records 12″ EP (1983)
James King first came to the attention of the public when his ‘hardman’ persona, Jimmy Loser, played guitar for punk combo The Rev Volting Backstabbers, (including Steven Daly on drums) a group which subsequently evolved into Fun 4 issuing their debut LP ‘Singing In The Shadows’ in January 1980.
In 1981, with Daly now an Orange Juice recruit, King was signed to Virgin Records although only two singles made it to release stage. Rumours were rife (at the time) that King had once allegedly pulled a knife on a young Edwyn Collins, normal practice for an up and coming bovver boy one could say; King’s guitarist James Mason also had a few run-ins with the law. Now competing with the likes of Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, James King & The Lone Wolves embarked on their own mid-80s mission to make the charts. Unfortunately, after only a couple of singles, ‘Texas Lullaby’ and ‘The Angels Know’, King split the group up in 1985. And yes, the last of the tracks on the Virgin single is that written by Jagger and Richards and made famous by Marianne Faithfull.
And as far as your humble scribe is concerned, Texas Lullaby is one of THE great lost Scottish releases of the era – everyone of the songs is well worth a listen.
(62) James Yorkston & The Athletes – St Patrick b/w St Patrick (Vitus Mix) b/w Catching Eyes b/w Blue Madonnas : Domino Records CD single 2002
Read more about James Yorkston here
(63) Jazzateers – Sixteen Reasons b/w Show Me The Door : Rough Trade 7″ (1983)
Read all about Jazzateers right here.
What that wiki entry doesn’t tell you is that the band reformed earlier this year for what proved to be a triumphant gig at Stereo in Glasgow on 27 June. My review of that night was one of the the last of its type on TVV before google pulled the plug.
(64) The Jesus & Mary Chain – Head On b/w In The Black : Blanco y Negro 7″ (1989)
Read all about The Jesus & Mary Chain here.
As I said when I originally posted, this choice of single was influenced by the great haircuts on display on the sleeve. I’ve tried every one of those looks in days of old……
(65) Johnny and The Self Abusers – Saints and Sinners b/w Dead Vandals : Chiswick Records (1977)
I cheated on this one. I never owned the actual piece of vinyl but I do have the A-side on a compilation album.
It’s from the band that would later find fame and fortune under the name of Simple Minds. Oh and Saints and Sinners was a the name of a pub that would later find fame and more fame under the name of King Tut’s……
Parts 66-68 next week.