A GUEST POSTING by CHARITY CHIC
K.C Rules OK
I find it hard to believe that in the long and eclectic list of ICAs that no-one has offered up one by the great King Creosote.
From a traditional Scottish country dance band background East Neuk of Fife resident Kenny Anderson has had a prolific career recording under the nom de plume King Creosote.
He started the now legendary Fence label in 1998 initially to release his own music burnt onto CDRs (anyone remember them?)
This led to the Fence Movement where he was joined by and released music from the likes of The Beta Band and James Yorkston.
For more information and a terrific read can I recommend Vic Galloway‘s book the brilliantly titled Songs in the Key of Fife – The Intertwining stories of The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall,James Yorkston and the Fence Collective.
All of this was sadly before he first crossed my radar. It would be approximately 10 years later before I began to pick up his releases and looked to acquire stuff from his back catalogue. If anyone has stuff from his early Fence years, a follow up ICA would be very welcome.
After that rather lengthy preamble, let’s get to the music selections.
Something to Believe In – from the album From Scotland with Love on Domino, 2014
KC (as I will use from now on in) was commissioned to write the music to accompany the documentary of the same name directed by Virginia Heath which was commissioned as part of the cultural festival accompanying the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It quickly became his best selling album to date and on a number of occasions it has been played live in its entirety. I saw it performed in a very eerie Royal Concert Hall on 12th March a couple of days before lockdown in 2020.
Sometime to Believe In is the opening track full of hope and optimism. I posted it on the day of the 2014 Scottish Referendum.
Not One Bit Ashamed – from KC Rules OK on Names/679 , 2006
I think that this may well have been the first of his records that I bought (cheaply from Fopp). Again the opening track and again another statement of intent.
A Month of Firsts – from Rocket D.I.Y on Fence 2005
The only thing I have of his on Fence, albeit it was a charity shop acquisition from Spring 2021. I can’t remember where, and have since started to keep a note of where I buy them. This one was certainly a bit of a find.
There’s None of That – from Bombshell on Names/679 , 2007
My first charity find from the great man from BRICC in Ballantrae.
The Guardian did a track by track review saying of this track
0.25 Back to sweetness now, with a lovely finger-picky guitar line. “You know when hands touch/And there’s that spark of electrical something or other?” I do! What a softie.
0.28 “Well, there’s none of that.” The devil!
Bats in the Attic – from Diamond Mine (EP), Domino 2011
Bats in the Attic was an EP with KC accompanied by electronica musician Jon Hopkins with JH’s field recordings accompanying KC’s songs inspired by the East Neuk of Fife. A Mercury Prize nomination, it was the first I bought when it came out.
You Just Want from Astronaut Meets Appleman , Domino 2016
His first record since From Scotland with Love and as far as I am aware his most recent new release. He is certainly less prolific than he was in his early years. An album I find a bit patchy with this, the opening track, being the pick of the bunch.
Leaf Piece – from From Scotland with Love
I could have chosen anything from the album for its second contribution, as they are all of a very high standard. I went for this one primarily because in contains the lines
For now my tongue is held
And my wheesht is haud
If you know, you know
You’ve No Clue Do You – from Bombshell
“the new single – and what a chug-along monster it is, full of crunchy drums, deft puns, and some nice Cluedo banter “ The Guardian
My Favourite Girl – from KC Rules OK
The second offering from KC Rules OK narrowly pushing out Marguerita Red
A lovely song for his daughter. The Earlies provide musical accompaniment
Nothing Compares to You
The only non album track. Better than Prince‘s original, but is it better than Sinead O’Connor‘s version?
The jury is out