Jock Scot (21 September 1952 – 13 April 2016) was an Edinburgh-born Scottish poet and recording artist.
Gareth Sager was born in Edinburgh in 1960, best known for his work in the late 70s and early 80s as a founder member of The Pop Group, and then later on, Rip Rig + Panic, for whom he played guitar and keyboards.
The two of them were close friends for decades, dating back to the mid 70s when Scot was moved to London and fell in with the punk rock crowd, talking his way into a job with Stiff Records, but it took until 2006 for the two of them to go into a studio together. The result was The Caledonian Blues which consists of twenty-two crazy pieces of ranting poetry, delivered in the broadest of accents, over some very lovely, minimalist guitar work akin to the work of Vini Reilly at his best.
I don’t have a copy of the album, but its opening track was part of a compilation CD I picked up quite a few years ago:-
mp3 : Scot & Sager – Barcelona
Let’s be honest. This would have made for an amazing entry in the ‘songs as a great short story’ series.