Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Cosmetics are great, one for fans of Glass Candy and Chromatics for sure.

Monday, 16 November 2009


I haven't had much time to devote to this blog so I will try and update a little more from now on.
Scars were an awesome band from Scotland in the early 80's who often get overlooked when people talk about Orange Juice, Josef K, the Fire Engines and that Postcard scene. If you like the aforementioned bands and new stuff like Veronica Falls or Sea Lions then your bound to be into it. Click on the artwork to download one of their classic singles, the A-side of which 'Horrorshow' was sampled by Lemon Jelly recently so may be familiar-sounding.

Here's a pretty vitriolic but entertaining bio that they have up on their myspace;

Chances are that you won't remember post-punk band Scars. Their moment in the sun was both tragically and gloriously brief. They stormed out of Edinburgh in the early 1980s possessed of equal parts glam audacity, art-rock solemnity and futuristic zeal. They were roundly hailed as the next great white musical hope. Two Peel sessions and a handful of music-paper covers later, they vanished in a fog of egotism and frustrated desires. But not before they delivered their one and only album, 1981's maddeningly beautiful Author! Author!
In the intervening years, Scars have been effectively forgotten. Years ago, Mark E Smith namechecked them as his favourite band ("because they were the complete opposite of the Fall"), and more recently, Lemon Jelly briefly raised Scars' profile by sampling them on their '64-'95 album. But despite guitarist Paul Research's sterling efforts to keep the name alive on his
Scars website, the band appeared to be permanently consigned to the dustbin of history. Even in Simon Reynolds' supposedly "encyclopaedic" post-punk history, Rip it Up & Start Again, Scars merit only the most fleeting of mentions. Tosser. Meanwhile, down the last 25 years, every other once-forgotten band of their era has been either endlessly repackaged and/or critically rehabilitated to enable them to enjoy an extension on their fifteen minutes by virtue of their appearance on a thousand and one dodgy service-station compilations. As for Scars, their fate has hardly been helped by the convoluted copyright situation that has held up the reissue of Author! Author! for all these years. Now that it's finally out and sounding as edgy and lovely as it always did, maybe the band can finally enjoy some of the critical and commercial acclaim that has long been denied them.

On a similar token anyone know if the Sound of Young Scotland documentary's ever going to come out? Trailer here