Bonnie Scotland were not just responsible for such reasons not to exist as Deacon Blue, The Proclaimers,,and Big Country, they virtually invented Indie-pop the night after witnessing Subway Sect on the Clash's White Riot tour....Josef K, Orange Juice,Fire Engines, Boots For Dancing,and......hold on big man,what was that last one?
Yeah, Boots For Dancing, the celtic cousins of Gang Of Four and A Certain Ratio, so accurately described by Rezillo and Dare-era Human Leaguer Jo Callis as "Schrodinger's crazy cats writhing about in a Faraday cage,all charged up"....couldn't have put it better myself. So scratchy and funky were they that John Peel once threatened to dance upon aural detection. They did release two singles on Bob Last's legendary "Pop:Aural" label after all...all included here.
It's the kind of off kilter post-punk-funk that gets the white man's foot-a-tappin' for sure.A style that would crop up on Top Of The Pops in the form of cute but funky plagiarists Haircut 100 and floppy fringed cringe-meisters Modern Romance,with a polished up version of ACR and Boots For Dancing for the great unwashed and the even the less great unintelligentia who form 90% of the 'Public'.
Undoubtedly, these groups were also a major influence on Ron Johnson acts such as Twang! and mid-80's post-punk Scot-funksters The MacKenzies,until the Kids found different ways to dance post-chemical enhancement after 1988....i'll leave it to you to imagine what that could have been?
Anyway...All the singles,three John Peel Sessions,and some demo's for a future Lp that never materialized,are on here......groovy baby.
"I Like Dancing but I don't Like Disco's" is the manifesto from the debut single back in 1980.....as for me, I don't Like Dancing and I don't like Disco's.....but if i'm drunk i firmly believe I could to this?.....hmmmm, maybe not?
1. Boots For Dancing (Pop Aural Single 1980)
2. Parachutes (Pop Aural Single 1980)
3. Guitars & Girl Trouble (Pop Aural Single 1980)
4. (Let's All) Hesitate (Peel Session 17.11.1980)
5. The Pleasure Chant (Peel Session 17.11.1980)
6. Timeless Tonight (Peel Session (17.11.1980)
7. South Pacific (Peel Session 17.11.1980)
8. Stand (Peel Session 13.07.1981)
9. Shadows Of Stone (Peel Session 13.07.1981)
10.Wild Jazz Summers (Peel Session 13.07.1981)
11.Get Up (Peel Session 14.04.1982)
12.Salt in the Ocean (Peel Session 14.04.1982)
13.Style in Full Swing (Peel Session 14.04.1982)
14.Bend an Elbow, Lend an Ear (Peel Session 14.04.1982)
15.Just the Ticket (Barclay Towers Studio October 1981)
16.Money (Is Thin On The Ground) (Barclay Towers Studio October 1981)
17.Wild Jazz Summers (Barclay Towers Studio October 1981)
18.Shadows on Stone (Barclay Towers Studio October 1981)
19.Oh' Bop Sh Bam (Barclay Towers Studio October 1981)
20.Hesitate (The Rain Song 7'' Pop Aural 1980).
21.The Rain Song (The Rain Song 7'' Pop Aural 1980)