Not the one by Edinburgh Castle. The Avalanche record shop in the capital has recently been listing its 100 best Scottish albums on its Twitter feed with lots of indie tunes dominating, not at all a bad thing. The 26th album on the list was ‘Let’s Get Out Of This Country’ by Camera Obscura, released in 2006. At the time I listened to the radio a lot, particularly BBC 6 Music, which was heavily indie-centric, and Radio 1 at night when it was less pop-infused. It was how I got into Belle and Sebastian, Idlewild and Biffy Clyro, amongst others, particularly English indie guitar bands like the Maccabees. See, my tastes are a bit more varied than just the Proclaimers. Two of my favourite songs come from this album, including the title track and ‘Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken’, alluding to Lloyd Cole and the Heartbreakers, prominent in the Scottish music scene of the 1980s. I don’t like Camera Obscura for that reason – I like this album for how loud and vivid the music is, particularly the beginning of ‘Let’s Get Out Of This Country’. I still listen to songs from it regularly, even if I now think the city is the bees’ knees.
Sunday’s post here will be a Streets of Glasgow post, this time Gallowgate.