OK, so the series, fronted by the delightful Claire Grogan, kicks off on Tuesday on STV.
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My feeling is that the decision will be heavily weighted by the viewing demograph which will therefore strongly favour albums of the 70-‘s and 80’s with a shout for those of the early 90’s.
That gives a strong advantage to the following
New Gold Dream by Simple Minds – average pop that was far bettered in their earlier albums, especially Real to Reel Cacophony and the sublime double album release that was Sons and Fascination/Sisters Feeling Call.
This is the Story by the Proclaimers ( a potentially worthy winner)
Rain Town by Deacon Blue (also of note).
Some pish by Travis or fucking Texas.
But the real talent lies elsewhere, but will be pushed out by popularism.
No chance will Belle and Sebastian win but Tiger Milk is extraordinary.
Not a fan but Jesus and Mary Chain should, but won’t feature.
The Blue Nile are OBVIOUSLY one of Scotland’s greatest if not THE greatest. On that basis I think I’d give it to A Walk Across the Rooftops.
The Fannies. Too many albums will split their vote.
Aztec Camera. The wondrous High Land, Hard Rain should but wont.
Orange Juice are too fey and anyway were a better singles than albums band.
Bill Wells trio no-one has heard of.
King Creosote should probably be in there for his body of work but his Mercury nominated opus magnificus of this year has no chance.
The Skids. Fuck off back to Fife.
Craig Armstrong’s the space between us is beautiful but has no chance.
The Scars. Author Author. magic. No chance.
John Martyn is too folk/Jazz to win.
Eddie Reader likewise.
So, that leaves me with my outside bet.
Screamadelica. Over -rated but loved and toured to death this year including a lot of high profile gigs. Could just do it.
So, my prediction?
What do you think. Please comment.