Great Scott!

I love, love, LOVE Scottish bands.

The Other James Kirk

It's always terribly exciting to find a new song by an artist you love. It happened to me this past weekend when I was browsing Freegal, SMCL's downloadable music service. It was a song by an obscure Scottish group called Port Sulphuropens a new window. As I was listening to the catchy song, I noticed it was sung by a familiar voice. A voice that turned out to be James Kirkopens a new window, one of my favorite people of all time. Not the Star Trek guy, but the guitarist of the 80s indie Scottish group, Orange Juiceopens a new window. The song, "Orient Expressopens a new window," was on a new compilation called Goosebumps: 25 Years of Marina Recordsopens a new window.

I was so excited that my plans for the day completely fell apart. I had to text my husband several times (using many exclamation marks), find out more about German label Marina recordsopens a new window (they're based in Hamburg, but put out releases by many Scottish groups), and re-listen to James Kirk's masterpiece, You Can Make It if You Boogieopens a new window.

So Many Scottish Bands!

This inspired me to do a roundup of Scottish bands that you can find through the library. Here are some of my favorites:

Teenage Fanclub

Their latest album, Here, features the great song "I'm In Love."

The Pastels

The cutest twee band ever can be found on both Hooplaopens a new window and Freegalopens a new window.

Belle and Sebastian

One of the most famous Scottish bands, Belle and Sebastian have a slew of albums available for checkout!

Josef K

Josef K can be found on both Freegalopens a new window and Hooplaopens a new window.

Orange Juice

Featuring Edwyn Collins and James Kirk, this dancey group inspired many. Great Orange Juice compilations can be found on Hooplaopens a new window.

James Kirk

And, finally, the best ever: James Kirkopens a new window!

Who are some of your favorite Scottish bands? Have any Scottish travel adventure stories? Tell us in the comments below!

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