Scotland’s big decision has been lacking in a decent musical backing. Let’s sort that out.
With tensions running high between passionate Yes voters and staunch No’s at the moment, we think the best way to bring the conflicting parties together would be through the pacifying power of music.
To help bridge both sides of the independence referendum, we’ve put together a Scottish ‘Indie Disco’ playlist to provide a suitable soundtrack to the voting countdown. It’s a mixture of old standards and new favourites and is also totally Proclaimers-free.
Dim the lights, switch on the disco ball, and gather your friends for the #indyref indie disco.
Billy Bragg – ‘A New England’
Former Red Wedge spokesperson and all-round wordsmith Billy Bragg has made it clear that he’s happy for the prospect of ‘A New England’ – even though he makes it quite clear in the track that he’s not after that. Things change though and Bragg is no longer seeking a partner, but some serious political change instead.
David Bowie – ‘Rebel Rebel’
The thin white duke made it quite clear, through the medium of Kate Moss, that he wished for Scotland to “stay with us” – which drew a predictably mixed bag of reactions from Scotland, and the fair observation that surely Bowie is a citizen of Mars before England. In the wake of the referendum, ‘Rebel Rebel’ takes on a whole new meaning. Bowie is singing about love for the rebellious Scotland, although his fear of abandonment causes him to call the country a ‘hot tramp’. Not the best use of words, David.
The Beta Band – ‘It’s Over’
The Beta Band were used infamously in a scene from High Fidelity where John Cusack plays their track ‘Dry The Rain’ in order to persuade people to buy the album The Three EPs. Surely Alex Salmond could attempt something similar in record shops up and down the country, though he’ll have to work on his indie credibility.
The Faces – ‘Stay With Me’
Nothing shines brighter as a beacon of the British union than the holy glow of Rod Stewart’s highlighted mullet. The singer was born in London to a Scottish father and has been known to shed a tear at Celtic Park, as well as stand in front of their trophy cabinet with no pants on for reasons still unknown.
Boards Of Canada – ‘Rue the Whirl’
Unlike other musicians, the ambient Edinburgh duo have not passed comment on the referendum debate. It’s unsurprising, really – Boards have barely broken their silence about anything in the past 25 years. ‘Rue the Whirl’ could be seen as a message from David Cameron to the Scottish people, as he possibly weeps over a map of the old Empire.
Young Knives – ‘The Decision’
Young Knives may claim to be the ‘supreme monarch’ but for Scotland, the decision remains very much in their hands. The Queen recently commented that she wished the country “think very carefully” about the vote, but did she even bother with a lo-fi garage punk backing? She did not.
Mogwai – ‘Letters to the Metro/George Square Thatcher Death Party’
‘Letters to the Metro’ seems a fitting title, with the barrage of comments, complaints and celebrity pleas that are currently making the rounds in the newspapers. Mogwai recently played a ‘Yes’ concert at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall – it’s unconfirmed whether ‘George Square Thatcher Death Party’ made up part of their setlist.
Primal Scream – ‘Come Together’
‘We are together, we are unified, And all for the cause / Because together we got power, Apart we got pow-wow.’
The Better Together campaign really missed a trick by not spending their whole budget on one giant ghetto-blaster and pumping this tune down from the Highlands. What better advert for the union could there be than Mancunians and Glaswegians teaming up to make beautiful rock n’ roll whilst heavily intoxicated?
Jamie XX – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
Continuing on the theme of rebuilding the bridges between Scotland and England through a hedonistic binge of club music, Jamie XX’s ‘All Under One Roof Raving’ was briefly under suspicion of being a pro-union anthem with its ‘and we kept it UK’ chorus. Never mind the elderly or teenage vote – who has actually been pitching to the ‘hardcore UK ravers’ demographic?
Al Green – ‘Let’s Stay Together’
An old soul classic is the perfect indie disco closer and does raise the question, how badly does David Cameron want this? Surely he should be outside polling booths up and down the country, performing as close as perfect rendition of this 1972 version of the Al Green hit – adorned in the same checked suit and turtle neck combination.