From the cultural hallouminati that brought you the now liquidated Freight Books and long since defunct National Collective, comes another list of people so obscure that not even hipsters claim to have heard of them.
Today, the List Magazine, Scotland’s top lifestyle catalogue/advertising pamphlet, will experience an unusual spike in interest as self-absorbed artists all over the country scrawl through 10 pages of ads to see if they’ve been named as one of 100 notable fuds.
Tonight, the List will exacerbate it’s financial difficulties by throwing a big party for all the important functioning alcoholics in Scottish culture who will take a break from doing shit ching in Merchant City to make insincere small talk with people they neither know nor care about.
To celebrate, I have decided to release an alternative Hot 100, naming some local people, artists and community organisations that don’t get anywhere near as much attention as they should. They are in no particular order and we can only speculate why nobody at The List has heard of many of them.
Scottish Grime in General — every young grime artist smashing it, you are doing us all proud.
PEEK in the Calton — Youth-led organisation
Fuse in Shettleston — Youth-led organisation
Sonnet Youth — Kevin Gilday and Cat Hepburn delivering regular poetry in an accessible fashion
Texture — services to wordsmithery
Steven Reynolds — Leith-based photographer and filmmaker
Werd — Scotland’s hardest working emcee and supporter of up and coming artists
Stacy Novelist — hard working female emcee and radio producer who has overcome a lot of adversity to make her mark on the community
Oddacity — A rapper who actually hates my guts, which is a shame because I have always thought he was really talented. One to watch.
Soundthief — producer, rapper volunteer
Southside Deluxe — quality hip hop record label
Cranhill Beacon — Under-funded Community Centre/library in one of Glasgow’s most deprived communities.
Colonel Mustard and the Djonn 5 — best band in Scotland
Karyn McCluskey — for her services to violence reduction in male-dominated world of community justice
Gal Gael Trust — supporting homeless, dispossessed and people in recovery
Sunny Govan Radio — serving Govan and Glasgow with music/content of local origin
Ema Jayne Park — smashing it constantly and recovering from illness
The State — Leith-based Community interest company specialising in Hip Hop
Tommy Slack and Derek Mackay — for their film A Weegie Abroad
The Racket — music tuition ran in Milton for underprivileged kids
Deadsoundz — Glasgow based hip hop crew
Sindigo — recently passed away, wonderful working class female poet
Mark McGhee — anybody worth talking about in Scottish music was put on by him years ago
Castlemilk Against Austerity — for their tireless community work
Conscious Route — Scotland’s most underappreciated hip hop artist
Govanhill Baths — going from strength to strength
Robert Fullertone — Govan-based philosopher, activist and poet
Young Brido — one of Scottish Hip Hop’s brightest young talents
Chaz Bonnar — international film-maker, B-Boy and Hip Hop documenter.
Leyla Josephine — poet and activist, smashed it at the Fringe
Michelle Fisher — gallus working class poet flying a feminist flag
Mog — if you don’t know Mog, you can’t claim to be cultured. Fuck off.
The Barn — The beating heart of Gorbals youth work for over 30 years
The One Church Café in the Gorbals — somewhere dry and warm for addicts to have tea
Victoria McNulty — Scotland’s most exciting poetic prospect
Josephine Sillars — Musical powerhouse in the making
Kelvinbridge and Anderson Church — from recovery groups to homeless shelter, this church does more than the council for
Glasgow’s pooor and vulnerable
Danny Kelly — Scotland’s most authentic rap artist
Jenny Robertson — Artist of incomparable class
Sam Small — Poet and curator of awesome
Black Lantern — Net Label
Gasp — Scotland’s best rapper
Cee Len — Poet, on her second book.
Chrissy Barnacle — probably the most interesting singer/songwriter to come out of Scotland since Karine Polwart
Angela Haggerty — Editor of Commonspace and emerging female voice, talking much sense, in sausage-fest news landscape
Andrew Mackenzie — for his artistic and personal growth, services to the art of battle rap and learning from his mistakes
Tom Leonard — for casting the long poetic shadow the rest of us are living in
Cocaine Anonymous — getting young people sober, year in year out
James Docherty — mentor working with young men
Plantation Productions — Govan-based community organisation that involves local people
Fail Better — Eclectic monthly night featuring radical artists
Govanhill Toy Library — Project that offers kids in poverty chance to pool and share toys and books
Steg G — Community leader, artist, local record label owner
Wee D — Rapper who deserves more acknowledgement
The Guy who picks up litter in Shawlands his wheelchair
The Poverty Truth Commission — now in its 10th year
Give us your suggestions for the unrecognised and under-valued for the alternative Hot 100 …