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Now That’s What I Call Scottish Pop

To mark the end of Rip it Up, the National Museum’s exhibition of Scottish pop and rock we’ve compiled a pop quiz, giving you the chance to show off your vast knowledge of obscure and wonderful facts about Caledonia’s unique contribution to music. As prizes, we have 2 copies of Vic Galloway’s book of the same name, which explores our richly diverse musical culture from Lonnie Donegan to Young Fathers. To enter, email your answers to [email protected] by 8 p.m. on Thursday 29 November. Winners will be announced on Friday 30. Don’t shilly-shally! [you can play the Ultimate Scottish Playlist while you test yourself].

1. Which Scottish label released the first Human League single?
2. The director of the 2015 movie Slow West was in which Fife band?
3. Who do Belle and Sebastian take their name from?
4. Where was Lulu born?
5. What was Annie Lennox’s group before Eurythmics?
6. Which singer earned his first live performance payment supporting an early incarnation of The Beatles at Alloa Town Hall in 1960?
7. Who is Dumfries native Alan Richard Wiles?
8. With which US film actress did the Bay City Rollers appear with singing Saturday Night on Irish TV?
9. Who was JAMC’s original drummer?
10. Which chart-topping band from Glasgow’s east end were originally known as the Gaylords?
11. Sheena Easton and Teenage Fanclub hail from which Lanarkshire town?
12. Which Two Ronnies regular was born in Dunfermline on September 27, 1947?
13. Silly Wizard wrote the theme tune for which popular TV sit com?
14. Name 2 hits by the Revillos/Rezillos.
15. Greenock’s John McGeoch played guitar for a succession of experimental bands in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Name three.
16. Where did The Incredible String Band get their name?
17. Where was Talking Heads’ David Byrne born?
18. Which Scottish city is name-checked in an Abba number one?
19. Which Scottish singer got his big break at a live Radio Clyde event in 2003?
20. What connects Orange Juice, Josef K and Aztec Camera?
21. Before the Rollers had a global hit with it in 1975, who performed the original version of Bye Bye Baby?
22. Which musician inspired the title track to John Martyn’s Solid Air album?
23. Which Tim Buckley song did This Mortal Coil make their own in 1984?
24. What connects Forfar, Kirriemuir and Fremantle in Western Australia?
25. Which Dundee duo won a record contract by covering David Bowie’s Boys Keep Swinging without copyright permission?
26. Which English chart toppers were managed by the Poets manager?
27. What Fife village do the Proclaimers come from?
28. In what year did Hue and Cry have a hit with Labour of Love?
29. Which synth-pop band found an international fanbase when they posted a song on New York’s Neon Gold Records in 2012?
30. Who was Franz Ferdinand?


1. Fast Product
2. Beta Band
3. From the 1960s children’s TV series based on the novel Belle et Sebastien by Cecile Aubry
4. Lennoxtown.
5. The Tourists
6. Alex Harvey
7. Calvin Harris
8. Ann-Margret
9. Bobby Gillespie
10. Marmalade
11. Bellshill
12. Barbara Dickson
13. Take the High Road
14. Top of the Pops, Destination Venus
15. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magazine, PIL, Visage
16. After their local Edinburgh haunt the Incredible String Café
17. Dumbarton
18. Glasgow (Super Trouper)
19. Paolo Nutini
20. Early releases on Postcard Records / Bassist Malcolm Ross
21. The Four Seasons
22. Nick Drake
23. Song to the Siren
24. AC/DC founder Bon Scott was born in Forfar and subsequently lived in the others.
25. The Associates
26. Rolling Stones
27. Auchermuchty
28. 1987
29. Chvrches
30. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in 1914, triggering events that led to the outbreak of WW1.

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  1. Scott says:

    Will you be adding the answers here?

      1. Scott says:

        Great, thanks. A couple of them were very difficult!

  2. Alastair McIntyre says:

    Hi , have we had the answers yet ( and the winners names ) Cheers

      1. Santa says:

        So’s Christmas

  3. Murray Dalglish says:

    Thanks for answers. You forgot about me being in JAMC. Didn’t realise Take The High Road was actually supposed to be funny.

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