“SONG FOR EWE”
with VIC GALLOWAY of
6MUSIC & BBC SCOTLAND
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today it’s the turn of a BBC presenter, author, journalist and musician. This guy’s Scot talent all round. He has a regular BBC Scotland show playing music by superunknown but supercool new acts, plus some of my all time indie heroes. His own named show is on Mondays at 9pm and he’s also the face of BBC Introducing in Scotland late on Thursdays. He’s currently keeping the seat warm on Marc Riley’s 6Music show, a show that usually sounds like i’ve put my iPod on shuffle and he didn’t disappoint last night ripping into garage club classic floor-stomper “25 Miles” by Edwin Starr then the amazing new Ty Segall (or should that be Ty-Rex) plus Bibio (who Clark once told me a mind-altering story about) as well as some old favs from Iggy & Talk Talk.
He’s written this ace book about the musicians he’s grown up and played with including Steve Mason, King Creosote and James Yorkston Songs In The Key Of Fife. He’s in Marc’s seat again tonight and then he’s off to SXSW for a busman’s holiday. It’s the tattooed, former fanzine writer, new music aficionado now top broadcaster, a Velvet Sheep fav, Mr. Vic Galloway!
Like me, Vic is a fan of the late great John Peel, once writing the article “Why More DJ’s Must Be Like Peel” for the Sunday Herald. And he’s certainly doing his bit. And this gives me the opportunity to re-post a key moment in the life of Velvet Sheep fanzine (and my life!) when Peel mentioned the zine live on air, 21 years ago almost to the day.
Vic definitely shares a lot of the same heroes, here’s a recent episode of his BBC Scotland show where he interviews the mercurial Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic & K Records.
and here’s when me & Toby Amies managed to get him on MTV Europe’s “Alternative Nation”! The sound department hadn’t heard anything like it.
I was chuffed when Vic agreed to choose a tune, so ahead of another trail blazing stint in Lard’s seat tonight, it’s over to Vic…
“My ‘Song for Ewe’ right now has to be: The Blues Busters ‘Soon you’ll be gone’
I am a massive fan of reggae, ska, rocksteady, ska, dub, dancehall and Jamaican music in general. However, due to the phenomenal recording output from the island over the decades, I’m continually unearthing songs that I haven’t heard before.
This is a mid-tempo Ska tune by The Blues Busters, aka the vocal duo of Philip James and Lloyd Campbell who got together in 1960, often backed by Byron Lee & The Dragonnaires or The Skatalites back in the day.
It has a heartbreaking lyric and perfect harmony in the chorus that melts me every time. With a twinkly, ethereal organ motif and robust horn section as well as that familiar Ska shuffle, it is unbeatable and I have been playing it on repeat since hearing it randomly on YouTube. Weirdly I sing it to my girlfriend, and she loves it too! I’ve bought their entire back catalogue (I think) now as a result, and almost all of it is excellent especially the more up-tempo numbers. Search out this tune and enjoy!”
THANKS TO VIC GALLOWAY! AND IF YOU READ THIS IN TIME, PLEASE CAN I REQUEST THE NEW ONE BY THE CRAVATS “BATTER HOUSE”??? CHEERS AGAIN, KEEP ON KEEPING ON…!