Meet the rock raconteur who’s worked with Ian Dury, The Clash, Vivian Stanshall, The Libertines and British Sea Power.
"Jock Scot is, along with Iggy Pop and Paddy Stanton, one of my all time heroes. A Musselburgh superstar." - Irvine Welsh, May 2015.
On 14 August 2015 Heavenly Recordings will be proud to re-release the Jock Scot album My Personal Culloden. Jock Scot was born in 1952 and grew up in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh. A remarkable post-punk musical Zelig, Jock has worked with artists including The Clash, Ian Dury, Vivian Stanshall, Taj Mahal and The B52s – as press officer, roadie, housekeeper and, most particularly, Imperial Lord Of Good Vibes. From the 1990s onward Jock reinvented himself as a rampaging rock poet and has read his material in concert at the invitation of bands including The Libertines, Belle & Sebastian and British Sea Power. Jock is to be the subject of a biographical film, currently being completed by the filmmaker Robert Rubbish and to include new interviews with Shane MacGowan, Peter Doherty, Neneh Cherry, Anna Chancellor, Suggs, Baxter Dury, Keith Allen, British Sea Power and John Cooper Clarke. The film is due to open in August 2015.
Jock has astonishing tales to tell. His poetry was first collected in the book Where Is My Heroine? – published by the renowned Clash roadie Roadent and possibly the only book to draw recommendations from both Martin Amis and Lemmy. Jock’s voice and words were then captured on the album My Personal Culloden, originally released in 1997 by Postcard Records. The My Personal Culloden album features bewitching backing music from The Nectarine No. 9, led by Davy Henderson, formerly of the Fire Engines and Win, currently frontman with the Sexual Objects. With Jock sounding like a more disruptive version of Sean Connery, My Personal Culloden is a beautiful, emotive tour de force – words addressing girls, drugs, extinct volcanoes, French rugby and Ronnie Wood over a backing sounds that ranges from Captain Beefheart to the Radiophonic Workshop to field recordings of bees in an Edinburgh garden. My Personal Culloden is an undimming blend of incantation and amplified sound – the post-punk answer to the revered albums of words-and-music that John Betjeman made for Charisma Records in the 1970s. The Heavenly reissue will be on both CD and excelsior vinyl, with extensive new sleeve notes and additional visuals. Remember, as Jock sometimes says, if you’re only going to buy one record this year then don’t buy two.
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