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Scotland Goes Pop! (2)

In 2005 Mrs. Bigrab and I went to Oran Mor in Glasgow to a charity night in aid of victims of the Tsunami. We had gone to see The Blue Nile make their first live appearance in Glasgow in 9 years. Some of the other acts on the night were strange bedfellows for TBN. For instance there was Chris Andrews (Yesterday Man), Middle of the Road (yes indeed Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep!) and the Marmalade. This incarnation of The Marmalade (about 35 years after their last hit) was in fact two of the original members playing unplugged and I’m not actually 100% sure of their names but they were the left handed guitarist on the left of the video below and the bass player on the right.

There is a very full and informative biography of the group HERE

When they came on I was wondering what we were in for as my clearest memory of them was their cover of the Lennon/McCartney (but mainly McCartney) composition Obla Di Obla Da which defined them in many peoples eyes and ears as a kind of bubblegum pop outfit. However it is worth remembering that they supported the likes of Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix declared the group’s “I see the Rain” as the best single of 1967.

On the night in question the two proceeded to play a set of what must be some of the finest pop songs ever to be exported from Scotland, just on accoustic guitar, accoustic bass and two vocals. This one was a particular stand out. Spot the now politically incorrect trade mark of Robertson’s Jam on the drums.

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