Electric Honey Records celebrates 25 years

Electric Honey Records, the record label run by the students on the music business course at Glasgow Kelvin (formerly Stow) College, celebrates its 25th birthday this year with single releases from singer/songwriter Calum Frame, funk outfit Dopesickfly and garage band The Shambolics, and a rather fine debut album by Glasgow band Pronto Mama, called Any Joy.

Electric Honey has been described by no less an organ than Uncut magazine as “the most successful student-run label in the world”, and who are we to argue with a back catalogue which includes Belle & Sebastian’s classic debut album, Tigermilk, which became the label’s first landmark release, swiftly followed by Snow Patrol’s debut single Starfighter Pilot, released under their original name Polar Bear, and Biffy Clyro’s debut Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow EP.

Ahead of this year’s annual label showcase at the West End Festival, we spoke to some of the movers and the shakers associated with the label, including current and former course directors (and 80s pop stars) Ken McCluskey and Alan Rankine, and band members from the label’s three most illustrious alumni.

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Guest blog: Sam Knee The Bag I’m In

Today we have the last of our selection of amazing photographs from Sam Knee’s new book, The Bag I’m In. We’d like to extend our huge thanks to Sam and Cicada Books for the preview. There are so many great photographs in the book that it was very difficult to choose a selection.

The Bag I’m In is published by Cicada Books and is available to pre-order from Monorail Music. Sam’s previous book A Scene In Between is also available.

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Martin Dodd: photograph contributed by Steve Pegrum

Martin Dodd was around during the pre/ proto punk music scene in Southend . A regular gig-goer at the Kursaal and Queens Hotel, attending Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, embryonic Dr Feelgood gigs among others. This photo captures the mystery and diy nature of the Space scenes fashions.

CND1Photograph by Leigh Darlington

This CND shot dates from one of the numerous marches culminating in London during 61. This is probably my favorite scene included in the book. I’ve had a long fascination with the British early-mid 60s since I was a child. It’s probably got a lot to do with the fact my parents were in this scene and always discussed the pre-swinging 60s as the most pivotal period of the decade, when anything seemed possible and the underground scenes were genuinely underground. I feel this period ended around 64, 65 with tv shows like Ready Steady Go and the r&b scene groups going overground into the mainstream societies subconsciousness.

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