Blast From The Past: Texas

It’s difficult to find a band that makes music like Texas did (does?). This Scottish band has been around since the late 1980s, and I’m happy to report that the quality of music has certainly not wavered.

The first Texas song I heard was Say What You Want, which was released almost a good decade after the band formed. I instantly loved it. The last Texas song I’ve heard was Getaway from their 2005 album Red Book. They’ve since gone on hiatus to pursue personal projects, and Sharleen Spiteri – she with the most beautiful voice ever – has released two solo albums since. It’s been too long since we’ve heard new Texas material and I, for one, can’t wait until they announce a new album.

Also, the video for In Demand features Alan Rickman. One thousand points to Slytherin!

 

 

 

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Blast From The Past: Del Amitri

If I had to pick just band that I wish had never stopped making music, it would have to be Del Amitri. Formed way back in 1983, this rock band from Scotland never quite gained the fame and fortune of its contemporaries such as Bon Jovi or Def Leppard. In my opinion, however, Del Amitri’s music was far better than the aforesaid.

Tell Her This, from their 1999 album Twisted, might be the best apology I’ve ever heard despite the word “sorry” never once being uttered. Twisted also contains Driving With The Brakes On, which is one of the band’s better-known songs.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, here are some of my favourite Del Amitri songs for you. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any videos except for Kiss This Thing Goodbye (or high quality clips on Soundcloud), but all the ‘videos’ embedded below contain the songs in their entirety.