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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1983–98)

This irascible, much-lauded Scottish crew featured the Reid brothers, William and Jim (both vocals, guitar) and, for a while, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream (drums). They took The Velvet Underground’s art rock and overlaid surprisingly poppy melodies. Their early gigs turned into riots, but 1985’s Psychocandy was a very good debut album that never quite matched. They had several Top 20 UK singles including the classic ‘Some Candy Talking’. Ultimately, the siblings launched interesting solo ventures.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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