If you don’t know who Robbie Burns is, don’t feel bad. We’re here to fill you in, with help from our resident Scot.
Robbie Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) is a celebrated Scottish poet and lyricist and a huge deal in Scotland. He has his own day, Robbie Burns Day, which usually includes haggis (a traditional Scottish meat pudding), whiskey or scotch and a Burns supper, which are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday, the 25th of January.
Back here in the studio, Blair Duddy is our resident Scottish dude. He moved here from Glasgow for audio school at the Harris Institute and has since stuck around for work. His accent is very strong, almost as strong as his love for haggis. We’ve yet to have him make it for us. Until then, he’s going to share the Top 5 Scottish songs you should listen to in honor of The Dude Robbie Burns. Pop ’em on a playlist, pour some whiskey and cook up some neeps n tatties.
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
“You just can’t forget this riff. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Franz Ferdinand took the world by storm with their first self-titled album, and in 2004 released “Take Me Out”. The song reached No.3 in the UK charts, before eventually selling 3.6 million copies worldwide. It even reached #38 on NME’s “100 Best Albums of All Time” list.”
2.The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
“Also from Glasgow, The Fratellis released their debut album in 2006, featuring the track “Chelsea Dagger”. Since then the song has been adopted as a sports anthem, beginning with Celtic FC in Scotland, before crossing the pond and becoming best known for it’s association with the Chicago Blackhawks. It gained the accolade of Best Goal Song in the NHL by Sports Illustrated. Not bad for a couple boys from Glasgow, am I right?”
3. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
“What’s Scottish about The Breakfast Club? This song. The band formed in Glasgow (there is a pattern here) in 1977 and Simple Minds became a worldwide sensation, going platinum in Canada and gold in the UK.”
4. Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
“Baker Street’s iconic saxophone riff propelled Gerry Rafferty (from Paisley, Scotland) to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Canada and #3 in the UK. In 2010, the song was recognized by BMI for surpassing 5 million performances, worldwide. It was awarded Gold Certification on two separate occasions; in 1978 & 2013.”
5. Auld Lang Syne – Robert Burns
“What Rabbie Burns Day list would be complete without one of the Bard’s own? Originally a poem written by Burns in 1788, the song has become a Hogmanay tradition, where we all join arms, and bid farewell to the previous year. Burns’ most famous poem is now sung by people all over the world, in many different countries worldwide at the stroke of midnight every year. Contrary to popular belief, the poem does not mean old friends should be forgotten, but rather the opposite. It is about preserving friendships and looking back on the events of the past year. So if you do forget old acquaintances, you can look back on the year and remember them fondly. Tell your friends. “Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates to “For The Sake of Old Times.”