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List of Famous Bands from Glasgow

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List of Glasgow bands, listed by their level of fame. This Glasgow musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Glasgow bands are included, as well as many Glasgow musicians of underground status. This list of Glasgow musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Glasgow bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

List bands range from Mark Knopfler to Simple Minds.

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    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsCookies, Kicks, See You at the Lights, You're Supposed to Be My Friend, You Made Me Like It

    1990s are an indie rock three-piece band from Glasgow, Scotland....  more
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    Randolph Colville (23 May 1942 – 15 January 2004) was a Scottish jazz swing clarinettist, saxophonist, bandleader and arranger born in Glasgow, Scotland, perhaps best known for his work with the...  more
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    Eddi Reader

    Pop music, Folk music

    AlbumsDriftwood, Angels & Electricity, Eddi Reader, Love Is the Way, Sings the Songs of Robert Burns

    Sadenia "Eddi" Reader MBE (born 29 August 1959) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career. She is the recipient of three BRIT...  more
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    Lonnie Donegan

    Skiffle, Folk music

    AlbumsTalking Guitar Blues... The Very Best Of..., Lonnie...Plus, Lonnie Rides Again...Plus, Rock My Soul, Muleskinner Blues

    Anthony James Donegan (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002), known as Lonnie Donegan, was a British skiffle singer, songwriter and musician, referred to as the "King of Skiffle", who influenced 1960s...  more
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    Jimmy Barnes

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    AlbumsFlesh and Wood, Heat, Two Fires, Freight Train Heart, Raw

    James Dixon Barnes (né Swan; born 28 April 1956) is a Scottish-Australian rock singer and songwriter. His career both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist with the rock band Cold Chisel has...  more

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    Stuart Braithwaite

    Instrumental rock, Alternative rock
    Stuart Leslie Braithwaite (born 10 May 1976) is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is the guitarist of post rock band Mogwai, with whom he has recorded nine studio albums....  more
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    Disco, Pop music

    AlbumsRicks Road, Southside, Mothers Heaven, Careful What You Wish For, Red Book

    Texas are a Scottish pop rock band from Glasgow. They were founded in 1986 by Johnny McElhone (formerly of the bands Altered Images and Hipsway) and Sharleen Spiteri on lead vocals. Texas made their...  more
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    Pop music, Psychedelic pop

    AlbumsReflections Of: The Anthology, I See the Rain (The CBS Years), Rainbow: The Decca Years, Beautiful Soup, There's a Lot of It About

    Marmalade was a Scottish pop rock group from the east end of Glasgow, originally formed in 1961 as the Gaylords, and then later billed as Dean Ford and the Gaylords. In 1966 they changed the group...  more

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    Alexi Murdoch

    Acoustic music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsTime Without Consequence, Four Songs, Towards the Sun, Away We Go, Towards the Sun

    Alexi Murdoch (born 27 December 1973) is a British musician and songwriter, currently living in Berlin....  more

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    Ian McCallum

    Rock music, Punk rock

    AlbumsTake Me as I Am

    Ian McCallum (born September 1965) is an English guitarist and songwriter....  more
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    The Submarines

    Indie pop, Folk music

    AlbumsDeclare a New State!, Honeysuckle Weeks, Telegraph Signals, Love Notes/Letter Bombs, Honeysuckle (Remixes)

    The Submarines are an American indie rock band from Los Angeles, California, United States....  more

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    James Kerr

    New Wave, Pop music

    AlbumsLostboy! AKA Jim Kerr

    James Kerr (born 9 July 1959) is a Scottish singer-songwriter and the lead singer of the rock band Simple Minds. He achieved five UK No. 1 albums with the band, including a No. 1 single in 1989 with...  more
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    Alex Smoke

    Minimal techno, Classical music

    AlbumsParadolia, Incommunicado, Pap and Fickle EP, Ring.Click.Tink EP, Simple Things EP

    Alex Smoke is a Scottish music producer and DJ, from Glasgow based in London, making techno, electronic and classical music. He has released three studio albums, Incommunicado (2005) and Paradolia...  more
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    Helen Marnie

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsCrystal World

    Helen Marnie is a Scottish musician, known as the lead vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron. In 2012, she started a solo career as Marnie and released...  more
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    Orange Juice

    Indie pop, New Wave

    AlbumsYou Can't Hide Your Love Forever, Rip It Up, Ostrich Churchyard, ...Coals to Newcastle, The Glasgow School

    Orange juice usually refers to the fruit juice obtained from squeezing orange. Orange Juice may also refer to: Orange Juice (band), a Scottish post-punk bandThe Orange Juice, a 1984 albumOrange...  more

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    Mel Gaynor

    New Wave, Pop music
    Mel George Gaynor (born 29 May 1959 in Balham, London, England) is an English musician. He is best known as the longtime drummer for the rock band Simple Minds. Gaynor was born to a Jamaican father...  more
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    The Supernaturals

    Rock music, Power pop

    AlbumsIt Doesn't Matter Anymore, Smile, A Tune a Day, What We Did Last Summer, Everest

    The Supernaturals are a five-piece guitar-based pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. Fronted by singer-songwriter James McColl, they signed to Parlophone in 1996, and had a string of singles which were...  more
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    Sons and Daughters

    Rock music, Indie rock

    AlbumsThis Gift, The Repulsion Box, Love the Cup, Mirror Mirror, Johnny Cash / Hunt

    Sons and Daughters were a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland formed from 2001 to 2012....  more
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    Attic Lights

    Power pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsLate Night Sunshine, Friday Night Lights, God, I Could Be So Good For You (Official Minder Theme) / Late Night Sunshine

    Attic Lights are a Scottish indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 2005 by Kev Sherry, Colin McArdle and Jamie Houston, later joined by Tim Davidson and Noel O'Donnell. The four-part...  more
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    Russell Webb

    New Wave, Power pop
    Russell Webb (born 1958 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish new wave bass guitarist who was member of bands such as Slik, PVC2 (both with Midge Ure), Zones, Skids, The Armoury Show and Public Image...  more
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    Ivor Cutler

    Spoken word, Trad jazz

    AlbumsAn Elpee and Two Epees, A Flat Man, Ludo, Dandruff, Jammy Smears

    Ivor Cutler (born Isadore Cutler, 15 January 1923 – 3 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He became known for his regular performances on BBC radio, and in particular his...  more
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    Michelle McManus

    Synthpop, Pop music

    AlbumsThe Meaning of Love, All This Time, Dancing To A Different Beat

    Michelle McManus (born 8 May 1980) is a Scottish singer, columnist, occasional television presenter, radio DJ and actress, who won the second and final series of UK talent show Pop Idol in...  more
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    Alan McGee

    Britpop, Alternative rock
    Alan McGee (born 29 September 1960) is a Scottish businessman and music industry executive. He has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian. He co-founded the...  more
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    The Almighty are a hard rock/heavy metal band, from Glasgow in Scotland who formed in 1988. They have released seven studio albums, two anthologies and one live album....  more
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    Craig Armstrong

    Electronic music, Classical music

    AlbumsAs If to Nothing, Piano Works, In Time, World Trade Center, The Space Between Us

    Craig Armstrong, (born 29 April 1959) is a Scottish composer of modern orchestral music, electronica and film scores. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1981, and has since written...  more