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Pronounced Goo-thans (1979) 

 

EMI Cassette Super C60 (Unreleased) (1980)

 

Jazz Mucus for Funk People EP (1982)

 

Winter Feis (Live Appearance 1982)

 

Olacs Volume 79 (1983)

 

Midges Of Rock (Live Appearance) (1983)

 

Mehags Agus Fuidheags (1984)

 

Calan Bow Gets Run Over (1984)

 

Bogie Goes to Bennadrove (1985)

 

Ch***y Al*ne Picks The Guireans (Compilation 1985)

 

Hey Hey We're Gordon Macleod's Guireans (1986)

 

The Cac Album (1987/88)

 

Guireans on 45 (1988)

 

Live At The Cross Inn (5/7/1988)

 

The Brag Demos + Free Muriel Gray (1989)

 

J*** S**** is a H***s*x**l (1989)

 

Late Period Singles and EPs (1990 and beyond)

 

Alasdair Mackay Is God (Sorry - Bod) (2002)

 

How Much Mor Cac Could It Be? - The Midges of Rock 2003

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Bogie Goes to Bennadrove (1985)

Personnel:

Alasdair (Bod) Mackay:  Guitar; Vocals; Drums; Harmonica

Roddy (Huggan) Huggan: Vocals, Drums, Guitar

Iain (Deadstone) Livingstone : Bass; Drums; Chanter; Vocals

Ken (Bandwagon) Livingstone: Vocals

Martin (Hank the Yank) Strell : Vocals

Neil (The Hippy) Shaw : Vocals

 Sleeve by Alasdair (Bod) Mackay

Recorded in 3 different locations over a few months in 1985.  Tracks 1-6 were recorded in the Livingstones’ sitting room again over Xmas and New Year 1984/5, guest starring bemused American visitor and Velvet Underground freak Hank on vocals on “Waiting for the Bus”.  Tracks 7 and 9 were recorded at Noel Eadie’s Croft studio in Tong (still using a cassette player, but with a real drum kit for the first and last time ever). The remaining Tracks were recorded in Huggan’s kitchen one Saturday in the spring or summer of 1985, as is obvious from the variety of utensils pressed into service as percussion.

Ken (The Other Accountant of Rock) Livingstone made a brief reappearance backing Neil The Hippy’s lead vocal on “Gimme All your Bog Roll”.  Having heard that it was being recorded in a real “Studio” he’d obviously thought he could sniff fame and fortune.

In retrospect it seems Huggan was going through a Bowie phase at the time, with 2 covers on one C30. Track 11, “Iain Stardust & The Peatcutters from Borve”, penned by Perceval Road cyberpunk and occasional Guireans vocalist Derek ("No Head Jackson") Macleod, was a classic, but there’s a better version on “Hey Hey We’re Gordon Macleod’s Guireans”.

For the anoraks among us, the Ukelele on “Zing Frankie Mix was a very sad AGOFR in-joke. The hype surrounding dreadful Scouse mincers Frankie Goes to Hollywood was scarily reminiscent of the rhetoric surrounding ukelele-wielding AGOFR posturers Zing Pop a few years previously. The Guireans were convinced that Frankie’s success was orchestrated not by pretentious ex-NME hack Paul Morley as claimed, but by Sinister Matheson Road Pop Svengali CJ Mitchell.

In 1981, Mitchell (58), known as “Not Another B****y Accountant of Rock”, masterminded the publicity stunt  which was to become the model for Frankie’s infamous “Relax” ban hype. Sales of Zing-Pop’s inferior “Lord of the Zings” shot to an incredible 3 after Mitchell (71) cleverly didn’t send it to Radio Nan Eilean and cunningly forgot to ask Maciver and Dart to put a copy on the shelf.

 
 
Alternative Sleeve by Alasdair (Bod) Mackay

 

Tracks:

1.       See Murchaidh Play (Sid Mucus for Pink Sid Peepil)

2.       Cailleach Comedienne

3.       Goat Mucus for McAlpine People

4.       Dog Mucus for Balls People

5.       Be Mucus for Bop People II

6.       Waiting for the Bus (Hank Mucus for Yank People)

7.       Zing Frankie Mix Next

8.       Angus Mhurdaidh (1st attempt)

9.       Gimme all Your Bog Roll

10.     Angus Mhurdaidh

11.     Iain Stardust & the Peatcutters from Borve

12.     Cocktail Twits

13.     Hippy Tigh

14.     Sultans of Swainbost