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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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Winter Feis (Alleged Live Appearance 1982)
 
Personnel:
Roddy (Huggan) Huggan??
Alasdair (Bod) Mackay??
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The Guireans' appearance at this Scout Hall townie AGOFR extravaganza, featuring primarily Zing-Pop and Cyclefoot -  is disputed, mythical and apocryphal as well. Wattie has a tape supposed by some to have been recorded there, which contains a brief segment of what sounds like the Guireans. And Glenn Valtos' authoritative and apostropheless 1983 work "The Peasants Guide to Musical Misconceptions" cites the Guireans as having played. However, no Guireans can actually remember doing this gig.
 
One theory is that it was actually played by legendary Guireans "tribute" band
"Balach 'Nog & The 4-Crowns". The "Crowns" were allegedly formed by a shadowy group of Stornoway worthies (names such as B*g*e, Coinneach G*bh*, S***y M*th***n and C****y Al*ne have been suggested), who obtained a perverse delight from ridiculing the unfortunate Guireans in a crass and predictable manner over many years. 
 
(Collectors' Note: The 4-Crowns 1984 Guireans covers bootleg "Roddy Huggan gets Run Over",  and  its successor "Bod goes to Ballanthrushal" are said to be highly sought after, as was their 1985 compilation "Iain Livingstone Drinks the 4-Crowns").
 
Another possibility is that this was rival Guireans' splinter group "Ken Livingstone's Original 1970s Bayhead City Guireans". Ken is rumoured to have been in litigation against the remaining Guireans at that time over some 3.37 in royalties which he'd calculated were owed to him for "EMI Cassette Super C60". In a fit of pique, he is said to have gone on the road in order to recoup his losses and sabotage the revamped Guireans' line-up's chances by being even worse than them. Little information is available on the Bayhead City Guireans as nobody (including Ken) will ever admit to having had anything to do with them. In fact many reputable specialists in the field have speculated that I made the whole thing up just now. 
 
Whoever played it, the "Guireans" material on the tape is atrocious but mercifully minimal, consisting of a period of aimless "tuning up" in which the bass player does snippets of "Jazz Mucus" and Swedish TV's  "22 Flights", followed by a botched and cut-off intro to "Toilet on the Sea".

The Cyclefoot lineup at this gig allegedly included both Roddy Huggan and Bod, in an example of an early AGOFR supergroup.

 
 
Tracks
 
1. Aimless tuning up.
2. Toilet on the Sea (botched intro, cut off)

 

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