Monday, October 18, 2010

The Boy With The Arab Strap

A group that was very prominent in the Scottish music scene over the years was Arab Strap. Consisting of Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton they formed the band after growing up in Falkirk and sharing a mutual love of Smog and Will Oldham (Palace Brothers). Belle and Sebastian even named their album Boy With The Arab Strap after the group. Aidan Moffat's lyrics are often in reference to nights of drinking, drugs, sex and general debauchery. They released 10 albums in their 10 years together including The Weekend Never Starts Round Here, Philophobia, Elephant Shoe, The Red Thread, Monday At The Hug & Pint and The Last Romance, along with 3 live CD's. Both members have gone onto successful solo releases after breaking up Arab Strap in 2006 with Malcolm Middleton going under his own name while Aidan Moffat first chose Lucky Pierre then Aidan Moffat & The Best-Of's. Slip into something more comfortable:

"The First Big Weekend"

"Here We Go"

"(Afternoon) Soaps"

"Love Detective"


"The Shy Retirer"

"Dream Sequence"


"There Is No Ending"

Overall a great band to listen to for a variety of emotions whether wanting to celebrate or drown your sorrows...

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