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Quick, name three '80s bands from Scotland



If one of your guesses was The Waterboys, you're on the right track. Led by Mike Scott, The Waterboys were formed in Scotland in the early ‘80s and in 1983, they charted their first UK single with A Girl Called Johnny. The girl “Johnny” is actually a nod to Patti Smith. The Waterboys had other hit singles in the UK that were picked up by alternative radio stations in the states such as The Whole of the Moon and Fisherman’s Blues.

Waterboy Karl Wallinger left the band and went on to have chart success with World Party in 1987. The rest of The Waterboys still continue to gush out music and are just wrapping up a tour of Australia.

(Oh, you really wanted more Scottish bands from the '80s? Well, Big Country, Deacon Blue, Simple Minds, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins -- among many others.)

- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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