Bay City Rollers - manufactured bubblegum pop and tartan tat

Bay City Rollers - manufactured bubblegum pop and tartan tat

No serious pop at Scottish music would be complete without due homage to the triumph of tartan tat that was the phenomenon of the Rollers. Their "songs", most notably "Shang-a-lang", were pure, manufactured bubblegum pop in an age when the likes of David Cassidy and Donnie Osmond were the pukemakers supreme.

In spite of their utterly ridiculous attire and any real talent, "Rollermania" swept the nation like an outbreak of plague, and the tartan turnips with the tartan turn-ups notched up no fewer than ten Top 10 hits between 1971 and 1976. Quite remarkable, and a terribly sad reflection on seventies style.

Post-Roller mania has not been kind to the lads. Bankruptcy, in-fighting, manslaughter charges, child pornography convictions (not all of them) and most damning of all, a Hollywood film (the rights to which have been bought by publicity shy Courtney Love).

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