Cutter and the Clan (Reviewed by wavemeister):
The Cutter & The Clan, released in 1987 by Ridge Records/Chrysalis,
Hearts Of Olden Glory
Pride Of The Summer
Worker For The Wind
Rocket To The Moon
The Only Rose
Protect And Survive
Our Earth Was Once Green
An Ubhal As Airde (The Highest Apple)
instruments and folk melodies into quite anthemic rock music, Runrig are
active since 1973. Although never been as known or successful like other
artists of this genre (and location) like Big Country, U2 or The Alarm,
they gained a large and very dedicated fan base worldwide.
& The Clan' was some kind of breakthrough for the six-piece from Scotland,
with opening for U2 in Edinburgh, playing behind the Iron Curtain during
a festival in East Berlin, a successful tour through Canada. Finally,
they got more attention outside the fanbase, as certain songs were played
on some radio stations.
is changing between driving rock and great ballads free of any kitsch,
while the lyrics are mostly carrying a critic note concerning Scotland
and the people there and abroad (emigration is quite often mentioned).
From time to time, you can also find the one or another traditional among
Runrigs own works. You may compare it to the outputs of Big Country, but
Runrig has always emphasized the traditional note more.
possible that you may recognize one tune from this album - 'An Ubhal As
Airde' was used tor the Carlsberg Beach Cricket TV ad. Other songs from
this album which gained more attention were 'Alba' and 'Protect And Survive'.
didn´t issuing pretty words only can be proven, as the former vocalist
Donnie Munro left the band to pursue a political career in the Scotland
parliament (less successful) and keyboarder Peter Wishart recently declared
that he will also retire temporarily since his political career was more
successful - he was elected into the Scottish parliament.
Now, if you
like rock music which isn´t pure mainstream, you might want to start
with this album if you are interested in discovering Runrig. Oh, and don´t
miss the chance to see them live...their concerts are always something