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A respected light from the short-lived C-86/anorak motion from the mid-’80s, the BMX Bandits stood on the epicenter from the Scottish pop music picture for over ten years; however, despite assisting launch the professions of talents which range from Teenage Fanclub and Eugenius towards the Soup Dragons and Superstar, the group itself hardly ever grew beyond the confines of the fervent cult pursuing. They were fundamentally the automobile of vocalist/guitarist Duglas T. Stewart, a Bellshill indigenous and onetime person in the Pretty Blooms; he produced the music group in 1985, sarcastically selecting the name “BMX Bandits” away from his perception that they might break apart after only 1 gig. Rather, the group became a favorite local appeal, and soon agreed upon to Stephen Pastel’s 53rd and 3rd label. Documented using a lineup of Stewart, bassist Sean Dickson, guitarist Jim McCulloch, drummer Willie McArdle, and support vocalist Billy Hardwood, the BMX Bandits’ captivating 1986 debut one “E102” launched these to the forefront from the C-86 uprising, despite getting denied an area over the NME newspaper compilation cassette of naive jangle pop that provided the motion its name. With the follow-up, “Just what a Amazing Globe,” both McArdle and Dickson got exited, and had been changed by ex-Boy Hairdressers bassist Joe McAlinden and drummer Francis MacDonald; Dickson quickly founded his personal music group, the Soup Dragons, the to begin many BMX Bandits spinoffs to eclipse the initial group’s success. Following a series of following singles and roster adjustments (like the leave of McCulloch, who became a member of Dickson within the Soup Dragons), the BMX Bandits — Stewart, MacDonald, McAlinden, fellow Son Hairdressers alum Norman Blake, and guitarist Gordon Eager — released their long-awaited debut LP, the tongue-in-cheek C86 Plus, in 1990. A whimsical concert recording, Totally Groovy Live Encounter!, appeared later on in the entire year, but another hiatus adopted as Blake and MacDonald shaped Teenage Fanclub. Blake came back towards the Bandits collapse, nevertheless, for 1991’s Celebrity Wars, also documented with ex-Vaselines frontman Eugene Kelly; following the 1992 EP Gordon Eager & His BMX Bandits, Eager and Kelly broke away to create Captain America, later on rechristened Eugenius, and McAlinden founded Superstar. Later on in 1992, the BMX Bandits authorized to the Creation label, where they released their finest work up to now, the solitary “Serious Medicines.” Released in 1993, Existence CONTINUES ON was the 1st Bandits LP documented with the stable of lineup of Stewart, MacDonald (following a short tenure in Teenage Fanclub), his bassist sibling Finlay, and guitarist John Hogarty; ex-Soup Dragon Sushil Dade was later on put into the roster for 1995’s Gettin’ Dirty, a transfer to even more lush sonic place drawing clear motivation from the Seaside Boys. Following the group released the greater straightforward rock and roll Theme Recreation area in 1996, Stewart divide off to produce a single record, Frankenstein. Following a long amount of musical inactivity, the Bandits resurfaced in 2006 using a revamped lineup that included vocalist Rachel Mackenzie. The group released My String in 2006 for Rev-Ola, after that implemented it quickly with Bee Stings in 2007. Stewart as well as the group soldiered on and agreed upon with a fresh label (Elefant), after that released a compendium of “strikes” and dropped music (The Rise and Fall from the BMX Bandits) in ’09 2009, before coming back with a fresh studio record (BMX Bandits in Space) in 2012.

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Full Name BMX Bandits
Music Songs Serious Drugs, Listen To Some Music, E102, The Sailor's Song, Kylie's Got a Crush on Us, I Wanna Fall in Love, How Not to Care, It's In Her Eyes, Shake You Down, Razorblades & Honey, Your Class, Little Hands, Disco Girl, C86, Love Me 'Til My Heart Stops, Doorways, My Girl Midge, Love at the Hop, Gettin' Dirty, Saveoursmiles, Take Me to Heaven, Space Girl, Let Mother Nature Be Your Guide, That Summer Feeling, That Lonely Feeling, Disco Girl II, Tugboat, Hello Young Lovers, Love, Come to Me, The Road of Love Is Paved With Banana Skins, Hole in My Heart, You're So Fine
Albums My Chain, BMX Bandits In Space, Down at the Hop, Gettin' Dirty, Bee Stings, Totally Groovy Live Experience, Life Goes On, Theme Park, Getting Dirty, THE RISE AND FALL(JAPAN EDITION), C86, Forever, BMX Bandits Forever, C86 Plus, Serious Drugs, The Rise & Fall of BMX Bandits, C86 / Star Wars, The BMX Love E.P., Serious Drugs: The Creation Anthology, C86 and More, The Day Before Tomorrow / What a Wonderful World, The 53rd and 3rd Years, Beautiful Friend
Nominations AACTA Award for Best Editing, AACTA Award for Best Sound, AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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