Saturday, May 05, 2012
SATURDAY'S SCOTTISH SINGLE (Part 30)
Douglas Veitch, better known as Champion Doug Veitch (born 1960, Hawick, Scotland) is a Scottish musician and songwriter.
The self styled 'King of Caledonian Swing' rose to some prominence in the mid 1980s. A favourite of John Peel, for whom he recorded two radio sessions, he holds the record for having most (six) consecutive NME singles of the week. His music was a ground-breaking polycultural mix, using elements from dub, reggae, country Music and Scottish folk music, which foretold the cross cultural mixing more common in later years.
In 1985, he co-founded the label DiscAfrique with his colleague Owen Elias, which was one of the first world music labels in the United Kingdom, releasing records by The Bhundu Boys, Orchestre Baobab and The Four Brothers amongst others. In 1989, he released an album of Scottish dance music with his wife under the moniker Martin, Doug and Sara. He later drifted out of the music industry due to personal issues, and took a Ph.D. in woodland management. However, he later reunited with Bhundu Boys guitarist Rise Kagona under the name Culture Clash. Unusually Veitch sings the songs in Shona rather than his native tongue. The duo released the album Tanzwa Neku Tambura: We've Suffered Enough in 2007.
And this is the one bit of vinyl I have in the cupboard, It's a 12" single from August 1986:-
mp3 : Champion Doug Veitch - Margarita
mp3 : Champion Doug Veitch - Margarita Mix Mescales
mp3 : Champion Doug Veitch - One Black Night (re-mix)
The two tracks on the b-side were mixed by this bloke.
Next up.....The Cinematics.