I (and you, you lucky people) have a piece in The Herald magazine to thank for getting this wee series on the go again – it’s been in abeyance for quite some time.
Anyway, Teddy Jamieson said in a column “anyone remember the Fruits of Passion?” in relation to Scottish indie bands of the 80s.
I do, though only really for the tune below. The scene then, as I recall, was typically ’80s’ i.e. most Scottish bands (Boots For Dancing and Dog Faced Hermans aside) wasn’t all that far removed from the New Romantic / ‘futurist’ / bad white boy funk that was sweeping the rest of the UK – a world of bad hair, worse trousers, and slap bass (self-explanatory).
To be fair, any decent groups that were kicking around I somehow missed out on – time catching a small flurry of local support like the Berlin Blondes gave way to far too much time spent on studying. So I was rather less immersed in the local ‘scene’ than I would be later on, into the 90s and beyond.
There was the occasional gig of course, and I think I saw this lot, probably at Glasgow Tech, maybe supporting the Monochrome Set, quite possibly with Friends Again also on the bill? I mention the latter since I’d thought a pal from primary school, Raymond Docherty, was their bassist, though the web only throws up mentions of his time in The Big Dish. Last time I saw him it was on a bus in Glasgow – he had Lloyd Cole’s Portastudio with him (whether the head Commotion knew this wasn’t made clear).
Anyway, I digress. This was easily FoP’s best, most-likely-to-bother-the-charts tune. Though it didn’t. Maybe if they’d had a video it could have made the difference… (there was one for Love’s Glory though).