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Setting Times stories to music: From Kasabian to Snoop Dogg
Setting Times stories to music: From Kasabian to Snoop Dogg

The soundtracks for the first two Great Reads of the week were by Scottish bands: We Were Promised Jetpacks, and Jesus and Mary Chain. (Don’t the Scots have a knack for great band names? The former is one of my favorite names ever.) I lived in Scotland as a kid, and ever since I’ve gravitated to Scottish bands, from the Proclaimers and Mull Historical Society to Camera Obscura and Teenage Fanclub. (Embarrassing confession: even have a sneaking fondness for the S-S-S-Saturday in the Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night.”) The latter two bands in particular -- no, not the Bay City Rollers -- have that perfect combo of pure pop and clever lyrics. Catnip to me. ...

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