I was shooting the breeze the other day, about how some Edinburgh-based musicians had found some sort of success in London. I starting wondering what bands/artists from Edinburgh had actually managed to achieve any sort of success. It depends how you define success of course, but I couldn't think of too many. In fact, that horrific spectre of The Bay City Rollers always looms up in this type of conversation, like Banquo's ghost. They had commercial success, and their breezy pop is fine in it's way, but I don't think too many people would rate them as being musically interesting.
So, what's left? Er . . . hmm. Pilot? With two songs of note? The Chimes? Same. Tempting though it is to claim The Cocteau Twins, they're from Grangemouth. You could certainly make a case for Bert Jansch. I don't want to mention The Incredible String Band, as I don't like them, and I don't think the passing of the ages has been too kind to their brand of hippy whimsy. Surely there must be somebody since the early 90's? Probably, but I can't think of them.
So, you may say, who cares? It's just that I'm wondering if Edinburgh is big enough to sustain the illusion of having a music "scene", but not big enough to actually have one. I mean in terms of enough decent venues and people willing to go to gigs, to sustain a healthy one in reality. It's got the quality musicians, but you need more than that.