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Taggart: the show that grew so big it kept on going even after its lead character had died (can you imagine Kojak without Telly Savalas?), slunk out of a pre-revisionist Glasgow to confirm to us how the streets of the Dear Green Place were crawling with hard men, racketeers and ne’er do wells.
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Mainly because they are arseholes, I imagine; overfed and underworked wankers. I think they have always resented the fact I made it very big in London and they didn’t - because the big leap for them is Fleet Street and they’re not there. They’re small-time people.
While we were in our infancy, Kenny Dalglish was approaching his 100th cap for his country in a World Cup qualifier against Australia. At the time, he was Scotland’s joint top scorer (along with Denis Law), and a ripe old 34 years old. At Celtic, he’d been an idol; at Liverpool, he was
King Kenny; in the
national team, he was
always one move ahead of his team- mates. ‘It’s not important that I get the 100th cap,’ he told The list, obviously practising that fitba’ understatement that would be the marker of a future managerial career, ‘it’s more important that we qualify for the World Cup. I’m just happy if I am picked for the team.’ We did. lie was.
I Clint Eastwood was our first cover star as The list rode Into town with all guns blazing . . . grumbles about sound and seating greeted the opening of the SECC as a concert venue, with 0040 supported by Simply lied . . . Anthony Burgess provided a new libretto for Scottish Opera’s new production of Weber’s Oberon, setting it in a more modern Middle East . . . Sigue Sigue Sputnik donned wigs and bizarre costumes as a create-your- own-cult punk band . . . and Yukio Ninagawa produced a Festival masterpiece with his Japanese version of Macbeth.
New on the streets, looking mean and moody, Scottish and screamineg loud — not just Issue One of The List, but the debut album from East Kilbride’s The Jesus And Mary Chain, released that same week in early October. While Psychocandy showed they could write a pop tune or two, the band were polishing their bad reputation on the live circuit, back in the good ol’ days when a twenty-minute set was enough to make the punters’ ears bleed from bittersweet feedback.
It’s hard to think of a British film industry without Channel 4, and yet it wasn’t until My Beautiful laundrette became the unheralded hit of the 1985 Edinburgh Film Festival that the broadcaster risked releasing its wares on the commercial cinema scene. In the process, Daniel Day-Lewis found himself on the cover of issue three of The list, years before Hollywood beckoned. ‘l have the same attitude to hero-worship as I have to militarism,’ he admitted. ‘I can’t help admiring the Trooping of the Colour, but I despise myself a little for doing so.’
. When the day comes to look back on those classic line-ups, who’ll be there? The cast of The Godfather? The Who when Keith Moon battered the
_‘ skins? The Merry Mac Fun Show? Duncan MacLean’s now an award-
g- _. winning author, John MacKayfound
I, ', ' t' ‘ \ stage and TV fame with his play Dead ' - ‘ ‘V\. ’1 Dad Dog, and Jez Benstock’s still
‘K performing on the comedy circuit. As _, a trio, Scotland’s anarchic japesters, v J decked out in tartan suits and mental haircuts, got themselves a Perrier nomination for their unique ‘promenade’-style political cabaret, and bamboozled London audiences when they played as part of the Pick Of The Fringe.