Nac Mac Feegle Playlist
August 14, 2018 1:41 PM   Subscribe

I read the Wee Free Men for the first time, and I‘m delighted! Now I want a soundtrack to go with the wee scunners. What songs remind you of the Feegles?

What I‘m looking for is Scottish, anarchic and, above all, fun. (Assume I know nothing.)

Thank you!
posted by Omnomnom to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Wintersmith is straight from the source.
posted by Candleman at 2:05 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers
posted by Botanizer at 2:06 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

The Haughs o'Cromdale, for sure. Totally
impenetrable dialect, and bonus points for being about 100 years off and recasting a battle that ended in defeat as a rousing victory ballad.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 2:12 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

Gaelic Storm
posted by The otter lady at 2:18 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

Bothy Culture ?
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 2:42 PM on August 14, 2018

Donald McGillavry, by Silly Wizard
posted by darchildre at 3:01 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

This Punjabi remake of Drowsy Maggie sounds pretty lively.
posted by irisclara at 4:12 PM on August 14, 2018

Oh my gosh, you need a rendition of William Mcgonagall's "The Tay Bridge Disaster," perhaps the worst poem ever written! (Billy Connolly's version is better, but that video seems to have been blocked, argh. Here's another version, read by John Laurie.)

ETA: Not strictly a song, but has the right sort of musicality...
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:19 PM on August 14, 2018

Ersatz Scottish and anarchic fun - Scottish Rite Temple Stomp
posted by Candleman at 4:22 PM on August 14, 2018

Donald Where's Your Troosers?
posted by SPrintF at 5:02 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

More a song that would be for the human residents of the Chalk, "Sheepcrook and Black Dog", though told more from the point-of-view of the young shepherd, is about a young woman who decides to do something else with her life besides be a young shepherd's wife.. (though sadly the song does not relate whether she goes on to study headology or not.)

Anyway, if you ever get around to making a Tiffany Aching mix to go with your Nac Mac Feegle playlist, Steeleye Span recorded a version on "Below the Salt" but Offa Rex (basically the Decemberists + Olivia Chaney) have a nice version as well.
posted by Nerd of the North at 5:38 PM on August 14, 2018 [1 favorite]

Silly Wizard - The Queen of Argyll
posted by fings at 6:11 PM on August 14, 2018

Clanadonia may fit the bill - try this live rendition of Hamsterheid on for size, eh Bigjobs!
posted by ninazer0 at 7:04 PM on August 14, 2018

Wow, that's a great mix guys. If yer tryin to put the wee bastards to sleep! If you actually like the little troublemakers ya might want to try this version of 500 miles. Or more from the Toy Dolls. Of course ya might want to try something slightly more riot worthy with The Exploited . If you're not entirely anti-Irish you might want to consider The Undertones. There's other Celtic punk rock you can look into as well, after all, we're not talking about Smurfs.
posted by evilDoug at 9:15 PM on August 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

I went through a phase of this kind of music a few years ago. I don't think you'll find two more Nac Mac Feegle bands than Shooglenifty and the Peatbog Faeries; Shooglenifty for the calmer stuff, Peatbog for the chaotic messiness. Both monstrously prolific, so to get you started:

Shooglenifty - Whisky Kiss
Shooglenifty - The Untied Knot

Peatbog Faeries - The Folk Police
Peatbog Faeries - Spiders

I'd also be remiss if I didn't put in a word for the Real McKenzies.
posted by ZaphodB at 11:34 PM on August 14, 2018

I thought of the energetic Scottish band bis as being a good shout- and when I googled I found the video for Sweet Shop Avengers has the band MacFeegle sized.
posted by Gratishades at 2:54 AM on August 15, 2018

Hamish Imlach in general, but in particular "Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice." This is absolutely the song the Nac Mac Feegle would sing if they lived in Glasgow, and were perhaps a bit taller.
posted by ubiquity at 6:04 AM on August 15, 2018

as long as you're not going for the scottish objectification thing …

The Old Blind Dogs' The Wee Wee German Lairdie. Even if you make no effort to understand the crystal-clear dialect, you can tell it's not very complimentary.

For pure Scottish gleeful noise-mayhem, there's never been anyone to match The Jesus & Mary Chain: Vegetable Man

Also The Burns Unit's Send Them Kids to War.
posted by scruss at 6:05 AM on August 15, 2018

The Hieland Laddie, trad. by Gordeanna McCulloch (off her 1978 album, Sheath & Knife, which is all worth a listen. There are songs about sheep)
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:31 AM on August 15, 2018

Thank you all so much! I especially appreciate the Scottish punk rock suggestions because the Feegles are punk af!

Also, the Toy Dolls version of 500 Miles made me laugh out loud, Clanedonia had me grinning with glee and I‘ve got „Donald Where‘s Your Troosers“ stuck in my head for two days now, which is the exactly right level of annoyance.
posted by Omnomnom at 11:35 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

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