Scotland is rarely noted for creating legends unless they are fantastical Gaelic monsters or grisly tales of the past, and yet this small chunk of the UK has had its fair share of musicians birthed within its borders. From pop idols who would be shaking up the globe had the world been as interconnected then as it is today, to rock gods who refuse to be forgotten. These same committed folks became icons of the era as many were breaking new ground with their talent, provocative styles and forward thinking. The following iconic musicians hail from Scotland and continue cementing their legacy by still creating and performing even now, here are some of the big names from Britain’s North.
An icon of pop without a doubt, this Scottish feminist icon made her name as being the vocalist for the highly popular band the Eurythmics. Known for their breakout single Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Lennox shook up the status quo as she appeared in a highly androgynous style with short orange hair and dressed in a man’s suit for the music video. Since then she became unforgettable not just for her look but for her vocal talents and song writing skills. As she began her solo career it was clear she was capable of more than just the synth-pop she was recognised for, soon she would compose songs for feature films including Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Lord of the Rings. Lennox is not just adored for her musicianship but is also a widely known philanthropist and humanitarian, Lennox is pro active in helping those in need particularly in Africa.
Although he grew up across the ocean in the American state of Maryland, Byrne was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. Known as the frontman for the iconic rock band the Talking Heads became world famous in the late ‘70s as they cleverly crafted their own version of New Wave. Influenced by pop as well as funk and punk, Byrne and his bandmates are noted for being some of the most iconic and experimental groups of the era. Now a successful soloist, Byrne has seen a fruitful career continuing the slightly off-kilter style his band laid the path for. Moving into musical styles that include a plethora of worldbeat, synth pop and most notably experimental, Byrne is constantly altering his sound and slipping into new ones.
Another Scottish native who moved away this time to Australia, Young is known for being the ferocious guitarist for the global rock band phenomenon AC/DC. Creating the band with his brother, Young is most recognised on stage thanks to his ever-present schoolboy uniform which he can be found duckwalking in across the stage. Much of AC/DC’s fame and indeed distinction from other rock outfits at the time come from the unforgettable riffs laid down by Young. Opening most of the band’s most famous tracks including Back in Black, Thunderstruck and Highway to Hell, Young’s signature playing style and impressive skills on the fretboard make him an undisputed rock icon.