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Del Amitri

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Del Amitri are a guitar-driven band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1980, internationally known for the 1995 melodic rock hit “Roll To Me”. They came together at school as teenagers when Justin Currie (bass and vocals), James Scobbie (guitar and vocals) and Donald Bentley (guitar) formed a band in reaction against the rest of the ‘rockers’ in the school. The name was chosen deliberately because it didn’t mean anything but sounded a bit like someone’s name. Early Del Amitri did not want to be classified and their existence was kept secret from the rest of the school.

Early rehearsals in Justin’s parents house were followed by a move to secret rehearsal space behind some storage cartons in the basement of Glasgow Art Centre (now defunct). Later on the band secured official rehearsal space at the Art Centre in a proper room with a cupboard to keep their gear in. Postcard Record signing and future megastars Aztec Camera rehearsed in the room next door. At this time Paul Tyagi (drums) joined the band as its first drummer. The first recorded Del Amitri track “What she Calls it” was the B side of a flexi-disc given away free with Stand and Deliver fanzine - the A side was given to another future Glasgow megaband The Bluebells. Unable to read music, early Del tracks were arranged and remembered according to ‘bits’ named after musical influences that included from Genesis, Captain Beefheart and Orange Juice.

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  • rachaelc1878

    Listening to the Re-Presents albums and loving every second of it!

    21 Jan 12:27pm Reply
  • Richie57

    They are one of those rare bands who made albums where every song is good. Their debut eponymously named album is a vibrant yet delicate collection of great songs.

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • jhssmi

    How very sad that the throwaway "Roll to me" is by far the most played song by this finest of bands. [3]

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • cynical64

    Waking Hours probably my most favourite album

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BondJovi

    Not got anything against Roll To Me but it should not be the track that people know this class act by, certainly not a true reflection of the band. Everyone should own Change Everything, though I quite like it being an unknown classic album.

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • agata-mazur56

    i found them in Joanne Harris's book and from that time i love them <3

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • william_0191

    Love them.

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • rogatywa

    Nothing Ever Happens it's great !

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • redandr

    > How very sad that the throwaway "Roll to me" is by far the most played song by this finest of bands. Makes me weep. <--- My thoughts exactly.

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • jlmoses

    Waking Hours may be my favorite album ever by any artist.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • poppunknerd182

    Yeah, how is it possible that their only real hit is their most listened to song?

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • NikAspey

    How very sad that the throwaway "Roll to me" is by far the most played song by this finest of bands. Makes me weep.

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • maxantoni

    super banda del amitri, la conoci por casualidad y hoy es mi favorita

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DreamOn4ever

    люблю их)

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Assembly-LSpa

    JUSTIN CURRIE playing The Assembly Leamington Spa in January! http://www.last.fm/event/1768400+Justin+Currie+%28from+Del+Amitri%29

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • josecharts

    Roll To Me... 1995 classic

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Tracy-ao

    DEl Amitri ..One of thee best Live bands ever...I got to see them live five times, the last in 2003, But i have seen Justin Currie a further four times and he just gets better and better. "What is love for" and "The Great War" are fantastic Albums. I have just booked tickets to see Justin again on January 31st 2011 at Wolverhampton.. Who's a happy Bunny then !!

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • RogueGambit

    Wish they'd do one last tour, I'd definately not miss it :(

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ratboy121

    Del Amitri are my all time fav band, J.C.'s ironic sardonic lyrics cut deep. After all boys & girls, "Love disappears like spit in the rain".

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mvldk666

    LOVE to DEL AMITRI

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
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