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Mull Historical Society

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Mull Historical Society is the pseudonym for Colin Macintyre, a Scottish singer, song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and (as yet) unpublished author. His first three and latest albums have been released under the band name ‘Mull Historical Society’, even though the band consists of Colin alone. His fourth and fifth albums, ‘The Water’ and ‘Island’, were released under his own name.

Mull is an island off the west coast of Scotland — the name comes from an actual genealogical society on the island, who have since changed their name to the Mull Historical and Archaeological Society.

Mull uses a lot of unusual techniques and instruments. For example, Colin is credited to have played ‘Seagulls’ and ‘Fire Extinguisher’ for the song Gravity, and played ‘Beer Kegs’ on the song Death of a Scientist, which was written about the late Dr David Kelly. Also, Colin frequently samples the sounds of the world around him into his songs. For example, an public announcement from the Glasgow Subway in Public Service Announcer and the end of Final Arrears features part of the shipping forecast.

A staple of Colin’s tours and album art—which is itself usually very diverse, featuring everything from arty shots to plain landscapes and usually has MS Paint drawings by Colin himself—is ‘The Giant Dog With The Wig’, an oversize model of a dog with a large comedy blue wig on. The dog has become such a symbol of Colin’s music that in the video for How ‘Bout I Love You More, Colin’s ‘spaceship’ is the dog itself.

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  • GothicGuru13

    MHS gives me the overall impression of the sun breaking through clouds after an awful storm, the giddy feeling of having survived and yet the sinking feeling of surveying the damage for what was lost, ultimately knowing that you will be fine without what you have lost but that what you still have is what is most important - Smiling in the face of sorrow.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ShatnersBassoon

    is this you in disguise? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6dMFF_yts

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • coasterbrock

    so very enjoyable live. says he'll be back in London in Spring... I'll be going again :)

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • topjim

    Andy Murray, lol

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • D5FA

    \/ You mean Andy Murray looks like a more feminine, scrawny and homelier Colin MacIntyre :)

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • SoggyEyes

    Looks like a more manly, rugged and handsomer Andy Murray.

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Hellraiser917

    Underrated!!!! great songwriter...

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Lushiiamazed

    I loveeeeeeeeeeee them :D

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Palomer

    The band is one of my best discovery. And I found it in a very strange way. I was just digging in the Low Price basket in the music store and suddenly I saw the amazingly odd cover of "Loss" album. I thought: "Let's check it" and bought the album. Not knowing anything about the music and the band. Since that MHS is one of my favourite bands.

    2 Oct 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    Absolute trash

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Cocoonu

    really good

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Winstonroache

    I love Watching Xanadu - I made it Blast From the Past #1 - Check it out.... http://www.last.fm/music/Mull+Historical+Society

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • andymac109

    CLASS ACT

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • 0thediamondsea0

    yay tis good

    6 Mar 2008 Reply
  • josecharts

    Watching Xanadu <3

    21 Dec 2007 Reply
  • gregcastell

    Colin has a new album in January , and Live date coming up in December , go to Colin Macintyre

    29 Oct 2007 Reply
  • chizzleface

    Hold the music page! Colin's releasing new material this year, at last! The touted first single Stalker is available as a sample on his myspace page and is pretty rockin'!

    16 Jul 2007 Reply
  • the_peanut

    #1 on my last weeks chart for 3 weeks in a row! Absolutely unique for me since being overflowed with music... Great great artist!

    17 Jan 2007 Reply
  • badjon

    I have spare tickets for tomorrow nights gig. if youre interested message me back.

    11 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Razzamatazz

    What was the song he played at the Tsunami Relief concert last year?

    22 Jun 2006 Reply
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