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“If I could be in any other band, it would be BMX Bandits”
Kurt Cobain
“Gentle genius”
Q magazine

BMX Bandits were formed in 1985 by songwriter and lead vocalist Duglas T Stewart out of the ashes of The Pretty Flowers, a short-lived group that featured Stewart alongside Frances McKee (The Vaselines), Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub).

Their songs mix melodic qualities and humour with, at times, raw and heartbreaking pathos. Stewart has written many of the group's works solo including 'Your Class', 'The Sailor's Song' and 'Doorways' but also has collaborated with many of the other members. Stewart's most regular songwriting partners have been Francis Macdonald, Norman Blake and, more recently, David Scott of The Pearlfishers and original Bandits lead guitarist Jim McCulloch.

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528912_3190039542151_1996786744_n “If I could be in any other band, it would be BMX Bandits”, Kurt Cobain.
“Gentle genius”, Q magazine.
BMX Bandits were formed in 1985 by songwriter and lead vocalist  Duglas T Stewart out of the ashes of The Pretty Flowers, a short-lived group that featured Stewart alongside Frances McKee (The Vaselines), Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub).

Their songs mix melodic qualities and humour with, at times, raw and heartbreaking pathos. Stewart has written many of the group's works solo including 'Your Class', 'The Sailor's Song' and 'Doorways' but also has collaborated with many of the other members. Stewart's most regular songwriting partners have been Francis Macdonald, Norman Blake and, more recently, David Scott of The Pearlfishers and original Bandits lead guitarist Jim McCulloch.

Starting with the exuberant E102 in 1986, BMX Bandits released a series of singles on Stephen Pastels' 53rd & 3rd label, where they were label mates with The Vaselines and Beat Happening. Later they joined Alan McGee's Creation Records. BMX Bandits released three albums on Creation. The group's most celebrated song is the autobiographical 'Serious Drugs', recorded in 1991 but not released until 1993.

Stewart split with his long term musical partner Francis Macdonald in 2005 but 2006 saw a new wave of live concert activity and the release of My Chain. Stewart's writing on the album was compared to Brian Wilson, Michel Legrand, Ennio Morricone and even Alan Bennett. The line up was expanded by the arrival of Stewart's friend David Scott and new female vocalist Rachel Allison. The follow-up, 2007's Bee Stings, was influenced by classic girl group pop plus the mellow A & M sound of the late 1960s and early 70s.

The band's most recent album release BMX Bandits In Space (Elefant Records in 2012) was hailed by some critics as their most accomplished release so far, “a stunning, brilliant and beautiful album”. A highly acclaimed feature-length documentary called Serious Drugs - Duglas and the Music of BMX Bandits was premiered in Glasgow in 2011, followed by a series of international festival screening and a DVD release.

The line-up of the group continues to be ever changing with the latest addition to the line up being multi-instrumentalist Chloe Philip. Despite all the changes in personnel the heart and soul of the group remains the same, an extended musical family led by the inimitable Duglas.

BMX Bandits in order of appearance:
Duglas T Stewart
Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons, The High Fidelity)
Jim McCulloch (The Soup Dragons, Superstar, Green Peppers, Snowgoose)
Billy Wood
Willie McArdie
Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub, The Boy Hairdressers, Jonny, The New Mendicants, The Clouds, The Pastels)
Joe McAlinden (The Boy Hairdressers, The Groovy Little Numbers, Superstar, Linden)
Francis Macdonald (The Boy Hairdressers, Teenage Fanclub, The Radio Sweethearts, Nice Man, The Pastels)
Gordon Keen (Eugenius, The Clouds)
Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines, Eugenius, The Pastels)
John Hogarty (National Park, The Pastels, Telstar Ponies, The Clouds)
Finlay Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub, Lenzie Moss, Speedboat, Music & Movement)
Sushil K Dade (The Soup Dragons, Future Pilot AKA)
Gabriel Telerman (The Pearlfishers)
Lawrence Kim
Jamie Cameron (St. Deluxe, Speeder)
Stuart Kidd (The Wellgreen, Dr. Cosmo's Tape Lab, Snowgoose, The Primary 5, The Pearlfishers, Jonny)
Brian McEwan (St. Deluxe, Suckle, The Ghosts)
David Scott (The Pearlfishers, Hearts & Minds, Chewy Racoon)
Rachel Allison 
Martin Kirwan (St. Deluxe)
James McEwan (Suckle, The Ghosts)
Jamie Gash (The Pearlfishers, The Leopards, Hearts & Minds, Lloyd Cole)
Gareth Perrie (Lenzie Moss, Randolph's Leap)
Chloe Philip (No More Tiger)

Other occasional contributors include: Bill Wells, Jowe Head, Marco Rea, Kat McCarron, Yeongene Wang, miette-one, Steven Haddow and Stevie Jackson.

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This Christmas why not treat the ones you love or yourself to some lovely BMX Bandits goodies. We are pleased to let you know we are re-printing the classic BMX Bandits T shirt designed by Duglas. If you would like to be this shirt please email us at bmxbanditsshop@gmail.com and we will send you how […]

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HERE IS THE NEWS. September 2020. Two BMX Bandits vinyl reissues were recently released. From 1989 there is our debut album C86 and from 2005 My Chain. We have a limited amount of both of these albums for sale. Duglas will be happy to sign them for you. If you are interested in buying these please […]

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I am pleased to let you know that we have a new single out. It’s a brand new version of a song that I wrote and recorded with Anton Newcombe in Berlin. The song is called Razorblades & Honey. The new version is a “revision” of the track by Hifi Sean. Sean and I started […]

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July 3, 2020 1:13 am
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Our 2005 album My Chain has been released on vinyl for the first time ever. You can order it here: https://interval.bandcamp.com/album/my-chain  

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June 6, 2020 11:17 am
Teenage Superstars

We hope you are doing well, staying safe, taking care of yourself and being kind to yourself and to others.   On Tuesday evenings at 8p.m. Duglas is presenting weekly quiz nights. If you would like to play along you can do it here https://www.facebook.com/GlitteratiShow/ Our friend Tim Burgess of The Charlatans has been running a […]

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April 29, 2020 11:03 pm
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It’s HAPPENING. BMX Bandits will play the 100 Club in London on March 14th 2020. We’ll be joined by Mighty Mighty and Freya Beer. The 100 Club is a great venue and we are delighted to have the chance to play there again. We hope to see some of you good people there.   Glass Modern […]

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February 8, 2020 2:49 am
Stuart Kidd, Duglas T Stewart, Jamie Gash, Chloe Philip and Paul Kelly.

We had such a wonderful time playing Paris Popfest. It’s the first time we’ve played in Paris and that seems crazy but it’s true. Hope we can come again. Thank you to everyone who sang along and danced and cheered. Here we are pre-show at Le Hasard Ludique.

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September 25, 2019 1:06 am
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Here’s a piece that Duglas wrote for Glasgow Music City Tours blog about burt Bacharach, ahead of Burt’s gig in Glasgow on July 20th. https://glasgowmusiccitytours.com/2019/07/24/something-big-burt-bacharach-is-coming-to-town-by-duglas-t-stewart/?fbclid=IwAR0Gbw8PXxxAcRogTGnq68hSW1XlracMFE0ScYU7NEq25_8uHMWl7KPUYKU

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July 25, 2019 5:24 pm
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Our very own Stuart Kidd has a brand new album out called Chance Weekend. It is wonderful and was recorded in a cupboard (not a particularly big cupboard). To find out more information including where you can buy / stream it visit here http://t.co/i4WWRF5ywD In other news Chloe and Duglas will be hosting BCC Radio Scotland’s […]

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March 2, 2019 1:09 am
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I watched the Hedy Lamarr documentary Bombshell on the BBC i-player and enjoyed it. I particularly love these words Hedy would read to her children: The Paradoxical Commandments by Keith M. Keith. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good […]

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