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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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BMX Bandits Forever photo by Chloe Philip

Our new album BMX Bandits Forever will be released on Elefant Records on May 19th 2017 on vinyl, c.d. and digital formats.  There will be a special album launch concert at St. Luke’s in Glasgow on May 27th. We are delighted that we will be joined by the very excellent Spinning Coin and The Secret Goldfish. […]

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February 22, 2017 12:59 pm
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We did a live version of Take Me To Disco Heaven at The Hug & Pint in Glasgow. It is a track we worked on with our friend Cineplexx. We hope you enjoy it.

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January 25, 2017 7:57 pm
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BMX BANDITS FOREVER will be released by Elefant Records in 2017.  With this album we wanted to build a monument to eternal love and pure pop. We hope you will like it. BMX Bandits Forever started with a song that David Scott and I wrote and recorded together in an afternoon at his home in East Kilbride called My […]

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November 22, 2016 2:23 am
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We had a wonderful time in Norway Thank you. Norway ice BMX Pirates   Egersund Show Disco Gir Chloe  backstage

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June 29, 2016 6:03 pm
Chloe Philip of BMX Bandits hearts New York

Chloe and I went to New York  at the start of April. While we were there we caught up with some old friends, made some new friends and played some low key  shows with some new New York friends. Chloe played bass and sang, I sang and played occasional kazoo. We were joined by Kevin […]

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April 26, 2016 1:08 am
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BMX Bandits had a happy time in London at the 100 Club. Here’s a happy video of us doing E102 with BMX founding member Sean Dickson on omnichord:  

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February 8, 2016 1:45 pm
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What are our favourite BMX Bandits songs? Find out here: http://louderthanwar.com/bmx-bandits-are-30/

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September 28, 2015 4:47 pm
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Here are three love poems I wrote last year. All of them based on real life love stories. The second poem is my mother and father’s love story. Banana Bread “Man alive that’s good banana bread” you said. I said “Glad you like it, I’ll bake you banana bread whenever you need it”   and […]

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August 24, 2015 4:04 pm
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  BMX Bandits had a joyous time playing at The Wickerman Festival. Thank you to the people who booked us to be part of the event and to everyone who came to the Phoenix Tent to see us. The band for the show was Duglas T Stewart, Chloe Philip, Jim McCulloch, Jamie Gash, Finlay Macdonald […]

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June 19, 2015 5:00 pm
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You might not see yourself as the sort of person who likes Westerns. You might think of them as shallow and even objectionable in their portrayal of cowboys versus Indians. Well there are Westerns out there that are as profound and as brilliant as any cinema you are ever likely to see. Here are my magnificent 5 favourite Westerns, films of incredible depth filled with wisdom, pathos and great beauty.

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