Norman Blake (Scottish musician)

Norman Blake

Norman Blake Live 2003
Background information
Born 20 October 1965
Origin Bellshill, Glasgow, Scotland
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums
Associated acts Teenage Fanclub, Boy Hairdressers, BMX Bandits, Pretty Flowers, Jonny

Norman Blake (born 20 October 1965, Bellshill, Glasgow, Scotland) is a singer-songwriter in the Glasgow based band, Teenage Fanclub.

Blake and Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) were in The Faith Healers together, which also contained various members at different times Stevie Gray, Hugh McLaughlin, Brian Carson and Colin Murray to name but a few. Blake and Carson were also in another Bellshill band Finding Faust which also had Paul Quinn and John & Bobby Nailen.

Blake was a member of the Glasgow group, The Pretty Flowers, with school friend Duglas T. Stewart, Frances McKee, Janice Cochrane and Sean Dickson. After the group split Blake formed the Boy Hairdressers in 1986, the original lineup being really just Blake assisted by Dickson and Stewart. Later Blake was joined by Joe McAlinden, Jim Lambie and three future members of Teenage Fanclub Raymond McGinley, Francis Macdonald and Paul Quinn (after Macdonald's departure). The group recorded one EP for 53rd and 3rd Records featuring three of Blake's compositions.

In 1986 Blake also joined BMX Bandits, originally on drums and later moving to guitar. Blake became a key song writer for the Bandits co-authoring some of their best loved material including "Disco Girl", "Serious Drugs" and "Right Across the Street". Blake also joined Glasgow garage group The Clouds for a short stay, playing all the guitars on their only single. In 1989 Blake formed Teenage Fanclub with McGinley, later enlisting Francis Macdonald and Gerard Love to record their debut A Catholic Education.The album was primarily composed by Blake and included the anthemic "Everything Flows" (later covered by acts including Velvet Crush, Dinosaur Jr, Idlewild and Gallygows). The album was recorded in Glasgow back to back with the debut album of Blake's other group at that time, BMX Bandits, the ironically titled C86, which Blake also wrote much of the material for.

Blake officially left the Bandits in 1991 after their Star Wars album but continues to be an occasional contributor to their records. Blake has found international fame and acclaim with Teenage Fanclub for his songwriting talents and vocal abilities in both lead and harmony roles. Blake's songs are melodic and despite their rock roots betray Blake's Celtic roots, and an appreciation and understanding of many musical genres. His best loved songs for Teenage Fanclub include "Alcoholiday", "Did I Say" and "Neil Jung".

Blake has continued to contribute to projects without his main band, including one-off collaborations with Eugene Kelly as The Famous Monsters, and Francis MacDonald as Frank Blake. More recently, Blake has recorded and co-written material with Euros Childs, forming the indie superduo Jonny. Blake has also appeared on recordings by The Trash Can Sinatras, The Pastels, Kevin Ayers, Bill Wells, The Reindeer Section, Yeon Gene and The Pearlfishers. Blake has produced recordings for Speedboat (featuring Finlay MacDonald, The Pearlfishers and 1990s. Blake has solo recordings on the albums Caroline Now ( a tribute album to The Beach Boys) and Ballads of the Book.

In 2001, Blake stood down from being elected Rector of the University of Glasgow to make room for his friend, Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch.[1]

In 2009, Blake moved to live with his Canadian wife to Kitchener, Ontario.[2]


  1. ^ "NORMAN CONQUEST CALLED OFF". NME. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "To Canada, with love". 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 

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