This week on his BBC Radio Scotland show, Vic devoted the entire two hours to his favourite cover versions. This included exclusive session track covers from Scottish bands The View, My Latest Novel, the 1990s and Camera Obscura which might well cause Alec to reconsider his top 20 list.

As Vic said, “Everyone loves a cover, when it’s done sort of in a different way, it’s faithful but they add their own personality.”

For the past year or show, Vic has asked his session bands to play a cover and some of the best performances can be heard in this show. Other highlights include Broken Records covering the Velvet Underground, Mitchell Museum covering The Ting Tings, and Paper Planes with their version of Iggy Pop’s Nightclubbing.

Broken Records Vic Session
Broken Records in session with Vic

Vic Galloway’s Cover Version Special

(available online for one week)

Listen here:


Franz Ferdinand – Sound and Vision (David Bowie)
Futureheads – Hounds of Love (Kate Bush)
The View – I’ve Just Seen A Face (The Beatles) Exclusive Session Track
Bat for Lashes – Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
Mitchell Museum – Great DJ (Ting Tings) Exclusive Session Track
Jimi Hendrix – Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton)
Broken Records – Venus in Furs (Velvet Underground) Exclusive Session Track
Mark Ronson – Just (Radiohead)
A Band Called Quinn – Exactly Like You (Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Field) Exclusive Session Track
Lemonheads – Mrs Robinson (Simon and Garfunkel)
Alex Cornish – Sweet Child of Mine (Guns & Roses)
Nirvana – Jesus Dont Want Me for a Sunbeam (The Vaselines)
5678s – Woo Hoo (Rock-A-Teens)
Hayseed Dixie – Ace of Spaces (Motörhead)
Wilson Pickett – Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)

A Band Calles Quinn in session with Vic
A Band Called Quinn in session with Vic


Cat Power – New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)
1990s – Radioactivity (Kraftwerk) Exclusive Session Track
Skatalites – Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
Paper Planes – Nightclubbing (Iggy Pop) Exclusive Session Track
Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet (Grace)
Camera Obscura – Tougher than the Rest (Bruce Springsteen) Exclusive Session Track
White Stripes – I Just Dont Know What To Do With Myself (Dusty Springfield)
Le Reno Amps – Rowboat (Beck) Exclusive Session Track
The Langley Schools Music Project – God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
Kat Flint – Time to Pretend (MGMT) Exclusive Session Track
Marmaduke Duke – Friday I’m In Love (The Cure)
My Latest Novel – Two Headed Boy (Neutral Milk Hotel)  Exclusive Session Track
Flaming Lips – Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Ramones – Baby I Love You (The Ronettes)

1990s Vic Session
1990s in session with Vic

If you are in the UK, you can watch many of the original sessions here.

Vic will be back on Monday with his regular look at the week’s international Scottish gigs.

Alec Downie’s Top 20 Scottish Cover Versions here and here.

Camera Obscura covering Bruce Springsteen on KCRW in Santa Monica.