Happy Belated Robbie Burns Day! Ach! I canna believe I missed it by exactly one week! So to make up for it, I present to you, the reader, one the most Scottish of bands out there, Biffy Clyro. And although their name is nae Scottish in origin, it's an impressively eccentric story nonetheless.
The Biffy boys come from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, and grew up on a steady diet of Metallica, Rush, Pixies and Fugazi.
The band name could only perceivably come from a small-town Scottish upbringing (which may or may not have included haggis). Courtesy of an interview with lead singer Simon Neil in Digital Spy...
"There's a famous British musician called Cliff Richard, and when me and [drummer] Ben [Johnston] were 13 and bored in our little Scottish town of Ayr, we'd think up imaginary Cliff Richard merch products.
"We thought of things like Cliff Richard coat hangers and Cliff Richard Jesus dolls - he's a big Christian singer. In the UK there's a cheap kind of pen called a Biro pen and we thought about making Cliff Richard Biro pens.
"We'd call them Cliffy Biros. Somehow that turned into Biffy Clyro. Bizarrely, we weren't high at the time. There's just not a lot to do in Ayr. The weather is terrible."
But even with that amazingly strange-yet-fascinating name, the band has become one of Europe's biggest, due in large part to their incendiary live act.
They haven't hit it big in North America yet, but with the new - and very very good - album, Ellipsis, and their love of touring, it'd be no surprise if if by the end of the year "Mon The Biff!" is reverberating in arenas and stadiums worldwide.
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