The most iconic Tenements in Scotland is a phrase you can’t miss when you visit the capital city.
It comes from a song by folk band Pixies Tenement.
Its been used in songs such as “The Tenement Song” and the song by rock band Foo Fighters, “All of the Things I Like”.
But the song that’s got everyone talking is by Scottish rock band Tenement, a band that started in Glasgow and has since gone on to play a number of international festivals and festivals in the UK.
“I used to be a punk rock kid and I’d come to Glasgow to see a punk band.
I’ve always wanted to do that, to be like a punk punk rocker,” the band’s lead singer John Cale told BBC Radio Scotland.
“So I was in a band and I used to sing in the band called P.O.R.S. and it’s about being in a bad situation and getting help, and I just felt like it was something I wanted to try and do.”
It’s one of the things that has always come to mind when I think of Glasgow, it’s one where people have been coming together to try to make something of themselves, so it’s been an important part of my life.
“Tenement’s lead guitarist Brian Gorman said the song was inspired by the band when he started playing it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.”
There was a girl at the front who played this piece of music called ‘Tenement Song’ that was written by this band called Pixies, and the girl who played the part was a really lovely, young girl called Rosie,” he said.”
She was playing this thing called ‘All of The Things I Love’, and I thought, well, I’ll do a song called Tenement because that’s something that I’d never really thought about.
“So Rosie and I, we were just two kids in a tiny room, we couldn’t get a good sound out of this piece, so we decided we were going to try it out.”
We tried it out on the stage, and we couldn`t do it, and then a friend of mine who was a bit more experienced in singing sang it to us, and it turned out that we were able to do it.
“That was the inspiration, that we could do that.”
John Cale and the band Pixys, from left, Neil Young, Angus Young and John Peel, sing “Tenement song” on stage at the Glasgow Fringe festival in 1989.
Photo: Getty Images John Peel, one of Pixies’ lead vocalists, also wrote the lyrics to the song, which was first performed live in 1994.
John said the band had been touring with Pixies and it was great to have a connection with the people behind the band.
“I mean, it was really cool, it gave us a really good platform, it allowed us to connect with people who didn’t have that,” he told BBC Scotland.
“When we first started touring, it really meant something to us because it was just an absolute pleasure to be playing to people.”
Now we’ve got a fanbase of more than 20,000 and it`s amazing to be able to give something back to that and to have people come out and support us.
“People come up to us at the festival and they want to meet us and we`re really happy about that because they feel really connected to the band, they feel part of it.”
The band started performing in Glasgow in 1998 and their first show in the city was a sold-out show at the Murnaghan Theatre in September 2001.
“The band’s very much in our blood and we have a lot of fans and they`re very proud to have our songs playing on their tour, and they just want to be part of something,” he added.
Pixies have also played the city’s famous Tenement Night on several occasions, as well as a number at Edinburgh`s Royal Albert Hall, which is where they performed their debut album, The Five Things I`m Not.
“Pixys, the band that plays the biggest festivals in Glasgow, has always been part of the local community,” said Neil Young.
‘The band that makes Glasgow’ “It`s the band who makes Glasgow, we`ve got the biggest fans in the world, and when you see the band play, they`ll just come out for the show and they have an incredible energy,” Neil added.
“They`re all really good mates, really good friends and they really appreciate the support from the people in the community and from the community at large.”
“The people in Glasgow are really supportive of us, they appreciate the fact that we’re doing what we do and that’s the reason we`m here.”