A Song for Steve Mason

Hey! Welcome to A Song for Steve Mason, the UK national final for FdlC 12 in Palermo.

The Scottish musician Steve Mason was originally known from the Beta Band, a cult band which existed between 1996 and 2004, playing a mix between rock, folk music and electronica. He later released some music under the names King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, but in 2010 he released his first solo album in his own name called Boys Outside.

The selected songs all appear on his second solo album Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time from 2013. Musically it is a very varied album containing elements of both rock, pop and funk among other things, and many of the songs have a certain melancholic flavour. The topics include lonelyness, despair and political issues.

1. “A Lot of Love”

2. “Lonely”

3. “Oh My Lord”

4. “Fire”


Voting: To vote in the UK national final, send an email to pumpestationvest@gmail.com. In the email, award the six songs 12, 10, 8, and 6 points, in order from most liked song (12 pts) to least liked song (6 pts).

National Final Ends: 23:59 CET, 26 March 2016


  • TW Taiwan
  • CY Cyprus
  • US United States
  • GR Greece
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  • BY Belarus
  • AU Australia
  • DE Germany
  • FR France
  • IE Ireland
  • IL Israel
  • CA Canada
  • Angola Angola
  • Syria Syria
  • PL Poland
  • NZ New Zealand
  • RU Russia
  • IS Iceland
  • DK Denmark

Full Voting Results:




71 thoughts on “A Song for Steve Mason

  1. Votes received so far:

    Taiwan (Patrick)
    Cyprus (Oxi)
    United States (Dino)
    Greece (Alex L)
    Kazakhstan (Mermaid)
    Belarus (Arpatilaos)
    Australia (Donnie)
    Germany (Ren)


  2. 15 sets of votes received so far:

    Taiwan (Patrick)
    Cyprus (Oxi)
    United States (Dino)
    Greece (Alex L)
    Kazakhstan (Mermaid)
    Belarus (Arpatilaos)
    Australia (Donnie)
    Germany (Ren)
    France (Tecku)
    Ireland (Razvan)
    Israel (Dimitris)
    Canada (Luke)
    Angola (Shevek)
    Syria (Avat)
    Poland (Togravus)


  3. The British delegation is happy to announce their interval act: A memory trip through the history of British rock music 🙂

    We start in 1965 with an early song by the Who. They were best known for their aggressive playing style and their concerts where band leader Pete Townshend always smashed his guitar (partly inspired by the fluxus movement). He also experimented with guitar feedback, f.e. in this song, “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere”. The noisy instrumental middle section is pure genius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdg87FeJXrE

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  4. Next stop is 1967, the peak of the psychedelic era. One of the leading bands in that category was Pink Floyd. They were then led by the guitarist and songwriter Syd Barrett who wrote some rather weird, often naive and childish songs (mixed with acid-fuelled instrumental improvisations) – f.e. on their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn from 1967. Here is a quite funny little song from the album, “Bike”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmW17QvUhRM

    Sadly, Barrett’s use of LSD led to a mental breakdown, and in 1968 he dropped out of the band. He has been a cult figure ever since (died in 2006). Pink Floyd continued with bass player Roger Waters as the main creative force, f.e. on the landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and on Waters’ song cyclus The Wall (1979).

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  5. Another one of my heroes: Brian Eno. He is especially known for his experimental approach to studio production, f.e. as a producer for Talking Heads and U2, and as a pioneer in electronic music, f.e. as the inventor of the genre ambient (inspired by Erik Satie’s Musique d’ameublement, furniture music, i.e. music that is supposed to work on par with the other sounds in a given space). He does not consider himself a musician, and on an early stage he wrote the book Music for Non-Musicians.

    His musical career started in Roxy Music which he left in 1973 after which he recorded his first solo albums. They contain a lot of electronic sounds as well as some seemingly completely random lyrics, f.e. in this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHTgHussKDM

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  6. Next interval act: A song about our lovely headquarters Stonehenge. The performance of it doesn’t quite go as planned, and it may illustrate why I have never been in favour of stage props:

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  7. Well done Anders, good luck with your song in Italy! Don’t forget everyone to vote in the New Zealand National Final! The deadline is tomorrow morning, and I want to make sure that a lot of you have voted, your opinion definitely matters. 🙂

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