Celtic supporters Mogwai are celebrating their first number one album.
Formed in Glasgow in 1995, the four-piece have a dedicated cult following. Albums like ‘Mogwai Young Team’, ‘Come On Die Young’ and ‘Mr Beast’ have been critically acclaimed. However, this is the band’s first commercial chart-topper.
Led by guitarist and sometimes vocalist Stuart Braithwaite, the band’s new record ‘As The Love Continues’ beat Ghetts to the top spot in the UK album charts. Braithwaite told Official Charts UK:
“It is 25 years this week since the release of our first single Tuner/Lower, the first release on our own label Rock Action Records. We didn’t start the band or the label to get into the charts. None of us ever envisaged either the band or the label being in a position where having a Number 1 record would be a possibility.
“We started the label with a loan of £400 from my now-brother in law. Martin’s folks generously helped us out by paying for the studio to record the songs. We were just kids that wanted to make an amazing noise and get our record played on John Peel.
“Amazingly John did play the record. One thing led to another to get us to the point we’re at now. It’s been an incredible journey making music together over the last quarter century, taking us to places we never dreamed of and getting to play our music to more people than we ever imagined.”
Mogwai: massive Celtic fans
The post-rock outfit, influenced by the shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine and the punk ferocity of the Stooges, are huge Celtic supporters. Drummer Martin Bulloch often sports the Celtic crest on his bass drum.
‘The Hawk Is Howling’ single ‘The Sun Smells Too Loud’ was often used at Parkhead prior to kick-off. Also, the band usually leave Celtic scarves on stage. Around microphone stands or on monitors, the Celtic colours can usually be seen at Mogwai gigs.
In 2006, the band soundtracked a film about French legend Zinedine Zidane [IMDb]. A stunning portrait of the Real Madrid icon in his last league game for the Spanish giants, its soundtrack perfectly matched the midfielder’s intricate, other-worldly control of the ball.
Now with a number 1 album under their belt, the Hoops supporters will be celebrating for a long time yet. If you take one bit of information from us today: go see them live. It’ll change your life.