Glasvegas scoop Xfm New Music Award

Glasvegas: the album of 2008 for many music fans
Glasvegas: the album of 2008 for many music fans

The debut album by Scottish rockers Glasvegas has beaten efforts by the likes of The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals and The Ting Tings to win UK alternative radio station Xfm's New Music Award.

Xfm listeners were asked to vote in a poll to decide the shortlist, while the winners were selected by a panel of industry judges including journalists, British comedy actor Mathew Horne, veteran producer John Leckie, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, New Order's Peter Hook and former Libertine Carl Barat.

Leckie, whose production credits include The Stone Roses and Radiohead, had this to say about Glasvegas: "It's a first class debut album in that it is memorable, passionate and well formed. Every track is a winner, leaves you wanting more and wondering what will come next... I wish I'd produced it."

"Every track is a winner... I wish I'd produced it." John Leckie

Meanwhile, Snow Patrol mainman Lightbody praised Glasvegas songwriter James Allan's lyrics: "Dark as fuck but full of great lines. 'I will be the angel on your shoulder, my name is Geraldine I'm you're social worker', good line but made great by his phrasing."

Here's another chance to see MusicRadar's interview with Glasvegas frontman James Allan from December 2008, in which he talks about songwriting, football, rock'n' roll and A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss), the Glasvegas Christmas record.

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.