Friday, December 19, 2008


"They are a classic in the Scottish guitar music style"

New Wave,Synth-pop,Indie Rock

Colin Thom - Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Smith - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
John Baird - Bass,Accordian
Johnny O Neill - Keyboards
Iain Hardie - Drums, Percussion

"Knowing You From Today"



Producer - Ian Taylor


01 Spring Again (3:25)
02 Can't Talk Anymore (3:00)
03 Till The Bitter End (3:41)
04 Just For The Weekend (3:58)
05 Knowing You From Today (5:35)
06 Perfect Picture (2:00)
07 Freetown (3:49)
08 Tell Me Tonight (3:50)
09 One For You (4:13)
10 Is This Tomorrow (5:39)
11 Heartache (3:56)

12 Knowing You From Today (Extended Sunnyside Road Mix)
13 Till The Bitter End
14 Next Time We'll Sit At The Bar (B side of Till The Bitter End 1984)
15 Karen Rix With Sideway Look - Hungry Waters (extended) 1987

Link to download:

"Knowing You From Today" is a terrible good song! It's always was my favourite...I like the whole album actually. "Unfortunatelly they are one of the most underrated bands" as i read in a German review. Yes and they are also such a band would deserve much much more .
If you like Big Country don't miss them!! (salty)

"This Scottish quintet writes solid nouveau pop songs and plays them with a mix of guitars and keyboards (did I mention accordion?). The arrangements haul in everything — from controlled guitar feedback to mellow horns — which makes the album highly varied in sound, but Brian Smith's posey vocals — a dramatic Bowie/Eric Burdon delivery — occasionally seem out of place. Smoothly capable on everything from mild soul to straightforward guitar-based dance rock, Sideway Look manage to drop hints of everyone from Big Country to Haircut One Hundred."(

"I like very much side A in this LP. There are epic and quite melancholical songs, impressive guitar riffs and good lyrics. "Knowing you from today" is one of my all time favorites, an impressive, original and passionate song that reminds me emotionally of "Don't you forget about me" or "Shake some action"."Till the bitter end" is a charming piece of art with its frenchie atmosphere. The remaining songs in side A are good. Side B are not bad at all, but seems not so inspired. All in all this is a great, great record, deserving a much higher recognition. I discovered by hazard and got it second hand."


Colin Thom - Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Smith - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
John Baird - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Johnny O Neill - Keyboards
Iain Hardie - Drums, Percussion
Engineer - Tim Summerhayes
Produced by Colin Thom,Brian Smith and John Baird

"Into The Sunset"


01 Inside I Burn (3:18)
02 Great Divide (4:23)
03 Taming The Blade (4:10)
04 Battlesound (3:49)
05 Handcutted (5:11)
06 My People (4:37)
07 Unlock The Capital (4:34)
08 Into The Sunset (4:28)
09 Last Farewell (3:59)
10 Killing Time (9:05)

Link to download:

"Recently my favourite record, the vocalist sounds like Billy Idol. Modern 80's rock more in the american style than british, but as far as I know the band is from Scotland. Although still there is a climate of The Alarm or mid 80's Simple Minds."

Sideway Look (1984)
Bulletproof Heart (1985) Its still unreleased ."The results were never released as Virgin Records dropped them.It was produced by Roger Taylor (Queen)"
Taming The Blade (1988)

Biography/More info:
Though im hunting them for long months, i found only John Baird ( who promised me to answer to some of my questions. Im still waiting his reply,so be patient, and untill then enjoy their great music!!
Other possibility is John O'Neill's Youtube site:
John O'Neill:
"He is alive and well in Mallaig. Well he still plays parttime and teaches tech (Technical Teacher at Mallaig High School, see: the rest of the time."

If you have their unreleased album or more singles/maxi you can't see here,please send me!

Do the same with the front/back covers for their first album,thanks!
And if you were a member of Sideway Look ,message me please ,i desperatelly need more info,photos etc.TIA


Blogger arnoldtan said...

thank you very much for this, ive been looking for this band for a long time, especially the first album. its kinda rare, and i believe their first album was not rereleased on cd. once again thank you and more power and merry christmas

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOOOOOO very much!!!! Superb first album!

10:48 AM  
Blogger sintetica said...

Muchas gracias Salty desde peru amigo gacias por todo lo que nos poesteas, muchas gracias.

2:02 PM  
Blogger VenieroScolari said...

great stuff

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Great article! Sideway Look was fantastic, no doubt about it. ..

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9:17 AM  
Blogger Blindspot said...

thx from sideway look releases and info!
"Bulletproof Heart (1985) Its still unreleased ."The results were never released as Virgin Records dropped them"

yes, it is sure, but they released song called bulletproof heart. and the silencers recorded it later. my opinion is that sideway look version is better.

2:37 AM  
Blogger Mr.Tim the PuckMonk said...

I found the 12" version of Knowing You From Today WITH the b-side Arcoss The Park and excellent cover art here

Your posts are always wonderful and keep me very happy listening to your contributions.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Paulinho said...

Please, somebody can reupload? All links are down here.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Carl Flaubert said...

halo, the lynks are broken... can you do something about it please?

5:45 PM  

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