Something for the Weekend: The story of Bits and Pieces

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Bits and Pieces is the unofficial national anthem of Scotland – it’s the
celebration song at Hampden, Calvin Harris’ last track at T in the Park after campaigning by Clyde 1’s Bowie At Breakfast team and was the entrance music for the Scottish Beyoncé, Lewis Capaldi at a sold-out TRNSMT last summer.

But why the hype and where did it come from? BBC Scotland’s music strand ‘TUNE’ has created a special programme for BBC iPlayer, documenting Scotland’s love affair with the dance track, with Clyde 1’s George Bowie starring in the show.

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The breakfast host and dance DJ has been one of the songs biggest champions, playing the track live on Clyde 1 as part of his GB Xperience evening shows on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as ensuring it’s included in all of his live DJ sets – where it always gets one of the biggest responses of the night.

Clyde 1 DJ George Bowie said: “Bits and Pieces has become truly iconic to Scotland and the dance music scene. I’m so proud to have played a part in boosting its popularity and reach across the nation and to have been able to play the track for so many over the years.

The song first emerged in 1994 created by Dutch act ‘Artemesia’ who also features in the BBC Scotland show, but 25 years on, it’s become a staple in Scotland.

George added: “Bits and Pieces is kind of like the iconic ‘old skool’ tune. The original back in 1994 was a big song but didn’t even make the top forty. I worked with Sparkos about ten years ago to create a cover and it just exploded again. The song really grabs people and our cover has seen it become part of this dance music legacy.

“I really love playing ‘Bits and Pieces’, whether it’s on my Clyde 1 GB Xperience show or live to crowds of dance music fans. I even included it in my ‘Bowie on the Balcony’ set the other

night as I played to all my neighbours. I’d encourage all dance music fans to give it a watch and get raving in their living rooms.”

Cassi, who co-hosts [email protected] with George and also appears in the BBC Scotland show added: “I DJ at events across Glasgow and beyond and as soon as the intro to ‘Bits and Pieces’ begins, the energy and excitement on the dancefloor goes up to another level. It’s an absolute anthem and everyone really does love it.”

TUNE: The Story of Bits and Pieces will go live on BBC iPlayer tomorrow, Friday 27 March and will be shown on BBC Scotland at a later date.

You can watch it here.

You can listen to George Bowie and the GB Xperience on Clyde 1 every Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 6pm.