MALCOLM MIDDLETON

 

Malcolm Middleton is a Scottish musician well known for his work with Aidan Moffat in "post-folk" indie band Arab Strap and his solo single "We're All Going To Die". In 1995, Malcolm and Aidan Moffat, after bonding over their love of musical artists such as Smog and Will Oldham, began making music under the name "Arab Strap".

 

In 2007 Malcolm Middleton created a song about "dying alone" which was the first song on his album. "We're All Going To Die" was released as a single on December 17 and started off with odds of 1000-1 against becoming the Christmas number one - reportedly the highest odds ever quoted. But after support from social networking websites and from BBC Radio 1 DJ Colin Murray the odds dropped to 9-1 and Middleton was 4th favourite for Christmas number one, behind Leona Lewis, Katie Melua ft Eva Cassidy and X Factor winner Leon Jackson. Murray started supporting the song as a response to repeated Christmas chart domination by manufactured pop acts churned out by the likes of The X Factor.

Middleton has said that, despite the song's negative-sounding title, he feels the song perfectly sums up the spirit of Christmas - the need to make the most of life while we have it. The song was ultinmately beaten to the top on 23/12/2007, having reached number 31 in the UK singles chart, with the UK Christmas number one being a cover of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's When You Believe as performed by X-Factor winner Leon Jackson.

A few years on and with 5 albums under his belt plus a few live ones too, his famous sentiment is wholly intact; with 2009's 'Waxing Gibbous' featuring titles such as 'The Ballard Of F***k All'.