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 Thursday, 16 January, 2003, 06:31 GMT
Wet Wet Wet back on top
Marti Pellow, Sharleen Spiteri and the late Sir Jimmy Shand
The poll for the Big Issue covered people of all ages
Wet Wet Wet have been named as the best ever Scottish music act in a new poll.

The Clydebank group was named Scotland's favourite band or singer of all time in a survey commissioned for The Big Issue magazine.

The late Sir Jimmy Shand came a close second, followed by Celtic favourites Runrig.

Almost 15% of people polled said Wet Wet Wet, which was fronted by singer Marti Pellow, was their favourite.

Top 10 music acts
Wet Wet Wet
Sir Jimmy Shand
Runrig
Texas
The Proclaimers
Deacon Blue
Simple Minds
Travis
Bay City Rollers
Big Country
The poll showed that more women than men voted for Wet Wet Wet and Texas.

Meanwhile, more men chose groups such as Simple Minds, The Bay City Rollers and Deacon Blue.

Both Wet Wet Wet and The Proclaimers were the bands supported by people of all ages, including the over 65s.

By contrast Primal Scream did not receive any votes from anyone aged over 44.

Three popular bands of their time - Orange Juice, Jesus and Mary Chain and Altered Images - failed to score a single vote.

Leon McDermott, arts editor at The Big Issue in Scotland, said: "The results show that Scottish people have eclectic tastes.

"They also show the breadth and depth of Scottish musical talent with well over 50 acts named as the best."

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