What's Dundee Got That Dunfermline Hasn't? I'll Tell You

Tam D.


You've just got to face facts.

Some towns are better than others.

That said...

It also stands to reason, the reverse can be true as well. They can be worse.

Yet here's the rubber...

When as a bairn,

Things get embedded in deep your life, in your soul, in your GUT... it's pretty hard to shake the love of them when you're old and crabbit, like yours truly. It's also helps that by that stage though, you don't care what folks think either ;)

So onto my outlandish (yet true) claim.

What's Dundee got, that Dunfermline has not?

I'll tell you.

Two things pal...

1. Oor Wullie.

And of course...

2. Tunnocks Caramel wafers!

Yes, yes,

You can wax lyrical all you like about Robert the Bruce, yet is there really a finer Scottish National Hero than Oor Wullie?

A fiesty wee soul to cheer the weariest heart is he not?

Or tak the mighty Tunnocks Wafer, or all conquering Tunnocks Tea Cake...

Did you know they sold over £61,400,000.00 worth of them all over the world in 2019?

What have we sold in Dunfermline that comes even near?


"So you willingly forget this track record Tam?"

  • The Yardbirds.
  • The Clash.
  • The Dutch College Swing Band.
  • Hawkwind.
  • Acker Bilk.
  • Cream.
  • Deep Purple.
  • The Jeff Beck Group.
  • Matt Munro.
  • Rory Gallagher.
  • Thin Lizzy.
  • David Bowie.
  • The Beat.
  • Boney M.
  • The Who.
  • Elton John.
  • The Kinks.
  • Dillinger.
  • Stiff Little Fingers.

And COUNTLESS more...

Rocked, crooned and jazzed their hearts oot in Dunfermine from 1938 on through the sixties, seventies and beyond...

Back then though,

The music I wanted to hear was my mum telling me she'd got us all tea cakes and snowballs for tea.

Though point taken (Billy).

Over those incredible years, over 10,000 live acts played in Dunfermline in ONE place alone, 'the Ballroom.'


Now that's something Dundee has definitely not got.

Our Crown Of Rock n' Roll History.

The backbone of contempory live music in Scotland truth be told.



A perfect VINYL soundtrack alongside a mouth jammed with Tunnocks, while nose deep in an Oor Wullie or chuckling at Paw Broon.


Cheers for now.

Tam D Matheson.

PS Good job young Billy, keeps me right.

He's well into his music btw.

Used to be a great singer too, with his band Honk... sad his voice is shot really.