Ross & The Realifers – I Tried To Give Up Drinking With Guitars Instead Of God (Ross Sinclair 2013, CD)

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Compact disc which accompanied the exhibition of the same name at the Duchy Gallery in Glasgow and was given away at a live performance event at The Poetry Club in Glasgow, during the run of the show by Scottish artist Ross Sinclair.

This developed the role of the musical contribution in the Real Life project by creating an identity for the musical output of artist Ross Sinclair: ‘Ross & the Realifers’ . Although the 'collaboration' consists of only the artist himself he wanted to suggest the possibility that this was a wider dynamic collaborative process at play and that perhaps the audience themselves could become ‘The Realifers’.

This exhibition was specifically conceived alongside the music to propose a visual interpretation of each song and as with The Real Life Rock Opera the cd was playing in the show. The collection of songs attempts to build an overview of familial and social relationships and to this end make songs about the geographic and political context in which he lives, each of his 3 children, birthdays, Dave Shrigley’s wedding, worrying about success, dying and other cornerstones of life, real and imagined.


  • 1                           Intro Song
  • 2                           Orkney Song
  • 3                           Grace Song
  • 4                           Do the Loch Ness Monster
  • 5                           Guitars Instead Of God
  • 6                           Waverly Song
  • 7                           Jean Song
  • 8                           Agnes Song
  • 9                           The Average Man Blues
  • 10                        Half A Drum Kit
  • 11                        Birthday Song
  • 12                        Wedding Song

Professor Ross Sinclair (born 1966 in Glasgow) is a Scottish visual artist, musician and writer. He lives and works in Kilcreggan, Argyll and is currently Reader in Contemporary Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art, whilst also maintaining his professional practice. Sinclair was one of the key figures in the movement of contemporary artists in Glasgow in the 1990s, dubbed the 'Glasgow Miracle' by art curator and critic Hans-Ulrich Obrist.