|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2010)|
|Associated acts||The Only Ones
|bass and guitar|
Alan Mair is a musician and producer. He is best known as the bassist from The Only Ones. He co-produced the first two albums The Only Ones and Even Serpents Shine and wrote and sang "My Way Out Of Here" from the 3rd and final Only Ones album Baby's Got a Gun.
Prior to The Only Ones Mair played bass with Glasgow band The Beatstalkers, who under the management of Joe Gaffney became Scotland's "top group" at the time, giving them the tag in the local press as "The Scottish Beatles", due to the hoards of screaming fans causing riots everywhere they played or made an appearance. Their fame however was restricted mainly to Scotland, and with no resultant marked commercial record success the band decided to split after their van was stolen with all their equipment in it... Mair eventually moved to London where he began making leather clothes and then handmade boots, which led to him opening a shop at Kensington Market in the early 1970s selling handmade boots. After a short time he employed Freddie Mercury, [later of the rock band Queen], as his shop manager who worked there from 1971 until 1974
He currently lives in London and recently was the driving force in reforming 'The Only Ones' who performed to a sell out show at Shepherds Bush Empire show. This was followed by shows at the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, and the first ever Connect Festival in Inverary, Scotland.
In 2009 The Only Ones also set to work on a new studio album, however proposed release dates in 2010 and 2011 have not come to fruition and details regarding a new Only Ones album are currently unknown....
In 2012 The Only Ones are playing at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and will be headlining the Opera House stage in The Winter Gardens on Saturday 4 August.