James Allan (musician)

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James Allan
James Allan Glasvegas.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJames Allan
Born (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 40)
OriginDalmarnock, Scotland
GenresIndie rock[1]
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2003 – present
Associated actsGlasvegas

James Allan (born 21 September 1979) is the lead singer and guitarist of the Scottish rock band Glasvegas, and a former footballer.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, he attended the city's St Mungo's Academy.[2] Allan is a lifelong supporter of Celtic.[3]

Allan's cousin is Glasvegas bandmate/guitarist Rab Allan. His sister Denise is the band's co-manager.[4]

Football career[edit]

James Allan
Personal information
Full name James Allan
Date of birth (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Dalmarnock, Scotland
Playing position(s) Winger
Youth career
Abronhill United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Falkirk 2 (0)
1999–2001 Cowdenbeath 24 (3)
2001–2002 East Fife 33 (2)
2002–2003 Queen's Park 26 (4)
2003–2004 Gretna 6 (0)
2004–2005 Stirling Albion 9 (0)
2004–2006 Dumbarton 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Allan played as a winger for Falkirk, Cowdenbeath, East Fife, Queen's Park, Gretna, Stirling Albion and Dumbarton,[5] making 116 appearances in the Scottish Football League.[6] He was part of the Cowdenbeath squad that won promotion as runners up in the 2000–01 Scottish Third Division.

Music career[edit]

During his football career, Allan decided to write songs and form a band.[7][8] After touring Scotland for several years Glasvegas released four singles, before eventually being signed to Columbia. His songs deal with social issues such as psychopathic fathers ("Daddy's Gone"), murder ("Flowers & Football Tops") and the challenges of social work ("Geraldine"). He also wrote about homosexuality ("I Feel Wrong").[9]

On 8 September 2009, a Tuesday, bandmates Rab Allan and Paul Donoghue announced that James Allan had been missing since the previous Friday, which resulted in a no-show at the Mercury Prize awards ceremony.[10] However, he made a call to the band's manager on 9 September 2009 that he was safe and well in New York,[11] where Glasvegas were about to embark upon a US tour supporting Kings of Leon. It is thought that the lack of communication sourced from Allan being without a mobile phone for six months, according to bandmates.[12]

Allan cites Elvis Presley and Phil Spector as his main influences.[13] He also says that Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen is one of his inspirations.[14]


  1. ^ "Glasvegas Singer Missing". Clash. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ Dingwall, John. 2 August 2008. "Exclusive: Scots band Glasvegas set to break into the big-time with hotly-tipped debut". Daily Record. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Fulton, Rick (6 January 2009). "Exclusive - Glasvegas star Rab Allan: Manager rules us with an iron fist.. and she's my cousin". Dailyrecord.co.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  5. ^ McAllister, Jim (2002). The Sons of the Rock - The Official History of Dumbarton Football Club. Dumbarton: J&J Robertson Printers.
  6. ^ James Allan at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  7. ^ Wilde, John. "Viva Glasvegas![permanent dead link]". Sony Magazine:4. Retrieved on 6 January 2009.
  8. ^ Barr, Tim. 1 November 2008. "I used to think guitars were for weirdos". News of the World. Retrieved on 6 January 2008.
  9. ^ Martin, Gavin. 8 August 2008. "Viva Glasvegas: Ex-football pro James Allan tackles big issues with his Glasgow band". Daily Mirror. Retrieved on 6 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Glasvegas' James Allan 'missing since Friday' (9 September 2009)". Nme.com. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  11. ^ Dingwall, John. 14 September 2009. "Glasvegas frontman James Allan back as band perform on Kings of Leon bill". Daily Record. Retrieved on 17 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Glasvegas speak out over James Allan's disappearance". NME. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  13. ^ Lindsay, Cam.Conversations: James Allan. Exclaim! Nov 2008
  14. ^ McMonagle, Mickey. James Allan breaks cover to go on booze-up with Bunnyman. Daily Record. 4 October 2009