Lone Pigeon

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Lone Pigeon
Birth nameGordon Anderson
OriginFife, Scotland
Years active1990s–present
Associated actsThe Beta Band, The Aliens

Lone Pigeon is the working name of Gordon Anderson, a Scottish musician and co-founder of The Beta Band (which was formerly known as The Pigeons).[1][2] Later he was a member of The Aliens with John Maclean and Robin Jones from The Beta Band.


Anderson was a founding member of The Beta Band, and co-wrote several of their early songs including "Dry the Rain" and "Dog's Got a Bone".[1][3][4] Ill-health forced him to leave the band and return to Scotland, and he began to record solo under the name Lone Pigeon in 1997.[1][2]

His earliest albums - 28 Secret Tracks, Moses, Auckley Craw and Honda Hedge - were released by himself and on Fence Records and are no longer for sale, but Concubine Rice (described by Allmusic as "an astonishing debut album")[5] and Schoozzzmmii (described as "a zany but sunny folk-rock record")[6] are available worldwide from Domino Records and (Lone Pigeon's own label) Whizzkidzz respectively.

The 'Honda Hedge' album, which was available only by mailorder, contains early versions of several of the songs later to appear on The Aliens' 'Astronomy for Dogs' (see below), including "Robotman", "Tomorrow", "Only Waiting" and "Honest Again".

After Anderson broke his shoulder falling out of a tree, he re-recorded "Robot Man" as "Robust Man".

In May 2006 an EP entitled Alienoid Starmonica was released, a collaboration with ex-Beta Band members John Maclean and Robin Jones under the name The Aliens.[3] The Aliens have gone on to release two more singles: The Happy Song and Setting Sun. Their debut album, Astronomy for Dogs was released on 19 March 2007, published by EMI. Since the release, the band have parted company with EMI and released a new album Luna on September 29, 2008, to critical acclaim. He released a seven-disc box set entitled "Time Capsule" in 2011.

In 2015 Anderson wrote and performed "Aeolian Arietta", a track on Beta Band co-founder John Maclean's feature film debut, Slow West.

In 2016 Anderson co-produced Malcolm Middleton's first solo album in seven years, Summer of '13.

Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote.[3]


  • Moses (1997), Fence
  • 28 Secret Tracks (2000), Fence
  • Auckley Craw (2000), Fence
  • Touched by Tomoko EP (2001), Bad Jazz/Fence
  • Rocks EP (2001), Bad Jazz/Fence - split with James Yorkston & the Athletes
  • Concubine Rice (2002), Fence/Domino
  • Schoozzzmmii (2004) The Whizz Kiddzz Records
  • "Alienoid Starmonica" (2006) The Aliens, EMI
  • "Astronomy For Dogs" (2007) The Aliens, EMI
  • "Luna" (2008) The Aliens, Petrock Records
  • "Time Capsule 001-010" (7-CD Boxset 2011), Domino


  1. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Lone Pigeon", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 838-9
  2. ^ a b Klunk, Christine (2004) "Lone Pigeon Schoozzzmmii", PopMatters, 22 March 2004, retrieved 2010-11-06
  3. ^ a b c Sharp, Johnny (2007) "Out of the woods", The Guardian, 24 March 2007, retrieved 2010-11-06
  4. ^ Haywood, Brad (2002) "Lone Pigeon Concubine Rice", Pitchfork Media, 21 October 2002, retrieved 2010-11-06
  5. ^ Marshall, Kingsley "Concubine Rice Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-11-06
  6. ^ Spano, Charles "Schoozzzmmii Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-11-06

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