Alexandria Thom, better known as ‘Sandi Thom’, born and raised in Banff, became widely known in 2006 after her debut single, “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)”, topped the UK Singles Chart in June of that year. Surely you remember?
I was born too late into a world that doesn’t care
Oh, I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In 2004, Thom moved to London, initially, to pursue a song writing career, that soon turned into a performing one. She signed a record contract with the record label Viking Legacy, where her mother was director. The label released her début single, “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)” in late 2005, but it did not attract attention.
In early 2006, Sandi Thom decided, instead of endlessly driving to small venues around the country, she would publicise herself via a series of 21 shows to be performed every other night from the basement of her Tooting flat in South London. Being a small flat, the audience was in single figures. The trick was to video the half-hour shows and broadcast them free of charge via her website. By the middle of the second week, she had a peak audience of 70,000 online, had become an internet sensation, was given a major record deal and soon after topped the charts with her 2005 single.
People were amazed to think that there could have been punks in Banff. Nonetheless a few had been spotted, but none with flowers in their hair.
Since then the sun has set on Sandi’s UK chart career, but the star has risen to a performing career far from Banff. Where, you ask, would a Banffer replicate Banff’s resplendent sea and sand. Would you believe Bahrain?