I was never the biggest fan of Deacon Blue. I think that my view was tainted when I saw them early on at Motherwell Civic Centre when they decided to murder Julian Cope’s Trampoline.
Ricky Ross always struck me as a bit of a smug prick as well.
But if the truth be told I think that the main reason I didn’t like them had more to do with the fact that they were far too popular round these parts for the evolving music snob within me
One thing that I couldn’t argue with was that they wrote some cracking songs, such as Dignity, Real Gone Kid, Wages Day and possibly a dozen or so more. And in Raintown they had a debut album which might not merit comparisons with Psychocandy and The Velvet Underground & Nico but which is still a better than average first attempt.
Here’s my favourite track and lead single from their third album, Fellow Hoodlums.
Deacon Blue – Twist And Shout