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Deacon Blue

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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1985 – 1994, 1999 – present)

Deacon Blue is a Scottish pop band formed in Glasgow in 1985. Their name came from the title of the Steely Dan song “Deacon Blues”. Success came for the band in 1989 when their second studio album, When The World Knows Your Name, topped the UK Album Charts. The album included “Real Gone Kid” which became their first UK top ten single. After releasing further albums in 1991 and 1993, they split up in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, the band held a reunion gig and this led to the album, Walking Back Home. Since then they have released Homesick (2001) and The Hipsters (2012).

This predominantly Glaswegian act became one of the top-selling UK bands of the late 1980s/early 1990s. The group’s members were Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh, James Prime, Dougie Vipond, Ewan Vernal and Graeme Kelling.

Ross, a former school teacher originally from Dundee, was the group’s frontman, penning the vast majority of Deacon Blue’s songs. He married female vocalist Lorraine McIntosh in the later years of the band’s career. McIntosh, born May 1964 in Glasgow joined the band in 1987 as a vocalist.

The band’s first album, Raintown, produced by Jon Kelly and released in 1987, is regarded by many as the band’s finest effort, spawning the singles “Dignity”, “Chocolate Girl” and “Loaded”. Many consider Raintown to be a concept album, since nearly all the songs contribute to the overall theme of being stuck in a dead-end life in a deprived city longing for something better. The city that the album’s title refers to is Glasgow, and the memorable cover art of the album is a shot of the River Clyde’s docks taken on a miserable day from Kelvingrove Park.

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