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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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  • marksplace2008

    Love You'll Know It's Christmas great track, go and download it and get into the Top 40.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Deaconblue1

    Fantastic. My favourite song of all time by my favourite band of all time. Dougie Vipond is some mean drummer too.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • satan_88_level


    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Loving the new album . . . 25 years down the line from Raintown

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • E-Clect-Eddy

    New video for The Hipsters :-)

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bluemondayuk

    They've kinda got forgotten about which is a shame - some great tracks.

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Classical!!! :-)

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • caledoniankevin

    Deacon Blue = SUPERB!

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • sparkotronic

    Raintown is one of those rare perfect albums

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mikdudds


    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • CollinKelley

    Raintown is a masterpiece. Remains one of my favorite albums.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • lecky1874

    cant believe love and regret is,nt more popular than it is

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • eddunk

    Your Town.....goosebumps every time

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Hellraiser917

    Raintown is a good album it must be said.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bluemondayuk

    Underrated. To move from Raintown to Whatever You Say, Say Nothing in seven years, whilst holding onto solid tunes, is impressive.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ChilloutMaster

    I wonder nobody said they sound like Prefab Sprout...

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Melnub

    Saw them live a few months ago, they were AMAZING!!! 'Your Town' is my favourite song of theirs, always! <3

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Braveshell

    Everyone should have copies of the first two albums... "Raintown" & "When The World Knows Your Name"... if you like good songs well written and performed you will love them. Great albums!

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • recitator

    Raintown is a great album. Discovered it only a couple of weeks ago and now it really grows on me... i love it!

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • vividbreeze

    so passionate ... love them!

    17 May 2009 Reply
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