20/2/2014



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“It often amazes me how often I step into a studio/room/kitchen/garden room with a fellow songwriter on an uninspired morning and leave after dark with something – albeit not always the great song we hoped for – but a song, we write a song.
The only advice I have ever been foolish enough to give to a young songwriter is…finish the song.”

— Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue

09/7/2013



04/7/2013



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“Perhaps the most amazing musical moment was standing on the side of the stage at Glastonbury’s Acoustic Tent last Saturday evening with my son, Seamus, Gregor Philp and my manager, Tom O’Rourke. All of us were watching one of my great heroes, Steve Winwood put in a quite extraordinary shift with his band for an hour or so. The remarkable bit was the sheer skill of musicianship on show. Stevie was playing hammond, electric guitar and singing. That voice! Where was the bass coming from? None of us could work it out until Gregor stopped us all in our tracks; Steve was doing all of this and playing the bass parts on the hammond foot pedals. Some guy. I think it’s really important not to forget about where music came from and who brought it to us. Stevie’s one of these men and we’re grateful to them.”

Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue on Steve Winwood (Ricky’s Radio Blog)

17/10/2012



Deacon Blue Promo Tour. Lorraine is not amused :-)

Deacon Blue Promo Tour. Lorraine is not amused :-)

29/9/2012



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Deacon Blue - When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring) live piano version at Radio 4 Session 16.10.99

Pale blue eyes
The same old house no ties
A little bit older but not so
Worldly wise

That I can`t see
Your light`s on me
Making me
Regretfully say

The wonder of it all
Was you
And underneath it all
It wasn`t true

I want you
In everything
In everything
In anything I do
When will you make my phone ring
And tell me I can`t give you anything
Anything at all now

Tiny steps
From ruthless legs
But when you`ve been walking so long
Now don`t you rest

From disharmony
From disunity
From anything that isn`t
You and me

The wonder of it all
Was you
And underneath it all
It wasn`t true

I want you
In everything
In everything
In anything I do
When will you make my phone ring
And tell me I can`t give you anything
Anything anything
Anything at all now

Tired of chasing old dreams
Tired of wasting days
Tired of waking mornings
Just to wait for you till late

Tired of searching high
Tired of getting low
Tired of listening hard
Just to wait for you to know that

I want you
In everything
In everything
In anything I do

28/9/2012



24/9/2012



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Ricky Ross gives a track-by-track insight into Raintown 25 years after he wrote it, and reveals the stories behind new LP The Hipsters

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Raintown

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Born in a Storm: The lyric was stolen from a friend of mine, David Heavenor, who had a song with those three words. It was written on a long rainy afternoon in Glasgow, a period which went on for ever, and had a second verse which was never used. I think’s about someone difficult I knew at the time, possibly myself.

Raintown: It’s about work, not good work and weather compounding that, and things bringing you down. The ideas in Raintown came first and the theme came back in Dignity. Everyone was going on about unemployment at the time, but thee wee also a lot of people unhappy with the work they were in.

Ragman: It’s that dissatisfaction again. There was a general feeling of self loathing around.

He Looks Like Spencer Tracey Now: I wrote that in Crete on holiday as a partner to Dignity. I thought it sounded smug when I wrote it (about the man who pressed the button that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima). I liked the idea that he had public bravado but private regrets.

Loaded: I’d left the keys to my flat in Glasgow to the guys in the band and they did a backing track on an old 8 track. I came in and started singing stream of consciousness on it, about some of the people we’d met in the record business. . Part of the lyric was lifted from an old evangelical children’s hymn, Christ Is The Answer.

When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring): It’s so hard to remember. I think that song is actually about waiting to be discovered, spurred on by the unrequited love of an old girlfriend.

Chocolate Girl: It’s about someone’s relationship which sounded bad. I don’t really like sexist love songs, that awful song by Eric Clapton, Wonderful Tonight. There’s a song by Prefab Sprout which says the same thing, called Cruel, which I love.

Dignity: I have no idea why I started writing a song like that in Greece, but that’s why there’s a reference to raki in it, the local firewater. I was sitting messing around with lyrics, bored on holiday, in a far away scene. There were men from the Glasgow cleansing department depot who walked up and down the street with brushes outside my flat in Pollokshields.

The Very Thing: It’s about looking into the future and not knowing what’s happening, a sense of foreboding. I think it’s my favourite song on the record.

Love’s Great Fears: It’s probably the best song Jim and I ever wrote together.

Town To Be Blamed: In a sense, this is me tying things together a little bit. You love the place you come from, but when you’re young all you want to do is escape and lay the blame on that place for everything that’s gone wrong in your life. When I first met Graeme Kelling, he wanted to get out of Glasgow. But really, we wanted to stay in Glasgow, just on different terms. We wanted to be king of the hill.

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The Hipsters

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Here I am In London Town: I wrote it in Jamie Cullum’s studio after we wrote I’m all Over It Now for his album. It’s about how I felt when we were starting out down in London 25 years ago.

The Hipsters: It’s about that sense of longing to be one of the cool guys, guys I remember seeing at seaside towns like Bournemouth when I was on holiday with my mum and dad. They’d have faded 501s on and a tan and there I was, a wee guy from Dundee, just longing to be them.

Stars: We wanted to write something big and poppy, a song we lived. It was written for someone else originally, but then we kept it. It doesn’t follow any rules of conventional songwriting. It’s just a song about entertaining.

Turn: It’s a song I wrote with Eg White, who writes for Will Young. We wanted it to be a song for a really sassy woman. But we decided to do it. If people think it’s a song about Lorraine and I, I honestly don’t care.

The Rest: We wrote it for McIntosh Ross and then changed it. It’s kind of like Real Gone Kid. A straight love song from the heart, and my heart is on my sleeve on that song - it’s about the woman I love. There’s the rest, and then there’s you.

The Outsiders: It’s a song about Deacon Blue. Never quite fitting in, never quite working it out. It’s a chance to reflect on being in this odd club I was in for the last 25 years.

That’s What We Can Do: It was written about one of my daughters. It’s what happens when you love people, you do things for them because you’re able to. The oddball things of being a parents. It’s an extension of changing the nappies. You never wake up and think they’re gone, you just keep going.

She’ll Understand: It’s a breakup song, but written when Lorraine was away a lot with work. A very Scottish story about a guy who makes a fool of himself, drinks too much, fights, but his woman still ‘gets him’.

Laura From Memory: It was written about my cousin Laura, a wonderful woman who took her own life. We were very close growing up. She loved music. I had a couple of cracks at writing it, and I was so happy when I got it.

It Will End In Tears: It started life as a Jackson Browne-like song. I deconstructed it. It’s another fatalistic Scottish song, and I think it’s about us.

Is There No Way Back Toy You: Lorraine wrote the chorus. I’m speaking for myself here, but I think she wrote it about when she lost her mum when she was very young. I think it’s about connecting with people who have gone before, and how you get back to them. It’ a theme that pops its head up a lot, with Graeme and Laura’s story. Having it at the end of the record is a very strong story.

23/9/2012



16/9/2012



“There is something about his songs –open-hearted, sing-along and full of characters – which suits the city of their creation. Working as an English teacher and living in a flat in Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, Ross used to look out of the bay window at the street-sweepers of the cleansing department as they changed shifts. Watching them walk by with their brushes, wondering about their lives, it gave him an idea for a song, which he later wrote while on holiday in Crete. He called it Dignity.
One of those rare songs which transcend their writer, Dignity, which came out in 1987, has become part of the fabric of Scottish life. You hear it at the football, on the radio, at the shops; at weddings and funerals and works nights out. Ross knows it is special. He is grateful for the way his music has soundtracked lives, and the way that that song in ­particular has become a sort of anthem for the decent, aspirational working life.”

Interview: Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross on the city behind the songs , Glasgow

06/7/2012



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This is new Deacon Blue album cover (btw: love the pic, hate the font). It comes out on the 24th September.
And news from their facebook: “We’re delighted to tell you that all our studio albums will become available again later this year. They will all be remastered, repackaged and contain bonus CDs and DVDs. These are Raintown - which has already been available as a remastered version but will have additional material, When the World Knows Your Name, Fellow Hoodlums, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing and Homesick. Everything we have ever released will be contained within each of these album packs. The material from the two B Sides albums, Riches and Ooh Las Vegas will all be there but linked to the album from which the single was first released. One more thing…..There was a lot of material which was only ever on compilation albums or one off projects. So for completists there will be one final album pack called The Rest which will contain all of that missing material. All of this comes out with our good friends at Demon who are also releasing The Hipsters.” 
sounds like i have to start saving lots of money!

This is new Deacon Blue album cover (btw: love the pic, hate the font). It comes out on the 24th September.

And news from their facebook: “We’re delighted to tell you that all our studio albums will become available again later this year. They will all be remastered, repackaged and contain bonus CDs and DVDs. These are Raintown - which has already been available as a remastered version but will have additional material, When the World Knows Your Name, Fellow Hoodlums, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing and Homesick. Everything we have ever released will be contained within each of these album packs. The material from the two B Sides albums, Riches and Ooh Las Vegas will all be there but linked to the album from which the single was first released.
One more thing…..There was a lot of material which was only ever on compilation albums or one off projects. So for completists there will be one final album pack called The Rest which will contain all of that missing material. All of this comes out with our good friends at Demon who are also releasing The Hipsters.”

sounds like i have to start saving lots of money!

24/6/2012



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Featuring words and music by Ricky Ross, Errors, Alan Bissett, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, Annie Griffin, Meursault, David Greig, RM Hubbert, Wounded Knee, Alan Spence, Isabel Wright, Conquering Animal Sound, Emma Pollock, Kirstin Innes, Swimmer One, Bigg Taj, Stef Smith, Eugene Kelly, Talkingmakesnosense, David Ireland, Skye Loneragan, Kieran Hurley Some of Scotland’s most distinctive songwriters, novelists, poets and playwrights, and you: a nation of people, awake in the dark, waiting for the light to come. Whatever Gets You Through The Night is an ambitious new multi-disciplinary live event featuring actors, visuals by Kim Beveridge, aerial work, new writing by some of Scotland’s top novelists, poets and playwrights, and a whole album’s worth of original music by acclaimed Scottish musicians, some of whom will perform live in the show. Created by Cora Bissett with Swimmer One and David Greig, the show will be quite unlike anything else - a visual and aural banquet blending circus, cabaret, and a host of stories - all of which take place across Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am. A heartfelt goodbye on the shore of Loch Lomond, an Skype affair between two people who never meet, a man searching for a lover in ‘the palace of light’, a character lost in a virtual reality game world, and an homage to the joys of chips and cheese… Come and meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers in a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing. As well as the live show, this unique, groundbreaking project also takes the form of a book, an album (released by Biphonic Records) and a film (directed by Daniel Warren) which will premiere at the Summerhall venue during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe before going on tour.

Featuring words and music by Ricky Ross, Errors, Alan Bissett, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, Annie Griffin, Meursault, David Greig, RM Hubbert, Wounded Knee, Alan Spence, Isabel Wright, Conquering Animal Sound, Emma Pollock, Kirstin Innes, Swimmer One, Bigg Taj, Stef Smith, Eugene Kelly, Talkingmakesnosense, David Ireland, Skye Loneragan, Kieran Hurley

Some of Scotland’s most distinctive songwriters, novelists, poets and playwrights, and you: a nation of people, awake in the dark, waiting for the light to come.

Whatever Gets You Through The Night is an ambitious new multi-disciplinary live event featuring actors, visuals by Kim Beveridge, aerial work, new writing by some of Scotland’s top novelists, poets and playwrights, and a whole album’s worth of original music by acclaimed Scottish musicians, some of whom will perform live in the show.

Created by Cora Bissett with Swimmer One and David Greig, the show will be quite unlike anything else - a visual and aural banquet blending circus, cabaret, and a host of stories - all of which take place across Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am. A heartfelt goodbye on the shore of Loch Lomond, an Skype affair between two people who never meet, a man searching for a lover in ‘the palace of light’, a character lost in a virtual reality game world, and an homage to the joys of chips and cheese… Come and meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers in a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing.

As well as the live show, this unique, groundbreaking project also takes the form of a book, an album (released by Biphonic Records) and a film (directed by Daniel Warren) which will premiere at the Summerhall venue during this year’s Edinburgh Fringe before going on tour.

02/6/2012



Last May 1st was the 25th anniversary of the Raintown record issue.
And I just discovered that Deacon Blue are having a UK tour this fall and a NEW RECORD to be released in September! That’s unexpected and exciting.

Last May 1st was the 25th anniversary of the Raintown record issue.

And I just discovered that Deacon Blue are having a UK tour this fall and a NEW RECORD to be released in September! That’s unexpected and exciting.

20/9/2011



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Deacon Blue - Love And Regret

check out this lovely live medley with “It’s All in the Game” byTommy Edwards

I know so rarely that things come your way
Your ways are tender and your paths are straight
Your mind’s not lived in the way ours are set
Your heart is open to love and regret

(Source: ilove1989)

29/1/2010



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“What’s your favourite Coen Bothers movie? I must have seen Fargo 4 times and I have a need to see The Big Lebowski at least once a year. Over Christmas my wife and I really enjoyed No Country For Old men on the DVD. I have a strong memory of “O Brother Where Art Thou” as I was recording an album at the time and Davie Scott, my good pal, had just been to see it and recommended it to us. We went to the cinema and I’ll never forget the moment when I saw and, more importantly, *heard* the baptism scene for the first time. It was for that reason that we, like millions of others, went out and bought the soundtrack the next day.
It’s ten years since the movie came out and we think it’s an appropriate soundtrack to start our occasional series, “The Beginners Guide to Americana.” The soundtrack, for many people, was either a re affirmation of all they suspected about country or the first creak of a door being opened to a Narnia-like new world.”

Ricky Ross on his blog