On The Street 12th July 1989
In their four years together, they’ve had the kind of success that most bands just play their guitars in front of their mirrors and dream of, and Deacon Blue are now in Sydney on their first ever Australian tour. Formed around songwriter and singer Ricky Ross, once Deacon Blue started gathering something of a live following in their homeland, it didn’t take long for the major record companies to pay attention. There’s always ears kept out for the sounds of young Scotland, and that’s hardly surprising, given that Simple Minds, Aztec Camera, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Proclaimers and Texas and more have all shown the ability to walk that fine balance between decent reviews and movement of vinyl over the counter.
It was CBS who signed the band, and the first fruits of the union, as they say, were a mildly successful single called Dignity and an album called Raintown. Raintown was an enormous English hit, and since its release in May 1987 has not slipped from the U.K. Top 40. When The World Knows Your Name is the follow-up, and an appropriately-titled one.
This album debuted at the top of the UK charts, and it was the first single from this album, Real Gone Kid, that first established the band as a minor noise here. Since that song, Wages Day seems to have sunk without trace, but the third single, Fergus Sings The Blues, is somewhat incongruously titled, but it seems the sort of thing radio stations might well take a liking to. Reflecting as it does the seemingly endless Scottish obsession with all things American (witness Roddy Frame’s troupe of white-suited NY sessioners, the JAMC’s demolition of Surfin’ USA, The Procs’ Letter To America, Texas’s name and on and on etc etc). Fergus. . . might be said to be an appropriately nation-traversign song for an album with that title.