Deacon Blue set to release expanded editions of their albums
Daily Record 24th October 2012

EXPANDED editions of their albums, Raintown, When The World Knows Your Name, Homesick and a new out-takes and b-sides album The Rest will be released at the end of the month.

Deacon Blue completed their 25th anniversary tour with a triumphant gig at London's Roundhouse in Camden last night. The band follow up the Top 20 success of new album The Hipsters by releasing expanded editions of their albums Raintown, When The World Knows Your Name and Fellow Hoodlums this week, followed by Whatever You Say Say Nothing, Homesick and a new out-takes and b-sides album The Rest at the end of the month.  Ricky and Lorraine look back on the original releases:

Raintown, 1987

Now considered a Scottish masterpiece, it’s a concept album about grinding out a life in Scotland in the midst of de-industrialisation and unemployment.
The stark photography of Oscar Marzaroli was used to illustrate the album and singles including Loaded, Chocolate Girl, Dignity and when Will You Make My Telephone Ring.

Ricky: “I’d been introduced to Oscar Marzaroli’s stuff by Tom Morton (now Radio Scotland’s afternoon DJ). I brought the photos into a session, after seeing see an exhibition and we decided to use them.
The temptation is to match the characters in the photographs to the songs literally, but I think it’s better to come away from that. They were part of Raintown from very early on.”

When The World Knows Your Name, 1989

Ricky: “Our most successful album was the least enjoyable one to make. But it’s now the album I feel ready to accept, after 23 years.  I didn’t enjoy working with certain producers at the time. It wasn’t a happy time in the band.”

Lorraine: “We were trying so hard to show that we hadn’t been changed, we didn’t even really celebrate when it went in at No1.  If I was doing it again I’d at least have opened a bottle of bloody champagne, not just turned the telly on.”

Fellow Hoodlums, 1991

Ricky: “It was the album we enjoyed making most. But Your Swaying Arms shouldn;t have have been the lead single. It went through a troubled birth, that song.  That album was such a pleasure. We went to Paris, Glasgow and New York to make it. It was just so easy.  Everyone relaxed and enjoyed it, and we recorded the album playing live. It was a great period for the band.”

Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, 1993

Lorraine: “We were experimenting, and trusted other people’s instincts rather than our own (the Happy Mondays’ Perfecto production team of Paul Osborne and Steve Oakenfold).
It was a great record to make, and Your Town is probably our best single, but we gave in to this notion that because they were cool and we weren’t then they must be right.”

Ricky: “After that, it was just a case that we didn’t know what to do next, really. It’s part of the reason we split up. We all needed to do something different.”

Our Town: The Greatest Hits

Ricky: “It became really fractured, directionless. I regret the day we did I Was Right And You Were Wrong.  It was being programmed and programmed and programmed.  I wanted to take the tapes and throw them in the canal outside the studio. It was driving me mad. But the end result was okay.  It was a bit of a meltdown period. I don’t regret releasing it and it sold a lot of copies and went to No1. But I’d had enough of being in a band.”

Homesick, 2001

Ricky: “It was a very stressful unhappy record. Graeme was ill, Dougie was dead busy, Lorraine was pregnant. It could have been much, much better.  But the single, Everytime You Sleep, is probably one of the top five songs I’ve written for Deacon Blue.”

Lorraine: “Graeme came on both UK tours with that album.  You could see how much it meant to him, because at that point he was really very seriously ill.”