Deacon Blue is back on our screen as the ‘80s pop rock band gets a reboot courtesy of one age- old, high street pharmacy. Active since 1985, the Scottish group has been releasing albums for four decades right up to this year but it is their number one hit single ‘’Real Gone Kid’’ of ’88 that Boots are giving a second go. The quintet is fronted by original writer and vocalist Ricky Ross with co-vocals digital piano and drums played by original members bar guitar. As the world waits for the results of the Scottish referendum today and the ‘will it/won’t it’ decision – I know Deacon Blue will have my vote.
Let’s Give It A Go
As Boots push their ‘feel good’ factor from hot makeup to hair, Deacon Blue begins the first chapter as ‘torn out pages’ of this much debated song title ‘Real Gone Kid’. It begins with a kaleidoscope wall of sound as guitar, digital piano and drums begin with a wall of ad hoc guitar finger picks, electric piano ripples and cymbal tinkles in the key of C major. This randomised feel soon gets into its stride as the back beat falls into line followed by stacked digital piano chords and harmonised ‘’doo doo’’ vocals now changing to G major as Deacon Blue unfolds its storyline:
‘’’As I tear out the pages, that I’ve got in these books. Just to find you some words’’ etc
Deacon Blue – Poetic License
As Deacon Blue cast off their sombre woes, so Boots apply their haircare and cosmetics by way of garish red lipstick, nail varnish and spray. The chord change to the minor lends a further bent of reflection:
‘’And you’re a real gone kid, and maybe now baby (maybe now baby)’’ etc
The music drives forward with the Deacon Blue dilemma interspersing with bouts of digital piano play and interesting vocal lines of ‘’I’ll do what I should have did’’ that rhyme somewhat unpoetically with ‘’Real Gone Kid’’.
Perhaps if it’s a ‘Yes’ vote – then Scotland can reboot its use of the English language as it used to ‘did’.