I have been studiously avoiding the Eighties so far, but after Andy bravely posted Careless Whisper yesterday I am diving in. I Loved Deacon Blue at the time and played the first two albums to death on my walkman. Then Madchester came along and I forgot all about them for 20 years. However I recently dug out the first album, Raintown, and was actually pretty impressed.
Loaded was was released in 87 before they hit the big time – just 12,354 hits on youtube compared to 1,539, 890 for Real Gone Kid, but I just love the video – its the very essence of the Eighties: the clothes, the band unselfconsciously enjoying making a pop video (just look at the screenshot below) and in particularly the shots of Eighties London minus the many newer landmarks, skyscrapers and riverfront buildings of the last 25 years. A London I had forgotten all about. I bet you can’t watch it without smiling. And the song is rather lovely as well….