History class

We tend not to delve too deeply into Scotland’s musical heritage. Listen to anything made before the 1990s and there’s every risk you’ll stray into increasingly dated, synth-fuelled territory.

However, there’s one 80s band no-one can argue with – DEACON BLUE. In 1989, at the peak of their popularity, they played the fastest-selling show in history at the SECC in their Glasgow hometown (a record which is probably held by Take That these days).

To put their fame into context, their second record When The World Knows Your Name – which spawned classic singles Queen Of The New Year, Wages Day, Real Gone Kid and Fergus Sings The Blues – toppled Madonna’s Like A Prayer from the No.1 spot in the UK album charts.

So if you’re thinking of indulging in some stirring Scottish nostalgia you could do a lot worse (see Simple Minds or Hue And Cry) than hunt out one of Deacon Blue’s greatest hits albums.

4 Deacon Blue – Dignity
4 Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid

July 4, Perth Concert Hall, Perth (tickets)
b December 5, Carling Academy, Glasgow
b December 7, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

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