My next concert was to see a band that split my friends down the middle The ones who liked their music of the C86 kind saw Deacon Blue as sad Bruce Spingsteen wannabees with a wailing banshee as a backing vocalist. The ones who liked their coffee smoother, embraced "Raintown" as one of the lps of the year. I still think Raintown is great with big themes of "home, work and faith" matched by big music and big tunes. It felt like a concept lp complete with its fantastic Oscar Marzaroli photo as a cover
I saw them tour "Raintown" at Leeds poly and they played an absolutely storming show. All the songs seemed to have their own"live" extended versions with changed lyrics, new verses and snippets of covers thrown in for good measure. The crowd sang along from start to finish and after various encores the noise wasn't abating. Ricky Ross apologised that they had run out of songs they knew how to play and the band redid part of the set not that anyone minded. You got a real sense that the band themselves were shocked by the fervour in the crowd and responded.
I've posted 3 "b" sides from the time, less bombastic but good enough to grace the main lp