15 Meet Danny Wilson by Danny Wilson 1987
My how I loved this lp when it came out , everything from the glossy cover photo, the hats , the gatefold sleeve , the lush production (it has dated a tad but I still love the layered weave of instruments, mixing traditional with a sampler) , the smart lyrics, the bands name (although they soon became to resent the constant which one is Danny question seeing it as "3 men in one grave") , the big guitars that all 80s Scottish bands seemed to play, the strange rhythms and meanderings the songs would take, etc. If only all pop music could be this smart.
Dominated by the we'll release it until it is a hit Mary's Prayer (up there for the perfect pop song), there are lots more hidden treasures on the lp.
Songs about memories , about leaving ,about change. The lp kicks off and ends with a goodbye.
Davy a goodbye to a friend and I Won't Be Here When You Get Home a goodbye to a lover
I always though Davy was a strange choice to follow up Mary's Prayer with. I would have gone with Aberdeen . It always made me smile as the songs subject makes Aberdeen seem like it was the other side of the world from Dundee!
Aberdeen - Danny Wilson
I remember reading when the 2nd lp came out that the band weren't happy with the production on their debut , if so this may give a clue as to where they wanted it to go
Third single rips along like the half sister of Prefab Sprout's Faron Young
The song I keep going back to is Steam trains to the Milky Way with its nod to Steely Dan ( a future ep was called Strepzil Logic)! I've no idea what it is about but I love all the imagery, the way the songs meanders to a standstill, the subtle Lester Bowie brass , it is one of those songs that I can lose myself in as it takes me back to having a mid afternoon nap in Bronte Hall.
Steam trains to the Milky Way by Danny Wilson
Finally here is clip of them performing some of the songs from the debut live (and a cover of Abba's knowing me knowing you that is great because it plays it straight) as well as some short interview interludes , . In one bit they sum themselves perfectly - stealing everything from everywhere and throwing it into a big mixing pot)
Up there in bands I'd most to see reform , you can get this undervalued pop gem here