Published: 19/04/2017 14:18 - Updated: 19/04/2017 16:46

Story of the Raintown year - with Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin with Deacon Blue telling the story of album Raintown on radio.
Ian Rankin with Deacon Blue telling the story of album Raintown on radio.

AUTHOR Ian Rankin remembers 1987 fondly - the year Detective Inspector John Rebus made his first appearance in print  and the year of Deacon Blue's iconic album Raintown.

Now the novelist - who spends part of his time living in Cromarty - will tell the story of the release of their landmark record in its 30th anniversary year.

The radio documentary Deacon Blue: 30 Years of Raintown will tell how the band became one of Scotland's most popular. And it can be heard on BBC Radio Scotland on May 1 at 4pm and also on BBC Radio 2 on May 8.

Ian Rankin said: ‘Thirty years since I wrote my first Inspector Rebus novel and 30 years since Deacon Blue leapt on to the world stage with Raintown... maybe there was just something in the Scottish water back then.

‘Both have proved their resilience, with Raintown sounding as fresh as the day it was released. It was a joy for me to spend time with the band as they looked back on their achievement. It's an album that belongs in everyone's heart and collection.’

As well as new interviews with original members Ricky, Lorraine, Dougie and Jim, there will be insight from the record's producer Jon Kelly. Legendary pedal steel guitar player BJ Cole remembers his solo on Chocolate Girl.

Hue and Cry, Gary Clark from Danny Wilson, and David Scott from Hearts and Minds/Pearlfishers are some of the other Scottish artists who were releasing music in the same year and share their thoughts.

Johnnie Walker and Mark Goodier remember being the first DJs to play Deacon Blue on the radio. Record producer Trevor Horn, performer Aled Jones and singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan are all fans of Raintown and describe what the album means to them.

Deacon Blue: 30 Years of Raintown, BBC Radio Scotland, 4pm, Monday May 1 and BBC Radio 2 10pm, Monday May 8.

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