“I was wrong to split the band up,” says Deacon Blue frontman
Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross said he was wrong to let his chart-topping band go their separate ways in 1994.
The Dundonian singer-songwriter, who formed the group in 1986, disbanded the group at the height of their success while atop the UK charts.
Ross said: “I hit the pads and for a few months I thought I was done with the whole music industry for good.
“I spoke to various people back then, wise people, who said unless there’s something else I’m really good at, then don’t throw the baby away. with the bath water. But there was nothing else I was good at. I was floundering.
“What I should have done is suggest that we all took a little time and come back to it in a few years. It is a great regret that I have.
“At that time, I thought there was something fundamentally wrong with a band sticking together, not stopping. The Beatles have stopped. But now I think there is nothing wrong with it. The Rolling Stones have never stopped.
“I would tell a group in this position now that they should just take a little time. But at the time, we didn’t know what else we would have done.
Deacon Blue then reformed, with their most recent full album City of Love which ranked No. 4 on the UK charts last year.
Ross made these comments in the group’s first licensed book, To Be Here Someday, written by journalist Paul English.
The book also reveals how Ross’s songwriting helped his partner and wife, Lorraine McIntosh, overcome the grief of losing her mother as a child.
McIntosh’s mother Sarah died of leukemia when Lorraine was just 11 years old.
The band’s single, Your Swaying Arms, was written by Ross from the perspective of McIntosh’s late father.
She said: “Ricky imagined these scenes of them walking arm in arm Kelvin Way in Glasgow, which I totally adore.
“He and my father only knew each other a few months before my father died. It was so kind of Ricky. I couldn’t do these things. But he still writes about real life.
She added, “Sometimes when you’ve been singing songs for a long time, you’ve got to find new ways to keep them fresh and emotionally important to you.
“I never had to do that with ‘Your Swaying Arms’. No matter how many times we perform it, I have a moment where my mom walks through the stage in my head.