Deacon Blue The Hipsters on Limited Edition 180g Import LP
From their inception in Glasgow, Scotland in 1985 where every band was expected to be either a funky, white soul band or some mutant offspring of the Velvet Underground, Deacon Blue sidestepped both cliques, concentrating its attention on blue collar life and death with all the compassion and humanity of seasoned veterans.
And Deacon Blue were never hipsters. So 2012's The Hipsters is a decidedly ironic title for a brilliant and long awaited Deacon Blue record, the group's first studio album since Homesick in 2001. For beneath that faintly sardonic veneer, is a collection of finely-tuned songs which find Ricky Ross reflecting on the long-distance life and times of his group with a deep, thoughtful passion. The opening track, "Here I Am in London Town," sets the scene as if at the start of a stage musical, as Ross conjures up an impression of how his younger self felt as he sat in a studio "waiting for the world to begin."
Working with Paul Savage, a smart, young producer whose work Ross had discovered through presenting his show on BBC Radio Scotland, the band recorded the album in the old-school way, with the whole band set up, and all playing and singing together in the studio – the first time they had worked like that since recording Fellow Hoodlums in Paris in 1991. Yielding the trio of hit singles "Turn," "The Outsiders" and title track, The Hipsters proved to be a smashing return for the pop-rock powerhouse!