The name is inspired by Steely Dan. The music is influenced by the integrity of Bruce Springsteen, channelled through a Scottish upbringing. The band is Deacon Blue. They may be serious about creating timeless songs, but are never afraid to have fun with the live experience, challenging the strength of the world’s concert hall floors for 'bounce-ability'.
The band arrived at a time when Scottish artists were the champions of quality songwriting, picking up guitars, and challenging the Stock, Aitken and Waterman packed charts of the time. Like many artists of quality, the success did not come overnight. A commitment to live performance built a solid fan base, and despite the fact that the first release of Raintown was met with critical rather than commercial success, a re-release following extensive touring, meant the album spent 77 weeks on the UK chart. Raintown was the first of five top five albums, with Dignity the first of 18 top 40 singles. Six million album sales were the backbone of Deacon Blue’s lasting success and now they remain one of the most popular touring bands, with tickets for live performances rarely available or long.