The One Who Got Away – Justin Currie

…and here’s why.

Justin Currie is the lead singer of Del Amitri – one of my favourite bands of all time till they began to conform to crap – and also precisely the kind of straggly, strungout Gaelic guy I would find irresistible because he is ALL about the lyrics and NOT about the baths and that sort of thing.

You never really lost me, Justin – you just won me all over again with your priceless MySpace site. And bring DA back!

Justin Currie was born in a van near Paisley in 1964 in a hailstorm so vicious that it took a team of panel beaters a month to separate his forehead from the roof. Later on, perhaps in the nineteen eighties he started to sing in a strange breathless way, cramming too many words into odd amounts of bars and found himself, with his group of twee schoolboy punks, Del Amitri, getting firmly up the collective nose of the Glasgow white-soul cognoscenti. Much more loathed than loved, and revelling in their outsider status, Del Amitri attracted a dense little coterie of followers in the United States of America who duly set up a nationwide tour funded by busking, badge selling and the refrigerators of those fans’ generous parents.

Driven half-mental by their experiences the group came home, ditched their indie twiddling and embarked upon a course of songwriting so sickeningly mainstream and Americanised that it led to a long career being spoilt stupid by the radio and recording industries of the English speaking world. Limos to the pub, ponds full of chips, week-long parties in Bognor, that sort of thing. By 2002 the thing had run it’s cliched course; the group’s fortunes were dwindling and, dropped by a record firm grown weary of their whining, the two chief writers put the band into cryogenic suspension and set about writing two LPs; a Justin Currie Alone affair and an entirely co-written electronic pop masterpiece.

Justin’s solo record is called “What Is Love For?” and features eleven thunderously dreary dirges many of which he is currently airing live to pained looking crowds of people in dingy Glasgow basements. When forced by penury, politeness or acute fear he can sometimes also be heard to trawl out tired versions of his withered hits.

Justin is unmarried and lives a quiet life of standing up and sitting down in Scotland with his two pet television sets.

Imcomplete post without my favourite Del Amitri songs, no?

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8 responses to “The One Who Got Away – Justin Currie

  1. del amitri-one of my favorites too…i loved his voice. thanks for posting this…should check out his site!

  2. @Sukanya: Justin is golden. Simply Golden.his solo work isn’t too bad either. His voice is even better, but I miss the Del Amitri touch.

  3. lostonthestreet

    oooh ,thanks for putting up that video.been ages…I love them Del Amitri.I do..sigh.

  4. Era

    I’ve missed you! Glad you’re back. I especially liked the first song. “Justin is unmarried and lives a quiet life of standing up and sitting down in Scotland with his two pet television sets.” Now that’s a brillian piece of writing – loved it.

  5. @Richa: Thanks, luv:-)

    @LOTS: Vintage DA is truly awesome.

    @Era: Yup, must ask Justin to do the funny blurb of my book:-) Now if only I could stalk him on Twitter!

  6. I also liked ‘Always the Last to know’.

    Aha, a book that needs a blurb, eh?

  7. @WJ: I LOVE Always the Last to Know. Was actually the first DA song I ever heard. Ha – the book! That was wishful thinking – for now!;-)Good to see you here again!

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