Saturday, 8 October 2011
Skeletons: Early Songs: Early 90s Demos: Showboat Sam and the Mystery Man
'Bluer Skies Than This' was a collection of recordings that were never meant for release; it's function was to get us gigs and possibly a deal in the days when we were tempted to do the corporate dance.
Of its ten tracks three went on to feature on 'Bicycle Thieves' (Bluer Skies/Whiskey Kisses/The Killing Time) and one finally made it onto 'Candids' (Shoot the Moon). Please remember that this was the late 80s so the production values are of that time; DX7s and chorus pedals ruled the day. There's a whiff of Deacon Blue about a lot of this; I was quite taken with the band after seeing them support The Bible in some east London church, and had their debut 'Raintown' on permanently.
This first offering is 'Showboat Sam and the Mystery Man'.
Why, he's the devil and the deep blue sea.
And the mystery man?
Ask my analyst...