Archive for January 21st, 2009



I used to bump into Justin and the rest of Del Amitri from time to time over the years; that’s Glasgow for ye.  I have to say though that I do not know them really well, nor have I played with them either, but that is not going to stop me from stating that they are a superb band full of superbly talented and nice guys!

It’s mainly down to the vocals and song writing ability of Justin Currie — here he is in the back room his flat on Byres Road in the West End:

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Isn’t that just sublime? That is just quality. Pure quality.

He did that song in the Abbey Road Session thing for TV — it’s also on Youtube.

Del Amitri songs are so good because they can be played on a battered old acoustic at beer-soaked Hogmanay parties or on hot summer nights by the beach.  People sing along — they are catchy, memorable, and get all mixed up in memories and interwoven into the threads of life.

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Justin is one of those singers that makes people want to sing.  Yeah, sure, he has a terrible reputation (although I have always found him fair and square, personally), and there are always rumours about friction with the other members of the band — but I have to say that I have seen worse, and that it actually adds a chemistry that can (if managed properly)  create wonderful music!