Deacon Blue have recently recorded a new acoustic version of one of their earlier, less successful songs, “Chocolate Girl”. It follows Ricky Ross’ rework of “Your Swaying Arms” last year and comes as the band prepare to hit the road again this Autumn on tour.
“Chocolate Girl” was the fourth and final single to come from their debut album “Raintown”. It was released in July 1988 and made No.43 in the UK after two top 40 hits with “Dignity” and “When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)?”. Deacon Blue finally made the big time only three months after “Chocolate Girl” with “Real Gone Kid” in October 1988.
The band remain very much active and in between solo bouts for Ross, recorded “Riding On The Tide Of Love”, their most recent album, in 2021. Their All The Old 45’s Tour will also take in Australia and New Zealand, moving to other countries in 2024. The album itself, their definitive anthology, is out very soon. The title is taken from a line in “Real Gone Kid”:
And I’ll show you all the photographs
That I ever got took
And I’ll play you old 45’s
That now mean nothing to me
“Chocolate Girl” 1988
“Chocolate Girl” 2023
“All The Old 45’s: The Best Of Deacon Blue” is out on 1st September