Struggling to know what to make of 2012 as a Hue and Cry fan.
The Hotwire weekend in Glasgow was superb, with the Q&A being particularly enjoyable but the gig in London was a little disappointing for me, something just didn't feel right that night, can't put my finger on it but It wasn't what I expected. I'm sure it was nothing to do with the band though.
There was the pride, should I be proud??!! I'm just a fan after all?... when the guys performed on Jools Holland Radio 2 show and the fantastic contribution to the Titanic broadcast which felt like an historic moment. Then the ecstasy of tuning in to see them live from the Isle of Wight festival. A very emotional moment for me. I have this real unhealthy obsession with Hue and Cry you see!!;-)
I'm not sure, though, that Hotwire lived up to expectations. Only 1 single and video so far concerns me that despite the reviews being universally positive, gig crowds in Scotland being really good and loads of TV and radio, the record perhaps didn't sell as they had hoped. It was, in my view, a magnificently crafted record, full of outstanding performances and it would be a real pity if it disappeared along with albums like "Truth and Love" and "Showtime" never to again see the light of day.
I would have loved to have seen "Little Man" released with Spiersy rapping, or "Hand and Heart" and would have loved to have seen a video for "Carlos.." despite what the song says I suppose we CANT have it all.
We caught the guys in Hamilton and Edinburgh on the last tour and this band kick serious ass! Despite the fact that I hated the Queens Hall and much prefer standing venues for this type of Hue and Cry record, the guys were incredible but again in Edinburgh I sensed something not quite right, end of tour/record blues maybe..or tiredness..probably I read too much into stuff but as I said I feel an emotional attachment to the band and really want to see them get what they deserve. It's kinda like following a football team for me. You dont deviate, you dont change. "Thick n thin" and all that or thin n thinner when you follow the football teams I follow. lol
I also think that despite our friends down south being treated to what seemed like a fantastic "stripped" tour it was a shame they didnt get to hear the band hammering through "Hotwire" the way we did...so far.
So what next...the guys are quiet on here these days and we are too, very little comes out of twitter these days and as usually happens the guys will take a well earned break from Hue and Cry as they have devoted much of the last year to it and other projects/jobs/family stuff has to take priority and rightly so.
I am hopeful they can mark the 25th anniversary of Remote next year somehow and drip feed us a bit on here to keep us going. I hope this band can play together again, because I believe its the finest Hue and Cry band I have seen and I would love them to play Remote, the album, start to finish. I hope they get the chance to do the big ballad album Pat spoke about in interviews and I dearly hope they get the chance to honour Michael Marra by playing Mother Glasgow at the Commonwealth games in 2014. The good news is they were in rehearsals with the band this week so hopefully we will hear some plans soon for the future.
In the meantime I'd like to thank Pat, Greg and the band for another enjoyable ride following them around and for being so nice to me and mine. I wish you both well and hope to be stalking you again in the not too distant future!:-)
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