Hue and Cry still going strong

Hue and Cry in 1988
Hue and Cry in 1988

LMOST 30 years since they formed, Scottish musical duo Hue and Cry are back on the road.

And their latest tour, which ties in with the release of their studio album ‘Hot Wire’ earlier this year, brings them back to Fife tomorrow night (Friday).

Hue and Cry come to Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Hue and Cry come to Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Brothers Pat and Greg Kane make up the duo, who made their first real impact on the music scene in the late 80s, play Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall.

Vocalist Pat told the Press the brothers are excited to be back on tour.

He explained: “It’s great when you do Scotland.

“We get good audiences so we can afford to take out a big band of seven or eight people and a full horn section.

“It’s not always economical to take out the band, but we can do it in Scotland.

“It’s always great fun and they are a great bunch of guys.”

‘Hot Wire’ is the latest album to be released by the band, whose other hit albums have included ‘Seduced and Abandoned’, ‘Remote’ and ‘Stars Crash Down’, and it’s a piece of work the brothers are proud of.

“We flipped a coin because I wanted to make an emotional ballad record with strings and whistles,” explains Pat.

“Greg wanted to make a hard core funk record.

“There’s not much compromise between those two.

“So we flipped a coin and it fell on the ballad side.

“We were committed to whatever side it was, so we’ve created a hard core funk record.

“It’s down with early 70s funk and the deep roots to it.

“We’re pleased with what we’ve produced.

“We like to think it’s the soundtrack to a Grand Theft Auto video game.

“That’s what it sounds like and we’ve been inspired by that kind of music since we were wee boys.”

With the 30th anniversary of Hue and Cry less than a year away, how does it feel to still be entertaining audiences with their music?

“This is about our 19th album or something,” Pat continues.

“We’ve released a ridiculous amount of records over the last 30 years.

“It’s been good, but what’s nice these days is we try and contact the fans and let them have a bit of a say in what we play.

“The gigs we’ve got coming up, there are platinum passes available which have meet and greets and other things, so we’re not just figures on the stage.

“We like to meet our fans.

“There’s a lot of two or three generations coming along to see us.

“It’s quite funny actually, people who are about the same age as me, late 40s, early 50s, bring along their kids who were inducted into Hue and Cry over the years.

“Sometimes we’ve a part to play in them being born in the first place.

“There’s lots of human stories - births, deaths, marriages, break-ups.

“We’ve been the soundtrack for a quarter of a century of people’s lives.

“I find it really interesting.”

It’s clear from speaking to Pat that he still enjoys the opportunities and work he and Greg are doing.

He says: “It’s nice to have stuck in at it for so long.

“We’re still as strong as we were musically.

“We did this show ‘Hit Me One More Time’ several years ago and it brought us back to the national stage.

“That really kicked it all back off to where it was in the late 80s.

“If people weren’t responding through TV and internet, we wouldn’t be doing it.

“We depend on people listening to and enjoying our music.”

Among the duo’s hit singles were ‘Looking for Linda’ and ‘Labour of Love’.

“She hasn’t turned up,” Pat says in relation to ‘Linda’.

“Various people claimed to be her, but she’s not turned up.

“I’ve got a book full of stories that could make another 10 songs about a woman like her.”

Over the years Hue and Cry have performed alongside some top artists including U2, James Brown, Madonna and Van Morrison to name but a few.

This weekend they will perform with their full band, rather than the ‘stripped’ two piece line up.

Pat continued: “I think the longer we do it [write and perform] the more songs we have and the more we can select from a pool of 250 to 300 songs written from the heart.

“What we do a lot is encourage fans to go to social networks and our website and people suggest stuff from covers, B-sides and minor tracks they’d like to hear us perform.

“Sometimes I’ve not heard them for 20 or 25 years, and it’s quite weird to sing songs written at a certain point in life.

“Anyone who comes on the night, what they will see is a great band.

“We have had this band since the last but one album, so they’ve been with us four or five years now.

“We’re not remotely in a situation where we don’t do old stuff.

“We do a lot people will know from the past, as well as knew tracks and a mix of others depending on what people are looking at and listening to online.”

So what’s next for Hue and Cry following this tour?

“For the next record we’re going to sit and figure out a ballad record.

“With ‘Hot Wire’ we committed to a funk record, I want to commit to writing 12 songs that are just heart beating ballads.”

And after that?

“It’s an interesting question, we’ll see where we are and where the audience is. We’ll keep doing it as long as our musical interest keeps going.

“As long as we want it and for as long as they [the fans] want it.”