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"An odd band to love". Four decades listening to Del Amitri, by me and the band

Just after the pandemic I was lucky enough to interview Justin Currie and Iain Harvie from Del Amitri. They were releasing their first album in almost 20 years. It's title was Fatal Mistakes. What an extraordinary portent that proved to be for me. Just after I produced a documentary for Virgin Radio based on those interviews, I quit radio and will never return. My life turned upside down and my mental health, which had been fragile for years, finally snapped. After I recovered, I decided that the programme deserved better treatment than Virgin had given it, and this is my own version.

Del Amitri are a band that are very special to me, having been with me since 1989 and guided me through some challenging and amazing times. Their songs soundtrack loss, love and my mental struggles.

Someone once said to me they are "an odd band to love", which I found strange and insulting. My connection is personal and special and no one should question that.

In 2024 Justin Currie confirmed he has Parkinson's. This announcement underlines just how fragile everything we have is. This programme is my ode to him and the band that will always have a special place in my heart.


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