From 1988 and re-released version from the previous year, a remix from Irish producer, Paul Staveley O’Duffy. (He just polished up the original production from Dave Bascombe) of the toe-tapper “Mary’s Prayer”. The band themselves were a trio of Dundee lads (Brothers Gary and Kit Clarke and Ged Grimes -who went on to do some work with Simple Minds) who were in a previous band “Spencer Tracy” but their were objections so they changed their name to Danny Wilson from a Frank Sinatra movie Meet Danny Wilson (1952). The B-side has a more jazz tinged, blue eyed soul demo track, co-produced by Dundee producer Allan McGlone. This has interesting lyrics and some accordian and superb, confident vocals from Gary Clarke, what a voice! As a bonus you get an excellent cover of Bowie’s “Kooks,” capturing the sentiment of the song brilliantly.
Virgin – VS 934-12
|A||Mary’s Prayer (Paul Staveley O’Duffy Remix)||3:50|
|B1||Monkey’s Shiny Day (Original Demo Version)||5:18|