I’m going wiki for the most part today:-
The Suede Crocodiles were a Scottish rock band from Glasgow, active from 1983 until 1985. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Kevin McDermott, the group are best known for their single Stop The Rain. The band was formed in 1982, under their original name, Popgun, with McDermott (vocals, guitar), Davie McCormick (drums), and Ross Drummond (bass/vocals). They were later joined by Roddy Johnson (vocals/guitar).
Stop The Rain, written by McDermott, was released on the No Strings record label and made Single of the Week in both NME and Melody Maker. The band joined Nick Heyward on a UK wide tour, including two sell-out gigs at the Dominion Theatre in London.
Alan Cruickshank later replaced Davie McCormick on drums, but the band split up before releasing their second single, Paint Yourself a Rainbow.
Johnson and Drummond went on to form The Forth Room, and Kevin McDermott went solo.
It actually turned out that, back in the day, the band had made a number of recordings for potential release by No Strings and these eventually were brought together, along with a few live renditions that had been captured, and issued as a vinyl-only 13-track compilation on Accident Records in 2001, with a later CD version being released in Japan in 2010.
Earlier this year, Stop The Rain was given the re-issue treatment by Optic Nerve Recordings, with enough copies shifting in the week of release to see it reach #39 in the Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40. Click here for proof!!!!
mp3: The Suede Crocodiles – Stop The Rain
mp3: The Suede Crocodiles – Pleasant Dreamer
That’s both sides of the single.
3 thoughts on “SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #336: SUEDE CROCODILES”
I scoured so many record shops looking for this single back in the day – even traipsing through to Edinburgh. I never did get my hands on one.
For me, it is regarded as seminal in the development of Scottish pop music.
I’m considering adding “stop the rain” to my 1983 favorites.
I remember this song! Even the lyrics, subtle key shifts and XTC-isms. Can’t remember where or when I could have heard it–JC was it included on any indie comps from back in the day? Excellent song!