Saturday, October 27, 2012
SATURDAY'S SCOTTISH SINGLE (Part 47)
I actually posted this a few months ago. I'll just repeat what I said at the time- it's a cracking wee pop song with a hint of reggae.
The BRIT was in recognition of his debut LP Maverick A Strike which sold by the barrowload when released in 1997. By the time he got round to releasing a follow-up some three years later, his public had more or less deserted him and he's never troubled the charts since.
Strange fact pop-pickers. Finley Quaye is Scottish. Born in Edinburgh in 1974 to a Scots mother. His dad, who he never knew when he was growing up, was from Ghana and a well-known jazz musician.
mp3 : Finley Quaye - Your Love Gets Sweeter (Abbey Road Version)
mp3 : Finley Quaye - Your Love Gets Sweeter (Album Version)
mp3 : Finley Quaye - Everybody Knows
mp3 : Finley Quaye - Le Saint Des Delinquents
Since I did the original post Back in January, Finley's name has been in a Scottish tabloid, but sadly for the wrong reasons:-
Slap shame Finley Quaye is too skint to pay lawyer's fee
25 August 2012 : Daily Record
REGGAE singer Finley Quaye had his sentence for racially aggravated assault deferred yesterday – to give him time to find money to pay his lawyer.
The former chart star, who is believed to have earned and then lost a fortune from 90s hits such as Sunday Shining, Your Love Gets Sweeter and Even After All, earlier admitted slapping a woman and spitting in her face. He was due to be sentenced yesterday but found himself without a lawyer when David Cairns told Edinburgh Sheriff Court that Quaye hadn’t paid his fee.
Sheriff Fiona Reith asked the 38-year-old singer if he wanted to represent himself. Quaye, who was scruffily dressed in jeans, a green hooded jacket and a blue beanie hat, initially said he would represent himself. But the sheriff told him: “I think it would have been sensible if you had paid his fee. “If you want a lawyer, you have to pay their fee. They have to make a living, you have to pay them.”
Quaye told her he was waiting for a money transfer to come through. Sheriff Reith then agreed to defer sentencing until October 5 so that the singer could find money to pay Mr Cairns and for social work reports to be prepared.
Edinburgh-born Quaye admitted slapping and spitting on Jobely Flores, 36, in an unprovoked and racially aggravated assault in the city’s Leith Walk in October. He grew up not far from where the assault happened.
The singer, who now lives in London, had initially denied the crime, but changed his plea earlier this year.
Quaye won a Mobo award in 1997 and a Brit for Best British Male in 1998. He had two top 20 hits from his debut album, Maverick A Strike, but was later dropped by his record label. In 2010, Quaye was fined £650 for cannabis possession. He was also accused of biting a tour manager at a London gig in 2009 but the charge was dropped after the alleged victim failed to attend court.
There were bizarre scenes after Quaye left court yesterday as giggling lawyers and accused alike appeared to be debating their favourite song by the reggae star.
Outside, fans shook his hand. One shouted: “Finlay, get another album behind you.”
As I said, it's all rather sad.....