THEY’LL be singing Happy Birthday at the Liquid Room this week, but not that Happy Birthday, rather the 1981 Top 10 hit for Altered Images when Scotland’s very own pop princess Clare Grogan returns to the Capital with her band.
The summer she left school, Grogan not only landed a role in Bill Forsyth’s award-winning film Gregory’s Girl but also secured a deal for her band with Sony Records.
Altered Images quickly achieved worldwide success, selling millions of records and topping the charts in several countries, including three Top 10 albums and six Top 40 hits in the UK. Voted Best New Group at the NME Awards that same year, they played at The Royal Command Performance and Grogan recently received a Special Recognition Award at the Scottish Music Awards.
A woman of many talents, Grogan, who brings Altered Images to the the Liquid Room on Thursday 20 February, is also an accomplished actor and novelist. Her TV credits include Skins, which she also wrote songs for, Waterloo Road, EastEnders, Doctors, Red Dwarf and Father Ted.
As well as Gregory’s Girl, her film credits include Comfort and Joy, the BAFTA winning drama The Wee Man and most recently Delirium, which is currently doing the film festival circuit. Her debut novel Tallulah and the Teenstars reached No 2 in the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Chart.
Back on the road touring for the first time in 13 years, and playing in the Capital for the first time since storming the Castle where she supported Bananarama, Grogan admits she enjoys misbehaving in between songs, so expect some laughs as she works her way through Eighties’ favourites such as Dead Pop Stars, I Could Be Happy, See Those Eyes, Pinky Blue, Song Sung Blue and Don’t Talk to Me About Love.
A limited number of tickets will be available on the door at the Liquid Room on the night, but book your tickets now if you want to avoid missing out and feeling blue, either the ‘song sung’ or ‘pinky’ variety.