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Band’s 31-year wait for LP release

AN INDIE band once on the cusp of fame are to launch their debut album — 31 years after it was recorded.

The Motorcycle Boy’s first hit, Big Rock Candy Mountain, reached No.3 in the indie charts in 1987, was played on Radio 1 and the band appeared on the front cover of NME.

But before the album Scarlet was released by Rough Trade Records in 1988, the band split. Now after a five-year search for the tracks ex-guitarist Michael Kerr is releasing the LP on October 25.

He and former bandmate David Scott, who lives in the US, are sharing the £4,000 cost of 500 CDs and 500 vinyl records. The 55-year-old nurse, of Haddington, East Lothian (pictured), joked the project was a ‘mid-life crisis’, adding: ‘It’s unfortunate the band broke up but I’m glad it’s going to be released.’