The Delgados - No Danger (Kid's Choir) - Digital Single (2000)
Original UK Release Date: 11th September 2000. Entire Single Download With Cover Art - 3 Tracks (256K bit rate; 22.6MB)
Initially inspired by the plight of children populating pediatric wards at the time Alun was in and out of hospital with his new born son Eric, No Danger was in no way the drug anthem that many commentators guessed it was at the time. The line "Come on babies find a vein" tended to throw most radio people a googly and despite our best assertions to the contrary, many people found a childrens' choir singing gaily about perceived heroin abuse a tad distasteful.
The song may have specific references to ill children but generally deals with how the lives of youngsters are shaped, moulded and pre-ordained by the actions of the adults that surround them. With this in mind, we had always hoped to draft in a choir of kids to singalong in the chorus but had basically ran out of time during the album sessions to have the 'definitive' version included on the The Great Eastern. As it turned out, by the time the single came along we had more time to pull the project together and we approached a friend of Alun's who got her nine year old son and some of his friends to come down to the studio and lend their vocal support...
The session started off rather chaotically as we hummed and hawed around these kids trying to get them in the mood for the recording and to lose whatever youthful brio they had brought into the studio with them. It wasn't until the ever-resourceful Camille mason (our resident flautist and full time school teacher) came on the scene that the kids were whipped into shape and delivered the exuberant performance you can hear on this track.
Our only regret with this version was that when we edited it for the radio, the outro was rather brutally cut and faded out way too quickly.
As far as the B-Sides were concerned, they were interesting in that they represented a diametric 'slicing' of the band: Paul and Emma recorded The Choices You've Made while Alun and Stewart wrote and recorded Don't Sleep in one Chem19 session with Andy Millar at the controls.
Pointless piece of trivia: The only artwork that was ever solely put together by Stewart (who generally hates artwork discussions), the cover features Lanarkshire's other national drink: Buckfast Tonic wine. The only CD we've ever done that features monks on the disc...