We wept like little girls when this came through on the wire. Blue, the most extraordinary pop band of the last thirty years, used to mime on their records. Lee Ryan, you swine, you’ve killed the dream for all of us.
Ryan grew less impressed with his miming former band during the latter months, claiming it all went to pot as the ‘man’ started to take his cut and dream diminished.
"The satisfaction in the job had gone and doing it for the money was too shallow," he admitted.
"The reason I left Blue was that I wasn’t giving it my all or concentrating on it, I believed I should have been giving it 100%".
A solo career is a beacon for those slipping down pop’s stagnant plughole. It’s a reprieve, a second chance to show you alone were the reason for your band’s success, and that one day they’ll be shining your shoes.
Lee Ryan would dismiss such an accusation out of hand. We know this because we know everything. Plus Ryan’s full of week old tripe.
Though this doesn’t make us disbelieve his next statement, it’s too juicy for that, more wonder why he’s chosen now – directly after his single tumbled four positions down in the Top 40 – to tell us.
"We (Blue) lost that thing of singing live. We didn’t do that towards the end and I didn’t want to mime."
Hit after hit for Blue, then blam. It all slows down for a while and they give up.
Sounding just like tweenage friendly Axl Rose, Ryan backs up his shocking revelations with a familiar rock star phrase.
"All of us had lost interest in the music. Without that, the rest was bullshit."
And so it ends.
God’s own disciples on earth (that’s Blue) prepare to leave us on a sour note. Lee ‘system up with the top down‘ Ryan, we wish you nothing but trouble in your new life.
What a sneaky little grass. Antony will be furious.
[story by Chris Laverty]