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Jesse Rae

Jesse Rae
Birth name Philip Rae
Origin Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Funk, dub, pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, composer
Instruments Voice, bass, keyboards
Years active 1978–present
Labels Bold, Columbia, WEA, On-U Sound, Luzuli Music
Associated acts Space Cadets, Strange Parcels

Jesse Rae is a Scottish singer and composer from St Boswells in Scotland.[1]

Singing and songwriting

Jesse Rae's single "Over the Sea", reached number 65 in the UK Singles Chart in 1985.[2][3] The video for the single – which features a kilted, helmeted, claymore-brandishing Rae in both New York City and the Scottish Highlands – won a Vira award.[4] His debut album, entitled The Thistle, was released in 1987 on WEA but failed to chart.

A second studio album, Compression was eventually released in 1996,[5] notable for being recorded via BT's Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) system.

As a songwriter, he is best known for the 1982 Odyssey hit single, "Inside Out".[6][7] Rae's own version being included on The Thistle album.

On 21 October 2010, Rae opened for Adam Ant at The Union Chapel in London, playing a half hour set. Also earlier in the year, The Thistle album saw a digital reissue on Savage Hospitality Records.[8] On 23 May 2011, he was one of the support acts for Adam Ant at the O2 Academy in Glasgow and played two "live music video shows" at Edinburgh's 'Voodoo Lounge' bar.[9]

2012 saw the release of Rae's compilation album, The Best O', on CD with a companion CD release of rare tracks, Funk Warrior - A Collection, released in July. Both are limited editions of 500 copies each.

Rae's 1987 album The Thistle is scheduled for an expanded double CD reissue in late 2013.


In 2007, Rae stood for the Scottish Parliament as an independent in the Scottish Borders electoral constituency of Roxburgh and Berwickshire.[10] He gained 318 votes for a 1.2% share of the vote.[11] He stood again in 2011 as an independent candidate in the expanded seat of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire this time polling 308 votes for a 1.1% share.



  • "D.E.S.I.R.E." / "Skydiver" - (1979 U.S. 12" single / 1981 UK 7" & 12" single)
  • "Rusha" / "Desire" - (1982 12" single)
  • "(It's Just) The Dog In Me" / "Be Yourself" - (1984 12" single)
  • "Over The Sea" / "Party Crackers" (edit) / "Over The Sea" (Instrumental Version)* - (1985 7", 7" picture disc & 12" single*)
  • "Hou-di-ni" (edit / full version*) / "Idio-syn-crazy" - (1987 7" & 12" single*)
  • "That Kind O' Girl" (Scottish Additional Mix*) / "Friend-Ship" - (1987 7" & 12" single*)
  • "Body Blastin" / "Life's A Killer Dog" / "Jacob's Pillow" - (1993 10" single - 1000 copies only)


  • The Thistle - (1987) LP & Cassette - Initial LP copies included free 7" single of "Over The Sea" (Video Soundtrack Mix) / "Party Crackers" (edit)
  • Compression - (1996) CD
  • Greatest Funk Hits - (with the Space Cadets) - (2000) Privately released CD-R
  • Greatest Hits - (2001) Privately released CD-R
  • No Surrender - (2003) Privately released CD-R
  • The Thistle - (2004) CD reissue with bonus DVD
  • The Best O' - (2012) CD - Limited edition of 500 copies.
  • Funk Warrior - A Collection - (2012) CD - Limited edition of 500 copies.


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