Early in the decade that taste forgot, Fat Franny Duncan is on top of the world. He is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene, controlling and ruling the competition with an iron fist. From birthdays to barn dances, Franny is the man to call. He has even played 'My Boy Lollipop' at a funeral and got away with it. But the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man’s Empire.
Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller have been best mates since primary school. Joey is an idealist; Bobby just wants to get laid and avoid following his brother Gary to the Falklands. A partnership in their new mobile disco venture seems like the best way for Bobby to do both at the same time. With compensation from an accident at work, Bobby’s dad Harry invests in the fledgling business, which Bobby names Heatwave Disco. Ethel, Harry’s wife, had a brief affair with her sister’s husband, Kilmarnock’s Police Chief Superintendant Don McAllister. It was almost twenty years ago but the effect of it is never far from the surface. Harry's marriage to Ethel is coming apart at the seams and the disco has given him something to focus on.
April 1982. Great Britain is at war with Argentina over the Falklands. Gary’s unit are one of the first from Scotland to be despatched to Ascension Island. The smaller war between Fat Franny’s crew and Heatwave escalates. A series of tit-for-tat acts results in Bobby, Joey, their roadie Hamish May and van driver old Jimmy Stevenson being jailed following a brawl at the Conservative Club. Despite this setback, Bobby and Joey’s success continues, as Fat Franny's downfall continues. With his other security and financial interests at stake he takes extreme action to remove the competition from Heatwave as both begin vying for the much sought after residency at local gangster, Mickey ‘Doc’ Martin’s new nightclub; The Metropolis.
Tragic news from the other side of the world brings all of the strands together in a way that no-one could have predicted.
The Last Days of Disco is a eulogy to the beauty and power of the 45rpm vinyl record and the small but significant part it played in a small town Ayrshire community in 1982.
About the author:
David Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964. He is married with two children and has lived in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire for over 30 years. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP.
The Last Days of Disco is his first novel.