'Mad patter': Gerry Cinnamon recalls near brush with the law as he tells the story of Erratic Cinematic

Photos by Anthony Mooeny
Photos by Anthony Mooeny

Gerry Cinnamon has given his fans an insight into the making of his debut album which almost led him to a tense brush with the law.

Following two sell-out performances at Glasgow’s Hampden Park in July that saw him play to crowds of over 100,00 fans, the Castlemilk star took time to reflect on the five years that have passed since Erratic Cinematic was released.

He said: “Mad patter. What a rollercoaster.

“The majority of the album was recorded in my wee flat in the East End, the other half in the studio.

“Every time I tried to record I ended up writing a new one.

"Belter, Diamonds in the Mud, Sun Queen, What Have You Done, Canter, Dark Days, The Bonny and about 50 other songs were all written while I was supposed to be recording the album.

“The album was released on its own with no label or marketing or radio or management or strategy or plans to even do anything other than satisfy all the folk wanting the tunes."

Producing Erratic Cinematic independently helped to create the unique sound and honest lyrics that many have come to love.

However, it also meant some intense labour for the star who had thousands of CDs delivered to his East End home to be “unboxed, unsealed, signed, resealed, packaged and posted” to those who had pre-ordered.

It was while undertaking these gruelling tasks that Cinnamon almost found himself in hot water with the police.

He explained: “Two mornings in a row I slept in and missed the post office and the deadline was slipping.

“Third morning I slept in again and jumped a taxi with a few hours left before closing.

“When I got there the shops were cordoned off by police cars and blue tape.

“Instead of soaking up the clouds with my clobber, I dipped under the police tape where I met a lovely copper screaming and waving a spring baton.

“After almost getting the jail my big daft cardboard bags started filling up with water and I accepted the loss and bailed.

"I was told later it was an armed robbery I was trying to involve myself in with my big daft bags full of wet CDs like a head case.”


After recounting the incident, the 37-year-old has said this is just a “wee snippet” of the backstory to the certified gold album.

He concluded: “The story’s f****** ridiculous.

"I’ll get into the rest of it at another time.

“Cheers to everyone who’s ever bought the records or came to a gig or even a good word.

"I appreciate it all and to be honest when I think about it I struggle to get my head around the numbers.”