rain rain go away

It's been raining a lot recently and we've been wondering why. We were about to embark on a study in collaboration with Bob Johnson and Sian Lloyd, when we remembered that Fran Healy from the Scottish alternative rock band Travis tried to answer the question back in 1999. 

As a child Fran dreamed of following in his idol Michael Fish's footsteps and becoming a meteorologist, but became disillusioned when Mr Fish famously told everyone that there wasn't a storm on the way in 1987 when in fact there was a really bad one which caused record damage and killed 18 people. So when he joined the band in the early nineties, he set about trying to disprove modern meteorological techniques using the medium of song.

He became convinced that a lie he told to his mum when he was 17 about vomiting in the glove compartment of her beloved Austin Metro was the reason it rained so much. Concerned friends and family pointed out that it rained all the time in Glasgow anyway and that it was time he made peace with himself, but he just couldn't let go of his demons and his fixation with the weather ultimately led to the band's demise.

Nowadays Fran can be found touring the UK not with his guitar, but with his waterproof poncho stall, which he takes to all the major festivals to help revellers have fun without getting wet.