Jazz. The only trombonist in Scotland and Ian Cumming from Step who aquitted themselves so well last week at the Queen's Hall team up for the evening. 0 Swing 85 The Malt Shovel. Cockburn St. 225 6229. Really good stuff. Watch out for the clarinet. 0 St Stephen Street Stampers Basin St. Haymarket Terr.
0 The Bobby Wishart Quartet The Halt Bar. Woodlands Rd,3321210.
0 Delta Devils Maxies Bistro, W. Nicholson St. 667 0845.
0 West End Jazz Band Basin St. Haymarket Terr.
0 Burton/Coutts/Clarit Metropolitan Bistro. Ruthven Lane. Alternate weeks.
0 Smith/Lyall Quartet De Quinceys. Union St. 3330633. Alternate weeks.
' Charlie McNair's Band Preservation Hall. Victoria St, 226 3816.
0 Louisiana Ragtime Band Basin Si., Haymarket Terr.
0 Burton Nicholson Quintet Blackfriars Pub. Albion St. Favourite haunt ofthe hacks from the newspapers up the road.
0 Melanie Q'Reilly with the Francis Cowan Trio The Kilderkin Brasserie. Constituion St., Leith.
0 Everything ButThe Girl plus The Apartments at Barrowland. EBTG (as the trendy press call them) are the sort of band you either love or hate. If sweet, simplistic pop music is your bag then this is a must.
0 Skeletal Family in Strutz. To dance to The Skeletal Family what you must do is (a) stand completely still (b) move your hips slightly from side to side and (c) tap the heel of your left foot on the ground in time to their dirge-like beat. New hippy spiky gloom. Yuk.
o Rendezvous, Sedation, and Rubicon at Muirhead Public Hail.
0 Block Brothers J ailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Prelab Sprout at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union. The pride of Newcastle again gracing a Glasgow stage. unfortunately for students and friends only. Prefab Sprout, despite their ridiculous name are one of the few British bands keeping alive the pure pop tradition — if you haven‘t already bought it, their second album ‘Steve McQueen’ has to be on this year‘s crucial listening list.
0 The Bangles at Glasgow University’s GUU. American all-girl junk shop jewellery pop.
0 The Untouchables at Strathclyde University. Doesn’t it get annoying when all the good gigs are both on the same night and in universities? Best known for their hit single ‘Free Yourself‘ . The Untouchables skate round kitsch, marry it to ska and come out dancing. Brill!
0 Avalon Jailhouse, Calton Road. 9.30pm. Free.
0 Blues ‘n' Trouble Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. Edinburgh’s finest, and probably doing more live work than just about anyone in the city. A sweaty night guaranteed for all.
0 The Shop Assistants and The Soup Dragons at Splash One. Splash One events are not necessarily just gigs but a way of glimpsing Glasgow’s Creation (Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Pastels) kids at play. Groove along to the Shop Assistants, or the very new Soup Dragons as well as Vic Goddard, early Clash, Sonic Youth etc. on the dance floor. Tickets £2, everyone welcome, open 9.30pm—2am.
0 Eighth Wonder at The Cotton Club in Maestro’s. Fizzy sixties pop — see feature.
0 Supremes with Mary Wilson King’s Theatre, Leven Street. I confess to being fairly ignorant ofThe Supremes’ fortunes and quality control in recent years, but the old Motown recordings with Diana Ross could melt the stoniest heart into quivering ﬂuffy jelly. Backed by a full orchestra, this could be a good one.
0 Harvey and the Waiibangers in ‘Like Men Possessed‘, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street. 8pm. £5 (£4).
0 Jazzateers Hoochie Coochie Club, West Tollcross.
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0 Holy Joes Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Preiab Sprout a Hurrah! Due to fire venue changed to Queen’s Hall. Tickets still valid. £4. The name Steely Dan has occasionally been cast up at Prefab Sprout, and 1 can see the similarity in the Sprout’s
Anera bout of appendicitis, which looked liite endangering the whole tour, Marc Almond is still planning to play Edinburgh Coasters and Glasgow Queen Margaret Union on October 25 and 26 respectively, with his group The Willing Sinners. it looked iora while as though he was washed up, and albums like the harrowing ‘Torment and Toreros’ which could be agonlsing listening even ior his admirers, hardly seemed lilter to win over a whole new audience at teenyboppers alter the syntit boom laded. But now he's paid
well-crafted pseudo-pop songs with their clever little twists and turns. They’ve left me cold so far.
0 REM at The Barrowland Ballroom supported by The Faith Brothers. Two excellent bands on one bill. especially ifyou have a fondness for sixties music be it The Byrds (REM) or the pop thrash ofThe Faith Brothers.
0 Middle Distance at Shadows.
0 Watch With Mother Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Tube Snakes Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Coolnotes at The Holiday Inn having a charity cabaret hosted by Glasgow comic Mr Abie.
0 Blues Brothers Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 lcicieworits Rumours, Lothian Road. Mike Reid’s favourite ‘humping music’. What a combination. Radio 1 pap, supposedly ‘progressive’.
his dues in the wilderness, and having his second wave at success — on his own terms. His new material, as the single ‘Stories olJohnny' showed, is more upbeat- not so much because he's desperate tor a hit, but because he's exercising that lacllity that's lain dormant within him lorthe last couple at years: the knack for a good tune. Oh, yes, and for those who can only remember the disgraceiui vocal overdubs in ‘Where the Heart is’, he can sing in tune now! (Mab)
0 China Crisis at The Barrowland Ballroom. Yawn. Supported by The Escape Club (appropriately enough!)
0 The Coolnotes, Pure Glass, and comedian Ben Gun at Ayr Qdeon.
0 La Paz at Shadows.
o The icicle Worlrs at Rooftops. Liverpudlian band who have never really realised their full potential.
0 Katrina And The Waves at The Barrowland. Forced-smile pop from pub rockers in disguise.
o Ege Barn Yasl at Strutz. An alternative live music experience with the emphasis on BAM as two bald men and one beautiful girl gyrate, howl and do rude things to backing tapes. Very odd.
0 Charge Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Go Ferrit Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9.30pm. Free.
0 Marc Almond and The Willing Sinners Coasters, Tollcross. 10.30pm. £4. (See panel).
The List 18—31 October 21