i 0 Rank Wanglord at The Mucky
5 Medium-sized name. but as a
} O Crosstalklailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm.Free.
Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50. it’s a hard liie being used as a testing ground tor the doodlings ot the once-bearable Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Bear in mind belore you go that much at the set could be made up at his well-cratied nonsense.
0 The Painted Word at The Fixx. One of Glasgow’s most vaunted bands of ’85 featuring an unusual and effective line-up of a live string section integral to their sound.
Duck. Sin-cere Mr Wangford is a leading exponent of Country Music plus. . .well, Wangfordness. Seeing is believing.
O APB Nitelife. Rose Street Lane North. First ofa regular Wednesday night live music policy.
general rule APB gigs are fairly tedium-inducing. A bit more variety is called for in their set. methinks.
0 Sade Playhouse "1 neatre.
Greenside Place (sold out).
; THURSDAY 7 i
l — ‘
0 The Blue Monkey Experience at Paisley College ofTechnology. Young hopeful pop hand. Worth going for ‘I saw it first‘ value.
0 Deja Vu Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Sade Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £8. £7. £6. She‘s never lived up to the massive hype that’s surrounded her from the start. but it should be quite a mellow evening. so long as they keep the volume down. right boys?
0 Still Thinking Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9.30pm. Free.
0 We Free Kings Wilkie House. Cowgate. Benefit for War on Want. Bill includes a Chinese feminist dance group. sitar player Benbra Rangong. possibly an Afro-Carribean band and /or a Chilean folk group.
; FRIDAY 8
0 Eyeless in Gaza at The Rooftops. Last time I saw them (three years
i ago! Are they still going?) it was
more like Legless at The Bar for most folks. Maybe they have
improved. 5 . Lyjn Rampant at the Venue. Really bad name.huh?
0 Marc Riley and The Creepers at
5 Strutz. Ex-Fall guy (sorry) with his
band. 0 La Paz at the Sinclair Tavern in Kirkcaldy.
1 0 Dr Feelgood Queen Margaret
College. Clerwood Terrace. 8pm. £2. Minus ‘plectrum ofa generation‘
IN TUNE WITH HIS THOUGHTS
: To blow the socks oil those who say that 2
music and politics don't mix comes Gil Scott-Heron (Edinburgh Queen’s Hall on 8 November and Glasgow on 10 November). As the Channel 4 special earlier this year displayed to those who ; didn’t know already, he is lirst and ioremost a political pertormer. His indignation about the corruption of power was captured wittily and articulater on the best-known oi his numbers in this country, ‘B-hiovle', and it's lollow-up, ‘Re-Ron'; ‘Shut ’um Down’ and ‘We Almost Lost Detroit’ conveyed his anger about the unsale nuclear plants endangering whole communities in his home country; and in songs like ‘Angel Dust' he looks into the structure oi the community ltseli, and sees the exploitative place that drugs occupy in the ghetto.
The music may be the vehicle by which his views are expressed, but Gil Scott-Heron rarely makes his point at the expense oi the tune. ‘Johannesburg' Is a storrner at an anthem locked into a steamy iunk groove, while ‘Winter in America’ is suitably moving, the heartielt vocal delivered over a stater heat, while a lone llute winds its moumlul way through the restrained jazzy arrangement. Such is Scott-Heron's reputation in the jazz world that he has
just completed a six-night residency at ‘ 1
the prestigious London club Ronnie Scott's, but ‘The Bottle', an underground dancelloor hit tor a
decade, and the appearance oi
‘e-Movie’ on an NME cassette a couple oi years ago, won him a new, more . rock-orientated,audience.
How does he leel, I wonder, this Black Civil Rights campaigner, about playing in Britain at this time, mere weeks aner Winnie Mandela’s complaint that ‘We have never appointed Margaret Thatcher as our spokesman' and when this country
stands alone in the civilised world over
a subject that he's spent the best years of his Ille attacking? it ain't our iault, Gil. Me, l'm waiting iorthe caii-and-response oi ‘Johannesburg’. Let's tear the root oil this time. (Mab)
THE PAINTED WORD
‘lt was a total bombshell to everyone’ says Jill Maxwell, manager oi The Painted Word, and one at the most controlled and sell-composed young women I’ve met. She, and The Painted Word have just been through a scene at nightmarish proportions. Picture this: standing in your lawyer's oiiice waiting lor the advance cheque to arrive when the champagne already has, the ink drying on one hall ol the signatures on the record company’s contract and then, less than ten minutes later (with, thankiully, the contract still unsigned by the band) a phone call from New York saying that the company no longer exists!
The Painted Word were amongst a handiul ol Glasgow's most vaunted bands, the 1985 list at ‘those most likely to'. Inevitany The Painted Word attracted major record company interest. and alter months oi caretul
consideration on their part piumped tor '
Elektra Records, (the ‘E’ in WEA) — a well-respected American based label. A couple of weeks ago, Elektra Records
(USA) was absorbed into Warner 5 Brothers (their sister company) and
Wilko. but R & B fans should flock like moths to a ﬂame. Unfortunately. students and guests only.
; o The Government Straiton Inn.
Loanhead. Ifyou can‘t get to see the Feelgoods. this could be your best bet. Energetic blues-rock. mixed with brassy ballads. Brass section definitely worth a listen.
0 Hipsway Hoochie Coochie Club. West Tollcross. 10.30pm. From Glasgow. Big pop sound. with two classy (it says here) singles to their
; credit. reﬂecting their love for
f Tamla. Stax and film scores. Also. ; personal appearance by Bronski
‘ Beat. performing or miming their : new single.
o Gil Scott-Heron Queen‘s Hall.
Clerk Street. 9.30pm. £6. £5. (See paneD.
0 King Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £5. £4.50. Glam-rockers without the charisma
é ofGlitter or Ant. Reckon their
fifteen minutes is almost up.
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Elektra UK simply disappeared.
As far as I know, this situation hasn’t happened to any local band beiore, but Jill remains unfazed by these extraordinary events. ’We all sat down lor hall an hour and had a good cry, but straight alter that we headed for the bar! The annoying thing is that some oi the band had given up working because we were just about to sign with a major, so they've lost quite a lot oi wages from that- obviously as soon as we signed everyone would be on wages irom being musicians. Elektra are saying
that they have no responsibility to give
j themiorit.’ : (AndreaMilier)
compensation, so we might have to sue
9 SUNDAY 10 2
0 Go West Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £6. £5. £4.
3 Chart pop. occasionally quite
catchy. like ‘We Close ()ur Eyes‘.
There‘s a lot worse around.
0 Eyeiess in Gaza Hoochie Coochie
Club. West Tollcross. 10.30pm. I Introspective Cherry Red duo with ! backing tapes.
o Hank Wanglord Rosyth Metro. To make up for his non-appearance at Coasters. this extra date has been added. and well worth a visit. I‘d say.
MONDAY '11 i
o Shattered FamilyJailhouse. Calton V
Road. 10.30pm. Free. Their welcome version of ’Suffragette City' brings to a cheery close a monotonous, dirge-like set enlivened a bit by the disturbed-looking leather-jacketed
0 Rank Wanglord and his band at Glasgow University’s QMU. More Wangfordness from the singing cowboy gynaecologist.
0 Avalon Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. Folk-rock.
0 Sanity Clause Jailhouse, Calton Road. 9.30pm. Free.
0 Clannad at The Pavilion. Dippy hippy folk music for dippy hippy folk fans. Nice vocals!
0 CryJailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Haze Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Heart lndustry'I‘op o‘ the Walk. St James Centre. 8pm. Free.
TUESDAY 12 9
Glasgow 0 Rbytbm System in The Fixx.
0 The Cult Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £4.50. £4. Ridiculous band. ugly music. childisth hollow lyrics. Rumoured
to be the beginning ofthe Led i Zeppelin revival. ? O Idle Frets Preservation Hall. ' Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. J The List 1—14 November 25