music from the era of Glenn Miller and the big bands. Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 7.30pm. £6.50—£3.50. 0 The Cotton Club Jazz Dance Disco, Scott Street, 332 0712. 10.30pm—3.30am.
0 Swing ’85 Malt Shovel, Cockburn Street, 225 6229.
0 Delta Devils Maxies Bistro, West Nicolson Street, 667 0845. Blues and Swing duo. \
TUESDAY - 10
0 Bobby Wishart Quartet Halt Bar, Woodlands Road. Superb sax stylist.
0 Swing ’85 Malt Shovel, Cockburn Street. High quality acoustic jazz.
0 The West End Jazz Band Basin Street, Haymarket Terrace. Basin Street is the best venue for Trad and New Orleans Jazz.
O Burton/Coutts/Clark Metropolitan Bistro, Ruthven Lane. Alternate weeks.
0 Smith/Lyall Quartet De Quincey’s, Union Street, 333 0633. Alternate weeks. Check for details.
0 Sandy Taylor/Alex Moore Duo and Friends Glasgow Society of Musicians, Berkeley Street, 221
61 12. 8.30pm.
0 Louisiana Ragtime Band Basin Street, Haymarket Terrace. Dixieland music.
0 Sue Robertson Maxies Bistro, West Nicolson Street. Mainstream and Billie Holliday, with Davie on guitar.
0 Charlie McNair’s Band Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. Big noise, big bar.
0 Smith/Lyall Quartet Halt Bar, Woodlands Road.
0 Burton/Nicholson Quintet Blackfriars, Albion Street.
0 Melanie D’Reilly and Francis Cowan Trio The Kilderkin, Constitution Street, Leith. Bass, clarinet, guitar and vocals.
0 Brian Kellogg Trio Royal British Hotel, Princes Street. Polished piano trio.
0 Del Amltrl Rooftops, Sauchiehall Street. Glasgow janeg wunderkind back to haunt us with undecipherable melodies and obscure lyrics.
0 Restless Strutz, above Barrowlands.
O Ring Hitler Maryhill Community Centre. Bing (aka Craig Ferguson) fresh from New York stages (and some construction work while ‘in development’) gracing the Maryhill Community with his own brand of politics, ‘The Scottish Fascist Party’. If you want to know the difference between ‘a good Corrie’ and ‘a mean Corrie’ then this is the place to be. Stand up humour and dreadful guitar playing- lots of laughs.
O The Primevals The Mucky Duck, Shotts. Out of town for the down and in Primevals, still dreaming about the decadent West and churning out cliched rock music.
0 Vengeance Shadows, Bath Street. 0 Dawn Storm The Venue, Sauchiehall Street. This is the name of the band, not a detail of the late licence.
0 A Certain Ratio Hoochie Coochie Club, West Tollcross. 10.30pm. Factory Records favourite funksters have been around for a while now, and show signs of moving away from their gloomy image. For those that like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like, but like iabelmates New Order they’ve got too impressive a back catalogue to be readily dismissed.
0 Elton John Playhouse Theatre. (Sold out — see panel).
0 Heart Industry Clowns, High Street. 8pm. Free.
0 The Hunger Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Lip Machine Moray House Union, Holyrood Road. This looks like a good one. Bobby King, once of the wonderful-beyond-words Scars, fronts an ex-Floy Joy singer, an ex-Delta 5 guitarist and an exploding ensemble which can number 10 or so
on stage at one time. Lip Machine draw on various American dance styles, including occasionally a DJ doing live scratching. Students and guests only.
0 The Venetian: Wee Red Bar, Lauriston Place. 11pm. Free. Students and guests only.
0 Rain Parade Glasgow College of Technology, Much vaunted as part of America’s ‘new Rock’, it’s a shame that this is for students and friends only.
0 Horizon Shadows, Bath Street.
0 Jesse Rae and Chewy Raccoon The Cumbernauld Theatre. The king of Scottish funk whirling his kilt and waggling his seven pound steel helmet again for International Youth Year— what? Yes, this has been International Youth Year although, due to a catalogue of catastrophe we in Glasgow don’t really know all that much about it. Jesse Rae (kilt, helmet etc) is, at the moment ofwriting, in America sorting out the commitments of his band (Jesse’s Allstars including Talking Head‘s Bernie Worrell) and fighting off big name producers. His show is excellent fun and well worth seeing, even just to backing tapes (such a hassle to have an Emrican band when you live in Scotland innit?).
0 Fast Breeder and Charge Jailhouse, Calton Road. Fast Breeder at about 9.30pm, Charge at about 2pm doing their usual Saturday afternoon sessions with various guests. Free.
0 Real Secrets Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
As we all know, the independent charts are just as starved oi inspiration and excitement as the Top 40, in their own way. Nevertheless, every so often a gem comes along that warms the heart, taps the tool and can't be ignored. The Shop Assistants’ ‘Shopping Parade' EP, in its plastic bag oi a sleeve containing several hits at coloured paper with pictures at live dishevelled young people hanging around Waverley Station, was one oi 1985’s better slices oi vinyl, and has deservedly clung to the indie charts tor months now.
Three oi the tracks on the EP take their cue lrom The Buzzcocks, and it’s been so long since bands played with that kind at directness and captured
warmth ratherthan aggression. The record is lull oi simple, seductive chord sequences with little melodic hooks and twists that stay in the head all day.
‘lt's Up To You' is, by contrast, a dreamy love song. David plays a shimmering, echoey guitar part, a xylophone picks out a tune in the background and Alex sings away to herseli, a vocal so eiiortless and carelree that she could be singing it to herseli while hoovering, but she grips the listener in much the same way Tracey Thorn did in her early solo work, when she could still reach the heart with touching simplicity.Catch them at Potter Row, Edinburgh, or wherever you can (Mab).
0 Sean and Paddy Clowns, High Street. 8pm. Free. Elvis and other rock ‘n’ roll covers.
0 Shop Assistants and Role Kapelle Potter Row Union. 8pm. £1 .50 (50p Students) (See panel).
0 Run Rig Queen Margaret College, Clerwood Terrace. The premier Gaelic rock band.
0 Blancmange The Barrowland. Neil and Steve back to torment with more perversity. Even iftheir singles have gone downhill on the sincerity scale since classics like ‘Feel Me’ and ‘God’s Kitchen’ what they are doing now is amusing, ifcynical.
0 A Whole New Jungle Jailhouse, Calton Road. 9.30pm. Free.
0 Robert Cray Band and Blues ‘n' Trouble Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £4, £3.50. Currently being touted as the great black h0pe among blues guitarists, Cray leans further towards the soul end of the spectrum than might be expected. Reviews are mixed. Is he too cheerful to feel the blues? Supporting are the fine, exhilarating Blues ‘n’ Trouble — with a new 3-track single entitled ‘Fine Fine Fine’ out now - and anyone who hasn’t seen them yet is really missing out.
o The Rain Parade Hoochie Coochie Club, West Tollcross. 10.30pm. American new wave psychedelic revival.
MONDAY 2 Glasgow
0 Simply Red The Rooftops, Sauchiehall Street. A Mancunian friend told me that locally they are known as ‘Pimply Red’ but I thought that was unnecessarily cruel. Does Red have the best male soul voice in Britain? Do the band have any good songs that aren’t covers? Find out at Rooftops. I’ll be there.
0 Blancmange Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. (Cancelled).
0 Danger Zone Top 0’ the Walk St James Centre. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Sanity Clause Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.
0 Tube Snakes Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
TUESDAY 3 Glasgow
0 Magnum The Barrowlands. Yes. 0 Snakes oi Shake Fixx (not THE Fixx), Miller Street. Excellent, persevering local act with good current single ‘Southern Cross’.
0 Her First Talkie Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Run ng Barrowlands. Gaelic rockers.
24 The List 29 Nov — 12 Dec