SUNDAY 8 Edinburgh

0 Billy Jones Duke Wellington. Duke Street. Leith. 8pm. Free.

MONDAY 9 Edinburgh

0 The Blubbery Hellbellies and Deal Heights Cajun Aces Ross 0an Air Theatre. Princes Street Gardens. 2pm. Free. Deaf Heights. as we all know by now. are Scotland’s premier cajun band and The Blubbery Hellbcllies are the hippest fatties in town and are eclectic with a capital ‘Eh'.”. Be prepared for a bewildering rush ol‘skiffle. rock 'n‘ roll. even haunting folk ballads. Intriguing LP and worth checking out.

0 This Side Up Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

0 AlterEight MinceJailhouse. Calton Road 9.30pm. Free. Enjoyable and proficient jazz-funk group.

0 Bill Huggins Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free. Cé’er'Blues.

TUESDAY 10 Edinburgh

0 Warp Factor 10 Jailhouse. (‘alton Road. 9.30pm. Free. If memory serves. cover versions of soul'pop classics. from The Vandellas to Sting.

0 Fat Sam’s Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

0 The Trick Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free.



0 Astrakhan, The Blind Lemons and


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: An occasion thoughtto be unique will in tact be repeated on 12 June at The

§ Hoochie Coochie Club, that is the

pairing lor only the second time ol two

or Scottish pop‘s most legendary

ligures. Famed Whippet-breeder, boyish extrovert and Associates singer Billy McKenzie will be sharing a stage with Paul Haig, the man who brought Franz Kaika into rock, with his old band

, Josel K (see Listen! tor more 011

raves) and since then has been best known lor his gravity-defying haircut. McKenzie's been enhancing his reputation, though hardly his status




guests to be announced. Ross Open Air Theatre. Princes Street Gardens. 1pm. Free. Astrakhan released a completely duff synth-pop-type single last year. Why are they plaguing us now'.’ Still. it it‘s a nice day for it. at least that'll be something.

0 The Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 9pm. Free. See Wed 4.

0 Rough Charm Jailhouse. Calton Road. 9.30pm. Free.

0 Nightshilt Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free.

THURSDAY 12 Edinburgh

0 Billy McKenzie and Paul Haig Coasters. West 'l‘ollcross. Possibly the event of the week. The ex-Associates singer with the soaring voice and boisterous soul teamed up with the rather more laid-back Haig a couple ofweeks ago in Glasgow as a one-off. but the event proved to be such a success that they‘re doing it again. Should be fairly low-key but fun. Suggest getting tickets early.

0 Idle Frets Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Avail Jailhouse. (‘alton Road. 9.30pm. Free.

0 Tirana Tech Problem ('lowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free.


0 Restless Minds Rooftops. More horrid Rockabilly. Oh well.

Dunlermline 0 Alice House Warehouse. Kirkgatc.

Q'ATE . .

, with his record company, by going his own wayward path, including such

prestige dates as a residency at Ronnie

Scott’s jazz club, while Haig has torthe

past lew years been honing his lunky pop style. Whatever it was that brought the two at them together on the stage of Glasgow's Sugarbeat Club a lew weeks ago might never be known, but the swooping golden vocal chords at

McKenzie combined with Haig’s more

laid-back sell-deprecating style made the gig into quite an occasion. A good

j draw should be expected torthe sheer pose value. so get tickets early. (Mab)


Although the live scene is about to take a lurther dip with the University and college vacations, there should be a flurry of vinyl hitting the shops to make up lor it. The Cateran, whose blisstul buzzsaw pop opened lor The Blood Uncles in The Jailhouse the other week, are in the studio and the result. it it’s anything like as good as the band live, should be on everyone‘s playlist tor months. Also, they’re accompanying The Psychedelic Furs in their brisk hike round the Highlands and Islands . . . lntape, the label that brought us Marc Riley’s Creepers and Terry and Gerry, have signed up Balerno’s luscious pouting Role Kapelle lora single, one at the suggested tracks being ‘These Animals Are Dangaroos‘. Listen! asks, will it be a worthy lollow-up in the bestiary to


“‘Fergus! The Sheepl’”? . . . Altera 5 break ol about live years a new Josel K : single should be appearing this month. ; It‘s the original version at ‘Heaven Sent', one at the singles Paul Haig released when he couldn’t get arrested, let alone a hit . . The Best ol 3 Josei Kshould lollow in July and, it there’s any justice, will go straight to Number One. 0 Scottish reclusives Big Country were broken-hearted recently when they missed the England/Mexico match because they had to attend the f Montreux Music Festival. . . ; apparently Stuart Adamson’s greatest ambition isto play lorScotland . . . 0 in the same here we go here we go i vein, Audrey, lrom Edinburgh band Pop ' Wallpaper has had two tickets to . Mexico stolen . . . ilanyoneleels like i returning them the numberto call is | 031229 0000 no questions asked. 0 Get well soon to Pim, the guitarist in Hipsway. . . Poor Pim was beaten up quite badly last week in London. . . he’s now been released lrom hospital and seems to be doing line. 0 Hipsway, Love And Money and Wet WetWet all apearon a new compilation album lrom Phonogram called The Beat Runs Wild. . . other aritstes included are Tom Verlaine, : Pete Shelley and Topper Headon. The i album comes out 30 May, and 4 June a g promotional bus will be giving out lree , things in Glasgow... f 0 The Painted Word single ; ‘Independence Day' has been put back . in its release. True to lorm, The Word have had terrible luck—thisset-back is because the printing plates torthe sleeve design were damaged on their : waytolreland . .. 0 Everybody wants to be a star. . . l promoter and record label ownerAlan 3 Campbell goes in lront olthe mike tor l his debutsingle ‘Best Freaks‘ which is a potest rant about The Government 3 and it'll be out end at June . .. so there . . . o Murky pasts revealed this week are . . .waitlor it. . .whatdo these

i three hip, credible guys have in common? Alan McGhee, cynical label owner at Creation Records, Jack Reilly, weird lrontman ol Strangers And Brothers and Neil Clark, cool cat guitarist ol The Commotions? They

were all in H20 at one point...



Ege Bam Yasi: ‘Circumstances’. The weirdos who came in lrom the cold. Ege Bam Yasi have ditched a lot or their gimmicky trappings and put out a disc or unashamed commerciality. Lots ol up-to-date thunderbolt crashing, a

Giorgio Moroder synth bassline and an irresistible melody. Just when you think they’re getting a bit overboard on the hi-tech disco trappings, a piece at that gorgeous tune hits you smack in the lace again. Lovely. The Ghost Train: ‘Killing Time/Hope And Glory’ (Kingdom Come). Already getting Colin Sommerville and his listeners pretty excited. a lairly invigorating Clash-style workout. A bit like The Blazing Apostles, which isn‘t too much at a surprise since they're both lrom Kirkcaldy. There‘s a snatch ol ‘Killing Time‘ which surprisingly recalls the Mary Chain‘s ‘Just Like Honey’. Worth a try but not essential. Plague ol Fools: ‘Hearts ol Hearts’ f (Partizan Pestilenti). They‘re going to I hate me torthe over-used comparison,

i. but they invite it. Plague ol Fools sound I"

5 like a more youthlul and more optimistic Killing Joke, said qualities being ones that might (and only might) 5 raise them above the pathetic legions ol doomy ratpacks currently pissing us E allollwiththeirgloomypretentious whines.

BMX Bandits: ‘ElOZ/Sad‘ Dart. twee

; and utterly, utterly brilliant. Not only

backing vocals and even kazoos. ll this

§ doesn‘t bring a sunny smile to your lace i then it's too late—you must already be

i the possessor at a Phillips Compact

' Disc playerand a lull set or Dire Straits

that but overloaded with nursery-rhyme J

CDs. (Mab)