THE BHUNDU BOYS
The Bhundu Boys arrived lrom Zimbabwe in May oi this year. Already Zimbabwe’s leading pop band, they arrived in Britain wearing camouﬂage gear as theironly overty political statement about the bombings that hit Harare they daythey left.
But then The Bhundu Boys demonstrate the real relationship between pop and politics with the sort of sultry sound that leaves the Redskins sounding like the loghorns they really are. ‘Bhundu’ is the Shona word ‘bush’. ‘The Bush Boys’ were guerilla lighters in the Zimbabwean warol independence. This particlar pop group has taken the name as the symbol ol the struggle oi their youth and devote
o The Wedding Present Daddy Warbucks. West George Street. 10pm. £2 in advance. £2.50 on the door. The Wedding Present, judging by their newly released single ‘This Boy Can Wait‘ on Reception Records. are ‘more fast guitars‘.
0 The Styng-Rites High Dive Club, Buster Brown‘s. Market Street. Greenock‘s slick. lovable psychobillies. Good live. 0 Alter Eight Mince Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free. Enjoyable and proficient jazz-funk group. 0 Bill Huggins Lord Darnley, West Port. 9.30pm. C&W, blues. 0 La Paz Tobe confirmed.
Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
0 The Cateran The Mission, Victoria Street. 9pm. £2. Excitement, vigour, guitars. See Listen! review. 0 The Hook ’n‘ Pull Gang Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. I‘ve been raving about this lot since I saw them supporting Flesh For Lulu , a while back. Basic, simple and , thunderoust good. The female ‘ singer/drummer has a gutsy, soulful , voice that could melt icebergs and ’ mend hearts. Ask them to play ‘The 2i Revenge of Al Green‘ and then nip g tip to The Mission for another of Edinburgh‘s better bands. 0 Liza Scott Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free. Pop and country-rock covers. 0 Stealin' The Blues Lord Darnley, West Port. 9.30pm. Free.
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themselves and theirmusicto two
Firstly, to entertain — the style they play is a traditional Zimbabwean dance music called ‘Jit' — and secondly, to iniorm, by using stories, legends and proverbs irom their culture. Both musically and lyrically they are optimistic, and although it is ditiicult tor we Scots to understand the words, when they appeared as part ol Glasgow’s Maylest the audience were on their seats and dancing tor the whole two-hour set. Another opportunityto see this wonderiul band beiore they return to Airica in the autumn is not to be missed. Catch them at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh Sat 26 July.
0 7th Avenue Tuesdays Gay Club, Coasters. 10.30pm.
0 Jack Bruce Warehouse, Kirkgate.
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0 West Side Blues Lord Darnley, West Port. 9.30pm. Free.
' O Klam Jailhouse, Calton Road.
10.30pm. Free. 0 Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean
Co, StJames Centre. 9pm. Free.
0 Giant Fixx, Miller Street. 10pm. Free. Acclaimed local band,
E who have recorded one excellent
demo. Check them out. mil— Edinburgh
0 Red Jailhouse, Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free. ‘White Trash‘ reggae, have supported Aswad, Black Roots, Gladiators.
O BillyJones Lord Darnley, West Port. 9.30pm. Free. Pop/folk.
0 Ttluana Tech Problem Clowns, High Street. 9.30pm. Free.
0 UBTop 0’ the Walk, St James Centre. 8pm. Free.
0 Ir Rhythm To be confirmed. Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.
0 The Dalntees Daddy Warbucks, West George Street. 10pm. £3 on door, £3.50 in advance. Acoustic coffee-bar jazz apparently.
O iieart Industry Warehouse, Kirkgate. See Fri 1.
The Daterans: ‘Littte oircles’ (DDT). tied FGD been scheduled last a couple at mitts laterthan itwaswe could have had the pleasure oi seeing The Gahian charging their way into our living rooms. As it is, this new mini-LP and a iew live appearances (Tue 5 Aug aiThe Mission and a torthcoming appearance at The Jailhouse on Tuesday 19, both Edinburgh) will do very nicely ior now. Formed in iavernessiwoyearsagoandnowbased indie capital, theirs is a load, test and iurious sound, instantiy accessible to levers oi guitar-based hard pop, particularly that at the late 10s. The Barnenes and iiusuer Du are cited by be band as being strong influences, eadiothatithiauicanbearsomeoiuie apuuoiThe Rezitioe added in, saving la mixture irom any steeplness. ’Ietting Out The Truth’ is a great epeaer, the twin guitars oi Murdo McLeod and Cameron Fraser meshing tab a chime that’s equally at home in ’07, ’17 or ’87, and horn there on In the pace doesn’t ilag at any point, butit’s en stage that The Gateran (Gaelic tor ‘ihe hooligans’) excel. ’We go bananas hour the word go,’ says slnger Sandy, and they certainly don’t haag about. Sixteen songs in 35 mins aad then oil again, but it would be churtlsh to bring uptbe question oivalue tor money with an energy level his high and songs this accessible. They’re quite right to insist, ‘We can do in one, two minutes whatoiher people stretch outtoiour.’ They’re going to be huge. Believe
As iorthe other new releases i’ve heard in the last tortnlght, most oi the artists involved seemingly wish they were either living in a drugged haze in some ioreign iield that is iorever Woodstock or ilving down a New York street throbbing with the sound oi hip-hop. The Botany 500’s debut single ’Bully Beei’ (Supreme) is as good as anyone could expect a meeting at ‘Speaklng-in-Tongues’-era Talking Heads and ‘Texas Fever' Orange Juice to be. Brisk, capable and summary with one at the year’s outstanding string-laden ballads on the tlipside. The basic tracks at The Beat Freak’s ‘The National Anthem’ (also
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Supereme) were actually recorded in
arc, and although, with the city’s street scene always staying one step ‘ . ahead oi the imitators, it sounds dated already, the record should pack a tow dancetioors. As British protest raps go _ this is no ‘Fasclst Groove Thang’, but it the message is pounded home otten enough it’ll get through eventually.
At this point it’s worth mentioning it-Tel’s ’Rap it Dp’, a collection at raps , greatest hits, hour the Sugarhiil Gang’s groundbreaking 1979 hit ’Rapper’s Delight‘ to Whistle’s anarchic iragmented ‘Just Buggin"‘irom earlier this year, taking in Airlka Bambaata, Run DMc, Kurtis Blow andothers, including oi course Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. From a label that was once the most reviled in the country this is the pertect introduction to anyone with the slightest Interest In one oi the most dynamic terms at pop music today. The purists will scream at the inclusion oi The concept's ‘Mr DJ”, but who cares? That was a great single too. . 0 ’You Bet We’ve Got Something Against You’ screams the title at a new, beautiiuily (7) packaged compilation by Gathexis Recording at what the avant-garde pop kids are listening to . these days. And it‘s not Brian Eno. including such acts as Sonic Youth, Mark Stewart’s Mattie and Edinburgh’s Fini Tribe, its’s hard to tell lithe participants are ticking away the countdown to the apocalypse or lurching outirom its wreckage, but it’s unsettling, impliciuy violent music all the same. For those who like this sort oi thing - and i’m always open to persuasion - it’s an impressive collection. The Dave Howard Singers’ madcap ‘I Am A Bunny’, depending on your point oi view either relieves the oppressive mood or destroys it, in that it’s clearly meant to be enjoyed. But even lnthis moment at iiippancy, the bunny is harrassed by a religion salesman and has no hesitation or regrets in dealing with the problem in the only way open to him. This whole . project, title included, stands as a . vindication oi paranoia. And take note, young men with your long hair and Rickenbackers, THAT’S how i know the 60s are back. (Mab
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