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Let's get one thing straight concerning ' the alleged fascism of Factory Records: I A Certain Ratio, their premierfunk I group, tooktheir name from a Brian I Eno track, unaware of any connection with Hitler's statement concerning Jewish blood. But then misconceptions arlse easily with a group as eclectic and enigmatic as this one. When singer Simon Topping formed the group with PeterTerrel in 1977‘s punk explosion their sound was a primitive thrash, but the inclusion of black funk drummer Donald Johnson into the ranks began the refinement and re-definement of their sound, and their second single, ‘Shack Up' made the American Billboard Disco Chart.
From there, jazz and Brazilian pop influences stretched the ACR sound yet
further. and Simon Topping moved away from singing to concentrate on Latin percussion, later to spend six months in New York studying timbales. As befits a group so reluctant to thrust themselves into the limelight, few record-buyers outside their own circle of fans knew much more about them than the elephantine shorts glimpsed in photos of them taken during this peﬂod.
Nevertheless, A Certain Ratio have released enough attention-grabbing material to merit a Best Of collection, released last year, extracting the best moments from eight years of fluid change. some of which may be heard at Edinburgh Coasters on Wednesday 8 Oct, and Glasgow Queen Margaret Union two days later. (Mab)
be enough to save them from a blustering stagnation? » O The Charge (to be confirmed) ' Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. ' Free. O Headlamps Preservation Hall. ' Victoria Street.
O Stranger Shadows. Bath Street. 9pm. Free.
WEDNESDAY 15 1 Edinburgh
0 The Damned Playhouse Theatre.
Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £5. Well. I 5 guess there's cartoon punks and
cartoon punks. Outlasting all but The Stranglers and Siouxsie and The Banshees. The Damned celebrate their tenth anniversary this year.
Reyiled by serious punks as a joke in the early days. they‘ve become icons
for a new generation of adolescents. . And. to be fair. could any group that
was purely a joke produce a series of singles as compelling and fun as
': ‘New Rose‘. ‘Love Song‘ and ‘Smash
It Up‘. Their second decade will either see them split up soon or mutate into a desirable commodity again. By the way. ‘Curtain Call' wipes the ﬂoor with most I-Iawkwind material.
0 Big Town Playboys Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free. Rhythm 'n' blues.
0 The Charge Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free.
0 The Peristalsls Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 9pm. Free.
i Glasgow = 0 Blues ’n’ Trouble Rooftops. Sauehiehall Street. It‘s hard to knock
them. They are a hard working and
i competent. ifslightly dated. blues 'band.
0 Working Week Glasgow School of Art. Renfrew Street.
9.30pm—23Dam. £3.50. Tfthere was
any justice. this band would be playing at the SECC. Students and
. friends only. but ifyou cannot see ‘ them. buy their LP ('onzpafteros immediately.
0 Human Zoo Daniel Brown‘s. St Vincent Street. 10pm. Free A
' competent and professional.
American inﬂuenced rock band.
0 Tam White and the Dexters
Jailhouse. (Salton Road. 10.30pm. Free. See Thursday I).
O Tirana Clowns. High Street. 9pm.
0 Big Town Playboys Preservation Hall. 9pm. Free. Rhythm ‘n‘ blues. 0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free. 0 Touch of Fever 'I‘op o‘ the Walk. St James Centre. 8pm. Free.
Glasgow 0 Rootsy Tootsy Band Shadows. Bath Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Blues 'n' Trouble Warehouse. Kirkgate. Edinburgh‘s fine R&B exponents back for another gig.
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