You may not think you’ve heard Win’s music, but it you've got a television it’s been working its
McEwan’s Lager ad, wherein an endless number oi oppressed beings push endless rocks uphill while their masters sup the amber nectar in the lap at luxury. The song was ‘You've Got The Power’, their second single, which, like the first and third, unjustly sank without trace. The release ot a fourth single, ‘Super Popoid Groove' and their first LP entitled ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash Icon)’, will hopelully mark an upward trend in the band’s lortunes.
Formed in 1984, and now signed to London Records, Win comprises Davey Henderson (‘I wouldn’t call it playing guitar‘ and vocals), Russell Burn (keyboards), Emmanuel Shinowa (bass and vocals), Simon Smeeton (guitar and vocals) and Ian Stoddart (drums). It’s no secret, though the band are led up with it being mentioned, that Davey and Russell were members at the Fire Engines, one of the best bands everto emerge in Scotland, making crazy, dissonant but tantastic noises. The Fire Engines last single, 3 whole six years ago, showed the direction that Win would take: glossy, brash, modern dance music, with a punch but also with an ottbeat edge at it. All sounds incredibly commercial to me, so why haven'tthey made it yet?
‘You’ve Got The Power’ didn’t get played on Radio One,’ explains Davey. ‘I think it was a bit too all the wall. They don’t like playing things they don’t understand, anything that’s a bit left-ot-centre they’ve got the power to drop. This censorship's coming into every aspect ot broadcasting all the time.’
0 The Hollies Pavilion Theatre. Renfield Street. 7.30pm. £5. See Edinburgh Sat 4.
o The Creepers Rooftops. 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. I liked last year‘s cover of ‘Baby’s On Fire' — but that is about as far as I can go in recommending this one.
0 Four D’Clock Promise Hooters. ()swald Street. 9pm. Free. A band who claim to be big in Dumbarton andCoatbridge.
0 Special Import Mclnlays Place. Anniek Street. Shettleston. 2pm. Free.
0 Janet Pulls ll 0" Bad Ass Club. 74) Clyde Place. 429 4422. 10.30pm. Start of a series ofgigs at the Bad Ass Club. The band have received Rock on Scotland plays. and one of their songs has ‘inspired a personal film by London director Rebecca Sinker.‘ Worth a visit. ifonly for interest
0 Real Politique Briggs Bar. Kirkintilloch Road. 772 2508. 8pm. Free. Last time I saw them. they
Although they're not explicitly political , Davey once called Win songs ‘sugar-coated agit-pop’, and he still teels that. ‘I like to think they’ve got a bit at an edge to them. Something interesting within the sounds of the words that registers in people’s consciousness. Nice-sounding things that appeal to things buried in your unconsciousness.’
The things buried within themselves have been spread across the cover of ‘Uh! Tears Baby (A Trash lcon)’. Momentoes oi childhood and heroes, many American, many religious, have
were very serious and showed distinct signs ofbeing U2 fans. OK if you like that sort of thing.
0 Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1 after9pm. Another sesson from Edinburgh‘s great bluesy growler. widely bear, but not seen. doing the vocals for BBC‘s Tutti Frtttti .
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341 . 9.30pm. Free. Yes. yet another gig-packed fortnight for local folk-rock singer.'guitarist.
0 Annie Fay and Alan McDowatl Stonewall Cafe. Broughton Street. Country and Western. proceeds going to AIDS research. Bring your own booze. Beans and corned beef hash supplied.
MONDAY 6_ Edinburgh
0 Courtney Pine Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. Strictly a jazz gig. but with a silver album under his belt Britain‘s hippest up-and-coming sax player has sparked a wide interest. See Feature.
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been tormed into a sort oi shrine . . . butto what? It’s momentarily disappointing to discover that a trash icon is actually a computeriunction to dump programmes, but it’s a good pun, as the word trash looms large when Win are around. ‘lt’s very much a 705’ thing, which is where our basic iniluences come from, musically. Very much a nod to the New York Dolls and T Rex, which was considered trashy and disposable, and that’s the kind olthing we're into as well.’
All this and sugar-coated melodies. Where can they go wrong? (Mab)
0 After Eight Mince Preservation I Iall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Accessible poppy jazz-funk.
0 Driving Sideways 'I'he Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Chicane Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. More pub rock. 0 McCormacks Demonstration Shadows. Bath Street. 332 8111. 8pm. Providing a night out for every wishful bedroom musician and many others.
0 Bill Huggins Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free.
0 Double Trouble The Canny Man‘s Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Eat the Peach The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641. 9pm.
WEDNESDAY : Glasgow
0 incredible Blondes (‘otton Club.
Scott Street. 332 0712. 10.30pm. Part ofthe regular ‘Jeans and T-shirt Night‘. For those ofus who do not court hipness. and despise the ethics of501s. but like the Incredible Blondes. this poses an interesting dilemma. In the meantime. un-hip people could do much worse than buy their ‘Where Do I Stand‘ single. 0 A Summer’s Day The Warehouse. Dunlop Street. 10.30pm.
0 Chicane Bowlers. 100Tullis Street. Bridgeton. 9pm. Free. The world tour continues. . .
0 861m Legion'I‘he Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm. Hard-hitting rock trio from the Death Cult/New Model Army end ofthe spectrum. 0 Billy Jones The Canny Man's. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Sun 5.
0 L00 Acka Bop Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 556 ()1 1 1. 9pm. Free. Fifties skiffle and related sounds.
0 Future World Moves The Cavern. Cowgate. 2265641. 9pm.
0 Tearing the Heavens Cardinal Folly. Pitt Street. 10.30pm. Good-ish local band. but judging anyone at a venue like the Cardinal Folly is a bit unfair. Last time I had the misfortune to be there. every male under 30 except me and the band looked like M0 Johnston. Hair bleach and Brylcreme have got a lot to answer for.
o Fouro’Clock Promise Dittos. Dumbarton. 9pm. Free.
0 Rough Justice Shadows. Bath Street. 332 8111.9pm. Free. Another ‘rock‘ band — whatever you take that to mean.
0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces Mucky Duck. Shotts. 20644. 9pm. Re-opening ofthe Mucky Duck. and a welcome return to the Glasgow area for Deaf Heights. who recently made a cameo appearance on The Tube.
0 Heart industry and Famous The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm. The chart-aimed rock sounds ofHeart Industry have just been snapped up by a new independent label (see Listen!). and Famous. the support. is the new name for Red Smithereen. changed to avoid confusion with an American band with a similar name.
0 Bop Sh‘Bam and Dog Breath The Blue Club. The Gilden Balloon. Cowgate. 10.30pm. £2 before 11pm. £2.50 after. Another AIDS research benefit. featuring two additional bands not yet confirmed. Bop Sh'Bam. formed by the ex-guitarist from The Question (remember them'?). did an excellent gig at The Venue the other week and should be watched. NB: Dog Breath is a pseudonym for a funky Edinburgh band seen in the Gardens last year. 0 Bald Cormorant and Misconception Wilkie House. Cowgate. 225 2079. 10.30pm. £1. First in a series of fortnightly gigs from the organisers of last year‘s King Biscuit blues club. 0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West
Port. 22‘) 4341. 9pm. Free. I
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