Described as weird electric folk — possibly worth looking into.
0 Restless Natives and Rococo Wilkie House. Cowgate. 225 2079. 9pm.
0 Good and Gone The Cavern, Cowgate. 226 5641. 9pm.
FRIDAY 24 Glasgow
0 Roadrunners Shadows. Bath Street. 332 8111.9pm. Free. A blues-inﬂuenced band from Alloa recommended by the legendary 'Big George‘.
0 The Mighty Lemondrops QMU. University Gardens. 339 9784. 9pm. £3.50. Will they have got rid ofthe Bunnymen fixation that ruined their last gig in Glasgow? Support band are the Stars olHeaven.
0 King Kurt Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. £3. More nonsense and juvenile humour from King Kurt. whose songs seem to be about bananas or Zulus. Either that. or they are cover versions.
0 The Straight Men Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. Residency.
o Trident/Real Politique Memorial Hall. Bishopbrigss. 7.15pm.
0 Zero Zero Boulevard Hotel. Great Western Road. Duntocher. 9pm. Easily the best hard rock/a.o.r. band currently working in Glasgow — but the competition is hardly intense. Will probably sing to a major label in the near future.
0 The Go-Betweens Hoochie Coochie Club. West Tolleross. See fawning panel. Support comes from Lowlife. whose new record is really good. No. honest. Brian, I like it!
0 Go Ferrit, The Heaters and Blues Brothers Wilkie House. Cowgate. 225 2079. 9pm. £2. A night of blues-rock from three local bands.
0 Ransom Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free. Hard rock/metal.
o Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1 after9.30pm.
O Bluelinger The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641. 9pm. Rhythm ‘n‘ blues.
0 Wasted Days (To be confirmed). The Rolling Stone. Greenside Place, 558 1270. 9.30pm. All this depends on whether the Stone is booked for a function tonight or not. Check beforehand.
0 Deal Height Cajun Aces The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7pm. Prepare fora good night with Edinburgh‘s excellent purveyors of cazun and zydeco. fresh from their recent Tube appearance.
SATURDAY 25 Glasgow
0 Win QMU . University Gardens. 9pm. £3.50. Promoting their album. which is distinctly patchy. but brilliant in places. Some previous Win live outings have been major disappointments. but hopefully all will go well this time.
o The Go-Betweens Strathclyde UU. John Street. 552 1895. 9pm. £3.50. Potentially a great gig. especially after the ‘Right Here‘ single. which is a candidate for single of the year so far. Their album. ‘Tallulah' is due this month.
ZEKE MANYIKA AND DOCTOR L0
Since his days with Orange Juice, Zeke Manyika has never really been accepted in mainstream pop circles, although his ‘Call and Response’ album from a lew years ago received a great deal ol critical acclaim.
1987 has seen Zeke return to Scotland tor a lew live appearances with a new incarnation of his band, Doctor Love, which now consists ol Zeke (vocals/organ), Caroline Buckley (backing vocals, Gary Butcher (guitar), Aubrey Oaki (bass), Juwon Ontube (keyboards) and Mark Ward (drums).
‘I don’t audition people any more,’ said Zeke, when discussing the recruitment ol the band. ‘I used to get all these guys coming in their pinstripe suits straight from their work in a lawyer’s ollice. It was always a bit soul-destroying telling them I didn’t want them. Now I work a lot by ear- ill
see someone that is good I poach them!
‘Aubrey had been working with Hugh Mazekela,’ he explained, ‘and I heard Caroline sing when l was producing material lor Annie Hogan. Gary was a lan, and very enthusiastic, while Mark used to be our tour manager. At the time, we still had Andy Anderson drumming in the band, who has now gone oil to tourwith Iggy Pop.’
While hardly holding a monopoly on headlines in the last lew years, Zeke has nevertheless, been extremely busy. He has worked with Matt Johnston on The The’s superb ‘lnlected' album, and Paul Weller on a cover version at the Isley Brothers’ ‘Harvest For The World‘. ‘Harvest For The World’ will be the first release on the EDSA (Enemie of South Alrica)
label, a label formed by Zeke mainly
lor releasing his own material, although among the other artists in his plans are Clydebank band The Same Animals, whose single ‘Wait’ should be released later in the year.
‘The collaboration with Paul Weller came about alter I had worked with him on the early Style Council records,’ explained Zeke. ‘lt is planned as a showcase record lor EDSA, in the hope that it will create a bit at interest in the label and whatwe are trying to do. The original version at the song has been re-arranged, and we have written some new parts as well.’
With interest in Alrican music currently running at its highest-ever level, thanks to Paul Simon’s ‘Gracelands’ album and the excellent Bhundu Boys, with whom Zeke has recorded, I asked him what be though of the controversy surrounding Simon’s use at South Alrican musicians.
‘Firstly, you have to say that ‘Gracelands’ is an excellent LP, leaturing super musicians,’ he said. ‘But, I must admit that I am disappointed Paul Simon has not used the chance to speak out against apartheid. He sells records to the middle classes, and they are olten the ones most ignorant ol apartheid, and the situation in South Africa.’
Zeke Manyika has always been able to assimilate a wide variety ol diverse sounds into his music, which turns out to be inventive and relreshing. The fruits ol the EDSA label, which is also working with the Zimbabwean Government in setting up a studio there, are to be looked lorward to. (John Williamson)
0 Harvey and the Wallbangers Tron Theatre. Trongate. 552 4267. See Guest List. 7.30pm. Part oftheir farewell tour.
0 King Kurt Stirling University. 9pm. Their UK tour continues.
0 The Sleeping Heads Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free.
0 Mary Kiani Baby Grand, Elmbank Gardens. 8pm. Free.
0 Trident The Doune. Broomielaw. 9pm. Free.
0 Cruise St Georges Bar. St Georges Road. 9pm. Free. Following the recent Glaswegian obsession with ‘Candy‘ and ’Honey‘ — here is the latest trend: name your band after a nuclear missile system. Trident and Cruise get no points whatsoever for being ’right on‘.
0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces Student Union. Teviot Row. 667 2091. Students and guests only. See Fri 24. 0 Dancing Bears and Political Asylum Mandela Centre. Potter Row. 667 0214. Students and guests only. Political Asylum are the face of anarchy in the 80s, and it hasn't changed much. Dancing Bears have single reviewed in LISTEN.
0 Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm. Formerly known as the Medium Wave band. electric folk with jazz and even heavy rock influences.
0 Billy Jones Pleasancc Theatre. The Pleasance. See Sun 19.
0 General Damage Clowns, High Street. 9pm. Free.
0 The Nosellutes Wilkie House. Cowgate. 225 2079. 9pm. £2 (£1.50 concs). Loud and thrashy band from Birmingham. brought to us by Edinburgh Musicians Collective. who were responsible for a successful gig headlined by We Free Kings in February. Disco by the Bloodthirsty Pig. and support band are Eat Your Hair Cut from Edinburgh.
SUNDAYK 26 Glasgow
0 Body Corporation Mardi Gras, Dunlop Street. 248 7810. 10.30pm. Latest pop hopefuls. with a good singer and lots of Whaml—type brass parts. The hype accompanying their demo claims that they have had record companies offering them £1000 advances. ’Hype‘ and ’claims‘ are the operative works.
0 Julia Please Hooters. Oswald Street. 9pm. Free. More serious contenders in my book. but so far completely ignored by the record companies. About time that changed.
0 Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street.
226 3816. £1 after 9pm. See Sun 19.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley, West Port. 229 4341. 9.30pm. Free. See Sun 19.
MONDAY 27 Edinburgh
0 Win Coasters, West Tollcross. 228 3252. Scotland‘s latest consumer pop sensation promoting their new single and album. But are Gallupfl‘he Beeb hyping them out of the charts? All may be revealed. . .
0 Billy Jones Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. See Sun 19.
0 Driving Sideways The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. Blues/jazz and rock ‘n‘ roll.
TUESDAY 28 Glasgow
0 Chicane Riverside Tavern, Gorbals. 9pm. Free.
0 Julia Please Napoleons. Merrylee Road. 9pm. Free.
0 Duran Duran Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £1 1, £9. First night ofa two-night run. Oh, this is such a perfect excuse to purge my system of all the bitches I‘ve been saving up for the last five years. Considering that most Durannies are in their early to mid-teens, isn't the ticket price a
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