Maxwelltown Drive, Paisley. 10. 30pm.
0 The Drifters Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place. 557 2590. 8pm. £6, £5, £4. The living legends who brought us Underthe Boardwalk and Saturday Night At The Movies, to name but two hits recorded by them with the lead vocal ofJohnny Moore, who replaced the great Ben E. King back in ‘64.
o The Dog Faced Hermans, The Book Is On The Table and Death By Milkfloat New Calton Studios, Calton Road, 556 7066. 9pm. £2 (£1.50). See panel
0 Bald Cormorant Lord Darnley, West Port, 2294341. 3pm. Free. See Sat 16.
o Toto and the Bostons and The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street, 226 3816. Toto, in the afternoon, is free. but to see the Tootsies will set you back £1 after 9.30pm.
0 After Eight Mince Négociants, Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Proficient and enjoyable jazz-funk band.
SUNDAY 24 Glasgow
0 Raymond Froggattfi’ he Duffy Brothers Pavilion. Renfield Street. 7.30pm. £4. A dodgy one, ifyou ask me.
o The Primitives Rooftops, Sauchiehall Street. 10.30pm. Returning to Glasgow after a successful gig earlier in the year.
0 Dark Room and the Negatives Boulevard Hotel, Duntocher. 9pm. I‘d hate to think what the music is like if it lives up to the name.
0 Flesh for Lulu Vicky‘s, Kilmarnock. 10.30pm. Their British tour continues . . .
o The Kelvingrove Festival Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. 1pm. Free. Sponsored and supported by Radio Clyde and Metal Hammer magazine. this is the big day out for Glasgow‘s heavy metal bands. The main problem here for music lovers is sorting out the dross from the real dross. In any case the main attractions are Zero Zero — a slick and proficient rock band from (.‘oatbridge: Chou Parrot a legendary and quirky band reformed for the event. Big George and Fraser Spicrs. and La Paz. These all earn pass marks— but for a study in cliched rock. the rest ofthe bill reads well.
0 Fun Patrol Daddy Warbucks, West George Street (to be confirmed). 10.30pm.
0 Tam White and The Oexters Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. See Sun 17.
MONDAY 25 Edinburgh
0 Andy While The Venue, Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7pm. As seen on TV, Ireland‘s latest folk singer-songwriter sensation — or ‘Belfast‘s Bob Dylan‘ as he’s been called.
0 Driving Sideways The Canny Man’s, Morningside Road, 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Mon 18.
O Ransom Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Heavy rock.
0 Nick Robertson Band Négociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
TUESDAY 26 Glasgow
0 Chicane Bowlers, Tullis Street. 9pm. Free. Pub rock residency.
0 We Free Kings/Andy White (to be confirmed) Stirling University, Stirling. 9pm. A good one— ifit goes ahead.
0 Double Trouble The Canny Man‘s, Morningside Road, 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Bat Tarts Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9pm. Free. 0 The Peristalsis Brothers Négociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9pm. Free. See Tue 19.
IWEONESDA 27 . Glasgow
0 Comedy of Errors Bruce Hotel, East Kilbride. 9pm. ‘Progressive rock’ to
use their description. Any comment
from me is superﬂuous.
0 Gaye Bykers On Acid The Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. POSTPONED
o Swamp Trash The Wee Red Bar, College of Art, Lauriston Place, 229 9311. Wish they were American, and fake it brilliantly. Worth seeing.
0 Billy Jones The Canny Man’s, Morningside Road, 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Fri 15.
o The Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co, St James Centre, 556 0111. 9pm. Free. See Tue 19.
0 Celsius Négociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9pm. Loosely improvised music.
0 La Paz Shadows, Bath Street, 332 81 1 1. 9pm. Free. Another ofthe better hard rock bands — also playing Kelvingrove Festival on 24th.
0 Voice of the Beehive Fury Murrys, Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Gig ofthe fortnight probably, if their debut single ‘Just A City‘ is anything to go by. The single, originally on Food Records, has just been released on London — and hopefully will do well.
0 The Relations The Onion Cellar, The Mission, Victoria Street, 225 6569. 9.30pm. £2.50 (£2). lndie band from Perth, they sounded suSpiciously like The Smiths to begin with, but are hopefully finding their own vorce now.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley, West Port, 229 4341. 9pm. Free.
0 Machine Gun Smith Clowns, High Street. 9pm. Free.
0 Hungry years Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9pm. Free. 0 After Eight Mince, Splatch and Restless Natives New Calton Studios, Calton Road, 556 7066. 9pm. £2.50.
o WATCH OUT FOR the debut single from ‘Giasweglan iau singer’ Lucinda Sieger. Entitled ‘Sunset Red’ it is available on the Pure Trash label. Two interesting facts about Ms Sieger: She was once a runner up In an alternative Miss World competition; and she used to sing backing vocals for Love And Money.
0 CONGRATULATIONS (1) to Wet Wet Wet, whose single 'Wishing I Was Lucky’ has finally penetrated the Top Thirty. Pop stardom beckons!
0 CONGRATULATIONS (2) to Daily Record pop writer Billy Sloan, who has beaten all contenders to become the first music ioumaiist to feature in a Bing Hitler sketch. Unfortunately, the comments cannot be reproduced here. 0 CONGRATULATIONS (3) to Chelsea footballer Pat Nevin, who has now been Immortalised on vinyl by Liverpool band, The Tractors. Their single ‘Pat Nevin’s Eyes’ is available on Probe Plus Records-once home to Half Man Half Biscuit. Still on important matters (le football), both the teams who have qualified for the Scottish Cup Final have released suitably dire records. St erren have, surprise surprise, recorded a version of ‘When the Saints Go Marching ln'. Any comment on the Dundee United effort is reserved - suffice It to say that they are an excellent football team.
0 THE EXCELLENT DEACON BLUE release their album Raintown on May 25th. Available on CBS records, It feature eleven tracks including the first single ‘Dlgnity‘. Personal favourites are the title track, ‘Love’s Great Fears’ and ‘Town To Be Btamed'.
o TEENY BOP FEVER hit Glasgow last week with the arrival of Curiosity Killed The Cat (scream). And to accommodate their young audience, the band thoughtfully finished their gig at 9.25pm. This also allowed them plenty of time to get back to their hotel and celebrate their album debuting at number 1 in the albums chart.
0 THE ilEVlN McDERMOTT ORCHESTRA have plans to record a single in the next few weeks. The choice of producer has not yet been finalised, but it will be either Nick Lowe of Hugh Jones. Kevin’s manager, aghast at the cost of the project asks ‘Any good tips for the 3.10pm at Haydock Park?‘ Answers on a self-addressed envelope for that one. 0 ‘WHY WYOMING and why a synagogue?’ Glasgow band Wyoming were enjoying the air of mystery surrounding their stylish assault on London’s music press recently. Good lookers Ewan Duncan (vocals), Ross Campbell —ex-sunset Gun (keyboards), and Hugh ‘Shug’ Brankln - ex-Sugar Sugar (bass) positively shook the chandeliers in the East End Jewish synagogue they'd chosen for their audacious one-off gig. Aided by extraordinary acoustics, a stuffed budgie in a cage, and two hip-swinging
female backers in Spanish panamas and diamante earrings, the band out a dash as they worked up to their best number; the pulsating ‘Outslde Looking In’ was mixed in New York by Michael Baker, and is their debut single on CBS. The group’s almost-as-hlp audience were only too keen to down more bagels and wine for extra dance tracks after that.
Cool to the end, Wyoming say they are keeping a low profile forthe time being, and - in case you wondered — offer no explanation fortheir name . other than it's being Ewan’s nickname at art college.
0 Blood Uncles: Crash (Virgin). All right, it doesn’t sound anything like Motorslug, so scratch that idea, but still, the guiding hand of Jim Foetus/Clint Ruin is definitely in evidence. That’s not to say I don't like it - it’s good 'n’ raunchy in best Blood Uncles style, visceral bassllne, and the way Big John throttles that guitar until it does exactly what he wants it to has had me transfixed at times - but if I’d had a blindfold test I probably would have figured this as an outtake from the last Foetus LP. I’ve heard they wouldn’t take that as a criticism. Well, I hope not, because I want to hearthe rest of the album. And if it’s as good as their first EP they’ll be back on top again.
o The Proclaimers: This Is The Story (Chrysalis). Those who’ve seen the TV ads for the album and taken In only the image of the two well-groomed neatly-dressed twins, singing songs for swinging Scots grannies, one might think, should be in for a surprise when they hear this. For a start, The Proclaimers can really sing, with passion and, that much-misused word, soul. It’s easy to get swept away with their voices, the sweet harmonies, whoops and occasionally roars weaving and dancing around each
other. Bits of this record might even make your granny blush.
Craig and Charlie Reid are fiercely Scottish, but don’t expect either preaching of cloying sentimentality. They're talented enough writers to express their love of their homeland with both humour, as in Joyful Kilmarnock Blues and Throw The ‘R’ Away (‘Some days i stand/On your green and pleasant land/How dare I show my face/When my diction is such a disgrace. ’) and devastating poignancy - Letter From America has already achieved the status of a minor classic.
Folk, country, soul and pop are grist to The Proclaimers’ mill, and this album should both confirm them as major new talents and kill the idea of them as a shaming parochial novelty act stone dead.
40 The List 15 — 28 May