SOME WEIRD STAR
Forget the rest — Iggy Pop was the Godtather 01 Punk, one or the lew characters in rock who deserves the tag 01 ‘living legend‘ and he could whomp most at todays young suckers with one llick at his finely-tuned torso. Yet, despite his pre-eminence in rock music, his career has probably been the most erratic and star-crossed in the business. Fortunes have been piled up by some at those who were inspired by the tirst three Iggy and The Stooges albums (visceral. primal rock 'n’ roll carnage) while rock 'n' roll’s original animal has dwelt in poverty, and in and out at detox clinics. No label has ever released more than three Iggy Pop albums-despite their massive inlluence, sales neverwarranted it— but now it looks like his current contract with A&M could be a prolitable one lor both parties.
‘I need to prove to myself that I can make this transition lrom God’s garbage man,‘ he told the papers last year. He seems to be doing just that. An abstainer lrom all drugs and alcohol for the last three years, lggy has been kept solvent by the loyalty at his old friend David Bowie, who not only rescued him lrom an asylum and produced his comeback solo albums The Idiot and Lust For Lite in the late Seventies, but had a massive worldwide hit with the lggy-penned China Girl and included no less than live at his lyrics on the Tonight LP.
Now, in his lortieth year, being launched anew on the record-buying public, he's in the unprecedented (tor lggy—the royalties trom Siouxsie And
The Banshee's version at his all-time classic The Passengerwere a bonus) position at having now had two hit singles: Cry For Love and Real Wild Child, both from his debut AGM album Blah Blah Blah.
The album has disappointed ardent Pop disciples for its state-ot-the-art
antiseptic rock sound (co-produced by D. Bowie), but this is made up lor by a greater lyrical depth and clarity than lggy’s known toryears.
Iggy Pop presents his current wares at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday 16 June. He’s back—and here to stay. (Mab)
two being 1 leart Industry and Ranacanteen. Checkout the natnes ofthe others. though: Kick. Dyko. Buttonfluff. Juran How High. Egbert Nosh and Scary Fishtank. Have a ball. y'all.
o Pig Bros and Radium Cats Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. 9pm. £2(£1.50). lndie and Peel faves from Birmingham supported by Edinburgh‘s much-loved psychobillies. o The BMX Bandits The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. As Melody Maker remarked last week. what are their imitators going to be like‘.’ Had to suppress a shudder at that one. Still. there tnust be some universal law: for every butch Zodiac Mindwarp there will spring up a Duglas. living his life by The Lady and the Wimp strips. 0 Bald Cormorant Lord Darnley. West Port. 22913-11. 3pm. Free. See Sat 13. 0 After Eight Mince Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. See Sat 13. o Toto And The Bostons and The
‘ Rootsie Tootsie Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. Toto‘s afternoon spot is free. as usual, but the Rootsie Tootsies will cost £1 if you arrive after 9.30pm. 0 Back Beat Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free. Sean and Paddy take a trip down memory lane with some old rock 'n‘ roll numbers.
(SUNDAY 21 Glasgow
0 Jasmine Minks Altered State. 46 West (ieorge Street. Frotn the Creation stable. into the Byrds and Velvets aesthetic. similar area to Primal Scream.
0 We Free Kings Scotland Yard. Scotland Street. with Shop Assistants. and later at (ilenelg Hotel. Learnington Terrace. 22‘) 6481. without.
0 Ransom and Stranger Soundcheck Rock Clttb. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Heavy rock metal. 0 Angie Gold The Amphitheatre. Lothian Road. 226 7670. 10pm. £2.50. Half—price before 11pm.
o Tarn White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1 after‘)pm. See Sttn 11. 0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 22‘) 4341 . 9.30pm. Free.
0 Curtis Maytield and Michelle-Shocked Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 7.30pm. £5 (limited number of concession tickets for £2). A benefit in aid of Artists Against Apartheid. hoping to raise money for a Scottish Office of the Anti-Apartheid movement. Could be the gig ofthe fortnight. lggy
included. Soul legend. hopefully on the verge ofgetting some recognition from British pop-pickers after his dttet with The Blow .‘vlonkeys. and growing name on the New Folk (ouch! ) scene. Michelle was so good last time she played up here that the Venue audience wouldn’t let her leave. This or Glastonbury? What a decision . . .
0 Terry and Gerry The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Farewell tour for the indie scene's answer to Lonnie [)onnegan. who never got the recognition they deserved. Never got any recognition at all. in fact. Shame. (io along and w ave yer hankies.
0 Last Orders Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816.1)pm. Free. Latest in the Press series of heavy rock nights.
0 Driving Sideways The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 1-17 1-18-1. 8.30pm. Free. Blues jazz and rock 'n’ roll.
0 The Nick Robertson Band Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
TUESDAY 23 Glasgow 0 Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour and The Super Etoiles De Dakar SECC. Finniston. Strange how. as (iabriel's music has got less interesting he’s become tnore and more successful.
is he really proud of being able to pack out massive venues on the strength of a couple of tricksy videos‘.’ I reckon Youssou N‘Dour would upstage the headliner. and not just for me either.
0 Chicane Riverside Tavern. (iorbals. 9pm. Free. Residency for hard-working pub band.
0 Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. Free. Residency for excellent jazz saxophonist.
o Nightshilt and John And Boris Third Eye Centre. Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521. 8pm. Five-piece female band performing danceable ‘city sass’. combining Latin. jazz and jazz-funk. John and Boris are a new comedy duo. embracing styles from Mozart to The Beatles. Part of the Stella Alternative Cabaret Week.
0 Political Asylum LM Club. The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5611. Edinburgh‘s very own anarcho-punkers. highly recommended if you‘re into that sort ofthing.
0 Double Trouble The Canny Man's. .‘vlorningside Road. 147 1184. 8.30pm. Free.
0 The Peristalsis Brothers Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Swing and skiffle. 0 After Eight Mince Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816.1)pm. Free. See Sat 13.
.WEDNESDAY 24 Glasgow
0 Terraplane Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. Blow-dried heavy metal AOR with major record deal. 0 Chicane Bowlers. Tullis Street. Bridgeton. 9pm. Free. Residency for hard-working pub band.
0 Pioneer Corps The Venue. Calton Road. 55" 3073. First gig by former members of New Aparttnent and liverest The Hard Way.
0 Ransom LM Club. The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 56-11. Heavy rock.
0 Billy Jones The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 117 148-1. 8.30pm. Free. See Sun 11.
THURSDAY 25 Glasgow
0 La Paz Rock City Club. Dunlop Street. ()ne ofthe better local heavy metal bands.
0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. 9pm. £1 .50. Should be a great. rousing gig. Buy a copy of their LP. Les Flamrnes l)’linfer. and try not to dance.
0 Blues Burglars The Venue. Calton Road. 5573073. Newcastle's counterparts to our Blues ’n' Trouble. it would scent.
O Fool‘s Gold Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 229-1311 . 9pm. Free. See Sun 1-1.
0 Crocodiles In Cream Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.
30 The List 12 — 25 June