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band was formed in Glasgow in 1978 by Peter Thomson along with some school friends, although itwas touryears before the present line-up, which consists of Thomson (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Carole Branston (keyboards, vocals) and Charles Kelly (percussion), evolved.
Their first single release was ‘Betrayed’ on their own label in 1982, coming before their signing to Beggars Banquet. The two singles recorded for Beggars, ‘Fire Island’ and ‘Touch’ achieved modest success abroad, the latter reaching number4 on the American Rockpool charts, and selling 34,000 copies in Germany.
Having left Beggars Banquet after fairly typical contractual problems, Secession had a year during which they were unsigned, giving them time to write more commercially orientated songs lorthe major labels. In 1985 they made a rare live appearance — in New York, and recorded with Lew Hahn, the results of which could be heard on their debut single for Siren, ‘Michael’ which was about the character Michael Corleone from the Godfather 11 film.
Glasgow. The most recent album A Human Sound and the live show are both recommended.
0 Rate Kapelle Weavers. Maxwellton Road. Paisley. 9pm. Their debut LP will be released in July on Intape Records — sadly. the last ever lntape release.
0 The Straight Men Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. Residency continues.
0 Taj Mahal Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 3456. Excellent, revered blues artist. See Blues Listings.
0 Deacon Blue The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Deacon Blue sold out their last gig here. and it looks like their well-crafted rocky pop is poised on the edge of massive success. See them while they‘re still playing small venues.
o Sheer Greed, Big Blue World and Avo-8 (‘alton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. 9pm—3am. £1.50.
0 Big George and The Business Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816.121 after 9.30pm. Glasgow‘s celebrated bluesman.
o Wasted Days (to be confirmed), Rolling Stone. Greenside Place. 558 1270. 9.30pm. Free. See Fri 26.
0 Peter Nardini and Dave Anderson STV Gateway Studios. Leith Walk. 7pm. Guests on the Terry Neason Show. See Wed 1 for details.
SATURDAY 4 Glasgow
0 The Heartbeais Fury Murrys. Maxwell Street. 221 651 1. 3pm. A charity event. featuring several
It was a release which they have since regretted: ‘We had been progressing slowly until then,’ Peter said recently, ‘but Michael is the main blackspot in our past.’
They were also unhappy with the production of Lew Hahn, and ended up recording most of their forthcoming album at Planet Studios in Edinburgh: ‘Lew Hahn may have been technically perfect,’ Petersaid, ‘but he wouldn’t listen to anyone and the three songs we did with him were lacking in soul and feeungf
Their last single, ‘The Magician’ was
bands to raise money for the mentally and physically disabled. Details are still sketchy. but there will be several bands. including the Heartbeats. who have a good debut single out just now.
0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Montego Bay. Jamaica Street. 2pm. Free. The big question is will Jamie Barnes get his telegram from the Queen before Phil Collins?
0 Deacon Blue Glasgow School of Art. Renfrew Street. 9pm. Students and friends only.
0 independence Day Celebration Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. We Free Kings. The Radium Cats. Membranes. Iron Brotherhood and Alexander Sisters. 9pm—4am. £1 .50/£2.50. Edinburgh Musicians Collective.
0 My Bloody Valentine, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters and The Vultures Speed 3. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. My Bloody Valentine's greatest asset is their drummer, who is truly the reincarnation of Keith Moon. Unfortunately their songwriting skill is extremely run-of-the-mill compared to some of the other 6os‘/psychedelic/ garage/Monkees revivalist bands.
0 Bald Cormorant Lord Darnley. West Port, 229 4341. 3pm. Free. See Sat27.
0 After Eight Mince Ne’gociants, Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Pleasant and proficient jazz-funk combo.
0 Biueiinger Preservation Hall.
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a near hit in this country, reaching number 91 on the Gallup chart, and making the Radio One ‘A’ play list. They claimed that it was not totally representative of their sound, being more of an attempt to cross over between the dance and pop markets.
As Peter points out: ‘Everything we have released has done progressively
‘ better, although we are not that eager for success in this country.’
Whetherthat continues with their new single, ‘Promise'—anothertrack from the Lew Hahn session, remains to be seen. (John Williamson)
Victoria Street. 226 5641. £1 after 9.30pm. Blues and rock 'n‘ roll.
SUNDAY 5 Glasgow
0 My Bloody Valentine Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. Best known for their stints supporting the Shop Assistants last year. Also had a recent indie hit with ‘Sunny Sundae Smile‘. Edinburgh
0 Lyin’ Rampant plus support Soundcheck Rock Club. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. FM-oricntated hard rock. Album coming out and videos to be seen on Cable TV.‘
0 Tam White and the Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. See Sun 28.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 9.30pm. Free. See Sun28.
MONDAY 6 Edinburgh
0 Driving Sideways Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. Blues/jazz and rock ‘n‘ roll.
0 The Nick Robertson Band Négociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. 0 Belize Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 2263816. 9pm. Free. Heavy rock/metal. 0 Blues ’n’ Trouble The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Edinburgh's best rhythm ‘n‘ blues band. Pick up a copy of LP N0 Minor Keys if you see it.
0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces SW Gateway Studios. Leith Walk. 7pm. Guests on the Terry Neason Show. see Wed 1 for details.
TUESDAY 7 Glasgow 0 Chicane Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. 0 Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 9pm. Free. One of the better residencies in the pubs just now.
0 Double Trouble Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 The Peristaisis Brothers Ne’gociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Swing and skifﬂe.
WEDNESDAY 8 Edinburgh
0 We Free Kings (to be confirmed). LM Club. The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641. Edinburgh‘s thrash folk masters. Fast. furious and brilliant. 0 Billy Jones Canny Man’s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Sun 28.
o The Peristaisis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 5560111. 8.30pm. Swing and skifﬂe.
0 Horse STV Gateway Studios. 7pm. Glasgow pop group are guests on the Terry Neason show. See Wed 1 for details.
THURSDAY 9 Glasgow
0 Filming in Africa Midas. St Vincent Street. 9.30pm. Free. New band. with what must be more or less their first gig. Apparently responsible for a good demo.
0 Lyin’ Rampant Rock City Club. The Warehouse. Dunlop Street. 10.30pm. 1 have often wished that Lyin‘ Rampant would give up. to save me the effort of trying to come up with an original comment to express how bad this band actually is.
0 Frenzy (to be confirmed). The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Psychobilly band. familiar to Klub Foot regulars. o The Cateran LM Club. The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641. Fiery post-punk guitar rock. Recommended.
0 In The Head, Good And Gone and Haddock Is A Very Grey Cat Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. 10pm. Haddock I know nothing about. but the other two bands. both from Edinburgh. have a pretty quirky and individual way of making music. Queer fish.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 9pm. Free. See Sun 28.
0 The Healers Preservation Hall Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. 0 Deacon Blue and Danny Wilson STV Gateway Studios. 7pm. Guests on the Terry Neason Show. Good chance to see these two up-and-coming Scottish pop groups together before they explode nauonaHy.
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