Soundcheck Rock Club. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Heavy rockfmetal.

o Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 336 3816. £1 after‘)pm. See Saturday 35.

0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 33‘) 4341. 10pm. Free. A few old-fashioned acoustic rock'n‘roll gigs by Ednburgh‘s favourite singer‘songwriter before he takes a break to appear on the revived New Faces.

MONDAY 27 Edinburgh

0 Band Contest The Mission. Victoria Stret. 335 656‘). £1 (50p concs). First heat of the second week of the mammoth competition run jointly by Random Promotions. Sound Control and The Cut. This week is funk soul jazz reggae or whatever falls between those categories. There should be five or six bands on tonight. and there are further heats tomorrow and Wednesday. The winners and runners-up will be supporting Big George and The Business on Saturday. Next weeks beats are for Contemporary Rock.

0 Le Rue The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Territory that should be familiar to Deaf l Ieights Cajun Aces fans. except Le Rue are genuine. in the sense that they really do come from Louisiana. and are known as Queen Ida and The Zydeco Kings when fronted by the semi-legendary singer. which they‘re not tonight. Have fun y'all.

0 Heart And Soul Lord Darnley. West Port. 33‘) 4341. 10pm. Free.

R8; B rock.

0 The Volunteers The Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484.

0 Nick Robertson Band Negociants. Lothian Street. 335 6313. ‘)pm. Free. 0 Indian Summer Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 336 3816. ‘)pm. Free. Another of the Press heavy rock nights.

TUESDAY 28 lasgow

0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces Tron Theatre. Trongate. 553 4367. Keeping up their reputation for hard work this is Deaf l ieights' second appearance in Glasgow in a week. No excuses for missing them now.

0 Bobby Wishart l {alt Bar. Woodlands Road. ‘)pm. Free. Residency for exquisite sax. player. 0 Mariner Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. ‘)pm. Free.


0 Band Contest The Mission. Victoria Street. 335 656‘). £1 (50p). Second heat of the week. See Monday 37.

o The Peristalsis Brothers Negociants. Lothian Street. 335 6313. Fifties' skiffle and swing. as once seen on the departed Tube.

0 Strategy Lord Darnley. West Port. 239 4341. 10pm. Free.

0 Willie Logan The Canny Man’s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.

0 Driving Sideways Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 336 3816. 9pm. Free. Blues/jazz and rock‘n‘roll.


Nico has spent the last twenty years hovering around the lringes of lame without ever breaking through, though her name is legend, thanks to the perennial appeal of the Velvet Underground. Although she only sang with the Velvets on their first LP, in 1967, that clutch of songs (Sunday Morning, Femme Fatale etc) is the work tor which she is best known; and with the Velvets continuing to be a massive influence on new bands her audience is sell-renewing, a new generation of would-be bohemians, eagerto see a living legend, popping up everyiew years.

Nico has released a whole series 01 albums since those days, sometimes with the help of her old collaborator John Cale, sometimes not, and though she still sings old Lou Reed songs occasionally, the chanteuse has tollowed her own path. This can mean lairly demanding listening (who, who was there, can forget a seemingly endless set at the old Nite Club, her

low, cool Teutonic voice accompanied only by her hands at the harmonium?), but like all such figures she attracts incredible devotion one punter on her last Scottish tour tried to prove his by slashing his wrists in front of the stage. On this tourshe is being backed by Eric Random and The Bedlamites, from

Manchester (like her last backing group The Invisible Girls). where the tamed ex-resident at New York's Chelsea Hotel seems to have settled. Herjaunt outside the city takes her to Edinburgh’s Venue on Saturday 25 and géasgow’s Daddy Warbucks on Sunday

to boot.

0 Blues & Trouble Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 10.30an Why atn 1 being so nice to everyone this week‘.’ Blues & Trouble are another very hard working band. so it’s hard to knock them. A new album is currently being recorded at Chipping Norton.

WEDNESDAY 29 Glasgow

0 U2/Hoodoo Gurus S.E.(‘.(‘.. Finnieston. 7.30pm. Sold ()ut. No further comment is required on 133 - you either love them or hate them and 1 hate them (but see Feature). More interesting are the support - Australia‘s finest. The Hoodoo Gurus. Based on tradition ofgarage bands. their most recent album. ‘Blow Your Cool‘ had some great moments.

0 Del Amitri Tron Theatre. Trongate (to be confirmed) 552 4367. Del Amitri's resiliance after being thrown off Chrysalis and undergoing line up changes has been admirable. And they still have some fine songs

0 Nailan Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. ‘)pm. Free.


0 The Alice House and Special Guests The Mission. Victoria Street. 335 656‘). 8.30pm. £3 (£1.50p). The special guests in this case are the winners and runners-up of the

funk soul/"reggae etc heats of the band contst. which have been taking place over the last two evenings.

0 James King and Fun Patrol The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Legendary Glasgow hard man (once upon a time Jimmy Loser. then James King and The Lone Wolves) makes a rare appearance in Edinburgh. Hailed by many as the greatest rock songwriter in Glasgow and a rock‘n‘roll genius to boot. The Fun Patrol’s latest single. The Right To Be Wrong. isn‘t halfbad.

oThe Peristalsis Brothers Boston

Bean Co. St James Centre. 55601 1 1. 8.30pm. Free. See 'l'uesday 38.

0 Billy Jones The Canny Man's. :‘Vlorningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Sunday 36.

0 Ammo Lord Darnley. West Port. 3394341. lllprn. Free.

0 Yes Yes Juliette Fresh. Waterloo Place. 556 383‘). ‘)pm. Free. A new venue. or a revived one. rather. featuring a more upmarket. poppy sort of band. Bands every Wednesday and Thursday.

THURSDAY 30 ' Glasgow

0 Soul Doctor'l‘ron Theatre. Trongate. ‘)pm. Responsible fora fine single ofthe same name. this should be a good gig.

o UZ/Hue and Cry S.E.(‘.(‘.. Finnieston. 7.30pm. Sold ()ut. Comtnendable that the promoters have given this chance to an excellent local band to show their capabilities to such a large audience. Here’s hoping your archetypal chest beating. llag waving [.3 fan is able to appreciate the subtlety of their music.

0 BTrain Blackfriars. Bell Street. 9pm. Free. A piano and guitar duo should be interesting.

0 Scheme McKinlay‘s Place. Shettieston. ‘)pm. Residency continues.


0 Head The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Whimsical pasticth and rude lyrics. brought to us by famous eccentric Gareth Sager (once of the legendary Pop Group and Rip Rig and Panic) and former Cortinas and Clash (the final line-up) guitarist Nick Sheppard. among others. Depending on your tastes and sense of humour. probably worth going along.

0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 33‘) 4341. 10pm. Free. See Sun


0 Los Supremos Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.

0 Lixx Preservation Hall. Victoria Stret. 3363816. ‘)pm. Free. Heavy metal.

0 The Big Wheel Fresh. Waterloo Bar. Waterloo Place. 556 383‘). ‘)pm. Free. Commercial Edinburgh band. ()ne to watch.

FRIDAY 31 Glasgow

0 Head Rooftops. Sauchiehall St. 10.30pm. Having read about them. 1 was sttre 1 was going to hate Head but much as I tried to hate the album. loaded with 3 year old type humour. it did have its moments of eccentricity and wartnth. Not many. but a few! As for the cover version of ‘Me and Mrs .lones' -— the less said the better.

0 His Latest Flame (To Be Confirmed). Tron 'l'heatre. 'l‘rongate. ‘)pm. Now without a record deal. but they had two fine pop singles last year with Go Discs. However. experience suggests that the live performance is not quite of the satne standard.

0 Stranger Witidy’s Bar. Paisley. ‘)pm. Free. The band who proudly proclaim themselves ‘The best rock band in Greenock‘ which is a dubious claim. Stranger may be competent bttt do people really want to hear Genesis all over again‘.’ 0 Straight Men Riverside Tavern. Gorbals. ‘)pm. Free. Residency of course!


0 The Shop Assistants The Venue. Calton Road. 5573073. Doors open 7.30pm. Slirmned down to a three-piece these days. and with mixed reviews. the Shoppies still offer the best in buzzsaw guitar pop. Accept no imitations.

o Wasted Days (To Be Confirmed) Rolling Stone. Greenside Place. 558

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