Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. First gig from new band featuring members of Hey! Elastica, The Big Dish. Botany 500 and Heart Industry. Impressive pedigree.
o The Shattered Family The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641 . First gig for a while for this Edinburgh band. very theatrical. with swirling guitar and Banshee-type atmosphere. Recently had a track on the local compilation ‘Wide Open‘. Watch out for the stage dancer Mole.
O Sheer Greed Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341 . 10pm. Free.
0 Wasted Days Rolling Stone. Greenside Place. 558 1270. 9.30pm. Appearance depends on availability ofvenue.
O Bo’Weevil Blues Basement. Broughton Street. 556 7147. Rhythm ‘n‘ blues.
0 Blind Budgies on Alcohol Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.
0 TWK Clowns. High Street. 556 1830. 9pm. Free.
SATURDAY 5 Glasgow
0 A Taste of Cindy/T he Lunatic Fringe Boulevard Hotel. Great Western Road. 10pm. Two Clydebank-based bands. and the names (A Taste of Cindy are named after a Jesus And Mary Chain song). suggest that this will be a noisy affair. not recommended for compact disc owners.
0 JanetJumps Bail Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Janet has pulled it offand is now moving in a more country-ish direction. This is reflected in the song. Elvis Cushion. which was used as a tribute to Elvis on Radio Scotland‘s Rock ()n Scotland. Alternative certainly. and more fun than most of the crawling drivel we have been subjected to in the popular press.
0 Anaconda Platini‘s. 115 West Nile Street. 9pm. Free. Never mind. Anaconda. it won‘t be long before you can purchase one of these SuperGran bus tickets. and reduce the cost of travel to your gigs by a considerable amount. Elderly rock music, in case you hadn‘t guessed.
0 Rough Justice St Georges Bar. 316 St Georges Road. 332 7624. 9pm. Free. The name suggests that they might be the kind ofguys that would re-arrange my face ifl said anything nasty about them so why not judge them for yourselves.
0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Vivas. Union Street. 1pm. Afternoon residency.
0 Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. £4 all-day ticket or £1 per band. Featuring Bulb Cormorant. Mr Rhythm. The Charge. Rootsie Tootsie Band and Billy Jones. 01000 Violins and Cat Burgers Speed 3. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Indie faves with new single out. ‘Locked Out ofthe Love In‘. which reputedly rips off both Herman‘s Hermits and The Icicle Works. Cheeky! Local support.
' lternative TV have confounded all and sundry by proving themselves one of the most resilient of the groups that began in the original punk rock explosion. Led by Mark Perry, who left his job as a bank clerk to start the first punk rock tanzine, Snittin' Glue, they became one of the more original and experimental of the new wave of bands, bringing out such classic singles as ‘Love Lies Limp’ and ‘Action Time Vison’.
Right from the start Perry admitted he
didn’t really follow the typical icons of the punk culture. ‘l'm into Zappa and Can and jazz,’ he told Record Mirror in 1977. Accordingly, Perry changed the band’s name to The Good Missionaries and shifted to a more avant-garde jazz
0 Jesus Monroe The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641. Haven‘t heard this West Coast band yet. but their Christ-in-a-Marylin-T-shirt posters hint at ‘controversial‘ content.
0 After Eight Mince Ne’gociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Pleasant and proficient jazz-funk combo.
0 Back Beat Clowns. High Street. 556 1830. 9pm. Free. A daunder‘through some hits of yesteryear with Sean and Paddy.
O Toto and The Bostons Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 2pm. Free.
0 Stealin’ the Blues Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.
SUNDAY 6 Glasgow
0 Deaf Heights Cajun Aces Boulevard Hotel. Duntocher. 377 2381. 9pm. Start of a string of fine gigs at the Boulevard, it is just a shame that it is so hard to get to and from late at night for impoverished journalists that cannot afford the taxi fares. Go if you can — but if not. seek out the Cajun Aces debut album, Les Flammes d’Enfer on Temple Records.
0 Grey La Taniere, Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free. We’ve had bands called Black, White and now here come Grey. The name makes them sound boring, so here‘s hoping the music is better.
0 Total Contrast Tin Pan Alley, 39 Mitchell Street. 10pm. A live p.a. — promoting their new single. ‘Jody‘. which is on London Records. You
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improvisatory style. Altertheir
demise,the restless Perry spent time playing drums for Lemon Kittens (Danielle Dax's first notable group) and The Door and The Window, formed a pop group called The Reflections, and found time to release a solo album.
Alternative TV reformed in 1981, recorded an LP which failed to catch on and then broke up again. Sporadic gigs over the next fouryears culminated in a proper reformation in 1985. The current line-up— playing in Glasgow’s 46 West on Thursday 10 and Edinburgh’s Venue on Friday 11 — is Mark Perry on guitar and vocals, Steve Cannell on bass, Allison Phillips on drums and Clive Giblin on second guitar.
may remember them from the top twenty hit ‘Takes A Little Time'.
0 One Thousand Violins Rooftops. 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. Had an interesting enough track on the recent Indie Top Twenty cassette called ‘Please Don't Sandblast My House‘. but beyond that I don't know too much about them.
0 The Blood Uncles Vicki's. 21 Croft Street. Kilmarnock.
0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free. Popular local singer-songwriter. with LP in the shops.
0 Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Edinburgh‘s premier bluesman leads his top-rank rhythm ’n‘ blues band. plus brass section. through their paces. Fans of Beefheart and Waits should rate the voice.
0 Frozen Ashes The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641.
o Medusa Touch and Debutante Soundcheck Rock Club. The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. Heavy Rock.
MONDAY 7 Edinburgh
0 Big George and The Business and Nasty Nigel The Venue. Calton Road 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. £2 (£1.50). Glasgow‘s current best R&B shouter. plus support.
0 Bo’Weevil Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free. R&B.
0 The Volunteers The Canny Man's. Morningside Road. 447 1484.
0 The Nick Robertson Band Négociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
0 Ransom Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Heavy rock/metal.
TUESDAY 8 Glasgow
0 The Thieves Napoleons. Merrylee Road. 9pm. Free. A good band who are worth seeing: don‘t be put off by their disappointing recent single ‘Talk Your Head ()ff'.
0 G-Spot Tornado Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 10pm. Free. Not quite the holocaust. or sexual volcano. that the name would suggest. Fairly listenable soft rock. I would say.
0 The Peristalsis Brothers Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. 50s‘-style skifer and swing. as once seen on The Tube.
0 Willie Logan The Canny Man's. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Chris Thompson Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free.
WEDNESDAY 9 Edinburgh
0 The Blood Uncles The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Now with their first LP out. on Virgin no less. and I still like 'em. Subtle as a flying mallet. but there's no denying the adrenaline rush of their crashing squall.
o Restless Natives Fresh. Waterloo Bar. Waterloo Place. 556 2839. 9pm. Free. Fairly accessible and commercial.
0 Los Supremos Blues Basement. Broughton Street. 556 7147. Bluesy stuff. not surprisingly.
o The Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 55601 1 1. 8.30pm. Free. See Tue 8.
0 Mr Rhythm Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 10pm. Free. Rock and blues.
0 Hazey Blaze The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641.
THURSDAY , 10 Glasgow
0 Alternative TV (To be confirmed). 46 West. 46 West George Street. 10.30pm. Tour arranged to promote their new single ‘My Baby‘s Laughing‘ (Empty Summers Dream) and forthcoming album Peep Show which should be out in October.
0 Apres Ski Jarvey’s Inn. 45 Kelso Street. 941 2855. 9pm. Free. Residency for aspiring pub rockers. O Zzazz Kilroy Platini‘s. 115 West Nile Street. 9pm. Free. Good ‘rock band' who have emerged from heavy metal territory with some strong songs.
0 Billy Mclsaac Riverside Tavern. Waddell Court. Gorbals. 9pm. Free. Twelve years ago he was top of the charts with ‘Slick‘ - now it‘s pub rock.
0 The Ambassadors The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open
The List 21 Aug— 3 Sept 31