0 Del Amitri Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. From Glasgow. and they‘ve been trying hard for so many years now. Limited success in the States. but still nothing here. Reports oftheir recent demos. though. have been excellent.

0 Future World Moves Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free.

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

0 The Dan Walker Experience Négociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.



0 Pop Will Eat Itselt Rooftops. Sauciehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. A band who have kept the gossip columnists in business this year. although listening to the music is infinitely less interesting then their grebo-isms.

O Apres Ski Jarvey's lnn. Kelso Street. 9pm. Free.


0 Barbara Dickson Playhouse Theatre. (ireenside Place. 557 3590. 8pm. £8. £7. £6. Honestly! Some people only get into these listings by the slimmest ofmargins.

o The New York Piglunkers Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. ()r the New York Pigfunkers. considering the number ofchanges that have occurred. including the departure offrontman Mitch. With two percussionists in addition to the drumkit and an enlarged six-piece brass section. it‘s rumoured the ‘funkers are moving in a more improvised. jazzier direction. They‘ve always been superb live up to now. so I can‘t see that changing. O The Block Brothers Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.

0 Wasted Days Rolling Stone. Greenside Place. 558 1270. 9.30pm. Free. Appearance depends on availability ofvenue.

o The Ambassadors Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. £1 after 9pm. Excellent reggae band. Not to be missed.



0 Carmel Glasgow School of Art. Renfrew Street. 10pm. It has taken a few years for Carmel (the band) to develop a sound and a niche that could be distinctively called their own, but now that they have managed to achieve it. they are certainly worth seeing. The album Everybody '5 Got A Little Soul is out on 2 Nov.

0 10,000 Maniacs Strathclyde University. John Street. 10pm. Responsible for my favourite album of 1987 (so far), In My Tribe, 10,000 Maniacs combine the voice and lyrical intelligence of Natalie Merchant with a glorious guitar sound. provided by Robert Buck brother of REM’s Peter. The only excuse for missing this is going to see Carmel!

0 Then Jericho QMU. University

The Crows have probably sultered more than most lrom the ‘goth’ label that has

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them. It is not the only misconception held about the band, but a recent spate ol touring and a new single ‘Takayama’ should put paid to most of these.

Their lirst two singles were rleased on their own Raven Records, with the debut ‘The Sun Went In’ winning them many friends. So is singer Ross Allison happy with what it has achieved?

‘In some ways yes. But although it sounds arrogant, I think ‘The Sun Went In’ was a pretty classic song, especially when you look at some at the other rubbish in the indie charts. Maybe it was a bit too ballady to show what we were up to, but I still leel that more people should have picked up on it.’

It did earn them some Iavourable responses, and the live show always hinted at more commitment than the records were ever able to capture. The second single ‘Red Man’, released at the start ot this year seemed to have less impact than might be expected.

‘The recording at the song was a bit rushed. It was one or the lirst Crows’ songs but I think the third single is more what we are about.’

are really untalented. We are basically a live act, and we teel that music should get back to that. We have been labelled with all the black and spiky stuff, but we were never into gothic stutt. Our music is just rock and roll.’ And finally, ambitions? ‘I suppose we just want a wider audience,’ says Ross. ‘A good hit and an excellent LP, to be rich and lamous— I suppose just to keep going basically. It might take anotheryear or so, but that doesn’t mattertoo much.’ (John Williamson)

‘Takayama' is on Survival Records, the Crows having signed a two-singles deal: ‘We had quite a law otters lrom record companies alterthe singles came out,’ Ross continues, ‘but we lelt that rather than go with a major we would sign with Survival because they seemed to be the most into the band. After the singles with them we would still consider an album on a major.’

lndie-dom and small sales are not something that the Crows identity strongly with.

‘Hall the indie bands don’t work and

Gardens. 9pm. £3.50. In normal circumstance i would probably have gone to see ifThen Jericho had anything other than pallid Simple Minds‘ rip-offs. a pin-up singer and some right-on political views to offer. Not tonight though . . .

0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise Viva's. Union Street. 1pm.

0 Jamie Barnes and Cochise The Town Tavern. 834 Shettleston Road. 9pm. Free. More fun and games with the man who calls himself ‘the geriatric grinder‘. There is no truth in the rumour that Tutti Frutti was actually based on the real life story of Jamie Barnes and Cochise. No - Jamie achieved more supporting Scheme at the Barrowlands than the Majestics have in thirty years.


0 Suzanne Vega Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1 155. The only thing that puts me off seeing the talented Ms Vega is the audience of BMW-driving yuppies she’s found herself lumbered with. ldon’t think she likes it too much either. Still, if you can concentrate on the stage to the exclusion of all else you may be well-satisfied.

01000 Violins Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. 7.30pm. indie Stalwarts. o The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.

0 Alter Eight Mince Music Box, Victoria Street, 220 1708. £1 after 9pm. See Sun 2.



0 1000 Violins/Bachelor Pad Rooftops, Sauchiehall Street.

10.30pm. Some ofthe better indie sounds circulating just now.

0 This Way Up Fury Murrys. Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Debut Glasgow appearance for ex-Culture Club

RESTAURANT: Tue—Sat (evenings only) Table D‘Héte and a la carte menus BRASSERIE: Seven days: lunchtimes and evenings Wide range ofmeals available


QUEEN’S HALL, EDINBURGH Thursday November 12th at 7.30pm In Concert The Rambling Irishman


With Guests Singing Star ANN BREEN (‘Pal of my Cradle Days’) International TV funnyman CHARLIE DAZE and Scotland’s own BON-ACCORDS

Tickets £5 and £6 from Queen’s Hall Box Office, Clerk Street, Edinburgh. Tel: 031 668 2019

The List 30 Oct - 12 Nov 29