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7th November 8pm
TICKETS FROM VENUE AND JUST THE TICKET
guitarist Roy Hay and vocalist John Reid. promoting their debut album.
0 Little Steven Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £6. £5. Springsteen‘s former right-hand axe before he split from the E-street band to form his Disciples OfSoul. Committed to social causes; instrumental in setting up Artists Against Apartheid. Expect straightahead rock ‘n’ roll.
0 Avail and Lothian Soundcheck Rock Club. Venue. Calton Road, 557 3073. 7.30pm. £1.50. Weekly heavy rock/metal club.
0 Peach County Oddfellows. Forrest Road. 220 1816. 8pm. Free.
MONDAY 9 Glasgow
0 Courtney Pine Pavilion Theatre. Renfield Street. 7.30pm. £5. Fine jazz sax player: yuppie night out — take your portable CD player to listen to at the interval.
0 Lloyd Cole and The Commotions Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £7. £6. See panel
0 We Free Kings Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. Welcome gig by the Kings to promote their new ‘Still Standing’ EP. Great live. 0 Strategy Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm.
Free. Crowd-pleasing. well- structured contemporary rock. but leaves the feeling that there‘s hundreds who could do it just as well.
0 The Volunteers Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm.
0 John Lock and The Elements Music Box. Victoria Street, 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.
TUESDAY 10 Glasgow
0 Lloyd Cole and The Commotions Pavilion. Renfield Street. 7.30pm. Announced at the last minute — for reasons best known to themselves. See panel.
0 Slide Fixx Bar. Miller Steet. 9.30pm. Free. Very young band. signed to Phonogram. and hopefully getting rid of some of the derivativeness that marred their early gigs.
0 Roman Ha Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 7.30pm. Strange new name for local group Plague of Fools, who in their former guise evinced quite a Killing Joke fixation. Neither that nor the name have stopped them doing quite well in Europe.
0 The Peristalsis Brothers Négociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. See Sun 1.
0 Willie Logan Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Los Supremos Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free.
0 Ambition Music Box. Victoria Street, 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions are back on the road again, appearing in Edinburgh at the Playhouse on Monday 9 Nov to promote their ‘difficult third LP’, Mainstream, now on the shelves. Lawrence Donegan, Commotions’ bassist, claims to be ‘so pleased with it. It‘s such a great record.‘
The tour and LP follow upheavals in The Commotions’ camp with the departure of their keyboard wizard Blair Cowan who founded the group with Lloyd in 1983, and to whom Mainstream is affectionately dedicated. Poor health on tour spurred his decision to leave, Lawrence says, ‘and now he‘s doing soundtracks for the BBC, who seem really keen on him. He‘s doing themes for quiz shows and things now.‘ Blair‘s place on the tour is to be taken by Dave Cummings and Ken Campbell, two fine session musicians.
The album, Lawrence explains, can be seen as following on from their first LP, Rattlesnakes, ratherthan the disappointing follow-up Easy Pieces, which he pointedly calls ‘the difficult second album’.
‘Easy Pieces‘ sounds rushed, some songs were ill-conceived, ill-finished. It‘s still quite a good record, though. The first album will stand up foryears,
WEDNESDAY 11 Glasgow
0 The Proclaimers Pavilion Theatre. Renfield Street. 7.30pm. See feature. IfCourtney Pine will fill the Pavilion with yuppies. then the Proclaimers will fill it with an altogether different audience. Hard to label them. but thick-rimmed specs. stripey shirts and angst-ridden expressions give it all away. They are worth going to enjoy on their own — so it is a bonus that the band are well worth seeing too. Wouldn‘t ‘Letter From America‘ make a great Christmas No 1?
0 Moving Pictures Fixx. Miller Street. 9.30pm. Free. Worthwhile local band judging by their recent demo.
0 Makossa Oddfellows. Forrest Road. 220 1816. 8pm. Free. Long time no hear. Enjoyable local reggae band.
0 Lou Aka-Bop Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 556 01 1 1. 8.30pm. Free. See Wed 4.
it‘ll always sell, and the new one, Rattlesnakes, is fully conceived.‘ (Lawrence neglects to mention that the selfsame album was also to be found in 0 magazine‘s Top Twenty Bedsit Albums, so what does that make the new one? Never mind.)
Six months were spent making Mainstream, and after an abortive session with Chris (Sex Pistols, Pretenders, Roxy Music) Thomas, the band settled on Ian Stanley, who had spent three years writing worldwide hits lorTears For Fears and now wanted to be a hotshot producer. Tracey Thorn pops up on guest vocals on one track, and Robbie Coltrane and Kate Murphy get a credit for ‘dialogue‘ on ‘Sean Penn Blues‘. ‘We got the dialogue from a scene in the film Double Indemnity,‘ explains Lawrence, ‘and changed a few words to avoid copyright problems, but it‘s still got the feel of the original.‘ It’s unfortunate then that it can barely be heard at all on the finished article. Nevertheless, The Commotions had a good time working with the Big Man of Scottish comedy. ‘He‘s a constant entertainment, always ioklng.‘
Not what you often hear about Lloyd Cole. (Mab)
0 Slife of Life Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.
THURSDAY 12 Glasgow
0 The Christians QMU. University Gardens. 8pm. £3.50. Rescheduled from last month.
0 Yes No People Fury Murrys, Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Another band featured on London Records‘ recent ‘Giant‘ compilation. ‘Yes No People write pop songs, bang things, and make people dance‘. it says here.
0 Billy Mclsaac Riverside Tavern. Waddell Court. 9pm. Free. See last Thursday for case history.
0 The Dan Walker Experience Ne’gociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.
0 Los Supremos Canny Man‘s, Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.
0 Blind Budgies on Alcohol Music Box. Victoria Street, 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free. Rockin‘ blues.
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