which we are promised selections tonight. Sad really.

0 The Beat Poets/James Taylor Duartet Rooftops, Sauchiehall Street. 10.30pm. Well worth investigating this all-instrumental affair. The Beat Poets released an indie single earlier this year on 53rd & 3rd, which is worth tracking down if you don’t already have a copy.

0 River Detectives The Fixx, Miller Street. 9pm. Free. More acoustic work for a band with some fine songs.


0 Trident and Just The Job Soundcheck Rock Club, Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. 7.30pm. £1.50. More long-haired, bedenimmed sounds.

o Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. See Sat 14. o Maurice Traveller Oddfellows, Forrest Road, 220 1816. 8pm. Free. 0 Big Blue World Music Box, Victoria Street, 220 1708. 3pm.

o Vanguard/The Eiliots/Blue Monkey Experience Fury Murrys, Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Another showcase for three talented local bands. Pick of the three are The Blue Monkey Experience, recent List competition winners, and Vanguard, featuring Jack and Charles Reilly, of Strangers And Brothers fame, whose new recordings suggest a less polished, but more energetic approach.


0 Dumpy’s Busty Huts Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. 7.30pm. The original greboes. Probably good reception from Zode Mindwarp and Poppies fans.

0 AYo-B Music Box, Victoria Street, 2201708. 9.30pm. Free. Grown-up kind of power pop.

0 Billy Jones Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Edinburgh’s most popular solo entertainer, playing his way through some acoustic rock ’n’ roll. Record in the shops.

0 The Volunteers Canny Man’s, Morningside Road, 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.

0 The Thunderliowers Lord Darnley, West Port, 229 4341. 10pm. Free.

TUESDAY 24 Glasgow

0 Keeping Up With The Jones Fixx, Miller Street. 9.30pm. Free. Young and talented band, who had a rather fine, undiscovered single called ‘The Sweetest Tears’ out on their own label not so long ago. Shouldn’t be long before the majors have the cheque books out.

0 Horse Fury Murrys, Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Benefit for Anti-Apartheid movement with Horse, who were one of the two bands to justify the existence of the dreadful Terry Neason show on Scottish Television (the other being Deacon Blue). Recommended.


0 Big Blue World Preservation Hall,

Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Commercial rock/pop.

O Bo’Weevll Music Box, Victoria Street, 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free. Rockin’ blues.

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

0 Bon Ton Boulez Lord Damley, West Port, 229 44341. 10pm. Free.


0 Unnatural Acts The Fixx, Miller Street. 9pm. Free. Comedy featuring the highly spoken-of Stu Henderson.


0 No More Censorship Benellt Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Line-up at the moment stands as The Cateren, Dog Faced Hennens, Therapy and the Alexander Sisters. The gig is to raise money for the No More Censorship Defence Fund. See panel.

0 Blues Brothers Music Box, Victoria Street, 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.

0 Los Supremos Blues Basement, Broughton Street, 556 7147. 8.30pm. 0 Loo-Aka-Bop Boston Bean Co, St James Centre, 5560111. 8.30pm. Free. See Wed 18.

o Alter Eight Mince Oddfellows, Forrest Road, 220 1816. 8pm. Free. See Sat 14.

O Gyroset Lord Damley, West Port, 229 4341. 10pm. Free.



0 Chicago Jackmester House Special Fury Murrys, Maxwell Street. 10.30pm. Featuring .l .M. Silk (who had a number one with ‘Jack Your Body’ earlier this year), Farley

J ackmaster Funk (aka Darryl Pandy) a regular in Glasgow nightclubs, and ‘Chicago’s Premier DJ’ Frankie Knuckles. Also featured are Full House, Joe Smooth and Professor Funk. Sounds like good value.

0 Billy Mclsaac Riverside Tavern, Gorbals. 9pm.

0 Straight Men McNee’s Bar, Eglinton Toll. 9pm.


0 Wax Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place, 557 2590. Despite recent chart hits, Wax don’t leave many exciting traces on the memory. 0 Danielle Dax Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. 7.30pm. You’d be quite right in thinking there had to be something odd about someone who was once in a band called Lemon Kittens, and you’d be right. Danielle is a touch weird and, what we call it around here, experimental. I guess this tour means she’s risen to the level of cult status.

0 lex Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Heavy metal.

0 The Detours Music Box, Victoria Street, 2201708. 9.30pm. Free.

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

0 Apex Beat Cassis, Abercromby Place, 557 4744.

o THEY MAY HAVE FELT they were struggling to tilist programmes with live homegrown pop, but BBC Scotland haveretumedtotheiraywlthasecond series oi FSD, recorded this month tor broadcast in late January. it's a more indie-looking collection than the first series and concentrates on only two bands each week. There is a limited number of tree tickets tor each night (oniytwo per head), available only to personal callers to the Dueen Margaret Drive studios.

Tue 17: Lowlife, Blood Uncles; Wed 1e: Hook 'n’ Pull Gang, another band; Fri 20: Soup Dragons, Edwyn Collins; Sat 21: Beat Poets, another band; Tue 24: We Free Kings. Swamp Trash; Wed 25: BMX Bandits, Primal Scream.

The series was originally intended to be screened nationally, but it has slipped back into Scottish-only scheduling. Should be a hot video

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Q i ‘. . .‘ B d: e KEEPA LDDii DDT lor Danielle Dex’s live shows. She’s another oi the struggling cult figures who have somehow managed to make themselves superstars in Japan. “England's anwer to Madonna? shrieked one Japanese newspaper when she toured the East in February. ilot bad tor someone who gained notoriety lor her embryonic perlonnance art in a group called Lemon Kittens with Shock Headed Peter Kari Blake, and now makes albumswlth titles like Jesus Egg That Wepi and inky Bloaters. Her greatest exposure was her acting debut in Hell Jordan’s ‘Company at Wotves', but can these rumours about Danielle being approached for Shanghai Surprise ll be correct?

0 Aztec Camera ‘Love’ WEA: Forget the single. ‘Deep and Wide and Tail’ which - istheweakest track on otter here, and

you are ieit with a superb album. The ballads, ‘iiow Men Are’ and ‘Working in e Goldmine' are perhaps the most conclusive prool that Roddy Frame’s songwriting is in as healthy a state as ever, while ‘Dne and Dne’ (a duet with Carroll Thompson) is possibly the closest thing to an obviously commercial single.

A quick look at the track list ensures that none oi the songs will be letdown by the quality at either the musicianship ol the production: Dan Hartman, Tommy LiPuma, David Frank, Marcus Miller, Michael, Sonny and Gloria Jonzun, and Simple Minds' backing singer, Robin Clerk, to name a law. A reassuring and excellent album. 0 The Bathers ‘iinusual Places to Die' (Gel): Relatively speaking, The Bathers have been one oi the least publicised Glasgow bands, preferring to get on instead with writing quality songs. The debut single, “Fancy Dress', is a good relerence point: the Bathers’ music has a timeless quality with careiuliy structured songs like ‘Take Me Back to The Brooklends’ and ‘isn't She Shining’ -two more possible singles. Highlight ls ‘Latte’s Dream’, where songwriter Chris Thomson imagines a character; ‘born and raised by sugar cane/she plays guitar like Tom Veriaine.’ Can’t be bad, and neither is this album - here’s hoping it gets the attention it deserves.

o The Pretenders: The Singles (WEA): Should be number one on everyone's Christmas list. i’m even prepared to lorget this year's dreadlul Barrowiand gig, when laced with an opening spot ol ‘Stop Your Sobbing', ‘itld’, ‘Brass In Pocket' and “Talk Di The Town’. Perhaps a little surprisingly, the Pretenders' singles have not dropped in quality at the same rate as their albums, and ‘Beck On The Chain Gang', ‘Thin Line Between Love And Hate’ and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong' were all included. i ielt positively ashamed that i had only seven oi the sixteen singles. Brilliant.

0 Bryan Feny: Bate Holre (Virgin): My immediate reaction eiter playing this was to search tor my copy at the Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry Greatest Hits album. That lust exposed this album's weaknesses even more than were already apparent. it sounds like years of work have gone into this record. It sounds perlect. tio doubt the care will work to the advantage oi compact disc owners everywhere - but ii I cannot hear any strong songs (with the possible exception oi ‘The Right Stuil’ and ‘Limbo’) on my lilteen year-old record player, then they are not going to appear by magic on the CD.

i admire Ferry-I even liked most of the last solo album Boys And Girls, but this is one great musical vacuum. Having said that, it still makes comtorteble background listening, and can only get better with more listening. At least, i hope it does.

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