sidemen any more. but buildingon the reputation they made with him for beinga fine. solid Res B band.

I Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 22‘) 4341. 10pm. Free. Acoustic rock 'n' roll from popular singer-songwriter.

I The Brothers Preservation Hall. Victoria

Street. £1 after9pm.

I After Eight Mince ()ddfellows. Forrest Road. 8.30pm. Free. Jazz-funk.

I Live band Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9pm. Free.

I Live band Cavern. Cow gate. 226 5641.

MONDAY 21 Edinburgh

I Aswad ()ueen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 3456. 7.30pm. £6. Definitely one for the diary. Since Steel Pulse softened up with their ambiguous denial of Babylon. Brinsley Forde and crew have consolidated their position as the foremost British reggae band after thirteen yearsof recording and touring. Now reduced to a nucleus of Forde. 'I‘ony (iad and the great Drummie Zeb. they are augmented on this totir. promoting their new album. “Distant Thunder‘. by seven other musicians. Should be a good night.

I Spacemen 3 Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Trippy indie psychedelia. on the verge of some kind of underground

I Ammo Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free.

I The Illusion MUsic Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.

I Live band Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9pm. Free.

TUESDAY 22 Glasgow

I Heaven Sent Fixx. 86 Miller Street. 10pm. Free. Heaven Sent are one ofthose bands who crop up everywhere when you are least expecting them. Last saw them supporting 1 inc and Cry at the Pavilion. and 1 still think that ‘Bad Times‘ isa completely wonderful song. Not sosurc about the rest of them. though

I And Now The World De ()uinccys. chfield Street. 9pm. Free. A band getting about a bit.

I The Crows (‘otton Club. 5 Scott Street. 3320712. 10.30pm. Promotinga new single. "The Love You Run‘. and with a publishing deal and film theme already to their credit. at major record deal must be a distinct possibility.

I This Is It Bar Luxembourg. Pitt Street. I Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Long-standing residency.


I Pere Ubu and The Mekons Venue. (.‘alton Road. 557 3073. See panel and Mekons LP review.

I Ted Nugent Playhouse Theatre. (ireenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £7.50. £6.50. The Motor City Madman - he hunts his own meat! Wears a loincloth! ()nce menaced Truman Capote! And plays guitar a bit too.

I The B-Movies Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.

I The Charge Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Hard rock.

I Alter Dark Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 10pm. Free.

I Live band Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.

WEDNESDAY 23 Glasgow

I Julia Please Fixx. 86 Miller Street. 10pm. Free. One of my favourite local bands. Julia Please have good songs sung by a good singer. and if that was all record companies cared about they would have been signed a long time ago. The most recent demo shows a marked advance.

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smattering of gigs to coincide with the release oftheir tourth single ‘The Love You Bun', a re-recording ofthe B-side of their last-but-one single, ‘Red Man‘. “The Love You Run’, as well as being the theme tune for a Channel Four film, is also their last single for the Survival label. The Crows are now searching for a major deal to get an LP under their belts, and have their eyes fixed on the States, where their heads-down hard-rocking would no doubt appeal to a wide audience. Their previous singles have already been played on American college radio, and the band are scorntul oi the industry‘s theory that they need to get a high profile in Britain first.

Determination and dedication has been a hallmark of the band since their previous incarnation, First Priority, collapsed under record company pressure and the band's naivete. Says singer Ross: ‘I think everybody in this band knows we're worth it. We write all-right songs and come up with a good song now and again. The stage act can be together, and good and live. So it's just a case of doing it, 'cause you know something's gonna happen. But a lot of it is to do with luck.’

1210. 9pm. Free.


I The Temptations Playhouse 'I‘heoire. (ireenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £8.50.£7.50. £6.50. ln anearlier incarnation one of Motoys its finest groups and therefore one of the best groupsin the world with the stellar talents of Ruffin and Kendricks. All this. and they invented psychedelic soul too.

ITender Storm Musie Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.

I BluefingerCalton Studios. Calton Road.

5567066. 8pm-3am. £2 (£1.50l'1‘ickets from Calton Studios and Backbeat.

I Gyroset Lord Darnley. west Port. 239 4341. 10pm. Free.

I Thrash/speed metal night \‘enue. ( 'alton Road. 557 3073. No bands booked as yet. but a new club to cater for the growing breed of Anthrax. Kreator and their like, I Live band Ne’gociants. I.othian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.

I Live band Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641.



Guitarist Donald takes up the thread. ‘It‘s attitude. Most bands from here

don‘t have the right attitude. They’re

doing gigs that they don’t take seriously at all, to try and make them betterthan the last one.‘

Ross: ‘But if they’ve got luck on their

sides,then you seethem all inthe

: press and you see them in the Top Ten

? intheindependentcharts orwhatever, . then a year later nobody knows who

} they are. We don't have the luck behind US '

In the meantime a long player is the

(ahem) first priority. As Boss says, ‘It

makes a lot of psychological difference to the people in the streets if you have an album out . . . I think we‘re an album band.‘ Though a difficult concept to define, and they try hard, an album band emerges as a band have more space to express themselves, who write good but uncommercial songs, which deny them access to the singles charts, but result in hit albums—a feat almost unheard of since Led Zeppelin. An album band will have a strong emphasis on playing live, the direction that The Crows feel is their strength, and their saving grace when the time comes to crack America.

They attribute their lack ofcourageto unlashionability, and complain that wheneverthe English press does mention them it is only to lump them in with a certain scene, like the goths and

a then the grebos. And whatever you do, don’t mention The Cult. . .(Mab)

I Naifan 1 tall Bar. Woodlands Road. 332


I The Vaselines and The Thanes Fury Murry 's. ‘16 Maxwell Street. 221 651 l. 10.30pm.

Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Strong-sounding (and good live) local band support (ilasgow band with all the trendy credentials of being ex-Love and Money etc. Big American management deal in the offing.

I Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free. See Stilt 20.

I Block Brothers Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. I Live band Negociants. [.othian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free.

I Live band Cavern. Cowgate. 2265641.



I Swamp Trash Rooftops. 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10.30pm. Scandalous rttmour-merchants have been suggesting that Rooftops‘ owner. Willie Potts. has recently been seen spending most ofhis time sitting about playing SwampTrash tunes on an old banjo. Hardly surprising he is putting on the gigthen.

I Mammoth ('I'BC) Barrowland Ballroom. (iallowgate. 7.30pm. Claiming to be the fattest band in rock. Mammoth specialise in heavy metal dirges. and ifthis gig is not cancelled by poor ticket sales. the only reason that they are not playing Shadows is due to the fact that there would

be no space for the audience.



I Tantara Blade 1 lobsons. 523 Sauchiehall ; Street. 0pm. Free. A highly capableband. lust freed from the shackles of bad I .ondon ;

management deals. have returned with a demo which hints at good things rather than actually delivering them.

I The River Detectives Blackfriars. 3t» Bell Street. ‘Ipm. Free. Nice pub.excellent

band. w by not go along'.’ Acoustic set this

time. I Bo'Weevil Riverside Tavern. Waddell Court.


I Baby's Got a Gun Mlisic Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free. Punky and fun. the singer's got the Lydon sneer ofro

a '1’. Fairly limited in their musicalvision. but there's worse bands to go and see.

I The Right Stuff and G-SpotTornado

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I The Blue Monkey Experience Stringfellows. Paisley. 10pm. See Sat 19. I The Blue Monkey Experience College of 'I‘cchnology. Hunter Street. Paisley. After midnight. The Iixperience sprint across town to take part in the Tech's end ofterm all-nighter. They're pretty good on the twenty metre sprint too.

I Idol Rich The Venue. 490 Sauchiehall Street. 10.30pm. More heavy metal.or something like that.


I The Crows Venue. Calton Road, 557 3073. See panel.


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