doing so well.
I Sugar Loaf Main Bar Luxembourg. 197 Pitt Street. 10pm. Free. Reasonably good upmarket techno-pop.
I The Collectors La Taniere. Fox Street. 2214844.9pm. Free.
I Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Saxophonist's long-running residency.
I Aztec Camera Playhouse Theatre. Greensidc Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £6.50. £5.50. lfpushed. id have tosayno. Roddy Frame hasn't blanded or sold out. The glossy American production of his last album. ‘Love‘. added a texture that his songs were. with hindsight. crying out for. As far as selling out goes. back in '81 wasn't everyone saying that Aztec (‘amera should be in the charts where they belonged? Well. here they are — and they're still good.
I Swans Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Oh God. they're back. i‘m not sayingtheir last show was had. understand. but the feeling of standing next to a jumbo asit spends an hour getting off the runway is the sort of experience that you don't want to repeat for a while. New listeners. whose only knowledge of Swans is their coverof ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart' are likely to be confused and deafened in quick succession. Those fully prepared for the brutality of Swans' sonic assault may also be confused: They‘ve asked for a country and western band to support them.
I Future World Moves Preservation ilall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Live show after hearing the promising LP was disappointingly bland for this reviewer. but he‘s not infallible and still prepared to give them another chance to prove themselves.
I The Austin Envy Band ()ddfellows. Forrest Road. 220 1816. More home-grown country.
I Willy Logan Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. Residencv.
I Wet Wet Wet SECC. See Tuesday 14.
I The Kritiks La Taniere. Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free. More La Taniere regulars.
I Naifan lialt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Residency.
I Live band Fixx. 86 Miller Street. 248 2859. 10pm. Free. Unconfirmed.
I David Sylvian Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm.
£7.50. £6.50. Japan mainman. who admitted while still with his old groupthat he hated performing. takes to the road after years of producing material ofless than commercial potential. 1 think he‘s got a lot of guts myself.
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It’s a prompt return to Scotland for Ry Cooder, who follows up his sold-out show at the Edinburgh Playhouse in May with a concert at the SECC on Sunday 12. With packed houses and his lastalbum, ‘Get Rhythm', announcing a return to form, albeit covering styles he has already polished on previous albums, the collector and reinterpreter of fading American folk styles is making another, perhaps final, go at making his career a success. For although a critics' favourite for many years, and an artist whose records rarely failed to delight his fans, Cooder was forced by disillusionment and frustration with his lack of success into a five-year hiatus composing soundtracks for films. A contrast to his solo career, the soundtrack business provided regular work and good money, as well as the opportunity to reach a wide audience of movie-goers. Paris, Texas was a great film already. Cooder’s pained acoustic bottleneck playing took it into a class of its own. Not before time, the forty year-old Santa Monican is back treading the boards, and to coincide with the tour, we are also presented with, not a new Ry Cooder album, but one spotlighting the singers in his band, Bobby King and Terry Evans. ‘Live and Let Live!‘ is produced by Cooder, who plays some marvellous, gritty slide solos when the vocal blend of gospel and R&B stops for breath. The laid-back, almost sloppy
feel of the record will be familiarto Cooderfans, featuring as it does other members of his band, The MouIa-Banda Rhythm Aces. Not present on the King and Evans LP, but a prominent member of the current touring band and a long-time Cooder collaborator, is Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jiminez, who performed over here in his own right recently.
As befits a session player who played with both the Stones (on ‘Let it Bleed’) and Captain Beefheart (on ‘Safe As Miik'), as well as a host of Americans playing their native musics in clubs for a few bucks a night, Cooder is a great believer in the collison of different cultures, and his LPs are a testament to the approach of throwing the lot against a wall and seeing what sticks. With Cooder's guitar knitting together soul, blues, calypso, Mexican, Hawaiian music and who knows what else over seventeen albums, the SECC show looks like itwill be a treat. (Mab)
I Anti-Slavery Rally Ross Bandstand. Princes Street (iardens. 12.30pm. A protest against the Government's Adult Training Programme. organised by Edinburgh Community Workers (iroup. Providing lunchtime entertainment are [)og Faced l ierrnans. Archbishop Kebab. Hee-l law and Doctor Doom and The Dog Biscuits Front Mars.
I Trident Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. 9.30pm. Free. lleadlinedthe Kelvingrove rock day to great acclaim.
I Tam White Negoeiants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Residency forthc bluesy growler.
I The B-Movies Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 10pm. Free.
I The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Trio Canny Man's. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. Residencv.
THURSDAY 16 Glasgow
I The Cateran and Blam Blam Y.C. Venue. 490 Sauchiehall Street. 10.30pm. The Cateran can credit themselves with one of the few spirited performances on 1’51). which has managed to make almost everyone on it look about as interestingas
watchingtoenails grow. And they‘re even
I Strategy La Taniere. Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free. Strategy wrote to The List from Canada once to tell us how great they were. We‘re not that easily swayed. Still sounds stodgy to us. lads.
I The Colostomy Bags Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Oh. come on.
I Del Shannon. Gerry and The Pacemakers and Marmalade Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. These golden oldies packages are generally sad and dreadful things -— groups tied to an age they could never outgrow — but this one is made
more appetising by the presence ofthe great Del Shannon. provider ofhitslike ‘Runaway‘ and ‘l icy Little Girl' in the early Sixties. He‘s younger than at least two Rolling Stones. so don't say he’s washed-up yet.
I Lightning Strike. Boys Wonder and The Crazy Pink Revolvers Venue. Calton Road, 557 3073. Package tour of hot newsingings from big labels. and sponsored, interestingly. by Jiffi condoms. Lightning Strikes‘ debut single on RCA is no longer to be ‘Exocet Alley‘ (with its Ollie North and Jeffrey Archer references). but the rather less controversial ‘Beat Street‘.
I The Dan Blocker Experience Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. See Sun 12.
I Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free.
I The Brothers Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Residency.
I Dual Music Box. Victoria Street.220 1708. 9.30pm. Free.
I Los Suprernos Canny Man's, Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. Residency.
I Lightning Strike. Boys Wonder and The Crazy Pink Revolvers Rooftops, 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. See Thurs
16. I Come Ahead La Taniere. Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free.
I Judas Priest and Bonfire Playhouse Theatre. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £8, £7. We wanna hear them Stock Aitken Waterman tapes! After their unreleased danceﬂoor excursions. Judas Priest strike back with
another single and a higher proﬁle than of ‘
recent years. Have they got any more of
those wonderful anthems of 1980'?
I The Weather Prophets and The Wishing Stones Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. The Weather Prophets have competition as the rekindled Creation Records‘ front runners from Felt and the emergingHouse of Love. but that hasn‘t prevented the new single ‘Hollow Heart' doing all right.
I Boxing Clever Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. £1 after 9pm.
I Kitchen Devils Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free.
I Liza Scott Preservation llali. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £l after 9.30pm.
SATURDAY 18 Glasgow
I The Weather Prophets and The Wishing Stones(TBC) Bay Hotel. Gourock. See Fri 17.
I Exposure Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free.
I Billy Forbes, La Taniere. Fox Street. 221 4844. Afternoon. Free. See Sat 1 1.
I The Blues Burns La Taniere. Fox Street. 221 4844. 9pm. Free.
I Some Somo Mambo Club. Calton Studios. Calton Road. 5567066. 9pm—3am. £4. Excellent African band. hopefully not put off by the tepid reception from last year's Fringe-goers. headline the first night ofa newclub devoted to playing African music. jazz. soul. soca. latin. salsa. calypso and whatever falls between those boundaries. Give it a go.
I Lisa Dominique Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. ‘Kerrang Page 3 girl.‘ someone unkindly described her. No comment.
I Rubella Ballet and Dr Doom and The Dog Bicuits Twilight Zone Club. Moray House Student Union. Holyrood Road. 5568455. 9pm. £2.50 (£2). A favourite of anarcho-punk (‘rass fans. Rubella Ballet have been quiet in the last few years.
I The Charge Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm.
I G-Spot Tornado Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. £1 after 9pm. They‘ve got a good sound. have G-Spot Tornado. A bit folk-rocky. if you consider Hothouse Flowers and The Waterboys folk-rocky. but one that should take them places.
I After Dark Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 100m. Free.
SUNDAY 19 Glasgow
I The Weather Prophets and The Wishing Stones Rooftops. 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. See Fri 17.
I Burden Bluesbreakers La Taniere. Fox Street, 221 4844. 9pm. Free.
I Maxi Priest Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £6.50. £5.50. See panel.
I Debutante and Sidewinder Soundchcck Rock Club. Venue. 557 3073. 7.30pm. £1.50. Hard rock/metal.
I The Dan Blocker Experience Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. See Sun 12.
I Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. 10pm. Free. Acoustic singer/songwriter. album ‘Qu‘est Que C‘cst‘ in the shops.
I Bluefinger Music Box. Victoria Street. 220 1708. £1 after 9pm. Rock and blues.
MONDAY 20 Edinburgh
I Gyroset Music Box. Victoria Street. 2320 1708. 9.30pm. Free. Former Headlamps and Border Boogie Band. I Ransom Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Heavy rock.
I The Volunteers Canny Man's.
32 The List 10- 23 June 1988