I Bluefinger Platform ()ne. Rutland Street. Rock‘n'roll. Residency.
I The Tex Fillet Five Trading Post. The Shore. 553 7164. llipm. Free. Spoof country. Residency.
I Black Market Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
SUNDAY 16 Glasgow
I Judie Tzuke Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renficld Street. 332 1846. 7.3(lpm. A singer with a hugely moving voice. although live recordings have tended to suggest that in the past she has worked with less than sympathetic musicians. Hopefully that has changed this time round. as an on form Judie Tzuke could be excellent.
I Peter Hammill Moir Hall. (iranville Street. 221 3198. 7pm. £6. See panel.
I Hearts and Minds and Indian Summerand Bag Videodrome. 33 3‘) York Street. 221 (14-11. 8pm. A real mixed bag here (pun unintentional). with Hearts and Minds the main reason for being at this one. astheir previous two Videodrome gigs this year have been ‘well happening.‘ ( 198‘) record company speak. replacing the almost defunct ‘happening.‘)
I The Grip Rooftops, ()2 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. lllpm. Who'.’ The brave can go along and find out.
I King Bees Duo 1.11 'I'aniere. 15 l-‘ox Street. 221 484-1. 9pm. Free.
I Duran Duran Playhouse Theatre. (ireenside Place. 557 25911. 7.3(Ipm. £1 1. L"). The disparity in ticket prices between this and the Barrowland date hasbeen explained by an announcement that ‘due to the Barrowland gig being cancelled last December when the band's guitarist was suddenly taken ill and it was felt that the £5.5llentry fee should remain the same'. So the Duran boys were worth £5.5(lin December. btit £1 1 now ‘.’ The reasoningof this one escapes me for the moment.
I The Wedding Present ()ueen's I la”. South (‘lerk Street. 668 2111‘). An evening of l'krainian music from Britain's big-hearted indie superstars. tocoincide with the release of their LP ofJohn Peel sessions. (‘kruirts‘ki l'tstupi I'Jolimiu I’ve/u. If we ask nicely will they do sonieof their choppy electric stuff as well'.’
I Guilty Party 1 live. Ravelston l louse Hotel. Mussclburgh. 2.30pm.
I General Damage Moshpit. Venue. (‘allon Road. 557 31173. Local thrash.
I Very Very Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. See Sun I).
I Bluefingert‘afe Royal. West Register Street. 8pm. Free. Rock‘n'roll.
I The Tex Fillet Five Trading Post . The Shore. 553 7164. Illpm. Free. Spoof country and western. Residency.
I Warren Peace St James Oyster Bar. (‘alton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency.
I Black Market Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. L1 after‘)pm.
MONDAY 17 Glasgow
I The Monkees Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renfield Street. 332 I846. 7.3(Ipm. Back in the lower end of the charts with "The Monkees IiP' - 1 bet you cannot wait for this one.
I Road Crew La Tanierc. 15 Fox Street. 221 484-1. 9pm. Free. [I could be worse- they could be called The Roadies.
I Jesse Rae and The Thistle Warriors Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 31173. Jesse's last show at the Venue was the first time most people had seen him with a real live band. and jolly good they were too. However you feel about the claymore-wielding funkster and his music. he‘s a man who's got to be seen live at least
— PETER HAMMILL
As someone who has been involved in the music business for twenty years without ever enjoying commercial success. it is in many ways understandable that a new Peter Hammill album ortour is treated with apathy, thanks to what he calls ‘the negative Peter Hammill lactor‘.
This would be to overlook some important facts: firstly that you cannot survive Iortwenty years in any business without being good at what you do. Secondly, that his most recent album ‘In A Foreign Town‘ is both accessible and in many places poignant. And finally, that he was a memberof ‘a truly revolutionary band‘ when he started life in Van der Grail Generator.
‘I would say that I kind of go along on some kind of auto-motivation‘, he explains. ‘I find that I both enjoy whatl do and at the same time feel driven to do it, in the same way that I did when I started out. To me. writing, recording and performing songs is a way of making sense of everything. I'm not led up or bored with music, and would hope that if I ever get to that stage, I will have the guts to give up. Having said all that, if someone said to me twenty years ago that I‘d geta twenty yearcareer out of music, lwould have laughed. I thought I would do it for three or four years and then do something else.’
Still not having reached the situation of having to do ‘something else‘ I wondered if a lack of commercial appreciation was ever a problem, and if he saw the singles/pop market as completely alien.
‘I think people have this
preconception that everything I do is going to be unlistenable,‘ he claims, ‘but even allowing forthat, I haven‘t been doing the same thing overthe years, and my audience will know that there is more than one Peter Hammill. Nobody needs to have all my albums to understand what I am about, and if people got a chance to hear the occasional track of mine, I‘m sure they would find something that they liked.
‘It has never been a motivation of mine to be hugely successful, but to be appreciated would be nice, and that must involve some measure of sales. Over all the albums, with both my solo thing and Van der Graft I have released about half a dozen singles in twenty years. so you could say that singles are not really for me. That‘s not to say that they are irrelevant: when I started great blues, soul and pop records fired me up into making music. lam a believer in pop music, it is just that I see little around at the moment to believe in. Ifl ever had to consciously work that way to be successful, I think I would give up before it happened.‘
The fact that Peter Hammill does not fit anywhere in contemporary music is perhaps one of the best reasons for making the effort to see his upcoming live show at the Moir Hall. Working this time, after both solo and band experience as a duo, with guitarist Fury, what can audiences expect?
‘I always play a different set each night, and there will be a fair mixture of old songs and new. Hopefully choosing to play theatres will also bring out the dynamics of the set—there will be some power playing, but some quiet moments too.‘ (John Williamson)
I The Charge Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.3(1pm. Free.
I Johnny Sunbeam Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Residency. See Monday 12.
TUESDAY 18 Glasgow
I Duran Duran Barrowland. 244 (iallowgate. 552 46111. 7.3(1pm. £5.51). Interesting fact: this gig costs £6 less toget into than the one at the Edinburgh Play‘liouse. due to (a) the size of the venue and (b) the fact that it is rearranged from last year. So the message to Duran Duran
fans in Izdinburgh is that it will be cheaper to travel by train to this gig in (ilasgow than to go to the Playhouch
I Twin Town and Tantara Blade Napoleons. 128 Merrylee Road. 637 5238. 9pm. Free. See Sunday 9. Tantara Blade make thisa worthwhile double bill.
I Loose Talk and The Pass Keepers’l’he Buck. 272 StVincent Street. 221 5279. 8pm. £2. First of a series of newband nights at the Buck. With the added attraction of a demo disco. which is exactly asit sounds» ademoonlysoundtrackto the night. (‘ould be huger entertainingor sheer torture depending on what kind of mood you are in. Hell. it might even be good.
7 APRIL Ca/ton Studios, Edinburgh MAN FROM DELMONTE FRAZIER CHORUS BOTANY 500
14 APRIL Ca/ton Studios, Edinburgh POTATO FIVE CAPONE & THE BULLETS
17APRIL Glasgow Pavilion JEFF HEALEY BAND
21 APRIL Ca/ton Studios, Edinburgh HURRAH
26 APRIL Fort William Comm. Centre DAVIE SPILLANE
27 APRIL Findhorn Foundation DAVIE SPILLANE
28 APRIL G/ene/g DAVIE SPILLANE
28 APRIL Ca/ton Studios, Edinburgh RIVER DETECTIVES JESUS JONES
29 APRIL Dingwa/l Town Hal/ DAVIE SPILLANE
30 APRIL Thurso Town Ha// DAVIE SPILLANE
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