A GUY CALLED GERALD
With both the House and its Acid aftermath now but a fading pulse in the musical heavens, you might expect to find the sharply threaded DJ, who spends his time ensconsed within a tower oi hi-ti technology to be something 01 an endangered species. Oldham’s most renowned mixer and matcher A Guy Called Gerald will be dispelling such notions when he plays Edinburgh Venue (Wed 14) and Glasgow Rooftops (Thurs 15). However, despite the widespread critical plaudits accorded to his recent Voodoo Ray EP and with a sell-out tour of Manhatten’s House high-spots under his belt, the twenty-year old is still tinding that the music biz is not a pleasant place to be.
Once his upcoming tour is over and his long-awaited Hot Lemonade LP released, Gerald believes that he mightjust hang up his drum machines and sequencers tor good: ‘l’m beginning to get led up with the business, really’ he says ‘Once you've had a single out, people think you’ve got wads ol money. Like my iamily. They‘re always ringing up saying “I want this" and “I want that". They don’t take my music seriously. It I’m in the house, trying to write some stuli, they‘ll come up and tell me to turn it down. And to do the music properly I really need more equipment. All my stutt is really old but record companies are only interested in ripping you oh ratherthan supporting you. Once this tour is over, I think PM have to go and get a properjob'.
To the thousands at night-clubbers who helped make Voodoo Hay a regular
I Hearts and Minds. The Wild HiverApples. Farewell Parade. Barky Barky and Shootto Kill Mayfair. 4‘)” Sauchiehall Street. 332 3872. Anti-Poll 'l'ax gig. and a very worthw hile eyening out to catch a package of some of (ilasgow's most highly-rated young bands.
I Worldwide and Boom Napoleons. l28 Merrylec Road. 637 5238. lfnless.ot course. you're coming here to see the groups that The Precious Organisation hope w ill follow Wet Wet Wet intothe charts (though by a less circuitous route). Watch this space for news of these bright hopes.
I Yo-Heave-Ho Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. I Tex Fillet Five Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. ('ountry and western.
I Los Supremos St James ( )yster Bar. (‘alton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. See 'l'ueso.
I Doug Hich (ilobc. \Ncst Port. 22‘) 4553. 9pm. Free. Residency.
I Slave Trade Fixx. 86 Miller Street. 248 285‘). See 'l'uesh.
I Marina's Men Halt Bar. lb()Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Residency.
visitorto the Billboard black dance chart last year, such news is less than welcome. Only Trip City can save the day. A pioneering iusion ol word and music, the project consists of a book (written by Trevor Mailer) which is supplemented by a music cassette. Gerald's recent dalliance with The Shamen (which included several gigs and some twelve-inch remixes) and his work with Edward Barton (01 The Tube and demolished six-string tame) have helped to broaden his musical horizons but the process is perlected on his latest work. Moving away irom the space-age trance and bubbling Acid beats at his earlier releases, Hot Lemonade should herald a leaning towards more conventional sound structures and maybe even the odd song or two: ‘The stuff I usually do is very spur oi the moment, I don't really tend to work it out at all that thoroughly. But my new stuff is moving towards proper songs. It's an important part oi the modern day pop machine‘ he adds with tongue noticeably in cheek. The only thing Gerald is missing is a singer to supplement his two drum machines, keyboards and sampler. (Allan Brown) Venue , 14 June; Hooltops, 15. June.
I Oave Robb Negociants. l.othian Street. 225 (3313. 9.45pm. Free. See Wed 7.
I The Booze Brothers 'I'ron 'l'ayern. Hunter Square. 8pm. Free.
THURSDAY 15 Glasgow
I A Guy Called Gerald Rooftops. 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. See panel. I Tissum Fury Murry"s. 96 Maxwell Street. 221 65] l . (iood lunk bandsigned by the Island label. with plenty of '(iet up olfyour [hang-type lyrics. Supported Womack and Womack on their last tour.
I Head and Crocodiles in Cream ('I‘B(‘) Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3(l73. Roistering stuff from the band whose yersion of ‘Me and Mrs Jones' blew Sarah Jane Morris's cover right back where it belonged. lixpect all manner olgross heroics. but just remember the boys want to let offsteam a little. Turn up in time for the local (‘rocs.
I The Dan Blocker Experience Negociants. l.othian Street. 225 ()3 l 3. 9.45pm. Free. Iixcellent country band.
I The Brothers l’rcscryation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Residency.
I Dave Robb St James ()yster Bar.(‘alton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. See Thurs8. I Texas Breaktast Ryrie's. Haymarkct Terrace. 337 7582. 9pm. Free. Rhythm & blues.
I Sal Paradise Boston Bean (‘o.. St James (wire. 9—] lpm. Free. See Fri2.
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'1'" "a ‘ ' .' ,-."' .' o . . Joppa. 9pm. £1. Rhythm is; blues/rock.
' IAGuy Called Gerald Venue.(’alton Road. 557 3073. See panel.
I Live band Hamilton Lodge Hotel.
48 The List 2— l5June 1989