I Unhappy with how their atlairs were being run irom America, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie have severed connections with Capitol Records, and state that they have no complaints about the EMI stall on the British end. Following Capitol’s reiusal to cough up money tor a tour budget six—eight weeks ago, a complicated situation grew to a head, spurred on by demands irom the American company that the band and their management ielt were unreasonable. The Mackenzles retain the rights tortheir material, so It’s probable that the LP ‘Good Deeds . . . ’ will turn up on whatever label takes on the band now.
I Competition tor a place on the record company release schedules gets particularly lierce towards the later stage at the year, and a number oi notable releases are already shaping up to compete ior honours in the Christmas market. Firstly a release date at last lor THE BLUE NILE. Their single, ‘Downtown Lights’ is out on September 18, with the album lollowing on October 2. And they do mean 1989, as tar as we know. WET WET WET return with a single, ‘Sweet Surrender’ in September, with the album in October. TERENCE TRENT D’ARBY, JANET JACKSON and TEARS FOR FEARS are all likely to be competing ior chart success, while Elektra Records In the States reckon thata new TRACY CHAPMAN album should be out in September. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN has been recording tracks both on his own and tor PATTI SCIALFA’s debut album, including a cover version at Nanci Griliith’s ‘Gull Coast Highway’. KATE BUSH's new album may also make It by the end ol the year, while on a Scottish level, THE INDIAN GIVERS, THE RIVER OETECTIVES and SYNDICATE have August release dates, with THE PAINTED WORD and THE BATHERS (now with Island) to lollow later in the year. As tor singles, DEACDN BLUE will be releasing ‘Love and Regret’ irom their last album, while LOVE AND MONEY will be doing the same with ‘Up Escalator’ - both In September. Beiore that, HUE AND CRY release ‘Sweet invisibility’ and DANNY WILSON’s second single irom ‘Bebop Moptop’ will be ‘Never Gonna Be The Same.’
I Ewan Burke, alternatively known as multi-instrumental recording artist Harry Fabvre, has the itch tor a live band, but hasn’t lound any suitable musicians yet. Interested bassists, drummers and keyboard players- but not beginners — are asked to call Ewan on 031-556 0042.
I There may last be time, should you wish to do so, to purchase tickets ior Surge ‘89, taking place at Festival Park in Sunderiand on Sunday 13, and at which Love and Money will be playing, on a bill that also Includes Jools Holland’s Big Band and Martin Stephenson and The Daintees. So. It
you want to escape the un-rock’n’roll lestivities, get a ticket (£6) at Sound Control shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Duniermline.
I Danny Wilson: Bebop Moptop (Virgin). The most important thing about ‘Bebop Moptop’ Is the way in which it overcomes the main lailings ol the band’s debut album, ‘Meet Danny Wilson’. No more blatant Steely Dan rip-cits (although the Inlluence is still audible); shorter songs, simpler arrangements and better production combine to give a much more assured pertormance, with the more appealing aspects oi the debut-namely Gary Clark’s singing and the diversity oi the styles embraced-remaining lirme In place.
From the thirteen songs, the highlights are ’I Can’t Walt’, ‘l Was Wrong’, ‘Never Gonna Be The Same’ and ’Desert Hearts', while the only moments oi doubt arise during the turgid ‘Loneliness’ and the unconvincing ‘NYC Shanty.’ That leaves eleven out at thirteen, which by my reckoning Is not too bad an average - high quality stuil indeed. (JW)
I Gloria Estelan: Cuts Both Ways (Epic). Following the success ol the wonderiul ballads irom ‘Anything For You’, it is perhaps not a surprise that this album concentrates more on the slowies. with the current single, ‘Oon’t Wanna Lose You’, and the title track being prime examples oi simply constructed, beautiiully sung pop/soul ballads. Elsewhere, Miami Sound Machine, who have been dropped irom the iront cover credits, show themselves to still be a sparkling band on ‘Say’ and the lantastic ‘Oye Mi Canto’. Only a couple oi weaker tracks spoil an otherwise pertectly sung, written and produced pop album. Only
Ms. Clccone can do better In the pure pop stakes. (JW)
I The B-52s ’Cosmlc Thing’ (Reprise): Halt produced by Nile Rogers, the other ball by Don Was, this is what Archie McPherson wouldcall a game oi two halves. Side One Is unlocused, with good ideas iloaUng in and out oi an everythlng-but-the-kltchen-slnk approach. Nevertheless, Side Two redeems much oi that with the album‘s two outstanding tracks, ‘Bushtlre‘ and ‘Channel Z’- both produced by Was, and combining the vocal and lyrical gulrkiness at old with good songwriting. It REM and ltlm Basinger are Athens,GeorgIa’s Iront cover stars, then ‘Cosmic Thing’ is hardly likely to
move the B-52s irom the inside pages. (JWI
I Bill Nelson: Lite In Your Hands (Cocteau). The Ilrst Nelson oliering in two years sees Bill in Bryan Ferry mode, but ‘00 You Dream in Colour’, re-released and heard tor the iirst time In years, has an Irresistible T-Rex ieel about it, and It’s worth buying this tour-tracker ior that alone. (AM)
I Faction: The Eagle Has Landed (Third Mind). A nice Idea, this being the 20th anniversary oi the moon landings, to sprinkle samples ol Apollo radio messages on to a ’Rockit’-type backing, but my lite wouldn’t have been that much poorer without it. The illpslde has a moody disco variation on a theme at ‘First We Take Manhattan’, which doesn’t exactly help Faction soar in my estimation. (AM)
I BROTHER: Beyond the 16th Parallel (4th and Broadway). BROTHER - Black Rhyme Organisation To Help Equal Rights— is a conglomeratlon at British rappers and a law reggae toasters who have banded together ior this protest single, which centres its anti-apartheid message on Namibia, Airlca’s last remaining colony. Following Bernie Grant MP’s explanatory spoken Intro, London Rhyme Syndicate launch Into a righteous and angry rap, spitting out their message with aggression that keeps this record charged all through. Fine stall, and proceeds to the ANC. (AM)
I thhtlite ls listed as a diary, iirst byday (In this section each oi the two particular days oi the iottnight are treated as one), then bycity and then by venue. Special Club nights are listed under their club name tollowed by their venue. A separate venue list tollows the diary listings. with addresses and phone numbers. NB In order to be as accents as possible. only those discos able to confirm their prices and days are listed In the diary. The venue list may be consulted tor more nightiite locations - but check with venue. Please send lnlonnation ten days betore publication.
KEY: [S] studc'nts and guests only;
[ND] no denims; [NT] notraincrs;
[A] available for private hire on certain nights. please contact venuc.
I This issue we look at Glasgow nightiite only. For Edinburgh )Igging, see the Festival Guide at the lront ol the magazine.
I The Alhambra 31 Waterloo Street, 221 3260. 8pm—midnight. Free. Resident DJ with the latest sounds.
ITIIO Batcave at Henry Afrikas, 11pm—3.30am, £4 without ticket. IBBIIIIBIS 11pm—3.30am. £2.50. Mainly Gay with Hi-NRG music.
IThe Choice “pm-3.30am. £5. House and chart music or ’the Princes Square types’. Well. if you can afford the capuccinos, the entrance fee should be no big deal.
I Cleopatras 10.30pm—2.30am.£3. Non-stop mixed disco sounds in the West End. Come early - stay late. [A]
I Colors at Fury Murrys. £2. llpm—3.30am. The original and best, with the noisiest punters in town. Must be something in the iced teas.
I Crash at the Cotton Club. llpm—3.30am. £3.50 (£2.50 with ticket). A wide mixture of music will be played by DJ David Ross, a bit different from normal disco material. Look out for drinks promotions every week.
IFollies 10.30pm-3.30am. £3.50. Chart-based disco sounds. [ND] [NT]
I I'lll'tl Rock Calte at the Venue: 10pm till late. £3.50. Live music and disco.
IJOB Paparanl 11pm—3.30am. £2 (£1 students). ‘True Colors‘ Joe’s claim, but I thought Colors had moved to Furys?
I "MW Studios 1 lpm-3.30am. £3.50. Over 21 House disco. [A] [NT]
I The Kraze at the Warehouse. llpm—3.30am. £2 with ticket; £4 without. Deep house , funk, hip.hop.
I Maytair l 1pm—3am. £3.50. Over 255 night in the ballroom and Radio City at the Cameo Suite. See below.
I It 0’8 lOpm—Zam. £4. Fun atmosphere and games at Shawlands‘ one and only nightclub.
I Palomino Cltlll 9pm—3am. £3.
I Panama .lax lO.45pm—-3.30am. £3.50. Soul and mixed chart music with resident 015, Tommy Arnold or Raymond Davren.
I Mid City at the Mayfair. lOpm—Zam. £1.50. Psychedelic sounds to match the groovy wallpaper.
IMO: 10.30—3am. £3. Discosounds with DJ Roddy Stewart. [A]
I Reggae Night at Peggy Sues. 10.30pm—3am. £3.
IRooItops 10.30pm—3am. £2.50. Reggae disco replaces Shake Appeal‘.
85 The List 11— 17 August 1989