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I The Tex Fillet Five Negociants. Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Residency. Spoof country.
I Los Supremos St James Oyster Bar. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Wide range of covers from blues-based band.
I Hoaitle Finoaltie Oasis, Victoria Street. 8.30pm. Free. Southern Hillbilly.
WEDNESDAY 30 Glasgow
I The Rain Angels Fixx, 86 Miller Street. 248 2859. 10pm. Free. Second gig inside a week. so they should be at their best. See Sunday 27.
I Haiian Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Anotherlong running residency.
I Tom Robinson Queen's Hall, South Clerk Street. 668 2019. Second oftwo nights. See Tues 29.
I Elephant Hoise Pelican, The Cowgate, 225 5413. See Mon 28.
I Barity Barity and Stu Who Venue, Calton Road. 557 3073. Band and comedian head a night ofentertainment from Cumbernauld.
I Billy Jones Acoustic Music Centre. Chambers Street. 220 2462. 6.30pm. See Mon 28.
I Mojo Pep Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. Second oftwo nights.
I Woodrow Wilson Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Excellent
local soul singer. accompanied by guitar and sax.
I The Booze Brothers Tron Tavern, Hunter Square. 8pm. Free.
I Kevin Tait Trader Vic‘s. Victoria Street. 225 6569. Free.
THURSDAY 31 Glasgow
I Napalm Death (To be confirmed) The Venue . 470 Sauchiehall Street. 332 3872. 9pm. Regular visitors to Glasgow. who can at least claim to be ahead of theirtime given the number of copyists that have come in their wake.
I Hex Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Never heard of them? Take a peek at Listen! and you may decide to drop everything and rush along.
I The Beautitul Suit and Kitsch and the mom Set Pear Tree. West Nicolson Street, 667 7796. 8pm. Free. See Sun 27.
I Live band Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Seven Eleven Trader Vic‘s. Victoria Street, 225 6569. Free. Residency. Blues and rock classics. ‘They are "Dire Straits".‘ promise the venue. Wow.
I Fjaere Hilssen St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Swedish-American folk singer.
I Zydeco Preservation Hall. Victoria Street, 2263816.
I The Famous Other Band Tron Tavern. Hunter Square. Midnight.
THE PAINTED WORD
Despite having just released their second single tor RCA, the proille currently enjoyed by The Painted Word in Britain seems substantially lower than it was during the period around the release at their single, ‘lndependence Day’ on Mother Records, some three years ago.
In the interim period much has happened, the eleven piece live band and tour piece nucleus having being stripped down to songwriter, Alan McCuslter Thompson. This has meant no live shows tor several years, and the recruitment ol session musicians to work on the completed but unreleased album, ‘Lovellte.’
While this may sound like a recipe tor disaster, the two singles ‘Worldwide’ and ‘That's The Reason I’m Alive’ have been glorious pop songs with a clean, and apparently radio-lriendly production by Brian Tench. However, radio in this country (though not in Italy, where ‘Worldwide’ is enjoying considerable success) has shunned the singles, and likewise TV has tailed to piclt up on the videos which were lllmed in Mexico and Vienna respectively. Despite the initial reaction, any disappointment on Alan's behali is tempered by the enthusiasm he has lorthe iorthcomlng album: ‘Strangely enough the recording oi the album all went really well,’ he explained. ‘The most dittlcult part lor me was tlndlng a producer and a video director that had the standard 1 was looking tor, and who had sympathetic ideas.
‘Flnding musicians was rlslry, because when I went down to London tor the lirst day at rehearsals I hadn’t met any oi the musicians, although I was lamiliar with their work. llelt like u what the whole album '8 “01" "he" '1 was my day a' schooL but was Is slrlppetl down.’ (JOINT Wllllamson)
really immediate. They were so last at responding to my direction, as well as contributing a huge amount oi lreshness and enthusiasm to the songs!
The delay in releasing ‘Lovellie' (due to a multitude oi lactors), means that it will clearly present a retrospective view ot the best 01 phase one at the current Painted Word incarnation. However, as a document oi that, Alan remains satlslied, while also looking to the iuture, having written most oi the second album. Live shows will lollow whenever the demand arises, but in the meantime, how would Alan summarise the Painted Word?
‘I keep saying that I want to inspire with energy and overwhelm with beauty. That's what I want to do, and that's why the music is as rich as it is, and why it is naive in a way-the songs are simple really. 0i the songs on the album, ‘77’ —which was written in 1987 -was about the last ten years ol my lite, and it has a very simple lyric that is charged up with everything else that is on the album. It has a phrase in it ‘The boy, the girl and the time’ and that’s
70 The List 25 — 31 August 1989