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As long ago as 1986, Bliss were staking their claim to be one at Britain’s most promising new acts, with the release at their debut independent single, ‘I Hear You Call.’ Heralding the wonderful blues/gospel voice at Rachel Morrison, it also showed a band (Paul Ralphes, Chris Baker, Paul Sirett and Roger Askew) who were not atraid to return to traditional values in an attempt to get their music across.
This release on their own label allowed the band to progress to Survival Records lorthe release ot one single, ‘Your Love Meant Everything‘, belore they moved on again, this time to their current home, EMI.
Since joining the major label, Bliss have released a stunning debut album, ‘Loveprayer’, and have taken three singles trom the album to date; re-recorded versions ol the two independent singles and, most recently, a cover version of a Millie Jackson song, ‘How Does it Feel The Morning Alter?’ —theirstrongest claim yet to a chart position.
’It has always been a track that we regarded among the most accessible on the album,’ explained bassist and producer, Paul Ralphes. ‘However, we shied away trom putting it out in the past because it was not our own song, although we have totally changed the chord structure and lyric.
“The song itselt is quite obscure. No one in the band was aware at it, even though Rachel is a big Millie Jackson tan. We used to do a live cover of ‘l'd Rather Go Blind’, but then Ruby Turner did it as a single and we started to look tor another cover. Tim lrom the band, Furniture, made us a tape with several Bliss-like songs on it, and that was where we tound ‘How Does It Feel . . .’
The band’s lack ol initial success in Britain is surprising, but maybe inevitable considering Radio One played their lirst two EMI singles once each, giving Bliss more play when the same songs were released independently. However, things are ditlerent in Europe, where Bliss are not only in the charts, but an established live band.
‘Unlike here, no country in Europe is dominated by one radio station,‘ explains Paul, ‘and in Germany, tor example, people don'tseem to have the same hangups about a predominantly white band playing what is black-influenced music. In Italy, the audiences are just wild, whereas here they are really cool, and I think our naturalness and the rawness ol passions in oursongs is what appeals.“
In Italy, ‘I HearYou Call’ is being used in a Levi’s commercial, and it remains to be seen how quickly Britain will catch up on one of the best homegrown bands of the late Eighties. (John Williamson)
Road. 637 5328. 9pm. Free. (iood Glasgow pop band — but why did they recently send me a tape under the pseudonym. The Travis Bicklc Experience?
I Bobby Wishart Halt Bar. 161) Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free.
I Eurythmics and Jim Nellis Playhouse Theatre. Greenside Place. 7.3(lpm. SOLD OUT. Second oftvvo nights. Scc Mon 11. I The Rootsie Tootsie Band Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 226 3816. ‘).3(lpm. Free.
I The Tex Fillet Five Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Spoof country.
I L08 Supremos St James Oyster Bar. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. See TuesS.
I Hoakie Finoakie Oasis. Victoria Street. 8.30pm. Free. Southern Hillbilly.
WEDNESDAY 13 Glasgow
I Wild River Apples Fixx. 86 Miller Street. 248 2859. 10pm. Free. Showcase forthe purposes of their record company. Chrysalis. which will show a band who have gained in confidence since signing. Will be very. very busy. so being there early is advised.
I Naitan Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1-210. 9pm. Free.
I Gododdin Tramway Theatre. Albert Drive. 227 5511. Runs until Mon 18. .\'o show on Sun 17. Spectacularproduction
with Test Dept and Brith(iol. Sec feature.
I Woodrow Wilson Negociants. I.othian Street. 225 (i313. 9.45pm. Free. Iixcellent local soul singer.
I The Booze Brothers 'l'ron Tavern. 1 luntcr Square. 8pm. Free.
I Kevin Tait Trader Vick Victoria Street. 225 (356‘). Free.
THURSDAY 14 Glasgow
I Gododdin 'I'ramvs ay 'I'heatrc. Albert Drive. 227 551 1. Runs until Mon 18. .\'o show on Sun 17. Spectacular production with Test Dept and Brith ( iol. Sec feature.
I Boxing Clever Venue. (alton Road. 557 3073. Rather surprised at not havinghcard anything from Boxing ('ley er alter a brief ﬂurry of activity a few months ago. and a commercially poppy demo tape that has had more than a few listens in :‘uk R olt'ices down south.
I The Brothers Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 22(i381o. ‘).3()pm. Free.
I Fjaere Nilssen Negociants. l.olhian Street. 225 0313. 9.45pm. Free. See Fri 1. I Seven Eleven Trader Vic‘s. Victoria Street. 225 050‘). Free. Blues and rock classics.
I The Famous Other Band 'l'ron Tavern. Hunter Square. Midnight.
54 The List 1— 14 September 1989