RIDAY 23 Glasgow
I The Creatures Queen Margaret Union, University Gardens, 339 9784. Students and guests only. ‘My other group is the Banshees.‘ See Preview.
I Pale Saints King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 272 St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. A ﬁne example of yer average 4AD band, the Pale Saints mix the sensitivity ofthe Cocteau Twins with the harder edge ofthe Pixies. The band have just released their second album The Comfort of Madness. Don’t miss it, indie kids.
I Glass Onion Buchanan Hotel, 185 Buchanan Street, 332 7284. Unfortunately, their tape has gone astray from the Edinburgh office. The one listen our Edinburgh editor got, though, convinced him that the band merited investigation.
I Loop and World Domination Enterprises Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. 8pm-midnight. See Preview.
I Gun and Call Me Clive Edinburgh University Student Union, Teviot Row, 667 2091. Students and guests only. This gig is being recorded for Radio One, and apparently Nicky Campbell and Mark Goodier will be in attendance. Yow! Support, Call Me Clive, from Edinburgh, should be doing about an hour, and if you think you can handle two hours of Gun,be our guest.
I The Catburgers and The Mutiny Strings Basin Street, Haymarket Terrace, 337 1006. 8pm—midnight. Two extremely good local bands you might consider worth missing Loop and World Domination Enterprises for. The Catburgers have an album-length tape of tracks already, much of it inspired by the kind ofdreamy English psychedelia that the TV Personalities picked up on, much of it more up tempo indie pop. ‘Children‘s TV‘, which consists entirely of the titles of children‘s TV programmes, is thankfully not typical. The Mutiny Strings are also
worth seeing, a band of no little talent and some steaming riffs.
I ilaile Suspect and The Junlryerd Angels Pleasance Bar, The Pleasance. 8pm. £1 . Reggae and rock bands augmented by the comedy duo The Parma-Violents at this cabaret night, with proﬁts going to Romania through the Flanders Scottish Alliance.
I Silent Falls Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Sporadically interesting moody 80$ rock. Probably a lot better live, as there are hints oftension and drama in the studio versions oftheir songs.
I The Troubleshooters Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 225 2078. £1 after 9pm.
I The Lovebird Trio BB's Basement Bar, Barony Street, 556 8240. 5—7pm, 8—1 1pm. Free. Just ﬂown in from the Phillipines, where they have amassed ‘a bit of everything’ to augment their traditional tagalog music. Even playing six nights a week, it could be a while before their repertoire is exhausted.
I The Rootsles Duo Globe, West Port,229 4553. 9pm. Free. Jim Condie on guitar and Ron Tate on vocals and harmonica, taking time off from The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band to play some blues, gospel and even a hint of jazz.
I The Coletranes and aim elem YC Pavilion Ballroom, The Esplanade, 0292 265 489. Indie strummers Blam Blam YC play their hometown on an eight-date
band exchange scheme with punchier Dublin band The Coletranes.
SATURDAY 24 -
I Del Amitri Pavilion Theatre, 121 Renﬁeld Street. 332 1846. Though the Top 15 single, ‘Nothing Ever Happens‘, is a quiet strummy song, live, Del Amitri give it loads of rock‘n‘roll attitude, long hair and loud guitars. Constant touring has made them into a kick-ass rock band and I’m sure a leather trousers appearance can’t be long now.
I Loop and World Domination Enterprises Glasgow College Student Union, 70 Cowcaddens Road, 332 0681. See Preview.
I The Thieves King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 272 St Vincent Street, 221 5279. Midnight. Pristine pop fodder from another Glasgow band, and you know what that means: Guitars, more guitars and vocals like Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. Their last gig for a while, as they’re just about to enter Shabby Road studios to record their debut LP. Note that the late starting time means they won't clash with Del Amitri.
I The Dutrlders Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road, 332 1210. The bassist and guitarist spent recent months touring with The River Detectives, the keyboard player with His Latest Flame. the drummer with Hearts and Minds and the singer, Jack Riley, will be remembered from Strangers and Brothers. Combined, they play an American-influenced rock which, according to the completely unbiased Jim from The Halt will blow our socks off.
I Dig George and the euslness Woodend, Bellshill. Powered-up blues to crotch-level rocking out from the dirtiest-sounding low-down trio in town.
I Vesell Muziki Assembly Rooms, George Street. 8pm—midnight. £4.50 (£3). Fiddle, accordion, bass, traditional costumes— Veseli Muziki are being touted as Kiev‘s top musical group. And who are we to debate that? Direct from the USSR, and playing as part of the Fourth Edinburgh Peace Festival.
I The Spooks Bikini Club, Moray House Student Union, Holyrood Road, 5568455. 10pm—2am. £2. Edinburgh band, whose Beatlesque posters you’ll have seen all around town. It’s been said that their gimmicky appearance distracts from the music, but their name‘s getting around town as being very much one of the bands to see. The Bikini Club is their own venture — ‘a bizarre merger of 19605 iconography and the latest technology‘. I The Stage Dolls and Loud Bedrock Club, Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. Scandinavian heavy rock band, just finished supporting Hanoi Rocks’ Michael Monroe. '
I The Great Junction Street Band Trading Post, The Shore, 553 5153. Quality mainstream melodic soft rock, served up by a talented pool of musicians, probably holding more appeal for those who feel they‘ve outgrown their wailing, thunderous rock collection.
I Avalon Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 225 2078. £1 after 9pm. Folk-rock. I The JC Flint Band Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I The Lovebird Trio BB’s Basement Bar, Barony Street, 556 8240. 5—7pm, 8—1 1pm. Free. See Fri 23.
I Texas Breakfast JD Walker's, South Clerk Street, 662 4731 . 2.30—5.30pm. Free. Electric blues, playing alternate Saturdays.
I Live music Kasbar, The Cowgate, 226 2072.
I Crooked Rose Videodrome, 33—39 York Street,2210441.
I Blam Blam YC and Coletranes Studio, 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. See Fri 23.
I A Guy Called Gerald, Kiss AMC and The Ruthless Rap Assassins Leith Assembly
Rooms. Starts 5pm. £2. See Preview.
I First Birthday Party Moshpit, Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. Twelve months of unremitting thrash metal is celebrated. Band(s) unconfirmed.
I The Rootsies Duo J D Walker‘s, South Clerk Street, 662 4731. Free. See Fri 23. I Fiaere Rilssen and The Reiugees Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 225 2078. £1 after 9pm. Popular and hard-working American singer and her rootsy band. First of two nights.
I The Rivers Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Hiptronilts L‘Odeon, George [V Bridge 225 1681. 9pm. Free. Charged-up soul covers with original material.
I Raw Deal St James Oyster Bar, Calton Road, 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency. I Live music JD Walker’s, South Clerk Street, 662 4731. Free.
I Live music Sessions, The Cowgate, 225 9916.
MONDAY 26 Glasgow
I A Guy Called Gerald, Kiss WC and The Ruthless Rap Assaslns Mayfair, 470 Sauchiehall Street, 332 3872. See Preview. I Blues'n'Trouble King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 272 St Vincent Street, 2215279. Edinburgh’s leading blues-rockers, promoting their Unamerican Activities LP With Friends Like These.
I Carol Louie and The Lips Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. The keenly-awaited ‘Wine, Women and Song’ week starts with Glasgow’s most promising musical contribution to the Year of Culture so far. See Listen!
I Highlander Studio, 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. Not to be confused with the crap Highlanders. These guys are actually a heavy rock band whose main claim to fame is that they wear the kilt onstage and round off their set with a rock version of ‘Amazing Grace‘ (or is it ‘Flower of Scotland’?).
I Flaere Nlissen and The Refugees Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 225 2078. 9.30pm. Free. Second of two nights.. See Sun 25.
I Shoot to Kill Rutland No 1, Rutland Street, 229 3402. One of a series ofgigs featuring new Scottish bands.
I The Loveblrd Trio BB’s Basement Bar, Barony Street, 556 8240. 5—7pm, 8—1 1pm. Free. See Fri 23.
I Live music Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Live music L‘Odeon, George [V Bridge, 225 1681. 9pm. Free. Phone for details.
I Random Rhythms Fixx, 86 Miller Street, 248 2859. Free.
I Paris Match and Benedict Minstrels, 66 Broomielaw.
I Svestlro F010 and RH! Napoleon's, 128 Merrylee Road, 637 5238. All the way from Germany — Svetsko Foto, that is. Re-al are stalwarts on the local live scene. I Jazz Woman Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road, 332 1210. More wine, more women and more singing. Two jazz singers, one from Glasgow, one from Edinburgh, duet over the sound of Bobby Wishart's sax.
I Swing Studio, 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. A four-piece from Cambuslang. they've previously gigged under the name Paris Texas, supporting groups like The River Detectives, The Indian Givers and The Highlanders, as well as having their last demo aired on Radio Clyde.
I Barry Manllow Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £18.50, £16. Reams have been written about this bizarre cult of‘Bazzamania‘. Some egghcads even profess to understand the cult’s rituals. while completely ignoring the strain such immodest fervour puts on the fabric ofour society. We have heard tell ofanother crooner, who takes his name from a bawdy Fielding novel and inspires his female admirers to such displays oferotic excitement that we blanch to describe them here. Make no mistake, we consider such depravity an intolerable affront to decent morality, and implore all good citizens to join us in condemningthis disgraceful trend. Especially if he doesn‘t play ‘Bermuda Triangle‘.
I The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 225 2078. 9.30pm. Free. Residency. Rockin’ blues.
I Shibboleth Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Los Supremos St James Oyster Band, Calton Road, 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Wide range of covers from a blues-based band. I Driving Sideways Oblomov‘s, North Bank Street, The Mound, 220 0054. 9pm. Free. Bluesy.
I fill Rel Rutland No 1, Rutland Street, 229 3402. Commercial sounds from a covers band.
I The Lovebird Trio BB‘s Basement Bar, Barony Street, 556 8240. 5—7pm, 8—11pm. Free. See Fri 23.
I Live music L‘Odeon, George IV Bridge, 225 1681. 9pm. Free. Phone for details.
WEDNESDAY 28 Glasgow
I Ride and The lmpossibles Glasgow College Student Union. 70 Cowcaddens Road, 332 0681 . Ride are Creation’s latest hip hopefuls. Will appeal to My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3, and Loop fans. I The Whole Earth Fixx, 86 Miller Street, 248 2859. Free.
I The Rose Thieves Shelter, 7 Renfrew Court, 332 6231.
I Ugly As Sin Glasgow University Union, University Avenue, 339 8247. Signed band, with new single, ‘Pain’, out now. Big riffs, power chords that swoop down from nowhere, and the kind of husky vocal that the Furs’ Richard Butler did rather well.
I Fiaere Nilssen and The Refugees Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road, 332 1210. Rootsy Edinburgh-based singer and her band make a prestigious appearance, as you might say, at the Halt's ‘Wine, Women and Song‘ week.
I Comedy oi Errors Studio, 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 8896867.
I Barry Manilow Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place, 557 2590. 7.30pm. £18.50, £16. See Wed 27.
I Are and Tongue oi Alba Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. Are used to be known as SUK, who in turn were known as The Blue Monkey Experience way back when knights were bold. They'll strike it lucky some day. Tongue of Alba get pretty grungey in a vaguely Gothic way.
I The Matter Babies and Remember Fun Finsbury Park,5561020.£1.Punky thrashings from Edinburgh’s Matter Babies, from whom an LP is expected soon, but Remember Fun are more ofan unknown quantity.
I Texas Breakfast Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free. Blues.
I L" Three Tuns, Hanover Street, 225 5412. 7.30pm. Free. By some cosmic happening, the full address that this rock and blues outfit are playing at is 7-11 Hanover Street. Coincidence?
I Cadillac Chesterfields, Royal Terrace. 5566918. Free. Stripped-down Bluefinger
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