I They Might Be Giants: Flood (Elelttra) Just looking at the lyric sheet and wondering what these wadgcs of wacky surrealism could sound like is enough to make the head spin. Fortunately. Floodis an endearing pot-pourri of mainly-acoustic tracks. usually with a trombone or accordion. and in one case a cracking whip. to jolly things along. Pure joy wins out in ‘Birdhouse in Your Soul'. the happiest song in aeons; the aural equivalent. in fact. of the lightbulb appearing over a cartoon head. The Giants‘ sense of humour might get them invited to share a few beers with Colorblind James. but at the end of the night they‘d go their separate ways. The Giants could never be so deadpan. and James couldn‘t stand the tireless pace at which the Giants come up with such cunning melodies. Nineteen tracks in and they're still smiling. ‘Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads.‘ No thanks. id rather have the new They Might Be Giants LP on my turntable for the rest of the year. (Alastair Mabbott)

IJello Biatra. Beatnigs. Keith Leelanc. etc: Terminal City Ricochet (Alternative Tentacles) Cynics who thought they'd seen the last ofJello Biafra with the demise of the Dead Kennedys have been forced to think again. His wicked spoken word album No More Cocoorts. the FrankenchrLst court case and his opposition to the anti-choice lobby showed that he was a long way from sinking into graceless retirement as. say. an MTV video jockey. Terminal ('in Ricochet is the soundtrack fora film already in production. judging from the sleeve. though whether we‘ll get to see the end result is another matter. The music is about fifty-fifty. some with Biafra on vocals. some without. and there are a few stinkers. as you'd expect. However. ifyou thought straightahead American rock hadn‘t an ounce of spunk left. try Art Bergmann‘s ‘War Party‘. (Alastair Mabbott)




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RIDAY 23 Glasgow

I Gary Clail's On-U Sound System Glasgow College. 70 Cowcaddens Road. 332 0681. Students and guests only. A wizard DJ. Clail will be up there knocking lumps out of the sound system and mixing all his tracks live over his hard-Left lyrics. Expect to hear House. reggae. hip-hop. heavy metal all with one thingin common: solid power dance grooves.

I Midnight Blue Venue. 490 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. With a lot of friends in these parts Dougie White and Alec Dickson were in La Paz and Heavy Pettin‘ respectively this could be a fairly well-attended night.

I The Hicks The Shelter. 7 Renfrew Court. 332 6231. Achieved a lot in the short time they‘ve been going. Melodic rock. typical of so many Glasgow bands. but with subtle charm. The real energy and excitement of The Hicks is best captured live.

I Spamborsiti Clyde Cavern. 9 Clyde Place. Rather wild collective enamoured of the personalities of prominent Scottish folk musicians.

I The Thin Men Paisley College of Technology. 67 High Street. Paisley. 887 1241. 8pm—late. Students and guests only. interesting demo from this band. Might be worth checking out.


I David Bowie Exhibiton Centre. Ingliston. SOLD OUT. See Preview

I Yargo Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm-12.30am. See Preview.

I Martin Stephenson and The Daintees and Five Guys Named Moe George Square Theatre. Thoughtful Geordie songwriter. and a frequent visitor to these parts. playing the second of two nights here. See Preview for news of Five Guys Named Moe.

I The Ocean. The Pralines and The Realm ol the Shopping Trolley Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. 8pm. Three local hopefuls in a package.

I The Winston J. Gregory Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm.

I 7/11 Black‘s Bar. Portobello High Street. 669 5504. Free. Rock and blues.

I Deal Heights Cajun Aces Merlin. Morningside Road. 447 4329. 8pm—lam. Tickets. £3.50. available at the Merlin. Rutland No land at the door on the night. Cajun music and food plus cheap drink in a Southern Comfort promotion.

I Las Filipinas BB's Basement Bar. Barony Street (off Broughton Street). 556 8240. 5—7pm. 8-1 1pm. Free. Residency. Straight from the Phillipines. and blending the tagalog of their home with a varietyof styles six nights a week.

I The Rootsies Duo Globe. West Port. 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. Residency. Also seen in the Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band. Jim Condie on guitar and Ron Tate on vocals and harmonica play some blues. gospel and even a hint ofjazz.

I The Fillies Sixties Band Trading Post. The Shore. 553 5153. 9.30pm. Free. Covers band.

SATURDAY 24 Glasgow

I Curiosity Killed The Cat and Worldwide Strathclyde University Union. 90John Street. 552 1895. £4. Strange choice of venue you may think. is it adesperate attempt to gain credibility. or a shrewd move realising the kitsch potential ofa teeny-bOp band? Either way the ‘wacky‘ students will have a whale of a time pretending they‘ve been fans all along.

I Yargo King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. 272 St Vincent Street. 221 5279. £2.50. See Preview.

I Martin Stephenson and The Daintees and Five Guys Named Moe Henry Wood Hall. 73 Claremont Street. 221 4952. See Fri 23 and Preview.


I Mary Coughlan George Square Theatre. £7. See Preview.

I Midnight Blue Bedrock Club. Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm—4am. See Fri 23.

I BluetingerTrading Post. The Shore. 553 5153. 9.30pm. Free. Experienced. roek'n‘roll-influenced band with a number of residencies under their belt and an impressive CV of band and session work. I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Folk-rock. I The Juicy Fruit Band Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.

I Las Filipinas BB‘s Basement Bar. Barony Street (off Broughton Street).556 8240. 5—7pm. 8—11pm. Free. See Fri 23.

I Texas Breakfast] D Walker's. South Clerk Street. 662 4731. Electric blues. playing alternate Saturdays.

I Sharlot and The Rogues Globe. West Port. 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. One ofthe better live bands around Edinburgh. with quite a manic streak.

I Live music Kasbar. The Cowgate . 226 2072.



I Martin Stephenson and The Daintees and Five Guys Named Moe Henry Wood Hall. 73 Claremont Street. 221 4952. See Fri 23 and Preview.

I The Peat Diggers Mayfair. 474 Sauchiehall Street. 332 3872.

I Cheering the Wake Delirium 7, Rooftops. 92 Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. 10pm-late. £2. Having just released a new EP. they should appeal to the club‘s alterative types.

I The Outriders and Best Belore Winter

Vidcodrome. 33—39 York Street. 221 0441. Replacing Farewell Parade on this bill. The Outriders are being whispered about as being the next big group from Glasgow. Their big American sound hints strongly that they think so too. Best Before Winter have a more restrained. but catchy. pop sound.

I The Linden Tree The Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. Hard-working young band who've just released their debut single. ‘John Friendly".

I Waitin’ For Delta The State. 148 I iolland Street. 332 2159. Liverpool-based band doing the rounds tip here at the moment.


I Reanimator and DAM Moshpit. Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. 6.30— 10.30pm. Double-bill of British thrash bands touring their new releases ( '(mdemnedto Eternity and Human Wreckage. Which speaks volumes. really. ..

I Tiny Crockett and The Rockets Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Rock and blues. from the band formerly known as Shiver'n'Shake.

I Live music Negociants. Lothian Street. 2256313. 9.45pm. Free.

I Terminal Bondage. Globe. West Port. 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. Loud and thrashy. A beauty of a band. we're assured.

I Raw Deal St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925.

I The Rootsies DquD Walker's. South (‘lerk Street. 662 4731. Residency. See Fri 23.

I Live music Sessions. The Cowgate. 225 9916.

MONDAY 26 Glasgow I Mary Coughlen and The Catherine Wheel

at the Rutland Hotel Edinburgh 031 229 3402

r Entertainment in No 1 Bar

Monday 26 March 'RAW' the best oi Scottish groups live in N01


27 March

RIF RAF the boys from the

West with the best in commercial music.

Thursday 29 March HOLLYWOOD LIVE

Monday 2 April 'RAW'

Tuesday 3 April RIF RAF

Thursday 5 April EXIT

Mon to Wed until 12pm Thurs to Sun until 1am

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