RIDAY 24 Glasgow
I Teenage Fan Club King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. £3.50. Glasgow audiences may be somewhat bemused by the adulation afforded down south to these Bellshill laddies. Fresh from a much lauded performance at New York‘s New Music Seminar and the cover of Sounds, TFC should succeed in cutting through any remaining hardened cynicism on their home patch to demonstrate that they‘re more than a poor man‘s Dinosaur Jr. They‘re cuter, for a start.
I Yoihu Ylndl Third Eye Centre, 346—354 Sauchiehall Street, 332 7521. 9pm. £3.50 (£2.50). There are two sides to Yothu Yindi, the Aboriginal group from Arnhem Land in Northern Australia; the continuation of a musical tradition that stretches back 60,000 years and the blending of that tradition with rock guitars. Both can be heard on their debut LP, Homeland Movement on Mushroom Records. The group toured the United States with Midnight Oil last year, creating a great deal of interest, and after tonight they are playing in Edinburgh from Mon 27-Sat 1 , showcasing their acoustic, traditional set at St John's Church and the full band line-up at the Big Top in The Meadows in the evening.
I Orbital and Irresistible Force Joy, Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street, 248 4600. 11pm. £3.50. Slam continue their brief foray into live music presentation with chart-ﬂirting keyboard-twiddlers Orbital, the claustrophobic dance-crazy atmosphere (should that be ambienee?) of the Sub providing the ideal location for ‘experiencing‘ an outfit like this. Guest DJ tonight will be Glen Gunner.
I The Lezll 8 Band Shelter, 7 Renfrew Court, 332 6231. 10.30pm. Free. AKA Hue and Cry‘s keyboard player, seeking to remove herself from Pat‘s rectorial shadow to gain recognition in her own
I Jamie Barnes and Cochise Studio, 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. 9.45pm. Free. In terms of longevity, Jamie Barnes is the most prestigious name on the circuit. This, the ﬁrst of three Friday night slots at The Studio, will be his ﬁrst gig in Paisley for ten years. Expect a variety of rock cover versions.
I The Hemingways Traders, Glassford Street, 552 5826. 10pm. Free. Hard-gigging blues/rock band, working to make their new(ish) name as familiar as their old (i.e. Dexter Slim and the Pickups).
I Avie Assembly Rooms, George Street 226 2428. 11.45pm. £6 (£5). Till Sun 26.
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie’s iorthcoming album, ‘Hammer and Tongs' (their third, including the B-sldes and odds-and-ends collection ‘Fish Heads and Talls’), has been delayed, as the group have decided to terminate their contract with EMI. Negotiations are currently going ahead in the United States with MCA, who had already shown interest in signing the band to an American deal. Alter hearing EMi’s terms lorthe separation, manager Deke Prlmo was optimistic that MCA would be prepared to sign them lorthe rest oi the world as well.
Their departure irom EMI has been sparked by dissatlsiactlon at the label's alleged lack oi interest and support. The group ielt their previous record label, Capitol, with similar
The peripatetlc Mackenzles carry the rights to their recorded material irom label to label, which means that both ‘Good Deeds and Dirty Bags' and ‘Fish Heads and Tails’ will be available on their new label.
At press time, Primo was reported by one inslderto be “lounging by a poolside in LA - we always knew he had it in him’, carrying out the ilnal negotiations lor the band’s iransier. (Alastair Mabbott)
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie play Our Lady's High School, Cumbernauld on Sun 26 and Gallon Studios, Edinburgh on Tue 28 and Wed 29. A third night may be added on Mon 27, depending on demand.
Love ‘em or hate 'em, you can't deny that these eclectic Soviets put on a unique aural and visual show. Their runs at the Tramway in 1989, and Glasgow‘s King‘s Theatre at this year‘s Mayfest, were more successful comminglings of rock and theatre than they had a right to be. considering their constituent parts: ska with progressive tendencies, a deadpan chorus line parodying the idealised collective farm worker, hilarious dance routines, all tied together with an inventiveness and humour that is way ahead of the music itself, though the songs are never less than toe-tappineg
enjoyable. Sheer fun. Miss them not.
I Joois Holland and his Big Band Extravaganza Queen‘s Hall, South Clerk Street, 6682019. 10.30pm. £7 (£5). Until Fri 31 . Taking a leave of absence (permanently?) from Squeeze, Holland is free to tickle the ivories for his latest big band project. He is. however, joined by Squeeze members‘ bassist Keith Wilkinson and faithful drummer Gilson Lavis. Not just boogie woogie but memorable banter as well.
I The Spooks Fringe Club, Teviot Row, Bristo Square, 226 5257 (day). 667 2091 (night). 9pm. Free with Fringe Club
membership. Edinburgh‘s wacky answer to The Monkees bring their multi-media Bikini Club to the Fringe. Sharp. funny pastiches of moptopmania. if you’re in the mood, they can be a delight.
I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £4. Renowned Celtic folk-rockers. somewhat in the Fairport mould, present two special Fringe shows in one of their regular venues tonight and tomorrow.
I Blade Serenade Negociants. Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.45pm. Free.
I Free 'n' Easy Leadbelly‘s. South Clerk Street, 662 4731. 10pm.
I Las Filipinas BB‘s Basement Bar. Barony Street (off Bi'oughton Street).556 8240. 5—7pm. 8—11pm. Free. Residency. every night except Sunday. Warm. enjoyable acoustic folk from the Philippines. A variety ofinternational styles is promised.
SATURDAY 25 Glasgow
I The Catherine Wheel King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. £3. The Catherine Wheel's melodic jangle pop with its groovy line in harmonies will see them having to fight off spurious Fab Four comparisons for a while yet. which is a shame because everyone knows New Kids On The Block are the new Beatles.
I The 0ulrlders Shelter. 7 Renfrew Court. 3326231. 10.30pm. Free. Unpretentious. no-nonsense rock from ex-River Detective Charlie Reilly and various Halt employees. Straightforward and sweaty with a charismatic frontman, they‘re everything a pub band should be — no denigration intended.
I The Great Junction Street Band Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free. Adult pop group with pleasant tunes. ex-members of Runrig and The Shadowland and a guitarist apparently once shortlisted for Whitesnake.
I The Pier Lights Trade rs. Glassford Street, 552 5826. 10pm. Free. Folky.
I Irah Hayes Halt Bar, 160Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free.
I Big George and the Business Studio. 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley. 889 6867. 9.45pm. Free. Big George replies to Jamie Barnes? Much the same thing really. but here George is on a Saturday for the benefit of those who can’t get enough ofthat residency.
I Jam session Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 3pm. Free. Free grub. enthusiastic throng— all this and local band Big Sky to host the proceedings.
I Positive Leith Theatre. foot of Ferry Road. £4 including return transport from Waverley. Tickets available from Filmhouse Box Office. Billed as ‘a dance music extravaganza‘. this party night features DJs from the clubs Devil Mountain, Saddle Sore and Floral Riot.
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