I Guaranteed Pure Riverboat Function Suite, Merlin, Momingside Road, 447 4329. 9pm—lam. £5.

I Hobody’s Business Bannerman’s. Niddry Street, 556 3254. 9pm. Free. Residency. Friendly blues band.

I Alastair Mathieson Leith Oyster Bar, The Shore, 554 6294. 9pm. Free.

I Live music Green Tree, Cowgate, 225 1294. Free.

oxmo DAY


I BMX Bandits and Gobstopper Stigma. Tuxedo Princess, Anderston Quay, 204 1150. 9pm. £3. The Stigma Boxing Day Bonanza features those old standbys the BMX Bandits always reliable for dispensing a bit of pucrilc indie comedy round about the festive season. but their prime placing on the bill has been eclipsed by ‘extra special guests' featuring an ex-Bandit who grew up, wised up and formed a band with more than a fighting chance of educating the cutey masses. And the kids just love them. That should be enough clues.

I Bollin' Joe and the Jets Curlers, 256 Byres Road. 334 1284. 9pm. Free. Residency. Fifties rock‘n'roll.


I 0.0. Ellis Venue, Calton Road. 557 3073. Open till 4am. lt‘sa riskyjob. putting on a gig on Boxing Day, but Dave Ellis and co are brave chaps, and reckon a night of punchy go-go sounds is just what everybody needs. Slimmed down in numbers. the band may prove to be an even tighter, funkier outfit than before. I The Bootsle Tootsie Blues Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. See Sat 22.

I Spank the Plank Negociants, Lothian

Street, 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.



I Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants Studio 55, Bruce Hotel, Cornwall Street, East Kilbride, 32 29771. 8pm. £2. Now their adoring public has had time to digest the marvel that was ‘Six to Wan', the question is— do the Velvet Underpants have anything to offer beyond the novelty value of that towering success? You wouldn’t have seen Lou Reed build his career on just one song, you know. Two songs, maybe.

I Heaven Sent and The Henry Brothers Chicago Meatpackers, 50 Hope Street. 248 4466. 10pm. Free. The annual Heaven Sent party night takes place not at King's Court as previously planned, but at Chicago Meatpackers. Heaven Sent have invited The Henry Brothers to play with them, and happy hour lasts the whole night.

I The Little Green Monkeys Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free. Folk duo featuring fiddle and guitar.

I thrne'n'Heason Outhouse, 1155 Cathcart Road, 649 0184. 10pm. Free.

I Big George and The Business Studio, 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. 10pm. Free. Big George makes a brief return to his erstwhile haunt.

I Hugh Reed and The Velvet Underpants Bruce Hotel, East Kilbride. 9pm.


I Red Hot and Blue Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073.

I The SOs/60s Band Trading Post , The Shore, 553 5153. 9pm. Free. Covers from said decades. including the likes of ‘Red House', ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining‘ and ‘You












Really Got Me'.

I Alter Eight Mince St James Oyster Bar, Calton Road, 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency. Proficient jazz-funk group of sessioneers.

I Give Up the Ghost Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.

I The Hootsles Duo Ryrie‘s, Haymarket Terrace, 337 7582. Residency. See Fri 21 . I Texas Breakfast Preservation Hall . Victoria Street, 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Bluesy.

I The Lost Form Pelican , Cowgate, 225 5413. Free.

I David Valentine and Murray lnnes Blue Lagoon , Angle Park Terrace, 337 9922. 9.30pm—12.30am. Free. Residency. Vocals and sax.

I The Last Detail Scottie Lounge, Abercorn Gardens, 669 7244. Free. Residency.

FRIDAY 28 Glasgow

I Splrea X Cragburn Hotel, Gourock. Snub are filming tonight‘s gig for their new series and as the venue is unlicensed for the evening there are no age restrictions on those turning up to make a feeble attempt at getting their fizzog on the box. Contact Andrew McDiarmid on 0475 27661 for details. See preview.

I Blues’n’Trouble King‘s Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 2723 St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. £4. Continuing the “old favourites’ theme of King Tut‘s December line-up, Blues’n'Trouble return for two shows. Highly respected R&B boogie experts. they’ve moved in the heady realms of BB King. Robert Cray and Buddy Guy, so consider yourselves privileged!

I Eddie Baskerville The Shelter, 7 Renfrew Court, 332 6231. 10pm. Free. Nigh-legendary Mancunian punk Ed Banger (of Nosebleeds notoriety and Slaughter and the Dogs infamy) returns with a new name, a new show "The Sound of the Baskerville' but few new ideas.

I Tour De Force The Venue, 490 Sauchiehall Street, 332 3872. 11pm. £3 .50. I Hideaway Blues Band MacSorleys. Jamaica Street, 221 8499. 8.30pm. Free. Residency. See Fri 21.

I Hugh Head and The Velvet Underpants Trader Vic's, Glassford Street, 552 5826. 9pm. Free.


I Zulu Syndicate and A Gentle Sound Motherwell Civic Centre. Appearing atan indoor rave, organised by the people behind A Day for Scotland. Starts around 9pm.


I The Hands Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.

I Hometown Trading Post, The Shore. 553 5153. 9pm. Free. See Fri21.

I The Chortle Davidson Band Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Bluesy.

I The Hootsies Duo Globe, West Port. 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. Residency. See Fri

21 .

I Los Supremos Leith Oyster Bar, The Shore, 554 6294. 9pm. Free. Rock and blues 'covers.

I Gordon Campbell Blue Lagoon, Angle Park Terrace, 337 9922. Free. Residency. See Fri 21 .


I Dundertunk Pzazz, Jarvey Street, 0506 52370. See Sun 23.

ATURDAY 29 Glasgow

I Blues’n’Trouble King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 2215279. 10pm. £4. See Fri 28.

I Baby’s Got a Gun The Studio, lZShuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. 9.30pm. £2. See

Fri 21.

I Bo'iVeevti Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free.

I Big George and The Business Furlong‘s Bar, 115b West Nile Street, 332 5777. 4pm and 9pm. Free. Mini-residency.


I Wild Spirit and The Right Stult Venue, Calton Road, 557 3073. Who is this new rock band White. sorry Wild, Spirit? Actually, none other than Ye Olde Crows, who thought a name change in time for their 1991 EP would be a good idea, especially ifit ruled out confusion with the American Black Crowes.

I The Mourning Altar and The Probes Basin Street, Haymarket Terrace, 337 1006. Doors open 7.30pm. £1. First band on 10ish. Open till 1am. A combo compared to The Fuzztones and others oftheir kidney, The Mourning After‘s album has been produced by none other than Captain Sensible. Take that as you will. I The TCs Platform One, Rutland Street. See Sat 22.

I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm. One of the longest-serving folk-rock groups around. See Sat 22.

I The Hootsle Tootsie Blues Band Trading Post, The Shore. 5535153.

I Head in the Sand Negociants, Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free. Sharp and sprightly pop, showing greater substance and potential than many other local groups of similar stature.

I The Junkyard Angels St James Oyster Bar, Calton Road, 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency. See Sat 22.

I The Volunteers Ryrie's, Haymarket Terrace, 337 7582. Fortnightly residency. Rock.

I Billy Jones Scottie Lounge. Abercorn Gardens, 6697244. Free. Back inthe Capital after a long absence. Billy plays a set oforiginal acoustic rock'n‘roll numbers.

I The Strat Boys Globe, West Port , 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. Residency. Rock and blues covers.

SUNDAY 30 Glasgow

I Johnny Houston and Fear oi the Dark Stigma. Tuxedo Princess. Anderston Quay, 204 1150. 9pm. £3. Johnny Houston has recruited a group of session musicians to showcase his commercial dance pop, while Fear of the Dark have supported Deacon Blue in their previous guise as Gift of Vision.


I Gargieblud Moshpit, Venue. Calton Road, 557 3073. See preview.

I The TCs Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1 after 9.30pm. See Sat 22.

I Blade Serenade St James Oyster Bar, Calton Road, 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency.

I Guaranteed Pure Rutland No 1,Rutiand Street, 229 3402. Residency.

I The Spanners Trading Post, The Shore, 553 5153. Residency. See Sun 23.

36 The List 21 December 1990— 10January 1991