ROCK & BLUES
FRIDAY 22 Glasgow
I David Lee Roth SECC, Finnieston Quay, 248 3000. 7.30pm. £13. Tickets from usual outlets. Embraced globally by feminists and sensitive souls alike, David Lee Roth combines glamour and hedonism with the stage presence ofa megalomaniac to produce one of the most visually entertaining shows to hit these shores. Which is just as well, because he hasa formidable supply of dreadful songs to compensate for.
I The Wendys and saidiiorence King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 2723 St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. £3.50. Factory‘s shimmering new hopes. . . Edinburgh’s finest. . .blah. blah. . . Quite possibly not the wayThe Wendys would like to be perceived, but they're saddled with it now. so they‘ll just have to get down to the business of justifying the hype. lfthe indie delights of the debut single are anything to go by, it shouldn't be an impossible task. Local lads saidﬂorence seem a curious choice of support, combining heavy guitars, epic keyboards and solid funky basslines.
I It? Tunnel. 84 Mitchell Street. 204 1000. 11pm. £5. See Clubs preview.
I Trident Venue, 490 Sauchiehall Street, 332 3872. 11pm. £3.50.
I Free Airwaves Radio Halt Bar. 160 Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9.30pm. Free. A new four-piece Glasgow-based outfit blending the best of soul and funk inﬂuences.
I The Ruby Suit Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 10pm. £2. Hard-gigging Edinburgh group with a good away following, who perform confident pop/rock with strong female vocals in that style most common to these parts.
I Hugh Reed and The Velvet Underpants and Billy Boriand Traders, Glassford Street. 9pm. Free. Residency. Grabbinga portion of the limelight with The Velvet Underpants tonight is comedian Billy Borland. From now on. the band promise just one support act each week.
I The Hideaway Blues Band MacSorlcys. Jamaica Street. 221 8499. 9pm. Free. Residency. Blues and soul.
I The Probes and 8.80M Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. Plusthe Demo Disco. See preview.
I Jimmy James Floral Riot. Network 2. West Tollcross. 228 3252. 10.30pm—4am. I Call Me Clive and Sam Harlet Moray House Student Union. Holyrood Road. 5568455. Free. Open to the public. Two busy local groups. both ofwhich are attracting moderate interest.
I Bo'Weevil Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Blues.
I Precious Little Else Negociants, Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
I Heart Industry Southside Snooker Centre. Causewayside. Free. Residency. I The Spanners Trading Post. The Shore. 553 5153. 9pm. Free. Residency. A duo with drum machine. keyboards and guitars. doing a whole range ofcovers.
I The Rootsies Duo Globe. West Port. 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. Residency. Taking time out from The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band. Jim (.‘ondie on guitar and Ron Tate on vocals and harmonica play blues. gospel and a sprinklingofjazz.
I Gordon Campbell Blue Lagoon. Angle Park Terrace. 3379922. Free. Residency.
Known chiefly for his work at R. E. L. Studios and West Lothian College Music Management Course, Campbell is also an experienced and accomplished songwriter.
I Los Supremos Leith Oyster Bar. The Shore. 554 6294. 9pm. Free. Residency. Rock and blues covers.
I Shibboleth Cafe Biarritz, Frederick Street. 225 5244. 10pm. Free. Pleasant rocky songs given melodic interest by violin.
I Live music Moray House Student Union, Holyrood Road, 556 8455. 9pm. Free. Four bands, to be confirmed.
SATURDAY 23 Glasgow
I Edwyn Collins Queen Margaret Union, University Gardens. 339 9784. 8pm. £5.50 (advance), £6 (door). Students and guests. The last time Edwyn Collins shilly-shallied on to the OM stage. the capacity crowd demanded three wholly deserved encores. lfanything, Scotland‘s Mr Janglequirkpop has increased in stature and popularity since then, so bring a sleeping bag— it may be a long set.
I Havana 3am King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. £4. Paul Simonon‘s new group seek to blend influences in the same way his old group The Clash managed to do. The single ‘Reach the Rock‘ is a fairly uninspired piece of reggaebilly posturing which has been dealt a lukewarm reception by most, but the eponymous album hot on its heels better stands up to expectations.
I The Humpil Family Jordanhill College, 76 Southbrae Drive, 9503000. Compulsive dance material, and not a Soul 11 Soul beat to be heard. This chaotic clan of professional revellers frequently provoke their audience to unprecedented bouts of frenzied leg-shaking excesses with their convincing blend ofcajun. country and folk inﬂuences.
I John Wesley Harding. Pleasure Touch and Painted Harlem Studio. 12 Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 9.30pm. £1 .SOSee preview for John Wesley Harding. Pleasure Touch is the new name for the Lezli R Band, and Miss R, if you need reminding, played keyboards for Hue and Cry in her spare time.
I The Wendys Toledo Junction. Greenock. See Fri 22.
I Electric Daisies Christie's. Alexandria. 0389 57799. 9pm. Free. Part ofthe Barky! Barky Cumbernauld crew. Electric Daisies play that most welcome of sub-genres. funk metal. as espoused by Faith No More and their ilk. There is however a limit to the amount of funk they can inject without a bass guitar. so would the chancer who stole it from their rehearsal room return it pronto or suffer an eternity of guilt-ridden misery.
I Priest Town Halt Bar. 160Woodlands Road, 332 1210. 9.30pm. Free. Liverpudlian band owing more than a passing debt to Scouse gods Echo and the Bunnymen.
I The Last Minute Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free. Edinburgh band who fuse a bizarre concoction of inﬂuences with their jazzicr element taking precedence.
I Peter Goes To Partick MacSorleys. Jamaica Street. 221 8499. 4.30pm. Free. Residency.
I Jamie Barnes and Cochise MacSorleys. Jamaica Street. 221 8499. 9pm. Free. Residency. Traditional blues rock from an old hand.
I Slam Ill-D lngliston Exhibition Centre. 8pm-8am. £16 from all TOCTA outlets. or phone 031 557 6969. For details phone 031557 65780r083| 164611. See(‘lubs preview.
I Planet Pop and Just Another Dream Basin
Street, Haymarket Terrace, 337 1006. £1 . Ex-Revillos and ex-Cretins— fun times assured.
I Strategy Venue. Calton Road, 557 3073. MOR rock.
I Woodrow’s Louder Than Hype Platform One. Rutland Street. 225 2433. The excellent blues and soul singer fronts his new band in a fairly regular slot.
I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Folk-rock. I The Junkyard Angels St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road, 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency. Oyster Bar favourite Sandyman joins forces with members of The Lost Soul Band for a folky. harmonious acoustic set.
I Rhythm and Blues Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
I The Gods oi Glam Cafe Biarritz. Frederick Street. 225 5244. 10pm. Free. Residency.
I The Strat Boys Globe, West Port , 229 4553. 9.30pm. Free. Rock and blues
I Heart industry Southsidc Snooker Centre, Causewayside. Free. Residency. I Buy Me an Umbrella Queen Street Oyster Bar, Queen Street, 226 2530. 9.30pm. Free. Residency. Spanish rhythms. bongos, electric and acoustic guitars.
I The Spanners Trading Post, The Shore, 553 5153. 9pm. Free. See Fri 22.
I Los Supremos Prefects, Queensferry Lane, 220 4106. Free. Rock and blues
I Rita in Amsterdam Bistro, Pelican. Cowgate, 225 5413. Afternoon. Free. Residency.
I Mark Parry Cafe Society, George Street. 2202341. 3—6pm. Free. Residency. Boogie, ballads and blues from guitarist/singer.
I Live music Royal Archer. Jeffrey Street, 5566338. Free. Most likely something bluesy.
SUNDAY 24 Glasgow
I Birdland, Chunk and Electric Daisies Mayfair, 490 Sauchiehall Street, 332 3872. £5.40 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin, Union Street, 226 4679. The blonde bimbos return to inflict more uninspired tantrums on their unfortunate audience. There comes a time when you can‘t make excuses for them anymore — they haven‘t released a good single in aeons (because they‘ve been releasing the same single for aeons) and their live shows are all volume and no substance. Or maybe that‘s just when they play in Glasgow.
I John Wesley Harding Biko Bar. Queen Margaret Union. University Gardens, 339 9784. Free. Students and guests. See preview.
I Asmo Plaza, Eglinton T011. 423 3077. 3pm. £10. Tickets on the door. Phone 557 2858 for more details. A bit of an unknown quantity it seems. but included here on the ‘Detramental' tour as the sole live act at this Plaza All-Dayer. and appearing onstage at 5pm.
I Hear Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road, 332 1210. 7—1 1pm. Not the name ofa band. but ofthe benefit. The Halt will be split into two. with rock bands in the lounge (with the possibility ofsome famous faces) and acoustic acts like Louise Rutkowski. Eye Scream. Susan Mahoney and Derek Riley in the bar. Donations will be sought. and given to Glasgow School for the Deaf.
I A Chocolate Morning The Studio. 12 Shuttle Street, Paisley, 889 6867. 10pm.
£1 . Local indie band worth looking in on.
I Tiny Crockett and The Rocketts Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Rhythm'n‘blues.
I Ta] St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Residency. Session
guitarist up from London for a few months who‘s worked with the likes of T’Pau and Julia Fordham. Sings too.
I The Volunteers Ryries, Haymarket Terrace, 337 7582. Free. Fortnightly residency.
I Rita in Asterdam Tap o‘ Lauriston. Lauriston Place, 229 4041. Free. Residency.
MONDAY 25 Glasgow
I The Farm and Top Barrowland, 244 Gallowgate, 552 4601. SOLD OUT. The most Iaddish old men in the business adjust their hearing aids and attempt to sing in tune — when they manage that,then The Farm‘s live reputation is wholly justified. Tonight‘s sell-out may prove to be a tougher test than the highly favourable rave atmosphere at their pre-Christmas Plaza bash, but The Soup Dragons pulled it off at Barrowland. so why not the old (farm) hands? Support band Top resurrect Merseybeat and melody in an effort to confirm Liverpool‘s regained musical stature.
I Dumpy’s Rusty Huts King Tut’sWah Wah Hut. 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 10pm. £4. Years in the business seems to count for a lot when it comesto explaining the respect Dumpy‘s Rusty Nuts command. Few could now dare to knock them . . . so neither willwe.
I Jam Session Cafe Expresso Bongo, 30 Quarry Street, Hamilton, 0698 458174. 8pm. Free. This highly successfulevening is fast becoming an autograph hunter‘s paradise. Jim Soup Dragon and various members of Teenage Fanclub and The Groovy Little Numbers converge with local jazz musicians for a bit of spontaneous combustion . . .sorry. composition.
I The Big Dish and The McCluskeys Queen‘s Hall. South Clerk Street. 668 2019. After a chequered history. The Big Dish have hit the heights with 'Miss America‘ on their new label. East West,so this gig should be packed out.
I Birdland. Chunir and Realm ofthe Shopping Trolley Network. West TollcrOSs. 228 3252. See Sun 24. Local support, Realm of the Shopping Trolley, are a loud. spikey noise, whose force is far too contained on tape - they have to be experienced live.
I Tongue ol Alba. A Whole New Jungle and The Probes Venue, Calton Road. 557 3073. The Probes seem to be playing more gigs than just about anyone at the moment, A Whole New Jungle have reformed. though whether they‘re still a firestorm ofguitars we haven't found out yet. and Tongue of Alba should wind the night up in grungey style.
I Root Love Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. Melodic and intelligent material — a band to be watched.
I The Junkyard Angels Cooler. beneath The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Free. Residency. See Sat 23.
I Dave Robb Negociants. Lothian Street, 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free. The man with the bouzouki has a canny songwritingtalent, with noticeable folk inﬂuences.
I Fiaere Hllssen Bistro, Pelican. Cowgate, 225 5413. 10pm. Free. Residency. In addition to her main work with The Refugees. the American singer/songwriter plays solo. accompanied by sax on some songs.
I Alastair Malhieson Leith Oyster Bar, The Shore, 554 6294. 9pm. Free.
I Live music Green Tree, Cowgate . 225 1294.
I Crime and the City Solution and Breed King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincentj
32 The List 22 February — 7 March 1991