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. “ '. .. ' N B DEBORAH HARRY v - ROCK "WW INTERNATIONAL JAZZ Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 17July. . FESTIVAL 17-35 Aug,
King Tut's. Glasgow. 1() July . The last train from Trancentral loitered at the platform. but we we re
I having none ofit. Hang
the bleep-besotted DJ; down the unfashionable end of town. the kidsare alright with their own particular kind ofsweat release. lfit's Wednesday. it mUst be the ABBA revival. . .
Bjorn Again are onstage. and boy are they Swedish. Well. no actually: Bjorn Again are four rum coves from Melbourne. a sun-soaked joint not a million (just a
few thousand) miles from
snow-clad Stockholm. But here they are tonight. in the ﬂesh and in the plastic thigh boots and shiny lip gloss. For those damn fool enough not to have caught the joke yet. Bjorn Again are bfj )orn mimics. Four harmonised souls who fell asleep one night only mﬁnd themselves. come the morrow reincarnated as the greatest living Swedes. And no. we're not talking Rosette or turnips.
And. by Volvo. they’re rocktastic! Bjorn Again.
as faultless look- and
sound-alikes. offer the best sensational
experience this side ofa
‘ megamixorgasm. Song
details areirrelevancies. obvious as they all are to
' every single person the
world over — we‘re talking heretheanthemsthat
‘ spawned a ‘68 spawned
kid's sexuality. psychology and vocabulary (‘Andante
Andante'. ‘Mama Mia'. ‘Chiquitita’ — pop
1 Eurodudes). Mininga
repertoire as impeccable and fulsome as ABBA's. how could they fail‘.’
As it is. our 02 heroes steal the Scandic crown
; from their source gurus.
In a kind of post-coital delirium we danced and sang and swayed and clapped. With spurious accents and naff patter. blondy wigs and spookily uncanny impersonations. Bjorn
Again converted us. road-to-Damascus-like. to the glories of our 70s youth.
But where the flip was
- “Thank You For The Music“? (Craig McLean)
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44 The List 26 July — 8 August 19615
When all’s said and done, no matter how good the performance is, Deborah Harry live is a nostalgia trip. Despite the inclusion of the solo successes — ‘I Want That Man‘ and ‘French Kissin“ — she is living off her former glories. For the audience, unbothered by trivialities like artistic integrity, it‘s no bad thing. A bullwhip-brandishing Harry going through a set of Blondie singles is infinitely more enjoyable than most other contemporary live attractions. After all, it is impossible ever to have heard the likes of ‘Call Me’, ‘Hanging On The Telephone’ or ‘Heart Of Glass’ too often.
Despite tabloid attention to her shape, on stage she is still a star, kicking her shoes into the audience and encoring with a caustic ‘Hip HerTo Shreds‘ and covers of 22 Top and Led Zepplin tracks. That much of the show would probably not look out of place as Las Vegas cabaret only slightly dampens the enthusiasm for reliving
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ouryouth. The going-throughthe- I i motions indifference of last year’s shows has been replaced by what
seems like a genuine lust for live I)“. SIIOWS and SUQQBSIS Harry Will be I EDINBURGH CASTLE I belting out all the old favourites well 5 ESPLANADE (557 5959) Van ' into the next century. (James Morrison. 29 Aug. Haliburton) I EDINBURGH PLAYHDUSE
S.E.C.C., Glasgow, 16 July. Great. Dur seats are so far back that the performers resemble Subbuteo models and I'd have had a betterview from my Edinburgh flat. Still, at leastwe journos didn’t fork out £14 for the privilege like the poor sods in the wilderness around us. Criminal. However. . .
God knows why Jesus Jones are supporting INXS (mickey-take, crossover-appeal, record company buy-on?) but their acid-rock megabites sound massive tonight. A frenzied, miserly short set, consistently exuding both original style and stunning aural ferocity. A hard act to follow.
The INXS sound is as crisp (surprise surprise!) as JJ‘s was muddy, and opening volleys, particularly New Sensation, impress. But the set flounders thereafter, rapidly becoming a one-dimensional, rockist dirge. ‘Aaaalriiiight Glaaaaasgow?!!’ Well, it‘s only rock’n'roll, but. . . Call me a
1 prude, but Mick Hutchence strikes me
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l as a bloke with marginally less charisma than a rabid stoat. There’s a rotten smugness about his sex-god antics which triggers off much silliness in the womanfolk present but leaves us chaps scratching our heads in bewilderment. Tonight, he (con)fuses Jim Morrison's lazy stage-slithering with various sub-Jaggerisms — a ham, but able frontman, strong of voice and leather oftrouser, almost convincing. The Antipodean rock-funk almost is, too: INXS songs are grossly uneven of ; quality (here, as elsewhere, they . resemble Iatterday Stones) and some , are outrightplodders, sounding cruelly A 5 pedestrian besidethejuicyintegrity of . . Disappear, Mystify and By My Side. : Disappointing and, ultimately, tedious. Hock concert ‘rules‘ decree 1 a that, to be worth their (£14) salt, a band i mustplayfor90 minutes. Halfan ' hour's highlights would have been i champion-the extra hour stretched it I 5 all into mundanity. Notbadfor ‘ I
Subbuteo modelsthough. (Paulw. Hullah)
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