MUSIC ROCK & BLUES
‘ ROCK & BLUES
Dates listed below are tor one-on shows: see separate section tor residencies. Gigs are listed by date. then by city. Dates will be listed. provided that details reach ouroltices at least one week betore publication. Book and Blues Listings compiled byAlastalr htabbott and Fiona Shepherd.
i FRIDAY 27 Glasgow
I Batcat and saidllorence King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. Perth (that‘s Perth. Australia) trio Ratcat appear to be the Antipodean equivalent ofThe Senseless Atomic Four Will Eat ltself. iftheir current single ‘Don’t Go Now‘ is an accurate yardstick. Their cheery fraggle-rock recipe has done wonders for them back home where they're almost as famous as Bouncer from Neighbours. but they‘re anxious also to make an impression in the country that spawned their. um. varied inﬂuences— The Buzzcocks. The Members and The Buzzcocks again.
I Blue October and The Naked Flames Glasgow School of Art. Renfrew Street. 332 9797. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Fresh 91 . the Art School‘s main Freshers‘ Week bash is not confined to freshers; it‘s not even confined to students. Live music from the irrepressible Blue October whose infectious danceable pop is tempered by the more ethereal guitar power ofThe Naked Flames.
I Breed Traders (upstairs). Glassford Street. 552 6246. 10pm. Free. This esoteric Liverpudlian group have just released their debut album Grin on Nightshift Records. which features titles like ‘lmagination Is The Muscle OfThe Soul‘ and lyrics like ‘it‘s 5am in eczema town and dreams leak through my skin‘. lt‘s dead wholesome. honest.
I Backlash. Sedition and Jimmy Savllle's Wheelchair Traders (downstairs). Glassford Street. 552 6246. 9pm.£1.50. Another big value triple bill ofthrash combos who will each perform 15-song. lO-minute sets (and that includes stopping and starting each song three times because the bass player came in at the wrongtime) and be inadvertently hilarious. Beats me why bands like this never succeed in playing to audiences upwards of 50 (and that includes the dogs-on-a-string that the punters bring in with them).
I The Ocean Chisholm's. Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 9pm. £1.50. The Ocean. with basically the same line-up as the old Right Stuff. did a live Radio Forth show the other week. playing an impressive set of professional. high-impact rock. They‘ve power to burn. and. encouragingly. their keyboards blend in with the total sound rather than ‘augmenting‘ or distracting.
I Alliedo Hippodrome. Kilmarnock.0563 21210.11pm.£4.
38 The-List 27 September — 10 October 1991
I Shadowcat Magoo‘s. Croft Street. Kilmarnock. 0563 38940. 11pm. £2.
I Danger Christie‘s. Main Street. Alexandria. ()389 57799. 9.30pm. Free. Commercial heavy rock.
I Texas Breakfast Preservation l lall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Electric blues.
I End Of City Subway. Cowgate. Hardcore.
I Electric Love Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
I Elephant Noise Argyle Bar. Princes Street. 0324 23179. Edinburgh band warming up for their Freshers‘ Week gig supporting Jools Holland. of all unlikely people. The versatile guitar-based sound . displayed on their recent [31’ should make for a bafﬂing contrast.
I The Ruby Suit Jonesy's. Nile Court. High Street. The Ruby Suit can always be relied upon to turn in a set ofexcellent guitar-based pop and leave you satisfied and wanting more at the same time. but their lack of progress over the years they‘ve been together must be highly frustrating.
SATURDAY 28 Glasgow '
I The Humpn Family and Wraygun and the Rockets Strathclyde University Union. John Street. 552 1895. 9pm. £3. Students and guests. Strathclyde Uni can‘t really go wrong with this line-up for an end of Freshers‘ Week knees-up bash — a mad cajun band preceded by a mad rockabilly band. a no-risk gambit to get the joint jumping. l I The Rhythm Kittens and Change of 1 Seasons King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St f Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £3. Glasgow indie stalwarts provide their own i concise history ofThe Last Five Years in l lndieland. Their most recent demo i suggests that they‘ve finally got their act together. Support band Change of Seasons came to Scotland via (‘anada and are currently resident on Egg Records with a double A-side single to their name. bursting with charming indie-pop reﬂections. i I The Olives Traders (upstairs). (ilassford - Street. 5526246. 10pm. Free. Formerly folk/rock group Tonight At Noon. and 3 now the first Scottish band to play post-coup Russia.
I Flaere Nilssen Traders (downstairs). Glassford Street. 5526246. 10pm. Free. Folky singer/songwriter
IThe Thin Men Blackfriars. BellStreet. 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free.
I Be-Al Richard‘s Basement. West Regent Street. 221 ()1 16. 9pm. Free.
I Blue On Shock and Freebase Chisholm‘s. Shuttle Street. Paisley. 889 6867. 9pm. £1.50. Currently Fife‘s great white hopes. impressing A&R people from Scotland and London at recent showcases and I winning the Tennents‘ East ofScotland ' Battle OfThe Bands. Blue On Shock's seven-piece line-up includes two keyboard players. sax/flute and more percussion than you can shake a tambourine at.
I Electric Daisies Christie‘s. Main Street. Alexandria. 0389 57799. 9.30pm. Free. The Electric Daisies — recently a bigone year old — churn out a funky rock sound so utterly infectious that even goths have been known to shake a (.‘helsea boot or two when confronted with their show.
I Jeopardy Magoo's. (‘roft Street. Kilmarnock. 0563 38940. 11pm. £2.
I Handle With Care Tudor Lodge Hotel. Burnbank Road. Hamilton. 0698 457277. 9.30pm. £1.
I The Ocean and Seeing Red Wilkie House. ('owgate. 9pm—3am. £3.50 (£3). See Fri 27 for The ()cean. Melodic Edinburgh rockers Seeing Red release their debut single on Mon 30 on the charming Screw Records.
I Gargleblud Basin Street. 1 laymarket Terrace. 3376 1006. 9pm. (iothic monstrosity. Imagine a parlto written by- Alice (‘ooper. starriiigThe Exploited and directed by Wes (‘raven on a budget that would barely cover a round of cider and blackcurrants. and you‘re halfway there. I Elephant Noise Tap ()‘ Lauriston. Lauriston Place. 229 4041. 10pm. Free. See Fri 27.
I Bluelinger Platform ()ne. Rutland Street. 225 2433. 9pm. Free. Rock'n'roll from the 50s and 60s plus a fcworiginals. Bluefinger now have a tape on sale with sortie of the favourites from their set.
I Loose Cut Preservation l lall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1 after9pni.
I Charlie And Her Sheepdogs Lord Darnley. West Port. 2294341. Afternoon. Free.
I Honk Negociants. l.othian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
I Live music Subway. (‘ow gate. 9pm.
SUNDAY 29 .
I Dinosaur Jr and The Boo Radleys Barrowland. (iallowgate. 552 4601. 7.30pm. £7 plus booking fee. Tickets lroni Just the Ticket. Virgin. lfnion Street.226 4679. See preview for DinosaurJr. A fitting support from slavish Dinosaur fans The Boo Radley's. w ho it has to be said do sound a mite like their mentors but with a zillion tithes the energy and a good deal more onstage animation. Their new liP ‘Boo L'p!‘ exhibits their continuing tendency to exploit their name to the same extent as the divine Ms Betty Boo herself. First Martin (‘arr slaps a Boomuiliu sticker on his guitar. next we‘ll be getting cover versions of ‘Boo 1s Booming‘ and ‘Boo‘s Boogie‘ with bassist Tim and drummer Rob dolled up like the Boo-cttesarid vocalist Sice donning a pair of silver kinky boots and glittery A-lirie niirlidress.
I Big Vern And The Shootahs. Big George and the Business and Lewis McLeod Pavilion Theatre. Renficld Street. 332 1846. 7.30pm. £6.50. (ilasgow’sow'n
Blues Brothers-pastiche time theirstep-up ‘
to the expanses of the Pavilion just nicely to capitalise on the rekindled enthusiasm from the film‘s recent TV’ screening. They are joined by (adopt American accent) a true blues brother. (ieorge Ross Watt doing the business as usual. plus comedian Lewis McLeod. shortlisted as a presenter on The Word apparently.
I Showcase 91 Mayfair. Sauchiehall Street. 332 3872. 7.30pm. £5 (advance).£6 (door). Tickets front Just the Ticket. Tower Records. 23rd Precinct. Whiplash Records. Solid Rock Cafe. ('atliouse Rock (‘lub and loads of other places. Billed as ‘the very best of Scottish rock‘. this event will see (‘risis. The Deep. Re-Al. The Ocean. (ieorge Ross Watt. Marsha Fresca. Wild Spirit. Drunken State. The Hardlinc. Barky! Barky' and Angel Heart respectively take the stage over the course ofeight hours. coveririga wide spectrum of rock - thrash. MOR. blues and funk rock amongotlierthings. Barry from The (‘athouse and Eric from The Venue are the guest DJs. Stu Who'.’ the guest compere. and there are free raffles to enter.
I Tunnel All-Nighter'I‘unnc-i. Mitchell Street. 204 1000. 10pm. £10. This isThe Tunncl‘s public celebration of its first birthday — Wednesday's bash was an invitation-only . back-slapping ‘haven‘t-we-come-a-lolig-way-in-a-year' affair. Performances throughout the night from Loo;e linds. Bizarre lnc. K-Klass
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and Members ()leic l louse. ‘ I Billy Rankine Solid Rock Cafe. 1 lope Street. 221 1105. 9.30pm. Free. Ex-Nazareth guitarist back from a lengthy . sojourn. sorry. tour in Europe. Back at the Solid Rock for one week. and then he‘s off to holiday. sorry. tour in ( iermariy again.
I The Straight Men Richard's Basement. West Regent Street. 221 01 16. 9pm. Free. I The ProdigyHippodrome. Kilniarnock. 0563 21210. 8pm. £6. The incomparable Prodigy appear as part of an all-night event. hence the inflated door price. It's not possible to conceive how tar-reaching the effects of 70s public-educatlon films have been. until you can stand on a crowded dariceﬂoor marvelling at the mad ' raver beside you repeatedly enuriciatirlg the cry of ‘( 'harlyf' at top volume. Dance records (‘tm do this to you. kids. .lilst remember that (‘harly says. “\‘ever take drugs from a stranger w itll a puppy dog waiting outside the school w hen your friends come round to invite you toa
picnic and your mum‘s too busy talking to the milkman.‘
I The Pearllishers 1 Turning l.odgc. Kilniarnock. 0563 22920. 8pm. £2.50. Davie Scott and chums pump out some soul-tinged pop.
I Restless Natives Tudor l.odge l lotcl. Burnbank Road. Hamilton. 0698457277. 9.30pm. £1.
I The Walking Gardens Subway. ( ow gate. ‘Ipm.
I The Brothers Preservation 1 Tall. Victoria Street. 2263816. £1 atter‘)pm.
I Smile Orange Negociants. l.otliian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
MONDAY 30 , Glasgow
I The Ancestry Traders. (ilass‘lord Street. 552 6246. 10pm. Free. The Ancestry perpetuate the rumour that gothic doom and gloom is so widespread among the Midlands musical fraternity that it comes ottt oftlle taps. Whatever it is. it's Balaam and the Angel's fault.
I Paris Angels Clubhouse. ()ld Srleddori Street. Paisley. 889 4706. 8.30pm. £5 (advance). £6 (door). Manky Mancand the funky bunch continue to take their good vibrations round the Scottish provinces to promote their refreshingly poppy Stun/cw album.
I The Lost Form Pelican bistro. ('ow gate.
; 225 5413. 10pm. Free. 'l‘womembersof
Elephant Noise play ing a mostly acoustic
I Cactus Club Negociarits. l.othian Street.
2256313. 9.30pm. Free.
I Live music Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free. I Live music Music Box. Victoria Street.
5 TUESDAY 1
I Michael Marra Tron Theatre. Trongatc. 552 4267. 8.30pm. £5. Massively popular folk singer songwriter tests out a theatrical environment.
I Lazy Fare Negociants. l.othian Street. 2256313. 9.30pm. Free.
WEDNESDAY 2 Glasgow
I The Twist R(is. Queen Street. 221 2200. 10pm. Free. Now 1 strongly suspect that it's been a good few years since The Tw ist left their teenage years behind them. but attitude-wise this lot make adolescence sound worth getting nostalgic oy er with their dog-cared cocky indie pop times. In fact they make iiMFsourid like I pensioners. Well. it was either form a J