I DMD and River City People Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Sauchiehall Street. 6.30pm. £10. £9. Tickets from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 5511. First things first Andy. will you please stop dancing? 1n tests. eight out of ten OMD fans admitted to ultra-embarrassment every time you appear on Top of the Pops. And second. how about some decent songs? Apart from that. you‘re hunky dory. River City People meanwhile take clinical. market-friendly pop to new pristine heights and are not to be recommended for parties. bar mitzvahs and other uproarious gatherings.

I Wollsbane Cathouse. Hollywood Studios. Brown Street. 248 6606. 10pm. £5 (advance). £5.50 (door). See Sun 27.


I Firehose Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Want to know why The Red Hot Chili Peppers have dedicated the whole of their new album to Firehose bassist Mike Watt? And why. after three American independent albums. Sony have just taken the risk of signing this unconventional trio? Perhaps it's their heart-stopping live sets. the rare human warmth of the band. the way they graft styles together into something that‘s uniquely their own. or even Mike Watt's beard. cigarand unflappable cool. No one who‘s seen the several shows Firehose have played at their favourite British venue can be in any doubt that it‘s all these and more.

I Chapterhouse and The BelltowerCalton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. See Sun 27.

I The Persuaders Moray House Student Union. Holyrood Road. 556 8455. 9pm. £2. An Aberdeen-based band playing quite a few gigs in the area at the moment. Graduates of the old school of songwriting. they have a 60s-soul influence to their rifting. a heavier rock influence coming from the other direction and a knack for melody.

I Pete Jagger Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free.

I The Cactus Club Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.

TUESDAY 29 Glasgow

I Bryan Adams SECC. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. £16 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. 226 4679. Not too sure about this one . . . Someone mumbled something about Canada. Robin Hood. pockmarks and an overstayed welcome at Number One. but we fell asleep 15 weeks ago (or was it 14? maybe 16?) and don't propose to waken up until a certain

3252. Doors open 8pm. £2 (£1.50). A party night arranged by Avalanche. the indie label and record shop. and takingthe form of a Michael l-leseltine (‘whotoppled the evil Queen Margaret‘) tribute. It also. sadly. happens to be The Desperadoes last-ever gig. and may we be first in the queue to doff our caps. get all moist ofeye and thank them for six years ofsterling service. Perhaps this time next year. Michael lleseltine will be staging a tribute to them. Those other Avalanche signings. Riverhead. open the proceedings and give a preview of their forthcoming single (the sleeve of which apparently features artwork by REM‘s video director friends in high places. eh?).

I Last Minute. Planet 0 and Quantum Ho Ho Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. 9pm. £2.50 (£2). Rhythmic rockers Last Minute release their new twelve-song album and cassette this very day. and celebrate by headlining this triple bill. ltalian singer Quirina Cola Franceschi fronts Planet Q. who make use of jazz/funk influences to spice up a heavy dance sound. and are playing a seven—date ltalian tour in January in front of interested record companies.

I The Misllts St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free. Popular Glasgow-based female duo.

I Urban Poets Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.

THURSDAY 31 Glasgow

I Richard Thompson City Hall. Candleriggs. £8.50. £7.50. Tickets from the Ticket Centre. Candleriggs. 227 5511. Unassuming folk guitar legend who's not lost his gentle wit and killer touch since the halcyon days of Fairport Convention. Like Wyatt and Costello. this ‘old lag' can show the young pretenders to his crown a thing or two about pithy ditties and emotional understatement.

I The Beltanes and The Way Out KingTut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £3. Two Glasgow bands ofthat omnipresent up-and-coming variety. The Beltanes have supported Goodbye Mr Mackenzie in the past.

I Wild Spirit and The Lost Boys Cathouse. Hollywood Studios. Brown Street. 248 6606. 10pm. £3 (advance). £3.50(door). The Crows that were. garnering a large live following in Scotland.

I The Amazing Bluegrass Katz Traders. Glassford Street. 552 6246. 10pm. Free. Rockabilly.

I Hideaway Blues Band Solid Rock Cafe. Hope Street. 221 1105. 10pm. Free. Blues andsoul

I lndlgo Father Cellar. Miller Street. 10pm. Last night ofthe mini-residency for

thisindieband. l I Stolen Ways 7 Renfrew Court. 3326231.

gravel-throated. insipid songsmith loosens :

his stranglehold on the top spot.

I Firehose and Milk Mayfair. Sauchiehall Street. 332 3872. 8pm. £5 .30 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just The Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. 226 4679. and from Virgin and Ripping in Edinburgh. See Mon 28.


I Lazy Falr Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.

WEDNESDAY 30 Glasgow

I The Touch Lounge Bar. Glasgow University Union. University Avenue. 339 8697. 9pm. Free. Students and guests. I Auntie Bose RGs. Queen Street. 221 2200. 10pm. Free.

I Just Fixx 11. Queen Street. 221 1568. 9pm. Free.


I Jesse Garon And The Desperadoes and Blyerhead Network 1 . West Tollcross. 228

9pm. Free.

I The Booth Tape Drum and Monkey. Hope Street. 332 1893. 10pm. Free. Ex-members ofGUSH.

I The Bain Brothers Polar. Pig and Firkin. Buchanan Street. 9pm. Free. New initiative from Tower Promotions which promises free ice lollies amidst a feast of musical delights.

I Neetah Cheetah Outhouse. Cathcart Road. 649 0184. 8.30pm. Free.

I UK Subs and Our Lost Souls Bay Hotel. Pierhead. Gourock. 0475 31244. 9.30pm. £3.50 (advance). £4 (door). A return to live work timed most expediently. Was that someone at the back grumblingthat ‘old punks don‘t die. they just knowa lucrative marketing proposition when it dresses itself up as nostalgia?‘

I Lost Soul Band Vito's. Kilmarnock. Popular Edinburgh raggle-tagglers on tour throughout Scotland.

I Rhiannon Time Warp Music Club. Joanna‘s. Southgate. East Kilbride. 03552 47534. 9pm. £2.

I Landfall Clubhouse. Old Sneddon Street. Paisley. 889 4706. 8.30pm. £1 .50


(advance). £2 (door).

I Rhythm Hill Twa Corbies. Cumbernauld. 0236 727473. 9pm. Free. Rich vocals and snappy commercial tunes. reminiscent ofWet Wet Wet and Hue and Cry at times but with janglier Byrdsian guitars. Their debut single is now scheduled for December release.

I MrJones Tudor Lodge Hotel. Burnbank Road. Hamilton. 0698 457277. 9.30pm.

£1 .


I The Halloween X-Rave-A-Ganza Calton Studios. Calton Road. 556 7066. 9pm—3am. £4.50 (£3.50). What is it about this time of year that prompts bandsto package themselves up for party nights? Who cares. though. when the packages are as crazin diverse as this? Seek some kind oforder in the wild. sort-of—folk combo Pure Blind Panic. the rap/ragamuffin Zulu Syndicate (who will be unveiling their five-piece live band tonight) and MacUmba (a combination of Afro-Latin rhythms. street theatre and juggling) —or alternatively just give in and start dancing. All parties involved hope that the event will encourage the ‘already emerging‘ cross-cultural scene in Edinburgh.

I The Joyriders Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. See Sun 27.

I Vibe Tribe Music Box. Victoria Street. 225 2564. Glasgow-based Vibe Tribe are fronted by former Wet Wet Wet and Texas backing singer Mary Kiani and also feature two Cardiff lads. one ofwhom was apparently part of the Technotronic setup. so goodness knows what that pedigree is going to regurgitate.

I Red Hot And Blue Platform One. Rutland Street. 225 2433. 9pm. Free. Rock‘n‘roll. I Space Monkey Malia Maitland Hotel. Shandwick Place. 229 1467. Currentlyan eight-piece. Space Monkey Mafia pump out an eclectic blend of reggae. house and African styles. Includes former members of Bananas.

I The Violets Subway. Cowgate.

I Charlie And Her Sheepdogs Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9.30pm. Free.

I Fire Escape Negociants. Lothian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.

FRIDAY 1 Glasgow

I Crowded House King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. SOLD OUT. Ever since his days with ‘seminal combo‘ Split Enz. Neil Firm has been rightly lauded for his songwriting prowess. And for what? Just so that Paul Young can come along and crucify ‘Don't Dream It‘s Over”? Well. there‘s always this lightning sell-out gig to console him. I Active Minds. Headstan. Vomithead and Disanected Traders (downstairs). Glassford Street. 552 6246. 9pm. £2. A

; comprehensive Collective bill headed by

Scarborough’s political thrashcrs.

I Out 0t The Blue Traders (upstairs). Glassford Street. 552 6246. 10pm. Free. I Vibe Tribe Mandela Bar. Strathclyde University Union. John Street. 552 1895. 10pm. £1.50. Students and guests. See Thurs 31.

I The Joyriders Clubhouse. Old Sneddon Street. Paisley. 889 4706. 8.30pm. £3. See Sun 27.

I TTF Euphoria. Motherwell Civic Centre. West of Scotland hardcore techno outfit whose current white label is the maiden release on the new United Rhythm Records.


I Taj Mahal and The Bootsies Duo Queen's

Hall. South Clerk Street. 668 2019. See

preview for Taj Mahal. When they‘re not playing in The Rootsie Tootsie Blues

Band. Jim Condie (guitar) and Ron Tate

(vocals. harmonica) get together to play a bit of jazz. a bit of gospel and a whole heap

of blues.












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