MUSIC ROCK & BLUES
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Bates listed below are tor one-oil shows: see separate section for residencies. Gigs are listed by date. then by city. Bates will be listed. provided that details reach our otlices at least one week before publication. Rock and Blues Listings compiled byAlastair htabbott and Fiona Shepherd.
FRIDAY 20 Glasgow
I Texas Barrowland. Gallowgate. 552 4601. 7.30pm. £7.50 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. 226 4679. More Scots who‘d rather be Americans. in their dreams. their slide guitars and soulful vocals conjure up images of barren sunscorched landscapes and their album was always on the car tape deck in Thelma & Louise. but this is a freezing Friday in Glasgow and thoughts are turning instead to tepid rock and blouson leather jackets. I Zodiac Mindwarp And The Love Reaction and We Free Kings Queen Margaret Union. University Gardens. 339 9784. 8pm. £12. Students and guests. Far be it from us to mutter anything about passing his sell-by date. but . . . oh. hang it. let‘s state the obvious — Zode. you‘re too old to be dressing up sexist attitudes in fun-fuelled cartoon rock guise. Edinburgh folk popsters We Free Kings make up the diverse common room bill for the QM's annual Dafter Friday and there will be music elsewhere in the building front the likes of Long Fin Killie. I Free Airways Radio King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £3.50. Free Airways Radio sound like they should be the middle band on Dance Energy each week — you know. the one with the well-endowed diva belting out turgid soul. sounding about as contemporary as Gong. and hailing from Bermondsey. in fact this lot are local. and at least it makes a change from AOR mediocrities.
I The Funk Collective Glasgow School of Art. Renfrew Street.332 9797. 7.30pm. £4 (£3). The only band at the Art School's end of term extravaganza. which is very much skewed towards the dance end of the market with techno. hardcore and rave sounds upstairs courtesy of the PCT posse. and X presenting Bug in the Vic Cafe.
I The Circus and Melt Levitation. The Arches. Midland Street. 221 9736. Two live appearances by tipped local acts at this event organized by the Freedom crew. which is mooted to be a ‘605 rave‘ combining psychedelia with a reputedly phenomenal light show.
I The Hummingbirds Mandela Bar. Strathclyde University Union. John Street. 552 1895. 10pm. £1.50. Ex-Del Amitri members with uninspired sound. Door price includes entry to union disco. I Marcha Fresca Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Another benefit gig from those big-hearted pomp rockers (or showy funksters if you prefer) Marcha Fresca. This time the beneficiary is Cash For Kids.
I The Love Parade Traders (upstairs). Glassford Street. 552 6246. 10pm. Free. Spunky rock/pop characteristic of this part of the country. high on enthusiasm. short on ideas. and bereft of any spark of brilliance.
I The Pertume Garden Traders Udownstairs). Glassford Street. 552 6246.
I Red Green's Blues Band Blackfriars. Bell Street. 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free.
I One By One Johnny Scobies. London Road. 552 3204. 10pm. Free.
I Electric Daisies Paisley College of Technology. Hunter Street. 889 9940. 8pm. Students and guests. Paisley Tech choose to finish their term with a concession to polar music tastes — rock music you can dance to. and they don‘t come much more infectious than Cumbernauld‘s Electric Daisies.
I Thrill Margin and Skinning Bone Bay Hotel. Pierhead. Gourock. 0475 31244. 10pm. £3. Local Greenock band with a good home following. with apparently some musical kinship with quirky hardcore-types Fugazi and Firehose.
I The Suns Clubhouse. ()ld Sneddon Street. Paisley. 889 4706. 8.30pm. £2. I Woodrow Wilson Dugout. (‘athcart Street. Greenock. 0475 27918. 9.30pm.
I The Silencers Pavilion. The Esplanade. 0292 265489. £7 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. ()41 226 4679. Jimmie O'Neill and chums put on a reasonable. show at any time. and as a result have an assured audience up here. Not half as impressive as their following in France. where stadia are the order of the day. Now they just have to convince that strip of land in the middle — an uphill struggle when you‘re
sparring with a distinct lack of fresh ideas. ,
I Maltossa Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Excellent locally-based Makossa stir a brew of reggae. African and soul sounds and challenge you to remain in your seat.
I The Shadowiand and The Blues Collective Marco‘s Leisure Centre. Grove Street. 228 2141. The Shadow'land. of impeccable mod pedigree. hump their Rickenbackers and Hammond organ over to Marco‘s for a two-night stint. A follow-up to the Kaleidoscope LP is planned. and over the next few days. the band will be playing Northampton and Milton Keynes.
I Jordan Negociants. 1.othian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
I The Boogie Brothers Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. 9pm. Free.
SATURDAY 21 Glasgow
I The irish Brigade Mayfair. Sauchiehall Street. 332 3872. 7pm. £6.50 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. 226 4679. Sectarian sentiment. however palatably marketed. is a dubious commodity at any time. but one which sells in Glasgow as recent sell-out appearances by The Wolfetones testify. The irish Brigade are coming from a similar direction. and pushing a similar message.
I Biues'n'Troubie King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £5. Only one seasonal appearance this year from the accomplished blues custodians. as opposed to two gigs this time last year. but perhaps this will become a staple of the Tut‘s live menu come future Christmases. I Captain America Glasgow Polytechnic. Cowcaddens Road. 332 0681. 9pm. £3. Students and guests. Eugene Kelly (the man with sneer etched permanently on face) and wrecking crew dispense their own Yuletide message. whatever that may be. Their sarcasm-fuelled hard grunge pop sounded terrific live. even next to Nirvana’s formidable assault on the recent countrywide jaunt. so no worries tonight. I The Carol Laula Band and Anne Lorne Gillies Tron Theatre. 'l'rongate. 552 4267. £6 (£4). See preview.
I Richie Henderson Cathedral House. Cathedral Square. 552 3519. 9pm. Free. Ex-Liberties man goes solo.
I Adam 812 Traders. Glassford Street. 552 6246. 10pm. Free. All-girl rock band from Dundee.
I Revelation Johnny Scobies. London Road. 552 3204. 10pm. Free. Formerly The Mystreators until they discovered another band of the same name. so they‘re now called after one of their songs. Authentic 60s garage sounds. Watch out for a great version of ‘Sunshine Of Your Love‘ (if they‘re still performing it).
I Gobstopper Nice and Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 9637. 9pm. Free. Ex-Tribe of Benn who thrash around a lot and hope for the best. Not the greatest of its type but diverting enough.
I Nathan Detroit Halt Bar. Woodlands
! Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free.
I The Outfit Blackfriars. Bell Street. 552 15924. 9.30pm. Free.
. I Trash City Rockers The Mailman. Renfield Street. 332 0887. Free.
I Because Richard‘s Basement. West Regent Street. 221 0116. 9pm. Free.
I The Alvy Singers and We Free Kings Edinburgh College of Art. Lauriston Place. 229 1442. 10pm-—3am. £2. The second of a string of dates this issue for We Free Kings. Are they still heading in a rockier direction. or are the folk leanings of yore starting to creep back in? We won‘t know until tonight. The Alvy Singers aren't WFK proteges or copyists. but fans of one band should like the other. Try to find their double-single Wrought Dreams And Primal Screams for a taste of how diverse they can be while hanging on to their identity.
I The Thanes and Forkeye Basin Street. Haymarket Terrace. 337 1006. 8pm. £2. If only everything in life could be as reliable as The Thanes . . . but if you‘re not such a committed fan of pre-hippy garage psychedelia. then you're unlikely to be interested in the first place. The godfathers of that Edinburgh scene. with the omnipresent Lenny at the helm.
I The Shadowiand and The Blues Collective Marco's Leisure Centre. Grove Street. 228 2141. See Fri 20.
I Bluefinger Platform ()ne. Rutland Street. 225 2433. 9pm. Free. Edinburgh's hardest-working 50s- and 60s~stylc rock’n‘roll band.
I Avalon Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. £1 after 9pm. Folk-rock. I Blind Negociants. 1.othian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
I Pureland St James Oyster Bar. Calton Road. 557 2925. 9pm. Free.
I Rab Howitt Lord Darnley. West Port. 229 4341. Afternoon. Free. Blues.
SUNDAY 22 Glasgow
I Gary Glitter‘s Gang Show SF.(‘(‘. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. £11.50 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. 226 4679. Can't figure why Glasgow should always be the place Gary foists his attention on come Yuletide. Maybe he harbours a childhood grudge or something. but we‘re not complaining. Just as well for him that his audience will be too beered-up to notice the onset of middle age underneath the lame capes and tacky stomping pop.
I The Silencers Barrowland. (iallowgate. 552 4601. 7.30pm. £7 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket. Virgin. Union Street. 226 4679. See Fri 20.
I The Carol Laula Band and Anne Lorne Gillies Tron Theatre. Trongate. 552 4267. £6 (£4). See preview.
I The Humplt Family Renfrew Ferry. Clyde Place. 429 3766. 9pm. £5 (advance). £6 (door). Almost as reliable as Gary Glitter for some form of Christmas shindig. The Humpff Family's cajun boogie will get the feet in training for Hogmanay festivities. I Dove Cage. Sub Club. Jamaica Street. 248 4600. 11pm. £3. With Andy Weatherall at the production controls and
a deal of some description with Boys Own. Dove‘s star is in the ascendent. so catch them now while it's still hip to boast that you saw them way back when. Cool. seductive dance with tunes and character from the glamorous Dot and the seasoned veterans Jim and Ian.
I SL2 Tunnel. Mitchell Street. 204 1000. 11pm. £5.
I The Rednecks Richard‘s Basement. West Regent Street. 221 0116. 9pm. Free. A Christmas party.
I The Big Pink Torpedoes Maltman. Renfield Street. 332 0887. Free. Well. what can we say. except. porridge guns at the ready and may the best man win.
I The Bay City Rollers Motherwell Concert Hall. 0698 66166. See preview.
' I Electric Daisies Venue. (‘altou Road. 557 l 3073. Heated funk-rockers frotn
E (‘umbernauld. getting very popular. Possible support front thraslters (‘hecsegraten
225 2564. I Jam session (THC) Negociants. 1.othian Street. 225 6313. 9.30pm. Free.
MONDAY 23 lGIasgow
I Gary Glitter’s Gang Show SECC. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. SOLD OUT. Sec Still 22.
I Dundertunk and Crisis King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £3.50. At last a decent Glasgow headline date for the Edinburgh funk metallers who seem to play back home at the drop of a hat. Or so it appears when you're sitting on the other coast waiting for them to show in your neck of the woods. Support from Betty Boo devotees Crisis.
I Hideous Thing Nice and Sleazy. Sauchiehall Street. 333 9637. 9pm. Free. I The Acoustic River Detectives Dugout. (‘athcart Street. (ireenock. 0475 27918. 9.30pm. £5. Note emphatic use of ‘acoustic. now as part of their name. It‘s this stripped-back format - two men plus guitars ~ which has seen the River Detectives claw back to some notoriety on the live circuit while between record deals. I Splash Legends. Thorn Brae. Johnstone. 0505 35818. 9pm. Free. An extra few dates at Legends for this Paisley band. in addition to their usual Friday and Sunday residencies.
I The Bay City Rollers (‘entury 2000. 1.othian Road. 229 7670. See preview.
I John Otway and Hugh Reed And The Velvet Underpants Venue. (Salton Road. 557 3073. The '1’ants should bow down in the direction of ()tway every day as one of the founding fathers of post-War musical lunacy. If they don‘t. it‘s probably only because ()tway is one of these people you rarely think about until you hear he‘s coming to town and go. 'Wooah! Otway! Great!‘ and then find some pretext for not going to see him. He really shouldn‘t be missed. though. even if music has been the most disastrous and least profitable of his ventures. Have you spotted him in the new lrn Bru ad'.’
I Southside Music Box. Victoria Street. 225 2564.
I Dave Robb Negociants. 1.othian Street. 2256313. 9.30pm. Free. Bouzoukis at the ready for some finely-crafted songs. Do try to get a listen of Dave Robb And The Filmmakers' 1.1’. ('apttm' An Image.
CHRISTMAS EVE Glasgow
I Gary Giitter's Gang Show SECC. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. SOLD OUT. See Sun 22.
I The Pearltishers King Tut‘s Wah Wah ilut. St Vincent Street. 221 5279. 9pm. £4.
I Nik The Greek Music Box. Victoria Street.
“The List 20 December 1991— 16January 1992