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Dave Brubeck collection of originals rather than standards.
Brubeck broke up the band in 1967. and chose to concentrate mainly on formal composition. but he has always remembered the advice of one of his teachers. composer Darius Milhaud. never to give up jazz. and his place in musical history will rest firmly on his achievement in that idiom.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet play the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Wed 14 and City Hall, Glasgow on Thurs 15.
l v LISTEN!
twelve hours spread over a
week, and the winners got
to support Cud at their Motherwell Music Festival date and spend a
I day recording in Radio Clydc‘s studio. Runners-up were Jet Rink who won not, as you might suspect. two nights supporting Cud. but eight hours of recording at Revival Studios in Carfin.
um- Spectrum is green
‘The whole “We’ve got an attitude and we’re gonna use it” won’t last. Good songwriting never goes out of iashion and that's where we sit.’ John McGuire remains quietly conildent that his band, The Colour Wheel, will eventually gain the recognition which has so lar eluded them. With a brand new single, ‘Goodbye Jane’, outon thelrown label, a tourol Scotland in progress, and the management oi Gill Maxwell — who works with Deacon Blue - behind them, where they sit seems iairiy satislactory.
In a previous incarnation as The Catherine Wheel, their electric live shows soon amassed a iaithiul iollowing. Three years later, they’re still going strong despite no major contract. ‘Primary’, their first single, sold over 1000 copies and their recent support slot with Crowded House aired their material to a wider audience. ‘A deal with a major isn't the be-all and end-all. We intend to be successful whether on our own indie-label or maybe an another, it doesn’t really matter.’
‘Goodbye Jane’ is an intelligently- wrltten pop song by the team of McGuire and Mike Kinsella, which does, however, traverse ground iairiy well-trodden by The Beatles and a host at bands since, from World Party to Tears ior Fears. John isn’t too keen on the Fab Four comparison, and is insistent that they have not jumped on
the magical mystery tour bus. ‘The whole Beatlesy thing was really coniusing at lirst and we got really angry. But then we realised itwas because we don’t just write three chords. We include nice chords and interesting changes. When you do that people instantly think of the Beatles. Mike likes U2 and I like Still Little Fingers and Elvis Costello so i can categorically say that The Beatles are not our favourite band. We do whatever takes our fancy. We’re not fashionable and we never will be.’ (Beatrice Colin) ‘Goodbye Jane' is out now on Toppermost Records. The Colour Wheel’s tour reaches East Kllbrlde Village Theatre on Sat 31.
l Livingston’s pop sensation Cicero will be signing copies of his debut
album Future Boy at HMV‘s Glasgow branch in Argyle Street. Turn up and irritate him with questions about where he gets his crazy shorts, or what the top of Chris Lowe's head really looks ‘ like, on Thurs 15 at 4pm.
mos:- Dream on
The Cranberries have more reason than most to be wary ol the press. Built up by the media to something one step from perfection, and saddled with a manager of contrary creative opinions, they unsurprisineg tell short of expectations with their debut EP, ‘Uncertain’. Now, with a change oi management, the current single, ‘Dreams’, and an excellent album, vocalist Delores D'Biordan can afford not to care.
‘I never heard of “NME” or “Melody Maker” belore I joined The Cranberries. Everybody said I was naive and innocent. I wasn't. l was just from a different world and they couldn’t understand that. Some English people came over to Ireland. They were in the
country and they were totally overwhelmed by little silly things like cows and ilelds and fresh air.’
She remains unimpressed by vivid metaphors too.
‘Dnce, somebody said we were four open-mouthed teenagers standing on stage, making this music, and we didn’t have a clue; it was just happening, beyond our control. They come up with weird things. ldon't worry about it any more.’
With an intensive UK tour imminent, success seems within reach, regardless of press reaction. Noel Hogan, guitarist, is unfazed.
‘ll it happens, it does. We'd like to think we’ll be doing it iorthe rest of our lives, but you don't know the way it goes. It’s something we really love, passionately, and it's great that it took all this much, even. lthink it'sthe only thing I’ve ever enjoyed.’
Although a European tour and dates in the USA are lined up, worldwide lame still seems a distant prospect.
‘When you're in Limerick, it’s the big dream, but you don’t think it’s ever going to happen, realistically. You just think, I might be playing in the pub down the read now and then.‘ (Gavin
I Another academic year begins and Different Class Records (the label run by students at West Lothian College Music Management Course) is on the hunt once more for aspiring Scottish acts to sign to the label. Different Class had its biggest
success this year with Smilc‘s ‘Obvious‘ single,
which attained a
f respectable position in the
l Scottish singles chart, so the artists signed are not just guinea pigs forthe
students to practise their
skills on, and do stand to
benefit from the association. For people who haven't heard ofthe course before, it‘s been running for seven years and is recognised within
the music business as
being a breeding ground
for highly capable
‘ graduates,many ofwhom ﬁnd immediate
mans) employment within the The Cranberries play The Venue, industry- Enquiries and Edinburgh on Wed 21. Their Glasgow 39;? Shot‘g‘: be if” “’d date was originally in The Apollo (Mon w’csfﬂ‘maiséolfsg 5‘ 19) belore it flooded, and a Marjoribanks Street, ’ replacement venue may have been Bathgate, West Lothian found by that time. EH48101.
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