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Dates listed below are lor one-oft shows: see , separate section for residencies. Gigs are listed by date, then by city. Dates will be i listed, provided that details reach ouroilices . at least one week belore publication. Hock ; and Blues Listings compiled by Alastair Mabbott and Fiona Shepherd.

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I Simply Red SECC, Finnieston Quay, 248 3000. SOLD OUT. The second of

Brothers In Arms as the nation‘s essential coffee table accessory. But how to fit the ambience of the cocktail party orthe sound of the in-car stereo system into challenging arena format?

I Faith No More and L7 Barrowland, Gallowgate, 552 4601. 7.30pm. SOLD OUT. Testosterone levels may be flagging on the last of Faith No More‘s i unprecedented (notebooks out, Guinness 3 Book ofRecords compilers) four nights at Barrowland but if they‘ve not already been mistaken for part of the furniture an unflinching diet of driving funk rock will be the order of the evening. L7 flaunt similarly direct tactics taking their rock back to muscular basics.

I Sunscreem The Hive, Glasgow University Union, University Avenue, 339 8697. 8pm. £6.50. Students and guests. Cleaving to traditional live ethics and the obvious boon ofwn'ting winning melodies has helped Sunscreem hoist themselves above a welter oflesser hippyish dance acts. In their hit singles ‘Love U More‘ and ‘Perfect Motion' they have popular set signposts and in Lucia ilolm a charismatic vocalist.

I The Pastels and Huggy Bear KingTur‘s Wah Wah Hut, St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 9pm. £5. See preview forThe Pastels. Huggy Bear are two guys and three gals (hey, just like Five Star!) witha pretty rudimentary grasp of the dynamics of a good choon, but who, probably more importantly, have taken out a lifetime subscription with the largely US-bascd Riot Grrrl movement which admirably urges women to down aprons and pick up guitars, with musical aptitude something of an afterthought.

I The Peariiishers Jordanhill College of Education, Southbrae Drive, 950 3256. 8pm. £2. Students and guests. Trim but catchy pop from Davey Scott and cohorts. A firm bastion of that traditional and ever-popular Glaswegian sound.

I The Funkollective Glasgow School Of Art, Renfrew Street, 332 0691. 10pm. £2.99 (honest). Students and guests. Plus guest DJs. A cast of thousands art students by day, hep cats by night groove and jive their way through a set which wouldn‘t be out of place alongside the 1 works ofthe Talkin‘ Loud stable. I The Diplomats. Fear of the Darlt and NU Nice‘n‘Sleazy, Sauchiehall Street, 333 9637. 9pm. £3.

I Crosstownlrariic MacSorleys. Jamaica Street, 221 8499, 9pm. Free. Blues.

I The L081 Weekend Cottiers, Hyndland Road, 357 5827. 9pm. Free. Err-Liberties. : I Angela Cameron Cottiers, Hyndland Road, 357 5827. 11pm. Free. Appearing at the late-night Supper Club.


I Curtis Stlgers Playhouse Theatre, ' Greenside Place, 557 2590. 7.30pm. i

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I Alrlcan Cultural Night Chambers Street Student Union. 8pm—3am. £4 (£3). Tickets from Union shops and on the door. A massive bill aiming to raise money for Africa-linked charities includes the steaming brew of reggae, soul. rock and African pop that is Makossa, hard rap crew Zulu Syndicate, the South African Student Choir, R.A.I.D., an event ominously trailed as ‘karaoke by Otis‘, an African fashion show, performance poet Kumo Rocks and DJs from the Snipe club. Craft stalls will be there for perusal too, and the whole event is brought to us by EU. African Society and the Pan African Centre.

I Roy Harper Queen‘s Hall, South Clerk Street, 668 2019. After receiving favourable notices for his new album Death 0r Glory, one of British rock’s favourite cult figures (yes, and good chum of Led Zep and Pink Floyd) bares his soul live on stage in Edinburgh.

I Dear Heights Cajun Aces and The Diesel Kings Subway, Cowgate, 225 6766. 10pm. £1 .50—£2. Scotland’s cajun kings supported by a five-piece of enviable musical ability playing mainly acoustic pop which is by turns sprightly and reflective. And has folky leanings, but not to the exclusion of other influences.

I The Blaze Falters Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 226 3816. £1.50 after 9pm. Rocky blues.

I Billy Rivers Negociants, Lothian Street, 225 6313. 10pm. Free. Blues.

I Buddha Grass Harbour Cas Rock Cafe (formerly Lord Darnley), West Port, 229 4341. 10pm. Free. Reasonably popular rock combo from Glasgow. Metal ballads a Speciality.



I Status Duo SECC, Finnieston Quay, 248 3000. £14 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket, Virgin, Union Street, 226 4679. The fresh new sound that‘s sweeping the nation. Be ahead of all the other kids at school and get your ticket now. Strangely enough, the currently lauded Denim are to be heard extolling the virtues of the era that first saw Status Quo assume the sound from which they have refused to depart since.

I Hed’s Atomic Dustbin and The Joyriders Barrowland, Gallowgate, 552 4601. 7.30pm. £7.30 plus booking fee, £8 on door. Tickets from Just the Ticket, Virgin, Union Street, 226 4679. Continuing their unwitting quest to provide an anatomy of the teenage years, using only their sharpened guitars and flailing fringes, Neds have bypassed the wide-eyed wonderment of early adolescence to reach the sceptical and bitter stage. Next album will probably see them become jaded lotharios. Edinburgh’s trusty axe-wielders of a Husker Du persuasion The J oyriders won the demo scramble to secure that

coveted third-on-the-bill-to-the-Neds slot. I The Humpri Family Strathclyde , University Union, John Street, 552 1895. 2 9pm. £3.50. Students and guests. The place to shape up for some pre-season festive footstomping with The Humpst ebullient cajun and country set, as showcased in its relative diversity on their debut album Mothers.

I Marsha Fresca King Tut's Wah Wah

Hut, St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 9pm. £3.50. The pantomime season starts here— splendidly O'l'T funk rock with a strong commercial edge and a heightened sense of performance.

I Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants Halt Bar, Woodlands Road, 3321210. 9pm. Free. Experience suggests that it's time for Hugh and his Pants to begin some fresh scam~gcnerating. All your favourite novelty pub hits but delivered with .: non-cringeable comic conviction.

I The Thin Men, The Mutiny Strings and Planet Janet Nicc’n‘Sleazy, Sauchiehall ' Street, 333 9637. 9pm. £2.

I The Cloud Assassins MacSorleys, Jamaica Street. 221 8499. 9pm. Free. A rock sound that fiits between the stadiums of Scotland and the States.

I The Smokehouse Blues Band Blackfriars. Bell Street, 552 5924. 9.30pm. Free.

I The Bootsies Duo Scotia Bar. Stockwell Street, 552 8681. 3.30pm. Free.

I The Hot Two Cathedral House, Cathedral Square. 552 3519. 9pm. Free. Folk rock.

I Madeleine MacDonald Cottiers, Hyndland Road, 357 5827. 11pm. Free. The Supper Club.

I Johnny Satellites Clubhouse, Old Sneddon Street, Paisley, 889 4706. 8.30pm. £2.

I Mac and the Boys Dugout, Cathcart Street, Greenock, 0475 27918. 9.30pm. £2.50.


I One In Five and Crash Subway. Cowgate, 2256766. 10pm. £1.50—£2. Moody,dark. very 805 and probably very meaningful. Did Midge Ure have a hand in this?

I Bluerlnger Platform One, Rutland Street, 225 2433. 9pm. Free. Fifties and 6OS-influenced sounds from Edinburgh‘s hardest-gigging rock‘n'roll band.

I Dig Eyed Deans Negociants, Lorhian Street, 225 6313. 10pm. Free. A brew of various rootsy influences in this accessible, melodic pop sound, including a cajun-y accordion on at least one track.

I The Hyenas Preservation Hall, Victoria Street, 225 3816. £1.50 after9pm.

I Gila Monster and Forkeye Cas Rock Cafe (formerly Lord Darnley). West Port 229 4341. 8pm. £2.50. Final Gila Monster gig for along, longtime sees singer Tom actually departing for Mexico during the final song. A first. or what?



I Jason Donovan SECC, Finnieston Quay,

248 3000. £15.50, £14 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket, Virgin, Union Street, 226 4679. Philip may have ousted him on the West End stage, but out on his own on this Mission Of Love tour Jason will be seeking to consolidate his status as the discerning underwear- thrower‘s choice. And when the best this country can offer by way of competition is the hopelessly limp Take That, he won‘t have to sweat blood to do it.

I The Pogues Barrowland, Gallowgate, 552 4601 . 7.30pm. £10 plus booking fee. Tickets from Just the Ticket, Virgin, Union Street, 226 4679. Despite Shane MacGowan‘s tentative rehabilitation at the hands of Nick Cave, it‘s long-standing member Spider Stacey who remains at the helm for this latest appearance. The Pogues‘ take on Celtic heritage is persistently greeted as a cause for celebration when they venture north of the border.

I DetterWays and Only Heaven KingTut’s Wah Wah Hut, St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 9pm. £4. Smooth and self-assured Edinburgh band who have just released their debut EP Standing In The Middle on Luna Records.

I The Dream Disciples, Hugh Reed And The Velvet Underpants and Funbum Cathouse. Brown Street, 248 6606. 8pm. £3. A real potpourri of styles. The Underpants you know about (or see Sat 5), The Dream Disciples re-activate the sights and sounds of gothdom but without the risible pomp. and F unburn play frenzied buzzpop with a disarming lack of professionalism.

I 18 Wheeler Nice’n’Sleazy, Sauchiehall Street, 333 9637. 9pm. £2. Previously spotted in a drink-addled state pumping out shambolic melodic grunge of a Teenage Fanclub nature. so who knows what wonders sobriety might offer?

I Blue 62 Cottiers, Hyndland Road, 357 5827. 9pm. Free. Electric blues.

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