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The mighty Pete Townshend once declared that after playing in stadia for so many years The Who had become too grandiose ever to play a club again: they just couldn‘t scale themselves down. he said. No such worries for The Saw Doctors. who are finding themselves equally at home on the open-air festival circuit and in the Galway pub. (Besides. would a gloomy sod like Townshend last long in a band like this?)

‘We actually like both.‘ says guitarist and singer Leo Moran. ‘but they‘re like two different an forms. Playing the small pub in Galway or Tuam in front of your friends is the hardest gig we'll ever do. They know you so well that you have to be good there. You can‘t hide behind anything. Whereas. the thing that makes a festival more than Keyboard player Tony Lambert is American dates to drive ol'l'to see the

‘lt was good to be playing wee places again. recapture the excitement.‘ says (itm‘s Mark Rankine. The final date on the Glasgow band's last tour was a sold-out night at The Barrowland. That was the end of 1992 and the end of the push for (Ia/111s. Ciun's second album. That record was a big. bludgeoning. empty affair. recorded over a nit- picking live months in Glasgow. ’ep.' nods Rankine. ‘the bottom line was the

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They're on a crusade. Oasis. To bring liking for beer. Nope. With Same As If SONGS back to the KIDS by way of liver Was. the follow-up to HOP‘s GREAT SHOWS. Noel was there in the million-selling debut. it's old skool i

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Hill‘s million-selling first album was around it: their heroic intake of weed. [toggle-eyed baggy, He knows how to underscore the sheer hardness of one of that select group. In the face of But life isn'tjust one long mellow good a real rocking gig can be, Luckily Everlast and friends. Boxing gangsta rap. Cypress Hill took what bliss-out in the ‘hood. and the follow- for them. but more luckily for us. he's themselves into a comer? Probably. , other rappers were gradually becoming up. Black Sunday. was intended to got the songwriting talent and his Just make sure you‘re there in the thick : more upfront about after the Just Say evoke the paranoia that arises out of brother Liam has the frontinan‘s pots-c. of the crowd for ‘Jump Around'. I No decade and built an entire persona knowing things can take a turn for the Both factors will sec to it that Oasis pogoing for your right to party.


The List 15—28 July l99411