Catch the best Glasgow Globs this fortnight.
I Phar Cut Junglists Kemistry and Storm join the Phar Out collective for their first Scottish appearance. Glasgow School of Art. 7 Jun.
I love Boutique Special Scottish love-in with the Boutique’s own resident DJ Roy and man about town Steven Sleepman. A live love session will be performed by Boutique faves Rejuvination. So sincere it hurts. The Arches, 1 Jul and monthly.
I Triumph Renaissance continues its highly successful monthly events, this time featuring Danny Rampling, Dave Seaman and Jeremy Healy.
The Tunnel, 8 Jul.
I Strange Fruit Fantastically imaginative night fusing vinyl, live music and image projections. DJs Gilles Peterson (Talkin Loud) is joined by Glasgow’s Nick Peacock on the decks and live jams will be supplied by David Carron (Eevolute, Mo Wax). The Prodigal Sons (all- star line-up including Greg Kane) and Kamara. Glasgow collective Signal to Noise will provide the visuals. 01d Fruitmarket. 1 Jul only.
I Mo’ Jan With Attitude at The 13th Note (ground floor). 8pm—midnight. Free. ‘The Australian eclectic Wath mix a cordon bleu selection of spicy jazz, funk foods for your feels and something to shake your wig to Mrs‘. Well ifthey say
I llicos 9pm—midnight. Free. DJ Paul with hip hop. funk and rare groove. I October Cafe 7pm—midnight. Free. Pre- club event with DJs Mark Maslanka and JasonJ Brown. I On the Beach at The Arches. 9pm—3am. £12. 8 July only. King of the surf guitar Dick Dale stars in a “performance surﬁng manifestation’ with The Kaisers. The Beat Poets, Johnny 7 and The Pendletones (melange of BMX Bandits and Superstar). There‘ll also be comedy. cabaret. bbq. movies. surf boards. palm trees and special guest DJs. Wipeout! I Playtime at The Voodoo Room. llpm—3am. £8. Kevin McKay. Mel Barr and Stevie Sleepman relaunching Saturdays at The Voodoo. opening up the back room as Room Two for disco revival sounds. keeping Room One as uptempo vocal garage. 1 July. it's the Voodoo‘s first birthday so they‘ve brought in C.J. Mackintosh (Ministry of Sound) and Phil Cheesman to do the disco. I Pussypower at The Arena. llpm—3.30am. £6 (£4 members-membership available on the night). 1 July and fortnightly. Terry and Jason of Pussypower every other week plus guests. This time they've managed to get Cajual Records top man Cajmere. Tres impressive. I Beds llpm—3am. £6 (£4). A packed night specialising in mainstream dance, funk. rap and house with DJ Skud and Graham. intimate. smart and friendly. I Rhapsody llpm—3am. £7 (£5). Robin Burrows with an eclectic clubby mix. Live acts through the back.
It’s five years since MG 900 FT Jesus, a.|t.a. Mark Griffin, was inspired to put out his first scratchy beatbox-and- samples EP, moonlighting from his job in a Dallas record store. The name was conceived by Griffin as a ficticious character to deliver his raps. ‘lle was a street preacher and pan-handler, but maybe a bit dangerous too,’ says Griffin.
Three albums on, the ‘em-cee’ tag has become a little misleading with the latest one Step Ahead of the Spider- Griffin’s first since signing to Rick itubin’s American label - is more of a [an poem sketch. Griffin originally trained as a classical trumpeter, with the new album and
= subsequent tour featuring a full band.
The hip hop influence is still there, but Griffin has opted for a slow, loping groove, with his spoken-word delivery laid over the top. The effect is Gil Scott lleron drafted into Bill Laswell’s Material.
‘1 went back to the records I listened
l to when l was growing up,’ he says. ‘I
had a bunch of Miles [Davis] records.
3 Plus Sly and the Family Stone and
Curtis Mayfield.’ A cover of Mayfield’s
’ ‘Stare and Stare’ is included on the
new album, featuring some restrained wailing from living Golour guitarist Vernon Reid.
lyrically, Griffin has developed a wry narrative style that develops stories
; and characters with the same kind of i black humour that Tom Waits deals in. T ills track ‘llew Year’s Eve’, about
: 3501b couch-potato Bill yelling at the
MG 900 FT Jesus: spoken word hip hop
‘spandex-clad cheerleader type’ on a TV fitness show, could be a companion piece to ‘Franlt’s Wild Years’.
Griffin namecheclts writers Flannery O’Connor, Jim Thompson and llarry Crews as major influences, and these gritty literary giants particularly noticeable in opening track, ‘llew Moon’, an epic twelve-minute tale of American low-life. ‘lt’s a total atmosphere experience,’ he says. ‘I play get the music down first and then go for the visual imagery it suggests.’ (Eddie Gibb)
MC 900 FT Jesus plays The Arena,
1 Glasgow on Thurs 13 July.
I Saturday Slammer at Nice 'n‘ Sleazy (downstairs). 9pm—close. Free. Tequila club: Latino grooves and mambo schambo.
I Shoosh! at R.G.‘s. Spin—midnight. Free. DJ Cristian with a house/garage pre-club warmer.
I Strange Fruit at Old Fruitmarket. l0.30pm-2.30am. £8 (from Tower. Ticketcentre or at the door). 1 July only. Fantastically imaginative night fusing vinyl. live music and image projections. DJs Gilles Peterson (Talkin‘ Loud) is joined by Glasgow‘s Nick Peacock on the decks and live jams will be supplied by David Carron (Eevolute, Mo Wax), The Prodigal Sons (all-star line-up including Greg Kane) and Kamara. Glasgow collective Signal to Noise will provide the visuals.
I Super Saturdays at Sub Club. 10.30pm-3am. £8. The Subby enters a new era, capturing the spirit of heyday Subbing and combining it with a future spirit. Saturdays top the list with a hard house night from the outstanding Harn'. Oscar and Dominic. ,
I Tangent at The Arena. 1 lpm—3am. £6 (£4). 8 July and fortnightly. ‘Eclectic dance music from a different direction'. Drinks promos. Orlando Voorn. Europe- based Detroit-sounding (1987 DMC mix champ. Nightvisions — Holland, KMS). I Teardrops at The 13th Note (basement). 8.30pm—midnight. Free. The sounds of lonliness. melancholy and heartbreak supplied by Jason McPhail and Andy Divine.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£4). One of the clubs regularly mentioned on Pete Tong. Upfront house and garage with Colin Tevendale and Stephen McCreery in Room One. and Kevin MacFarlane with an eclectic funky
set in Room Two. Dressed-up door policy. 8 July, Renaissance continue their highly successful monthly events. this time featuring Danny Rampling. Dave Seaman and Jeremy Healy. 10.30pm—5am. £15 (£13).
I Wild at Cotton Club. 10.30pm-3am. £6 (£4 students). Commercial dance and pop with Craig Davis. £1 bottled beer.
I Bennet’s llpm—3am. £1. Gay. All beers and spirits £1. DJ John Frazer with commercial dance and pop.
I Booglemania at The Attic. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1). DJ Graeme with a varied mix ofclub classics. Drinks promos.
I Blackfriars Sunday at Blackfriars Underground. 8pm—midnight. 50p. R.A.D. with their usual varied vibe. ’no strict music policy. strategy or style.‘
I Bubblelicious at Reds. l 1pm—3am. £5 (£3). Club classics. disco anthems and all drinks £1 all night. Amiable. smart crowd not putting too much emphasis on hitting the floor.
I box at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. 8pm—close. Free. 2 July and fortnightly. Two floors of upfront beats and ambient tunes from ‘the best live PAs and DJs Scotland has to offer’.
I Don’t Forget Your Handbag at Club Xchange. 11pm-3am. Ms Alston with a night of high camp. men in skirts and more handbag than Watt Bros.
I Flow is Four at Mojos. 7pm-lam. Donation on the night. 2 July only. Special birthday event with Stefan Robbers and David Carron from Eevolute getting the sounds going while Flow do their thing with the visuals.
I Fuddrukkers at Cleopatra‘s.
lO.30pm-2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Disco, pop and 60s party vibes from DJ Craig Davis.
I Liberate Sundays at The Cul De Sac. 8pm—midnight. Free. Nigel Hayes of Bomba and Liberty City with undiluted black house and garage. Bacardi Black and Red Rock £1.20.
I lush at The Voodoo Room.
llpm-3. 15am. £5. Mega stars Harri and Oscar with their underground house and garage. A damn fine night for full weekend party people. All drinks £1. 2 July. Lush summons DJ Duke (Power Music NYC. Blow Your Whistle) to The Voodoo.
I ilicos 9pm-midnight. Free. DJ Graeme with a 70s disco cheesefest.
I Rock City at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1.50). Rock from the 70s to the present.
I Sonora at The 13th Note. 8pm—midnight. Donations (£1) on the door, cushions on the ﬂoor. Excursions into ambience and the occasional glance at other related activities. Look out for the cream of avant garde bands live.
I Songs of Praise at The Volcano.
l lpm—2.30am. £3 (£2). Popular weekend slot with ‘pre-roast blessings‘ and ‘fun' music.
I Sunday Service at Maxaluna. 8.30pm—midnight. Free. A new pre-club with an ecclesiastical bent. Heavenly decor (drapes and candelight) plus funk, rap and dance ‘hymns‘ from Ali C. ‘the monk of funk'. Drinks promos.
I Unity Reggae Club at The Venue. 10.30pm—late. £2. Every Sunday and Thursday. Reggae, ragga and dub. ‘Strictly dancehall‘.
I Yellow Submarine at Fury Murry's.
l lpm—3am. £3. All spirits and mixer 99p. Spanking new club night ‘a soundtrack of modem pop and dance for the disco generation'.
I Cool Dude at The Tuxedo Princess. 9.30pm—3am. £2 (£1 with student card. free before 11pm with flyer). Two ﬂoors of party pop music and girls swapping their bras for bottles of wine at the DJ box. A first year student fave. Mainline spirits 45p, draught £1. I Cleopatra's 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1 with ticket). Gary Unett and a mix of mainstream pop and dance. I Club X at Club Xchange. 10.30pm—3am. £1.25. Gay. House and garage. £1.25 all drinks. I Headrush at The Volcano. 10.30pm—2.30am. 10 July only. Techno night from the infinity Crew (Carl H., Stimpy. Del and Rhythm) plus live PA from Transmission. I Lingo at The 13th Note (ground ﬂoor). 8pm—lam. Free. The most rare and diverse music you‘re likely to hear from the Lingo collective. I Nashville Babylon at Nice ‘n‘ Sleazy (upstairs) 8pm—close. Free. ‘Country- tinged rock, blues, soul. 70s classics and heavy drinking’. I Speedracer at The Attic (formerly the Cameo Suite). 10.30—3am. £2 (£1). Steven M. persues his ‘NME-orientated music‘ as well as a few indie-dance classics. with a heavy slab of hip hop.
I Boudoir at The 13th Note (basement). 8pm—midnight. Free. The original Boudoir with more nights of cheesy. sleazy easy listening! Games-a-plenty including an Atari console. Frustration, Cluedo etc. Tops.
I Cat in The flat at The Venue. 10.30pm—3am £1. Student and good time party grooves. Pints and bottled beers £1. I JoJos at Club XChange llpm-3am. £2 (£1). Gay. DJ Stella with choice dance and chart sounds. £1 lager. 50p vodka. Pitched as the only gay night in town tonight.
70 The List 30 Jun-l3 Jul 1995