MIKE FLOWERS POPS sashay into town on 3 watt ot beige acrylics after the surprise success of their supper-club version of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’.

What with a Burt Bacharach revival in full swing and Edinburgh club Going Places still packing ’em in to the sound at Perry Como, the cheesey- listening tad looks like dragging on well into ’96. Mike Flowers Pops are at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on Fri 9 Feb.



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CHRIS EVANS new show Thank F=" It’s Friday will occupy the ‘weekend starts here’ slot that was previously occupied by pop shows like The Tube and Ready, Steady, Go. Channel 4 pretends the F:' stands for ‘Four’, but a crattily placed tabloid story suggested an alternative sequence of letters. The whole thing adds to Evans’ bad-boy image which was done nothing but good by his Radio 1 ‘carpeting’ alter tailing to turn up for his breaktast show. A DJ phoning in sick atter a bender the previous night suggests the ghost ot Simon ‘Simes’ Bates is finally being laid to rest at Radio 1.

TH Friday starts on Fri 9 Feb at 6pm on Channel 4.


The List’s at-a-glance guide to the “highlights of the fortnight ahead.

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I Film: Clockers Spike Lee's tale ol‘ :1 young drug dealer and a jaded cop is prohahly his most concentrated and gripping narrative to date. The murder whodunnit adds suspense. hut Lee‘s attacks on drugs and ghetto killings are as strong as ever, Sec l'eature. (ir’rir'i'iil i't‘ll use/rout l'i‘i V.

I Comedy: Parrot’s Comedy Church A madcap caharet style ol‘ comedy club is promised with l’arrot doing the cempere duties. Thc opening night l‘eatures The Howlers. a circus. improvisation and stand—up troupe who l’arrot has had shipped over l‘rom an unspccilied litn‘opean country. This way lies madness.

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I Theatre: Of Mice And Men John Steinheck‘s wrenching saga ol~ aspiration ground to dust hy the clumsy hrntality ol' poverty. adapted l‘or the stage by the American novelist himsell‘. See preview.

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I Hip-hop: Atrika Bambaataa This man played a vital role in the development ol‘ hip-hop culture from the mid-70s onwards. Originally a member ol the notorious Black Spades street gang. liamhaataa turned away from the usual gang pursuits and put his energy into his music. The results have been as impressive as they are inlluential. See l'cature.

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I Comedy: Kevin Day and Lynn Ferguson The (iilded Balloon (‘omedy (‘ii'cnit kicks off another season with the laddish stand-up Day and the l‘orthright Ferguson who won "The Stage Award For Acting IZxcellence' last year {or her play Hear! .-lml Sole. an endearing love story about a girl called ('arol and her lover David. a lish.

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I Art: 21 Days Dt Darkness Painting the gallery hlack in the manner of trouhled adolescents. ’l‘i'ansinission's latest venture is both gruelling and grotesque. Don't go in search ola pick-me-up. rather go to get a view of the darker side (ii We.

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