Rory Weller sounds out another man and his decks


I llame? Larry Heard.

I Occupation? Seminal Detroit character.

I Aren’t there a rather a lot or them? Yes. we do tend to lay it on a bit thick with the Detroit mob. but this is the real thing: a man a good decade ahead of his time. a prophet. and. dare we say it. a Chicago house god.

I What has he done to deserve such reckless adoration? Mention his name in dance circles and you'll be met with an obeisant hush. He was the founder member of legendary Chicago house collective Fingers Inc. is a consummate keyboard artist and apparently also invented ambient house music in 1988 with his Amnesia album. You‘ll find his work in the record boxes of people who say ‘that‘s a dark track. rnan' a lot.

I What’s he up to right now? He's got two albums out at the moment. one is .S't‘eneries not Songs Volume Ta and the second is called Alien. The first is a little tricky to get hold of with orders only being taken on an lntemet address.

I A little perverse perhaps? If you‘d had the trouble this guy has you’d be cautious of the record industry too. The anthem track ‘Can You Feel lt‘ has been getting on for 100,000 sales but poor Larry only got paid for 3.000. He then hooked up with another record label who proceeded to fleece him too.

I He must have made a bit or money though? In the man‘s own words he is currently ‘dirt poor'. exactly the same position he was in when he started and he's getting worried. As an ex-social security pensions officer he knows how hard the future can be.

I Are things on the up for Larry now? The first Sceneries nor Songs won The Guardian album of the year in 1995 and Alien has been universally well-received. the kind of thing that opens new doors of creativity for dance music as a whole.

Alien is out now on Blue/(market records.


I Student Mondays at The Cathouse. 10pm-3am. £2 (students free before midnight). New club from the Mr Student Night himself Dave Ross. Usual goodtime tunes plus double vodka and Gold Bier £1.20 all night.


I Cat in The flat at The Venue. 10.30pm—3am. £1. Student and goodtime party grooves. Pints and bottled beers £1. I Club XChange llpm-3am. £2 (£1). Gay. Dance and chart sounds. £1 lager. 50p vodka. Pitched as the only gay night in town tonight.

I Kaleidoscope World at The Cathouse. 8.30pm—3am. £1. Band and club night (Tam Coyle) with the club starting at

1 1.30pm and playlisted to reflect the style of band featured that night.

I Shimmy Club at Bennct's.

10.30pm --3am. £2. Legendary. drunken. ‘mixetl'. longest-running club night in town. Mainstream dance and chart. £1.10 promo beers.

I Shooting Stars at The Garage. llpm—3am. Dave Ross' latest extravaganza whooping up Tuesday nights party style in the main room. Staggering (you will be) drink promos. I Supertly at Fury Murry's. 10.30pm—3am. £2. New night with an indie/ dancey. poppy/soulful playlist and the ubiquitous drinks promotions.

I Sly at The Tunnel. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£3). 26 March only. Another set of exams. another Sly and another excuse to get too darned drunk and fall over. Huge amount of fun being had by frolicking students.

I Trading Postat Cleopatra's. 1().30pm—2.30am. £2 (£1 with ticket). Chart. mainstream and ()()s ‘for' the pub/club staff crowd '.

I Wide at Madame Gillespie‘s. 10pm—3am. £2. DJ Leonor Fini bringing together all strands of alternative dance music. Look out for forthcoming DJs and bands. Draught beers and selected shots £1.


I Bennet’s l lpm—3am. £1. Gay. 70p vodka and gin! DJ Sara.

I Boudoir at The Whisky Bar. Spin—close. Free. Glasgow‘s original easy listening club pick up their Burt Baclrarach collection and settling down at this new venue. Free canapes and lots of love.

I Chopper at Club Xchange. 10.3()pm-3.30am. £3.50 (£2). Garage. house. 90s disco and pop from DJ Rory (Archaos Thursdays). Double vodka £1.25.

I Delicatessan at The Velvet Rooms (front room). 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Club Havana presents Brazilian. Latinjazz. rare groove and acid jazz with DJ Jazz on the decks.

I Definitely Maybe at the Rat Trap. 10.30pm—2. £2. Indie.

I Disco Wonderland at The Cathouse.

l lpm—3am. £2 (£1). 70s throwbacks (and possibly slingbacks) get in free. 70s night from new kids on the block Barbie and Ken. Margheritas 50p. Vodka mix £1. Gold Bier £1.

I DJ Lee at Mojo‘s 9pm—midnight. Free. A mellow tnix of trip hop and jazz funk. I Fab at Reds. l 1pm—3am. £4 (£3). Club classics. funk. soul and disco. Miller £1. vodka-mix £1.

I Go West at Cleopatra's. 10.30pm—2.30am. £2 (£1 with ticket). A mainly ‘student-orientated' bill of fare. I Jam at The Velvet Rooms. 1 lpm—3am. £3 (£2). DJ Mel Barr with classic disco. I June at The 13th Note (basement). 8pm—rnidnight. Free. 3 April and fortnightly. A mix of techno. trip hop and house from Gregor and Michael plus guests.

I Paradise Island at The Volcano.

l 1pm—2.30am. £3 (£2). Sace and Easi

take a break to work on their album so Blueprint is put on hold too. Ally Campbell takes their slot for hip hop. funk and jungle.

I Sticky Fingers at The Attic. 10.30pm-3am. £2 (£1). Gerry with indie and retro sounds. Drinks promos.

I Soul Train at The Hatt Club. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Paul M. pursuing a retro vibe. Drinks promos.

I Wednesday llight Fever at Cotton

Club. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2 with matric card). For those who long to be back in those halcyon disco days of yore when the trousers were tight and the glitter ball polished. Drinks promos.


I Bar 10 Spin-close. Free. Paul Cawley from Phar Out with a weird. eclectic. underground pre-club experience.

I The Base Room at Glasgow School of Art (downstairs). 9pm—2.30am. Free. House night from DJs Graham (Schrnoo). Kevin and Jim.

I Bloomers at Cleopatra's. 10.30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Mainstream.

I Boogie Bus at R.G.’s. Spin—midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey with lots of pretty lights too.

I Boudoir at The CCA Cafe Bar. 9.30pm-midnight. Free. The crimpolene kings open another of their oh so easy listening nights featuring the kind oftunes you could take home to your mother.

I Club Class at The Hatt Club.

1 1pm—3am. £5 (£4). A mellow mix of chart and club classics from the last two decades. Drinks promos.

I Club Xchange 11pm-3am. £2 (£1). Gay. DJ Morgan and £1 lager. £1 vodka. I Cop at Archaos. lOpm—3am. £4 (£2.50). Busy student house night from DJ Rory (Club X. Wednesdays) and guests. ‘Turn up. get down. cop off.‘ £1 vodka and Beck‘s. Tam Coyle ‘The Fuzz‘ does his indie/pop/kitsch stuff in Betty‘s. I oee Jays in Disguise at Variety. 8pm—close. Free. Ha’t'ch and J‘ilkes of the Knucklehead with a dubby mix of new dance and techno.

I Donkey at the Cathouse. l 1pm—3am. Indie/grunge rock in the new Cathouse. Drinks promos.

I llidin Boots at The Voodoo Room. 9.30pm—3am. £5 (£4). 28 March and fortnightly. New underground drum and bass night from Alternative Source Promotions featuring Traipse and Subbass plus KMC and Daley. All bottled beer and lager £1.

I Inferno at Reds. l lpm—3am. £2. Seventies disco. pop and glam with DJ Paul N‘Jie plus Bud £1 and vodka mix all night. A night ofclassic disco peppered with the best ofcontemporary house and garage.

I lovesliack at Fury Murry's. 10.30pm—3am. £2. ‘Super cool sounds of the 70s-dance stornpers and student classics abound. Lager and vodka mix an unbelievable 50p.‘

I lied Cell at The Sub Club. llpm—3am. £3. From the makers of UK Gold comes one of the deepest. darkest underground club nights in Scotland. The night centres on Mark Ryall (UK Gold/Aqua Planet) with guests Martin (UK Gold). Richard Grey (Vapourspace) and Dominic (Subby Saturdays) making appearances through the month. Drinks promos.

I Bumble at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Cardow and Ross with an exceptionally busy night ofcharty dance faves. cheap drinks and drunk students. Snogtastic!

I Shlndlg at Cotton Club. I lpm—3am. £3 (£2). lain Fitzpatrick with an indie/disco club. All drinks 99p.

I Snap, Crackle and Pop at the QM'J. 9pm—2am. £2 (£1.50). Cheesy pop provided by DJ Toast. Regular drinks promos.

I Total Ecllpso at October Cafe.


Catch the best Edinburgh Clubs this rortnlglrt.

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llI Seen Seen and the East Coast Project present M.C. Mello with support from Blacka‘nized. Under Tha Influence and Outa'Nationals. plus mad skills from DJs Eh? Wun and Frosty. With food supplied by The Basement. Well worth checking out. Wilkie House. Thurs 2/ Mar. 11. lied Sister Bliss joins residents Stuart Duncan and Stevie Livingstone at this night of upfront UK house. hard-edged garage and classic. old skool anthems. The Music Box, Sun 24 Mar.

I Burger (lueen Craig and Huggy continue their comeback in style (check the new flyers). this time hosting a Positiva Records night. Like ’em or loathe 'em. this club still kicks ass in the party stakes. Club Mercado, Sat 30 Mar.

Spin—close. Free. DJ Sole Boy and guests with jungle. hip hop swing and deep soul. Rolling Rock. flavoured vodka. lager/heavy pints all £1. Moon Juice £2. I The Tunnel 10pm—3am. £4 (£2 with matric card). If you've ever been to this student night in the last five years. then it's still exactly the same as you remember it. Cheesy (but fun) music. mobbed dancefloor and regrets in the morning.

I Tom at Mojo's. 9pm—midnight. Free. Club Havana presents the finest flamenco rumba and latin jazz from DJ Jazz every week. San Miguel £1.40. Tapas menu.

I Velvet Booms 9ptn—latc. £3 (£2) (reduction before 10.30pm). Across the board mix with DJ Skud. Drinks promos. I Wax at Reds Bar. Strathclyde University Student Union. ()pm—Zam. Free. Dance and indie pop.

I Whatever You Want at The Hive. Glasgow University Union. 10pm—1am. Free (students and guests only). Classic student pop from DJ Musty.


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