llory Weller gets the lowdown on lle and producers Daft Punk, hailed by The Chemical Brothers.
llama Daft Punk. aka Thomas Bengalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
Age 2] and 20 respectively.
Occupation Producers. rernixers. DJs and the next big thing.
How so? They‘ve had considerable success in the underground with their own brand of disco-tinged. hard rockin' acid house and are about to ﬁnalise a deal with a major label to release their ﬁrst album. How do you measure success to the underground? One of their singles last year. ‘Da Funk‘, appeared in everyone’s charts, including a fifth place ranking in Mix-mag's records of 95. The Chemical Brothers love them and got them to remix ‘Life Is Sweet‘ and to tour with them. Kudosarama or what?
llow dltl they reach this exalted position? They started out in what they describe as a ’dodgy rock band‘ called Darlin'. which got appalling reviews in Melody Maker branding their music ‘daft punk’.
is that why they got out of the genre? They became disillusioned with guitar music as they didn't think anyone danced enough. so naturally they got into dance music. forming a techno outﬁt. ironically using the description from the review.
With this kind of history how did they get their first record deal? They met the Slam guys at a rave in Eurodisney and slipped them a tape. Slam signed them for their Soma label and went on to release three singles: ‘Alive'. ‘Da Funk', and ‘lndo Silver Club’. A series of live gigs starting with in The City (Manchester) two years ago introduced them to the UK. Anything else we should know about the-7 If you’re interested. Thomas’s dad was apparently in Ottawan of ‘D.l.S.C.O‘ fame. (Rory Weller)
Daft Punk DJ with Slam on the Renfrew F erry. Sat 31 Aug.
GLASGOW llSTlilCS CDilTIllliED FRIDAY
I Tangent at Sub Club. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). 30 Aug only. Local funky house and techno DJs A-Man and Panic settling in to what looks like becoming a monthly residency at the Strbby.
I Tangent at Prince Armany‘s.
l lpm—Sam. £7 (£5). 24 Aug only. Another of A-Man and Panic's infamous all nighters. No alcohol after midnight. Ambient room open midnight—4am.
I Top Rank Club at RAF Club. Spin—lam. £3. 23 Aug only. ‘liverything that's best of the 60s'. including Northern soul. skinhead reggae. tarnla motown. ska. Hammond grooves. Philly soul and mod. I Transmission at Betty‘s Mayonnaise. l0.30pm—3am. £4 (£2.50). New night from Tam Coyie (Dream Sequence) playing a danced-up. student-orientated set.
I Velvet Booms 9pm—3am. £6 (£4). Free before i().30pm; £3 (£2) i().30--| l.30prn. Alan Ronald in Room Two with an open mix from house anthems and disco to Britpop and soul. Martin Hesketh in Room ()ne playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I Archaos at Archaos. l lpm—3.30am. £8 (£6). A garage and house mix for a busy. moderately dressy crowd.
I Arena i().30pm—330am. £7. Adrian Rennie isjoined by Dave Tarrida every week plus similarly technocsquc guests. I Bar 10 9plll-illltllligltl. Free. Busy hard house pre-club with Nick Peacock.
I The Cathouse llpm-3am. £4 (£3.50). Two floors of rock with margaritas 50p. Gold Bier and vodka mix £| before midnight.
I Classic FM at Fury M urry's. l0.30pm--3am. £5 (£4). lndie-pop/indie- dance shenanigans from Jim Downie and the gang. Upstairs in the new room Furies present Twister: ‘The best of Britpop and tootin' 60s hits".
I Cleopatra’s I I pm~3attt. £6. Mainstream commercial vibe.
I Club 59 Rocksy's Basement. l0pm—2.30am. £5. Martin and Willy of Rub :1 Dub playing the best and deepest from the underground. ()ne of Mun'k‘s top ten clubs of I995.
I Club Apt at The Apartment.
I lpm—3am. £7. DJ Bob Jeffries with funky soul. hip hop and house even sexier than the Friday.
I Club X at Club Xchange. llpm—3am. £6 (£4). Gay club with upfront dance tunes from DJ Suave Gav. Drinks promos. I Cream at The Arches. l0pm—4am. £l2. 3| August only. It‘s Itiorisla club (true at The Arches when Liverpool‘s Cream touches down again for housey excitations. DJ Sneak and Doc Martin from America are joined by two former i- !) DJs of the month Gareth Somerville (Yip Yap) and Michael Kilkie (Tunnel). lnternet clubheads can check out the Cream web site on http://www.cream.co.uk.
I Divine at Glasgow School of Art (downstairs). I()pm—late. £3 (£2.50 GSA). Andrew Divine with an eye to the past and a vision for the future. Retro. soul. house.jungle. etc.
I Dream Sequence at Rooftops (Secrets Lounge). i().30pm-3am. £3 (£3.50). Long-established indie night with a friendly vibe. "Tomorrow's hits today.‘
I Easy Street at CCA Cafe Bar. 9.30pm—midnight. DJ Gordon Allan with a house/dubby pre club.
I The Garage IO.30pm-3am. £3 (£2). lO-l lpm. £4 (£3); ilpm—midnight. An honest-to-goodness top night out with charty dance sounds downstairs frotn Dave Ross and alternative sounds in The Attic. '
I Iligh living at The Bedsit. 9pm-2am. £4 (£3). 31 Aug only. Drag queen Jackie Derrida (Shirley's Temple. Pure. Flow)
with his own night. The glamorous hostess has created the night so people can live out their fantasies and have fun. Stars of every persuasion are welcome especially if they have glamour gear or gossip for Jackie. ‘lt‘s a multicultural polysexual dance party happening. with music like the sounds in a late 60s/early 70s movie but with up to date stuff too.‘ I Knucklehead at Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). lOpm—Iate. £3 (£2.50). Residents J‘ilkes and Ha‘t’ch back with 'weird shit tojack yer body to. Detroit style. hi-tech Chicago future funk stylee'. I Moio’s 9plli-lllidltighl. Free. DJ Nick bringing you the renowned Mojo vibe: retro stuff with a 90s feel and 90s stuff with a retro feel. Pre-club.
I Mundo latino at the Corner Bar. 9pm~midnighf Free. Club Havana presents salsa. merengue. Iatnbada and Latin jazz from the award-winning DJ Jazz. Pre-club.
I October Cale Spin—close. Free. House and garage DJs Mark and Jason plus drinks promos. Pre-club.
I Pure at The Arches. l0.30pm«4am. £l2. 24 Aug only. Pure celebrating six years of techno mastery. As well as residents Twitch. Brainstorm and The Bill. the night features the Definitive Records tour with Richie Hawtin. Terry Mullin. Marshall Jefferson and Barada live.
I hat Trap l0.30pm—3am. £3. Three ﬂoors of rock. Studio One: The Rat
House. 90s rock; Studio Two: Don't Ask ' For Pish with DJ Christine doing requests;
Studio Three: Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy. thrash and slam with DJ Ali.
I Reds l lpm—3am. £6 (£5). A packed night specialising in mainstream dance. funk. rap and house. Intimate. smart and friendly.
I Slam (llever Get Out The Boat) on Renfrew Ferry. I()pm—3am. £8. 31 Aug only. Slam's Stuart McMillan isjoined by ex-Soma Records recording artists Daft Punk with their DJ set. See Phactfile.
I Stasis at R.G.'s. 8pm—midnight. Free. DJ Tosh with deep house and garage for the Saturday warm up session. Pre-club. I Sub Club l().30pm—5am. £8. On the cusp of celebrating ten years of quality Subby clubbing Harri and Domenic continue to provide one of the few top original house nights iti Glasgow. 3| Aug. Mike Dunn of Trax Records (Chicago) guesting.
I Tonka at The Volcano. l lpm—2.30am. £5 (£3). Colin Walker (New York Alliance) playing underground New York house. Night features Ioadsa capers including Scalectrix. caged dancers. free fruit. masseur. casino and light show.
I Triumph at Tire Tunnel. l0.30pm—3am. £6 (£4). An epic voyage through italian and UK house. presented by Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery. in Room Two. Kevin McFarlane offers up a different vibe with a wide mix of soul. funk and dance classics.
I The Velvet Rooms 9pm—late. £7 (£6). Free before l0pm; £4. l0—I lpm. DJ Skud in Rootn Two with mild house. garage and club classics. John Lyons in Room One playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I Whisky ear 9pm—midnight. Free. Oscar (Sub Club) with funky underground house. I Wild at Cotton Club. llpm—3am. £6 (£4 students). Commercial dance and pop. £l drinks promos.
I 4th Dimension at The Baby Grand. 9pm—midnight. Free. Andy Young plays jazz. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks promos.
I The Apartment l lpm—3am. Late night bar vibe with Mel Barr.
I Area 51 at Nice ‘n‘ Sleazy. 9pm—late. Technoish night with local guest DJs. Pre- club.
I Booglemanla at The Attic.
H HIT LIST
Catch the best Glasgow Clubs this fortnight.
I Pure Another birthday bash. with Pure toasting six years of techno mastery. As well as residents Twitch. Brainstorm and The Bill. the night features the Definitive Records tour with Richie Hawtin. Terry Mullin. Marshall Jefferson. and Barada live. The Arches. Sat 24.
I The Ark To celebrate five years at the top. The Ark spreads its birthday celebrations over two weeks. On 23 August. DJs Michael Kilkie. Scott Mackay, Duncan Reid and Simon Foy play the classic Ark tunes from the last five years; on 30 August. Sister Bliss. Tall Paul and Nicky Holloway join the residents for a guaranteed housetastic storrner of a night.
The Tunnel. Fri 23 and 30.
I Cream it's monsta club time at The Arches when Liverpool's Cream touches down again for housey excitations. DJ Sneak and Doc Martin from America are joined by two fomier i-D DJs ofthe month. Gareth Sornerville (Yip Yap) and Michael Kilkie (Tunnel).
The Arches. Sat 31.
I Slam (llever Get Out The Boat) Slam's Stuart McMillan is joined by ex-Soma Records recording artists Daft Punk from Paris. who rocked the boat last time they were here with a memorable live set. This time they show us what they can do on the decks. See Phactfile.
Renfrew Ferry. Sat 3/.
l0.30pm-3am. £2 (£1). DJ Graeme with a varied mix ofclub classics. Drinks promos.
I Bubblelicious at Reds. I lpm —3am. £5 (£3). Club classics and a touch of soul plus all drinks £l all night.
I Club llavana at Cotton Club. llpm—3am. £4 (£2). 25 Aug only. Award- winning DJ Jazz gets the temperature rising and the hips gyrating with his inimitable brand of salsa. merengue. Iarnbada and ﬂamenco. Very hot. very busy and very sexy.
I Danny's Barby And His Tranny at The Rat Trap. i().30pm—3am. £3. “Welcome to the BBQ with Danny‘s mix.‘
I Furltlrultkers at C leopatra's. IO.30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Disco. pop and 60s party vibes.
I Get Sorted at The C athouse. l0.30pm—3am. £2 (£ l .50/free before ll.30pm). Indie/alternative vibe in the new Cathouse with margaritas 50p. Gold Bier and vodka mix £ l.
I Interpol at Nico's. 8pm—close. Free. Paul Cawley from Phar ()ut playing ‘easy listening and cosmic jazz'. Half-price Martinis and cheap cocktails. Pre-club.
I loaded at Fury Murry's. I lpm-3am. £3. All spirits plus mixer 99p. Pints of Coors £| .50. Fury's stalwarts Craig and
TDD The List 23 Aug-5 Sept l996