Rory Weller gets all fired up about the
babies of the big beat scene.
Name? Dub Pistols
Occupation? Latest name on the big beat rocking block.
Place of origin? London.
Age? Not even a year old.
Participants? Principally Barry Ashworth
(ex Deja Vu) and Lee Spencer (keyboard wizard) but they also include scratcher Malcolm Wax and guitarist Jim Clark in live shows.
So what have they done in this short space of time? Released two singles ('There’s Going To Be A Riot’ and 'Westway’) which did the business in clubs and were adored by a great
number of important radio people. They
have also stormed America in quite ridiculous fashion, and done a heap of remixes.
How did all this come about then? Jon Carter of Monkey Mafia fame, asked them both to work on his ’Blow The Whole Joint Up’ single and out came the 'Coughing Up Fire‘ mix. Worked so well together they kept at it and 'Riot’ was released in September 1996. Their
sound is a fusion of hip hop, acid house,
rock 'n’ roll and big ripped-up fat beats And the record company instantly liked their work? Er no, in actual fact
they said the single was ’shite'. But once
they discovered they were listening to the digi-dump at the beginning of the track and the Pistols hadn’t gone arty, they loved it.
So this big beat thing is big news then? Huge. Monkey Mafia, Bentley Rhythm Ace and Fat Boy Slim have led the way and as Ashworth (Dub Pistols) says ‘Every major is sniffing around anyone with a beat on 'em saying,
"Excuse me, have you got a beat in your
backpocket, can I buy it?“
they'll be working on an album no doubt? About eight tracks are already written and they’re aiming for another seven. The problem is they're so busy gigging and doing remix work they haven’t had much time to concentrate on the album. Barry claims to have had‘ four and a half hours sleep in the last week.
And the Americans like them? So much
so that they’re thinking of moving out
to the West Coast if the right offer turns
up. Top tip: see them now before they go stadium.
The Dub Pistols play live at La Belle Ange/e, Edinburgh 4 Jul and at King Tut’s on 6 Jul. Their 'Westway’ single is out now on Concrete.
64 THE llST 2/ Jun —-10 Jul l997
Black Grape's Shaun Ryder seen living in the manner to which he's accustomed in James Fry's photograph, part of an exhibition at Glasgow's Bar 10. See Club News, page 66
GLASGOW SATURDAYS continued
I Easy Street at CCA Cafe Bar. 9.30pm—midnight. Free. DJ Gordon Allan with a house/dubby pre-club.
I The Garage 10pm—3am. £4 (£3); £1 off before l 1pm. An honest-to-gmdness top night out with charty dance sounds downstairs from Dave Ross and alternative sounds in the attic.
I Inside Out at The Arches. 10.30pm—3am. £12. 28 Jun and monthly. This night of hard house action just keeps getting better and better. tonight featuring Lisa Loud. Kelvin Andrews. Michael Kilkie. Simon Foy and [ammo
I Knucklehead at Glasgow School Of Art (upstairs). l()pm—late. £3.50 (£2.50 Glasgow School OfArt students). 5 Jul and weekly. Jilkes and Hatch return from a brief holiday for more underground house. techno and techno bass. 5 Jul Twitch (Pure) guests.
I Love Boutique at The Arches. 10.30pm—4am (licence pending). £10. 5 Jul and monthly. Making a welcome return tonight is the insomniac woman of little faith. Sister Bliss. joining Resident DJ Roy for the finest night of mixed pleasures Scotland has to offer.
I Reds llpm—3am. £6 (£5). A packed night specialising in mainstream dance. funk. rap and house. intimate. smart and friendly.
I Relax at The 13th Note (basement). Spin—midnight. Free. Hip hop and jungle with Romeo. Lazy B and Michael.
I Sizla at The Hive (Glasgow University Student Union). l()pm--2am. £3. Students and guests. Dave Mclntyre returns. continuing to dazzle with a seamless mix of charty dance sounds.
I Solar Funk at R.G.'s. Spin—midnight. Free. DJ Kev and monthly guests for spacey disco house. l’re-club.
I Strange Fruit at The Renfrew Ferry. 10.30pm—3am (licence pending). £10. 28 Jun only. Second of the spectacular Strange Fruit events. this time featuring UFO. Jason Brunton. Nick Peacock and Paul Cawley plus visuals from ISO. See panel and hit list.
I Sub Culture at Sub Club. 10.30pm—5am. £8. Harri and Domenic lord it over the legendary night of nice 'n' groovy hard hittin' fttnky house in the radically changed Sub Club.
I Tonka at .let. llpm—3. 15am. £6 (£5). The legendary Tonka returns alter a brief absence. fired up and ready to party. Features resident Tonka DJ Colin Walker of New York Alliance fame (Stigarcube Records) plus monthly guests.
I Trash llpm—3am. £5. House in Room One. funk in Room Two plus eclectic beats in Room Three.
I Triumph at The Tunnel. l0.30pm—3am. £6 (£4). A huge night of ltalian and UK house at one of the country’s best looking venues. Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery take on the main room while Kevin McFarlane offers up a different vibe with a wide mix of soul. funk and dance classics in Rootn Two.
I Velvet Rooms l()pm—late. £7 (£6); £4 before 1 lpm. DJ Skud in Room Two with mild house. garage and club classics. John Lyons in Room One playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
I Wired at Strathclyde University Student Union (Level 8). 10pm—3am. £2 (£1.50). Dance. indie and 60s. ()pen all summer. Drinks promos.
I Where It's At The 13th Note. Rpm—midnight. Free. DJ Paul Watt playing a selection of worldwide sounds: dancelloor jazz. rare grooves. soul classics and hot Latin tunes.
I Wild at Lime. llpm—3am. £6 (£4 students). Funky dance with DJ Ray. Drinks promos.
I 4th Dimension at The Baby Grand. ()ptn—midnight. Free. Andy Young plays jazz. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks romos. Pre-club.
I 8 Mi e High Club at Jet. 10.30pm—2.30am. £5. Colin Barr and Bobby Bluebell take to the decks for their own special genre-busting mix of tunes. Drinks promos.
I Aquaplanet at Sub Club. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). A damn line night of hard dance music and mixed-up genres with Mark Ryal and Twitch every week in the spanking new Subbie. 2‘) Jun. seminal Detroit genius Blake Baxter guests. continuing his bi-monthly residency. Drinks promos.
I Bar Miro ‘)—l 1pm. Free. Richard Howie with a deep. jazzy Sunday session.
I Body and Soul at Jet. l2.3()—6.3()pm. £2. Lazy Sunday afternoon session with Martin Collins providing the laid-back deep dance soundtrack to the pool/pin ball action. Heaps of papers and magazines to wade through and a bit of food. Drinks promos.
I Brown Sugar at Tin Pan Alley. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). MC Tony with an R&B and hip hop night. Access also to Sunday School taking place in the same venue. Drinks promos.
I Bubblelicious at Reds. 1 1pm-3am. £5 (£3). Club classics and a touch of soul plus drinks promos.
I 8.0.P. at Fury Murry's. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Music your mother would know. from DJs Desperate Dave and Weird Phil. Drinks promos.
I Club Mouth at The 13th Note (ground floor). 8pm—midnight. Free. lndie with Mark. Pre-club.
I Club Zebra at Nice ‘n' Sleazy (upstairs). Spin—midnight. Free. Orbitally. Sneaker Pitnpsy sort of night.
I Code 99 at The Brewery Tap. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Dub techno pre- club from Andrew Taylor. Richard Nolan. Alan Atkins and Paul.
I Disco 2000 at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1). DJ lain with a varied mix ofclub classics. now in the main room. Drinks promos.
I Divine at Brel. 8.30—1 1pm. Andrew and Alan Divine (Glasgow School Of Art) play you the stuff they play for themselves at home. Retro soul. Bobby Gentry. movie themes. etc. Pre-club.
I Espresso Bongo at Nicos. 3—11pm. Free. The Sunday afternoon performance crew return from a three-year break with live bands. theatre. quizzes. open mic and DJs. Drinks promos.
I Feel the Buzz at Bennet‘s. 11.30pm—3am. £2.50 (£1.25). Up-tempo high energy. Drinks promos.
I Flashback at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Hard house and techno from JP. Andy and guests. Can't see the DJs'.’ They're playing in the kitchen. that‘s why. cookin' up the tunes. I Fuddrukkers at Cleopatra's. 10.30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Disco. pop and 60s party vibes.
I Funkadelica at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1). Classic funk. new funk. funk rock and rap. offering an interesting alternative to ‘Get Sorted‘ at the same venue on the same night. Drinks promos.
I Get Sorted at The Cathouse. 10.30pm—3am. £2 (£1.50; free before
1 1.30pm). Indie/alternative vibe in the new Cathouse with drinks promos.
I Ground Control at Bar l0. 9pm—midnight. Free. Heavy dub and drum 'n‘ bass frotn the inimitable duo.
I lack Cul De Sac Bar. 9—1 lpm. Free. DJ Simon Coulson with weekending underground dance. Drinks promos.
I Lube at The 13th Note (basement). Rpm—midnight. Free. The excellent Lube is back again with drum ‘n' bass from Law. and Manu.
I Shirley's Temple at Archaos. l1pm—3am. £5 (£3). A trippy mix of