Boy George has proved he can take it like a man, but does that include Glasgow? Rory Weller gives the lowdown on the celeb DJ before his date with destiny at the Tunnel.
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Name Boy George aka George O’Dowd. Date of birth 14 June 1961.
Place of birth Bexley, Kent.
Occupation Singer, songwriter, DJ, producer, author, journalist, radio presenter, record label owner and professional bitcher.
That's a whole lot of fingers in a whole lot of pies Yep, he'll need to start using his toes soon. The 36-year- old son of a builder is an out-and-out media slut who has come a long way from the nightclub cloakroom attendant who formed Culture Club in the early 805.
So what's keeping the Boy busy? His staus as a headlining DJ takes him all round the world. Currently he’s on the Continent promoting his first ever solo independent single 'Love Is Leaving’. When it was released in Italy at the end of last year it went to Number Three in the charts and stayed in the Top Twenty for three months. He describes the track as ’Shirley Bassey goes Euro’. Sadly the track is not due for release here as George isn’t signed to a major record label.
Doesn't he run a record label himself? Indeed: More Protein, which he started in October 88. The hassle of promoting the track properly in-house would take just too much time as he is, officially, the busiest man on the planet.
Will we be hearing anything else song- wise from him? He's in the middle of finishing a solo album and is also the frontman of a new band called Shallow. What's this about him being a journalist? George is the 'queer issues' correspondent for the Daily Express with a regular column every Wednesday. He also hosts a show on Freedom FM, the new gay and lesbian radio station on the Astra satellite.
He's had experience writing before hasn't he? His bestselling autobiography Take It LikeA Man was a frank, all- exposing account of his life so far. He’s currently in negotiation with the BBC over filming rights. He says he'd like Pamela Anderson to play his part. His next book deals with food, sex, drugs, fame, religion and suburban psychosis. I Boy George Dis for Cream at the Tunnel, Glasgow on Sat 26 Jul.
on THE usr zs Jul—7 Aug 1997
GLASGOW CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Bennets ll.30pm-3am. £2.50. DJ Sara with upbeat dance. Drinks promos. I Betty's at Betty's Mayonnaise.
I lpm—3am. Free. Commercial dance with DJ Geoff. Drinks promos.
I Chopper at Betty's Mayonnaise. 10.30pm—3.30am. £3.50 (£2). Garage. house and 90s disco and pop from CJ (Archaos Thursdays). Note: new venue change. Drum 'n‘ bass night. Juice. in Room Two. Dn'nks promos.
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. 9-l lpm. Free. Richard Brown ofGlasgow's Soma Records guesting every week with a huge pile of white labels. Drinks promos.
I Disco Wonderland at The Cathouse. llpm—3am. £2 (£1.50; free before
I l.30pm). Super sounds from the 70s with drinks promos.
I Elements at Trash. l lpm—3am. £4 (£3). 6 Aug. Fortnightly. New regular drum ‘n’ bass night opening in grand style with the appearance of the master Grooveriderjoining residents Kemal. Rob G and Stevie. See Hit list.
I Fab at Reds. l lpm—3am. £3 (£2). Groovy garage and club classics. Drinks promos.
I Flex at The Velvet Rooms. l0.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). New regular Wednesday night from DJ Tchico playing soul. ragga. funk reggae. swing and hip hop in Room One plus happy house. garage and classic dance in Room Two. I Go West at Cleopatra‘s. l0.3()pm—2.30am. £2 (£l with ticket). A mainly student-orientated bill of fare.
I Ground Control at Jet. llpm—2. 15am. Kevin Dillon and Norden of the Ground Control sound system take up residency here every week for the finest hip hop and drum 'n‘ bass night in the West End. Drinks promos.
I Jengaheads at The October Cafe. 9pm—midnight. Free. Lazyass hip hop sound track from the Jengaheads (Paradise Island) with a special Jenga league every week. Drinks promos.
I Relax at Bar l0. Spin—close. Free. Downbeat dance night with Juna and Romeo. Pre-club.
I Sticky Fingers at The Attic. l0.30pm-3am. £2 (£l). Gerry with indie and retro sounds. Drinks promos.
I Wednesday Night Fever at Lime.
l lpm—3am. £3 (£2 with matric card). Fresh 'n‘ funky 70s and 90s disco with DJ Ray Davren. Drinks promos.
I 21 st Century leisure Lounge at CCA Cafe Bar. ()pnt—midnight. Free. 24 Jul. Fortnightly. Moog modulating. breezy bossa pop. electro lounge lo-fi sleaze and exotic cocktail jazz from your host DJ Mingo-go.
I 4th Dimension at Brel. 8.30—l lpm. Free. Andy Young plays jazz. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks promos. I Big Karn's Party Night at Bennets. ll.3()pm—3am. £3 (£2). Karn Duttbar with 80s. 90s and loads ofcamp nonsense. Drinks promos.
I Bloomers at Cleopatra‘s. l0.30pm—2.30am. £3 (£2 with ticket). Mainstream.
I Casino at Blackfriars Underground. 8pm—midnight. £l before 9pm; £2 after. Northern soul pre-club.
I Casino Royale The Arches. l()pm—2am. £4 (£2). 31 Jul. Monthly. Frankie Saveloy presents another of his loungecore nights of intoxicating merryment. If you like your listening easy this is a must.
I Chief at Trash. llpm—3am £3 (£2). New night featuring DJ Rory (formerly of Cop and Chopper) in Room ()ne with classic house and future anthems. and Graham in Room Two with his indie/party tnix. Drinks promos.
I Cop at Archaos. l()pm—3am. £4 (£2.50). Busy student house night from DJ CJ and Vance. ‘Turtt up. get down. cop off‘. Drinks promos. Tam Coyle ‘The Fuzz‘ does his indie/pop/kitsch stuff in Betty‘s Mayonnaise. part of the Archaos
I Cul De Sac Cul De Sac Bar. 9—l 1pm. Free. Mark Ryal from Aquaplanet and Redcell with an underground dance warmer before he heads down to the Subbie. Drinks promos.
I Dee lays In Disguise at Variety. 8pm—close. Free. Hatch and Jilkes of the Knucklehead with a dubby mix of new dance and techno. Pre-club.
I Donkey at The Cathouse. I lpm—3am. £2 (£ I; free before ll.30pm). Indie/grunge rock in the new Cathouse with drinks promos.
I Don't Front at CCA Cafe Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. 3| Jul. Fortnightly. Hip hop. funk. soul and swing from The Peaceniks.
I Easy Life at The Tunnel l0pm—3am. £4 (£2 with matric card). Student night featuring Kevin and Scott (Tunnel weekends) and Lisa playing a house/indie/disco mix plus some freebie giveaways of real cash. Thursdays are revamped so they‘re bigger and better than ever before. Drinks promos.
I Flashback at Fiddlers Court. 9pm-midnight. Free. Deep house and drum 'n‘ bass from JP and the Future Engineers.
I Free Flow at Glasgow School Of Art (downstairs). 9pm—2.30am. Free. Jazz funk night. Quiz before. frotn 7pm. Drinks promos.
I Fromage at The Hive (Glasgow University Student Union). l()pm—2am. Free. Students and guests. DJ Musty playing the very best and worst of classic student tunes.
I Harder at King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut. 8.30pm—midnight. Free. Hardest reggae and dub in town. weekly.
I Hi Karate at Tin Pan Alley.
I lpm—3am. £3 (£2). New regular slot for the big beat Hi Karate collective of Neil
CLUB REVIEW Pure
Glasgow: monthly at the Sub Club 1 1pm-3am.
£6.99 (£4.99 members).
Door policy Friendly, but expect to be searched.
Clientele Groovers, deadbeats, techno trainspotters.
Music A beat heavy combo of techno, electro, house and dub.
Atmosphere Sweaty, yet stylish.
Bar promos Nope.
Pure has been running successfully in Edinburgh every Friday for the last seven years - so successfully that westward expansion became the next logical step for Twitch, Brainstorm, the Dribbler, the Bill and their 'sporadic event thang'.
The foursome selected the new look Sub Club as their Glasgow setting and a fine choice it is too. Pure have made this venue their own with slamming beats, beautiful drapes and lighting by War and a notable absence: guest DJs. 'l'm sick of the guest culture, where peOple only go out if it’s a big name,’ says Twitch. 'We can do it just as well and not
~ having guests allows us to dictate the
music of the night.’
The refusal of Pure's organisers to align themselves with a particular musical policy or to rely on imported talent is part of the club’s appeal. The DJing responsibilities for this Glasgow-based night will rotate between Twitch, Brainstorm, The Bill and Dribbler, allowing the home fires to continue burning at The Venue, Edinburgh.
McMillan. Andrew Divine. Crawford Tait and Bob Peck. Drinks promos.
I In Tone at Bar IO. 8pm—close. Free. Paul Cawley from Phar Out with a weird underground pre-club experience.
I Loveshack at Fury Murry‘s. 10.30pm—3. l5am. £5 (£3). Fine indie house and disco sounds in two rooms. Drinks promos.
I Lure at R.G.‘s. 8pm—midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a crowd heading off to Archaos and Sub Club. Pre-club.
I Natural Selection at Lime (formerly The Cotton Club). 1 lpm—3am. £3 (£2). lain Fitzpatrick with funky dance and indie. Drinks promos.
I Neon at Jet. llpm—2. l5am. £4 (£3). Kevin McKay and Richard Howie in the glitter ball-of-a-club playing deep house and disco. Drink promos.
I Passion at The Velvet Rooms. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). DJ Skud playing soulful grooves. mellow hip hop and sexy swing from Busta Rhymes to Marvin Gaye. A groovy alternative to student nights. Drinks promos.
I Red Cell at Sub Club. llpm-3am. £3. Newly accessible music policy but still as deep as you like. Mark Ryal. Kelvin Bridge. Lars and Dominic every week. Drinks promos on a Mexican vibe.
I Reds l lpm—3am. £3 (£2). DJ Graeme with a night ofclassic disco. peppered with the best contemporary house and garage. Drinks promos.
I Rumble at The Garage. I lpm—3am. £3 (£2). Cardow and Ross with an exceptionally busy night ofcharty dance faves. cheap drinks and drunk students. Snogtastic!
I Snap, Crackle And Pop at Cafe Qudos (Queen Margaret Student Union). 8.30pm—2am. £2.50 (£2). DJ Toast with the best in cheese products.
Pure at the Sub Club is a welcome addition to Glasgow's club scene and one sure to please those who fancy an evening at Pure without making a pilgrimage to Edinburgh. Pure returns to the Sub Club on 19 September, and will host a one off at the Arches in August. (Sarah Lowndes)
Catherine Watson. unemployed: “The .music is made for dancing and every- one is up dancing to it.‘