GLUBS Glasgow listings
Their beats are big and bouncy, and Shirley Bassey is a fan. Jim Byers
opens the secret dossier on big beat
phenomenon The Propellerheads.
Name The Propellerheads (alias Alex
Gifford and Will White)
A99 N0 0093 saying, but Alex is i definitely older than Will — nine years
f older in fact.
5 Occupation Premier league 'big beat’ merchants.
: Where are they from? The Roman’s
j favourite party town -- Bath.
Previous form Will White (decks, drums
and human beatbox) used to be in a
band called Junkwaffle, who recorded
for Bristol's Cup Of Tea label. Alex has served time With a number of bizarre people (although this could be a ioke), : including The Stranglers, Van Morrison and The God.
How do they sound? Cranked up,
; funked up, thumping good-time music (aka 'big beat').
Big break They first came to attention
in 1996 with their Dive! EP on seminal beatz label, Wall Of Sound This
. ferooous b-boy anthem went on to become the theme for a worldwide Adidas advert Then came the equally
rollicking ‘Take California' which peaked
at Number 69 in the charts. Their next ; effort, a 605 spy movre pastiche called
’Spybreak’, broke the Top 40
What happened next? They hooked up with James Bond theme bloke David Arnold and recorded 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', a large piece of acid-
% orchestra which reached Number Seven.
2 Now what? They've done another E Bond-type track, this time wrth Shirley Bassey called ‘HistOry Repeating‘, which
r looks set to take them all the way to the
What else do they do? The Props also
go in for a bit of the 'lrve dance music' thing — which means four decks meets live drums meets Hammond organ Oh,
3 and they've got a debut album out soon
too, Decksanddrumsandrockandro/l (Wall Of Sound), a title which says it all really.
as The Propellerheads DJ with The
lengaheads at Jet, Sun 7 Dec. The single
’History Repeating’ featuring Shirley Bassey is out now. Their debut album Decksanddrumsandrockandro/l is Out in January 1998 on Wall Of Soond.
86 THE LIST 8 T8 Iiet t‘i‘l/
GLASGOW CLUBS continued
I 705 Wonderland at The ('athouse. llpm-3am. £2 (£1.50; free before 11.30pm). Seventies disco and funk with drinks promos,
I Babaza at Baba/a. 5.30pm 3am (Dis from llpm). £2 (free before I lpm). l.aid hack mix from garage to swing w ith (’hris Harris. Drinks promos.
I Bennet's l 1.30pm «3am. £2.50. DJ Sara with upbeat dance. Drinks promos.
I Chopper at Betty's .‘ylayonnarse lt).3()pm—3.3()am. £3.50 (£2), (iarage. house and 90s disco and pop from (’J (Archaos Thursdays). Note new venue change. Drum 'n‘ bass night. Jurce in Room Two. Drinks promos.
I Cul De Sac (’ul De Sac Bar. ‘) llpm. l-‘ree. Richard Brown. of (ilasgow 's Sonia Records. guestmg eyery week w rtli a huge pile of white labels. Drinks promos,
I Dance Cafe at The Venue
7.30 lf).3f)pm. £4.50 ('cr'oc modern ‘|l\c‘ classes to chart. sw mg and sotll. Beginners welcome.
I Depth Charge at Bar Booshka
8pm midnight. l'ree. Deep and funky American house from the Jackal.
I Fab at Reds. llpm 3am. £3 (£2).
(iroos y garage and club classics. Drinks promos.
I Go West at ('leopatra's. lf).3()prii»2.3()arii. £2 (£1 w ith ticket ). A mauin student-orientated hill of fayre.
I Havana Noche Caliente at his Borrachos. S30pm riiidnrght l'r'ee. Hot and busy l.atmo/Spamsh night w ith the finest upfront salsa. merengue. flamenco from DJ Jan.
I lengaheads at The l.l\ trig Room
‘lpm midnight. l‘ree. Mainly big beat session w ith some daft tunes thrown iii for good measure all from the Jengaheads (Paradise lslandl Red Stripe £1.50 and one house spirit (i()p. Drinks promos
I PUShy ill The Velvet Rooms.
lt).3()pm 3am. £3 (£2). New regular Wednesday night from DJ Tchico. play mg soul. ragga. funk reggae. swing and liip hop in Room ()ne plus happy house. garage and classic dance in Room Two.
I Stefan & Grant's Excellent Evening at The Asylum ((‘aledonran l'nrsersity l'nion), 0pm 2am. l‘ree. l’any music from four decades,
I Sticky Fingers at The .-\lltc
lfl.3f)pm 3am £2 (£l l. (ier'r'y with indie and retro sounds". Drinks promos.
I Turbo at Jet. llpm 2. l5am. £3 (£2). ('ltib classics (ills soul ."(ls disco. (illp spirit and miser.
I Upstairs Lounge at lime llpm 3am. Price the, New yocal garage. deep holise and new school disco night frorn 23rd l’recmct boys Kris Keegan and Billy \Vood
I 4th Dimension at Brel. S30 llpm. l-‘ree. Andy Young plays Jan. Brazilian. soul. fusion and funk. Drinks promos.
I Audio Psy-phi at Stib (’lub. llpm 3am. £3. New night from l’har ()ut‘s l’aul
(‘aw ley replacing Red ('ell. llrp hop. drum 'n' bass and generally music w ith the funk I Babaza at Baba/a. 5 30pm 3am (Dls from llpm). £2 (free before llpm) l.ard hack cross section of black dance music from Stey re .‘shddleton. Drinks promos
I Big Karn's Party Night at Beirut-rs.
ll 30pm 3am £3 (£2). Karn Dunbar with loads of camp nonsense. Drinks promos. I Bomb at The Velvet Rooms
10.30pm 3am. £3 (£2) New night of soul. rap. R& B and sw mgbeat featuring Martin Hesketh and Mike ('amphell.
I Bloomers at ('leopatra's.
10.30pm 2.30am. £3 (£2 w rtli ticket i. Mainstream.
I Cheeze at Strathclyde Sttrdent l'mon. (lprn—3am. l‘ree (students plus three guests). Now become the city 's‘ largest cheesy beano with three floors of tack and £1 pints of lager and 50p a shot.
I Cheesy Pop at Queen Margaret l‘nion. 10pm 2am. £2.50 (£2). Beast of a student night with ('arlsberg only 70p.
I Chief at Trash. llpru 3am £3 (£2 i. .‘s'ew night of antics with DJ Rory (formerly of
Cop and (‘hopperi in Room ()ne w rtli classic house and future anthems and (iraham in Room Two w rtli his indie/party nits. Drinks promos.
I Cop at .-‘srchaos. lflpm 3am. £~1t£2.5(l) Busy student liouse night from DJ ('J and Vance. Drinks promos. Tam (‘oyle "The l‘uzz' does his indie/'pop/kitsch stuff in Betty 's .‘slayonriaise. which is part of the .-\rchaos complex
I The Crypt at The Rat Trap Spin late. £3. l8 Dec and fortnightly. lzstreme metal club w ith SOs heayy metal. thrash and death/black metal plus lrs e bands and stalls. I Dee lays In Disguise at Variety.
8pm close. l‘ree. llatch and Jilkes of Knucklehead with a dubby llll\ of new dance and techno. l’re-club.
I Donkey at The (‘athouse llpm 3am. £2 (£1.50; free before I 1 30pm) lndie/gr'ungei'industrial/chemical heats rock on a darker tip than The ('atliouse's other nights Drinks promos.
I Fluffy at Reds l lprn 3am. £3 (£2 i, .-\ night of classic disco. peppered with the best contemporary house and garage. Drinks promos.
I Free Flow at (ilasgow School Of Art (downstairs) lflpm 2am l‘ree Jau/funk/soul indie rirglit w ith host .-\lan Rutherford. ll Dec Krash Slatiglita and l€asr (Wall of Sound/ Monkey Malia) guest and it's still free. Drinks promos
I Helter Skelter at The Venue
l(l.3flpm 3am. £3 (£2.50). The Venue is back up and runmng for more rinsed-up. student orientated music. with retro tracks nest to contemporary indie from (ior'don 'l'ennant.
I Hi Karate at (ilasgow School ()1 .-\rt (upstairsr ltlpm 2.30am. l’ree The fit Karate collectry e of Neil McMillan. Andrew Dry me and ('raw ford Tait. Big Beats. latmamyl and punk funk.
I In Tone at Bar Ill. .Spm close. l‘t'ee. l’aul ('aw ley from l’har ()ut w rtli a weird underground pr‘e cltib esperience.
I lengaheads ('ul De Sac Bar. ‘) llpm. l‘r‘ee. .-\h and Marty n of the Jengaheads with more of the same nonsense they get up to at the l.l\ trig Rooru on Wednesday nights: bigbcats and a wee bit more. Drinks promos.
I Loveshack at l‘ury Murry ‘s.
ll),3()pm 3.l5am £5 (£3). l-ine indie liouse and disco sounds in two rooms. Drinks promos
I Natural Selection at little (formerly The ('otton ('lub) llprii 3am. £3 (£2 I. latri l-‘rt/patr'ick with funky dance and indie. Drinks promos
I Nectar at The .-\p.'irtment.
Midnight 3am. £2. Disco. house and party [lines \\ llll £1.50 st‘lt‘c‘lt‘tl l‘t‘ct‘s tttttl (illp \otlka slh‘ls.
I Orange Peel at Jet llpm 3am £4 (£5) Deep house and techno with residents Dan and (This
I Overdraft at The Arches. l lprn 3am. £2 (or free if you have an overdraft of o\ er £ l()()i. (its es you more stuff the less money you has e. Bring your hank balance along and see Just how much you can get Happy house from Richard llow re (Jet/Miro).
I Rumble at The (iarage. llprii 3am. £3 (£2 i. (’ardow and Ross with an esceptiorially busy night of charty dance faxes. cheap drinks and drunk students
I Salsa Classes at l,lltlc'. “.IS lll,.5()t‘tll (class starts at ". 30pm). £4 (£3.3(li Salsa classes. strictly lot” the ltot blooded. tto partner required. beginner's welcome. l‘r‘ee pass for club after.
I Stax 0' Soul at Mc('liurlls.
()[Tlll rmdnrght. l'r'ee, IS Dec only. Mark and guests w rtli Northern soul. Tamla Motown. Stay. .-\tlantrc and classic soul. Drinks promos.
I Stefan & Grant Go West at The Bettsii. 0pm lam. l‘ree. The Wednesday night
.-\sy lum posse with party tunes.
I Wanna Play? 10pm 3am. £4 (£2 St) with matric card). Student night featuring Key in and Scott (Tunnel weekends) and Lisa. play irig a llll\ of classic house anthems plus treasure hunts and w heel of fortune Drinks promos.
I X-Rated at The .-\sy lum ((‘aledonian l'riiyersity l'nioni. ‘lpm 2am. £2 (£1) (‘hart and dance in the mam rooru w ith DJ Ray plus indie and l|\t‘ music in Room Two.
I Angel Beats at The Venue.
lllpm 3am. £6 in advance; £8 on the door 5 Dec. l‘Dt'ltltg‘ltll)‘. Techstep king lid Rush guests at this drum 'n' bass night. Doc Scott is hooked for the nest Angel Beats on 1‘) Dec. followed 1‘." l-abro in January.
I Big at the .laffacake. 10pm 3am. £4 (half price w ith niatr'rc card). .‘ylainstream chart sounds w ith escellent boo/e promos. free bouncy rides. gu/lle guns and plenty ofdrinking-related fun
I Blg Beat ill l.it lic‘llc‘ Allgc‘lc‘.
llpm 3am. £0 (£5); £3 before ll.3(lpm. Memberships as ailable at the cash desk. Band on stage at lam. No entry after 2am. 5 Dec. Monthly ()ne of the hippest daticelloot'-|.'t// outfits in the l’K. Down To The Bone. play live at this five-year'- old soul-tall club l.i\ e. this seven-piece outfit lay down a ttglit. funky and very distinctive sound. w ith fiercely heavy hip hop and es en housey beats. They are also w ell known for their wild improvisations. Miss at your peril. See llit list.
I Bongo Club Cabaret at The Bongo (‘lub. ltlpm 3am. £5 (£3), 5 Dec. l‘eatur'mg the legendary liarl ()km. pltis acts and DJs the. Free drink with all advance bookings apparently. (‘ontact the venue for details.
I Boogie Mo Dynamo at The Venue. 10.30pm 3am. £5 (£4). 12 Dec. Monthly. New home for this big beat night. Your hosts are Smack (Blarii Blarn) and Wreckage (Wall Of Sound). (iuest on opening night is l-at Knuckles (Stiga Btrllrt ). He's follow ed by a succession of top drawer big beat blokes. including Touche from The \Viseguys. Derek Dahlarge and .loii (‘ar'terx Top floor.
I Calabash at The Bongo Club. l()pm.3ani. £5 (£4). 12 Dec. Monthly. liasy listening. soul. l.atin. hip hop and lit/l.
I Catwalk 9pm lam. l‘ree. Moisey and Phil .-\lcock with garage. house. funk and beats,
I Cathouse at The Rocking Horse. llpm 3am. £3 (£2 with them. Price includes entry to Katch and Voodoo ('hile. Popular night of rock/indie-based sounds.
I C. C. Blooms llpm 3am. l‘ree. lir'ee club downstairs at this gay pub seven nights a week. playing a party mix of commercial dance and iii-energy house. hill to bursting at weekt rids.
I Century 2000 llpm 3am. £5. ()ver lSs. (‘oiiimercial dance music under the riiost espensive lights in Scotland. No ripped _]t';ll1\. steel toe-caps or trainers.
I Divine Divas at The Venue. Next date 3r» Dec. livery four weeks.
I eh1 More at chl. 0pm lam. l-‘r'ee. Various local DJs spin in tlirs smart pre- club bar. Free entry. quality music and good drinks promos.
I Evol at the l.lt|llltl Room.
10.30pm 3am. £4. The original indie/alter'natrve/cr'ossoy er cltrb regularly pulling in well over 5()() punters. .\'ow in its seventh year. and still committed to supporting new music. lispect a wide selection of indie. (i()s. 70s. pop. noise. hip hop. big beat and dance with regular pt'thtus from record laDc'ls.
I Flashback To The 805 at The Attic. llpm 3am. £4 (£2 with llyer). l‘rom Duran Duran to \Vham. Some spirits and selected drinks £l all night.
I The Four Till Ten Club at The (‘iratlel -1- 10pm. l‘ree. An after-work piss-up for those suffering from Post Traumatic ()ffice Syndrome.
I Heatwave at The Shooting Gallery. lt).3t)pm 3am, Price the. 12 Dec. Debut rirglit for Heatwave since it tnoved from The Attic Aimed at a mised/gay/straight crowd. it will feature DJs such as Fisher & Price. Trendy Wendy and guests from big clubs like Ministry Of Sound.
I Higher Ground at The Honeycomb. Next date 1‘) Dec. Monthly.
I High Rollin' at .‘s'egociants. ‘)pm—3am. l-‘r‘ee, lixtr'emely popular Friday night