Jon Pleased Wimmin has left his (rocks in the closet and is concentrating now on playing his trademark eclectic sets. Rory Weller catches up with one of Britain’s favourite Dis.
Name? Jon Cooper aka Jon Pleased Wimmin.
Date of birth? 28.05.99.
Place of birth? Brazzaville in the Belgian Congo — seriously. Occupation? DJ, producer, friend to the stars and infamous (ex) frock wearer. How did it all start for him? Along with the other Pleased Wimmin he was notorious around pie-house clubs like Kinky Gerlinky and Taboo as a, full time podium hogger and hedonism junky. So how did he get behind the decks? The former fashion and art student was given his first break by Danny Rampling at his weekly night Glam. Jon impressed with his genre jumping mix, which is still his trademark. It wasn’t unusual to hear Derrick May tracks next to something like, eh-hem, a-ha from the top trannie. '
But the dresses are gone now? Pretty much hand in hand with his fame going stellar came a toning down of the drag act. He still cuts quite a dash and considers a trip across the Atlantic to buy a pair of shoes not excessive.
And the stars? His legendary night Pleased at London's Velvet Underground was a favourite haunt of the famous and influential. He's Died for Ghost fashion shows, The Fashion Cafe opening in London and Peter Stringfellow's birthday. Last time we bumped into him was at The Ministry where Martine McCutcheon (aka Tiffany) was one of the party swigging champers in the DJ box.
What about production work? He’s been a bit Quite for a while. He hit the charts a few years back with Passion, has remixed Marilyn Manson not long ago and recently was working on a guitar based project. He has, however, achieved silver discs for three of his mix 035.
He’s got a bit of a rep for being cheesy — valid point? Not at all, he might drop some old classics, but he does it in a new, inspiring way, faithful to the dance floor, the underground and himself all at the same time.
I Jon Pleased Wimmin Dis at Colours, The Arches, Sat 70 Apr and Taste, The Honeycomb, Sun it Apr.
66 THE LIST l—lSApr 1999
GLASGOW CLUB LISTINGS continued
I Archaos at Archaos. l Ipm—4am. £8. Kris Keegan and Al. mix up garage and house in the massive dome room dance ﬂoor. which has one of the loudest sound systems and most impressive light shows in Scotland. plus full aerial display. lain Thompson playing chunky disco in Betty's while Paul Traynor plays R&B. swing and hip hop in the members Sky Bar.
I Ascendance at The Temple.
l lpm—3am. £7 (£5). Zammo (Rhumba — Perth). Steve Lee (Gallery — London). lain McMillan. Geoff Montfoi'd and Chris Harris taking you on a musical journey front pumping disco to uplifting house.
I Bar 10 at Bar l0. 9pm—midnight. Free. Busy hard house pie-club with Nick Peacock and guests. Still pretty much the main feeder-bar for the Sub Club and The Arches.
I Bennet's l l.3()pm—3am. £0 (£5). DJ Sara with a good dancey mix downstairs a bit heavier than her Wednesday. plus DJ Grant Duff on the upper floor playing more handbag Ty house. Gay.
I Bite The Bu let at Club Budda.
l lpm—3am. £6. Colin Walker of New York Alliance/Tonka fame with his first club residency fora while. playing his characteristic brand of deep New York house. Joined regularly by Gareth Sommerville. Colin Cook and Neale Smith. I Bom at The Bom. l lpm—3ani. £6 (£5). Stephen Foy and Mark Donally with funky house and garage at this dressy
I Bankers at Bonkei's. llpm—3am. £5 after midnight; £4 before. Club classics at this after office hang-out with residents David Campbell and Nobble Wltitelaw. I Budda at Budda. Spin—midnight. Free. Solemusic‘s Stevie for garage and deep house. Pre-club.
I Business As Usual at The Apartment. l [pm—3am. £8. Funky house and disCo. Check out the new era at the Apartment with new more relaxed door policy. credible music spread and generally less stiff. Trainers are now encouraged which shows just how much they‘ve loosened up their attitude.
I The Cathouse l().3()pm—3am. £4 (£3.50; £2.50 before i l.3()pni). Three lTOors of rock. grunge. contemporary indie and indie dance. in one of the best rock-styled venues in the country.
I Classic FM at Fury Muri'ys llpm—3am. £6 (£4). Club classics in the main room with DJs‘ Jim Dovvnie and Sean Webster. Quality indie music from Twister upstairs at this generally studenty
I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra's. lt).3()pm—2.30am. £7. Pop. 70s and 80s party tunes. ()vei' 2ls only.
I Club Anthems at Strathclyde University Students Association. Spin—3am. Free (students and four guests). Mark Dee and DJ Vance with classic club anthems.
I Club 69 at Rocksy's Basement. l()pm—2.3()am. £5. Martin. Wilba and Barrie of dance record shop Rub-A-Dub playing the best and deepest from the underground. joined frequently by guests of high standing who are not always announced beforehand. Well worth the taxi fare out from the city. but note the midnight curfew.
I Colours at The Arches. l().3()pm-4am. £ 14. l() Apr and monthly. Faster spring ball from Scotland‘s number one superclub featuring Jeremy Healy. Jon Pleased Wimmin. Alex P and Norman Jay. plus colours residents Jon Mancini and Boney. See Hit list.
I Cooler at The Cooler. Spin—midnight. Free. Steven McCreery (Tunnel) with a house and arage pre-club set.
I Cul De ac at Cul De Sac Bar. ()pttt-ltiidltighl. Free. Jim Hutchison with hard house and techno. Pie-club.
I Dans Delux at The CCA. ()pin—midnight. Free. Quality house and techno-phunk with your host Stucee. Pre- club.
I Divine at Glasgow School ()f Art (downstairs). ltlpm—late. £3.50 (£3.50 GSA students). Andrew Divine. one of the most familiar faces on the scene. joined by Hush Puppy for Northern soul. Hammond grooves. bubblegum pop. wah-wah funk. Moog power and chemical breakbeats.
I D] Q at ()cho. Spin-midnight. Free. Glasgow's favourite deep cut tip disco house DJ resident here every week. plus a few guests too. Pie-club.
I Firebird at Fii'ebird. 8.30pm—midnight. Free. Dls Marco and Norse Ned from Nimbus/Polar Polar Productions playing for beer and pizza. Pie-club.
I Free Form at The 13th Note Club (both floors). 9pm—3am. £3; free before l().3()pm. Steven and Paul Watt with two floors of soul. Latin. jazz. funk and contemporary beats.
I The Garage at The (iarage. l()pm-V3am. £6 (£4): £l off before llpiii. Big. brash and unashamedly happy to ptit the good time party groove into your Saturday night with a wide spread of commercial anthems iii the main room aitd indie inspiration upstairs.
I Home Cookin' at Babaza. (ij)iii—-3;iiii (DJs from llpm). £5 (free before llpiii). Pumping mix from Jamie Strang; funk. rare groove and hip hop and generally music of black origin.
I Knights Of The Round Table at The Cross Bar. Spin-lam. Free. (’hi'is and Mark froiti Alchemy (Yang) w ith a new pi'e-club warmer playing Chicago-style house and funky techno. l’i'e-club.
I Knucklehead Presents My Machines at (ilasgow School ()f Art (upstairs). lllpni-late. £4 (£2.50 (iSA students). l'ndei‘gi'ound electronica presented by dent Dis .lilkes and Hutch. liito its fourth year and consolidating itself as the club to heat' true funk technology. Freaky dancing actively encouraged.
I Lime at The Lone l(),_‘s()pm aiam. £(i (£4). DJ Cameron (‘raig with progressive house and garage.
I Living Room at The Liv ing Rooiti. Spin—iitidnight. Free. New York Alliance's Colin Walker playing a deep house set. l’i'e-club.
I Love Boutique at Alaska. I lpiii 3am. £ It). 3 Apr and monthly. The Boutique settles ltappily into its new home. with resident hard house master Roy tip in the top room and soul fuiik Dis Key and Mark in the white room. lledoiiistic shenanigans guaranteed.
I Lure at Bar Sail/a. Spin midnight. Free. DJs Ziggy and Bob get housey for a crowd heading off to Archaos' and the Tunnel. Pie-club.
I Made at Bar Littlll'c'Gs (upstairs). 9pm—midnight. Free. DJ syndicate levitating Children bust loose with sleek badass drum a bass and jungle. Pie-club. I Missing Links at g3. llpiii Rant. £4 (£3). Big beat bonanza from .\'eil McMillan (Hi Karate) and Michael Peck (Brass Monkeys). ltlApr. Deejay Punk Roe (lndependiente) guests in a New York hip hop meets l'ls’ break beat style. I 99 at Alaska. llpiii 3am. £h' (£0). ll) Apr and monthly. Paul ('awley and Alex Horton from Psy phi w ith hip hop and funk. Misli hittles ()sear with deep house. hip hop and funky beats plus the Goodfoot Northern soul team in the white room.
I October Cafe at October ('afe. 9piii—inidnight. l-ree. Lisa Littlewood (Tunnel) with a funky house pie-club set. I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. lt).3()pm~3am. £5. Take the choice of the Polo Lounge upstairs. open until 3am. downstairs for DJ liia play mg a camp litl\ of housey faves and anthems. or down in the Trophy Room with Andy for 80s pop. punk and new wave. (iay. The l’olo Lounge operates as a bar before all club night \\ itlt free entt'.‘ before club starts.
I Planet Peach at Planet l’each.
l lpltt-‘3.l531|11. £5 (£4). Alan Ronald mixing the best house/club and disco anthems.
I Reds at Reds. llpiii 5am. £7 (£5 ). Weekly. DJ Skud plays souldful garage and disco house.
I Revolution at Havana.
l Spin—midnight. Free. DJ Tchico of
Virunga with his lusty Latin sounds. Pre- club.
I The Shed at The Shed. l()pin—3am. £5 (£4). Graeme Ferguson in the main room with commercial dance favourites at this Southside club from the team behind the Garage.
I Sub Culture in The Sub Club. lt).3()pm—s5am. £ ll). Harri and Domenic lord it over the legendary night of nice ‘n' groovy. hard-hittin'. funky house at the king of Scottish underground dance venues. This is still one of the hottest. ass-shakiii'. no-holds barred nights in the country. You ain't been to a club until you‘ve experienced the Saturday Subbie vibe. The door fee went tip two quid
recently. but this is the first price hike iii
seven years. and there's no increase for guest DJs either. 3 Apr. Nick Holder (DNH) guests in a disco. funk Latino house style. See preview.
I Trade at The Arches. l().3()pm—4.3()am. £ l 2 (£8). 3 Apr and monthly. After the first night of Scottish Trade. the full-on London club now goes monthly at the Arches. Two rooms. with man of the moment Fergie and Alan
E Thompson in the main room and the
Trade Lite DJs up the back. See Hit list and Fergie panel.
' I Trash at Trash. llpm-3am. (£7) £5.
Dressy. slightly older (btit still going for it ) crowd with house and garage in the main room from DJ brother team Mathew and Peter. and soul. swing and Rth in the second room from Paul .\".lie. Laid-back party vibe in the newly revamped 3rd room.
I Triumph at The Tunnel.
Ilpm- 3.30am. £7 (£5). A massive. dressy night of European aiid UK house at one of the country’s best looking venues. (‘olin 'l’evendale and Steven McCrccry take on the main room while Kev in .‘vlcli'arlane and Stephen Lee offer tip a different vibe with a wide mix of garage. s()tll. funk and dance classics in the second room. Smart dress-code and they expect you to make a lot of effort. I Velvet Rooms llpm--3pm. £8 (£4 before midnight). DJ Scud in the main Hunt] with house. garage and club
I classics. John Lyons in the front room
playing mellow hip hop. swingbeat and classic soul.
i I Yal.J at Yang. |lpiii—-.‘iaiti (bar open
from (ipm). £5 (free before llpm). Nic .\'ouveau and ()ccasional Lynne with sublime house in room one. Naeem and Kash playing R& B. hip hop and soul in room two with Sony album launches the last Sat of the month. In the back room
there's Nucleus. with Jim and Brian . working this classic sweatbox in a deep
electronica style joined on the last Sat of each month by Sonia recording artist Funk l)'\'oid.
I All Drinks £1 at Reds. llpiii—Sam. £4. Weekly. DJ Ronaldo plays Sun night party tunes it's all in the name. really. I Bennet's at Bennet's. | l.3()pm—3am. £3 (£2 ). l.'p-tempo hiin energy with John Lira/er. ('iay.
I Big Air Sundays at Air ()i'ganic.
7~ I Ipm. Free. Recovery session .Iengaheads on variations ofa breakbeat. l’i'e-club.
: I Big Love at Club Budda. llpm—3ain.
£5 (£3). Michael ls’ilkie (Tunnel/leer Disko) joined by (ieoff Moiitford atid
(‘hris Harris with a selection of vocal garage and house with a classic old skool
- I Bom at Bom. Ilpm iilllt. £0 (£5). 4
Apr only. Funky house from the Sly boys. Simon Foy and Lisa Littlewood.
I Budda at Budda. Spin-midnight. Free. New York Alliance's (‘olin Walker
play mg a deep mix to bring your weekend to a close. Pie-club.
I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra's. lt)..‘~()pm-2.30am. £3 (£3). Pop. 70s arid Slls iai'tv tunes.
I C ub Month at The Lith Note (‘lub
(ground liimt'). lt)piti--3..‘~()am. £2; free before llpiii. Bizarre eclectic mix of