Ms are just too last century, clubs are all the same as each other and 'pre-club’ has rapidly become promotional code for ‘no mark DJ in the corner’. lack Mottram finds a genuine alternative entertainment option.
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I've heard about these pre-club affairs. They're just a bar managers wet dream to ﬂeece punters. How cynical, but sadly close to the truth. Firehorse Foundations is a different kettle of fish, however.
How so? First of all, Foundations runs at the usual pre-club hours, but inside a proper venue, and there's oodles of live music every month, so it's practically a gig too. As well as bridging the gap between diverse forms of alcohol- related entertainment, as the name suggests, Firehorse are hell-bent on building up a scene by allowing promising, but largely untested, DJ talent a spot in the booth alongside established names.
Enough of the manifesto. We demand hard facts. OK, then. This time around the old guard is represented by Daniel lbbotson, currently basking in the glory of his Glasgow Underground release Phase And Frequencies, and is set to warm things up for future sensation Futuranthony.
Who? Please listen carefully. You're not supposed to know who he is, that's the point. For the record, Futuranthony (no relation to Prince copyist Romanthony) is teetering on the brink of renown in hard US house circles, thanks to geographically inconvenient residencies in Aberdeen and London, as well as production work for his own Nymphomaniac label.
You said there'd be a band . . . True. The live entertainment sounds a bit special. Bios are set to take the kids back to the future with an hour long journey through hip hop, electro, house and techno utilising a minimalist set up, relying on the old skool staples: a sampler, mixing desk and drum machine. To make things interesting, the eight outputs on their sampler will be rigged to act like vinyl locked grooves on eight turntables.
Locked groove? Desk? Enough with the jargon. Sorry. Suffice to say, Bios’s sonic experimentation, plus lbbotson’s relaxed grooves and Futuranthony's pumped up selection make for an unmissable package.
I Firehorse Foundations is at Alaska, Glasgow on Sat 25 Mar.
72 THE “ST 16—30 Mar 2000
GLASGOW SATURDAYS: PRE CLUBS cont.
I Kenny H at Russell’s Cafe Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Funky house, with a smattering of soul.
I Nomad at Nomad. 7.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Enjoy some quality house from Kris Keegan, Ian Thompson and AJ. Plus you can capture those cheeky grins with the free camera hire offer.
I Pussypower at Scaramouche Bar. 9.30pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The Pussypower phenomenon continues with their inimitable blend of house and techno. I Sam Wallace at Eat Drink Man Woman. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Across the board house sounds to get you read for a night out.
I S ave at Slave. 10pm-3am. £10. Weekly. DJs Boner and Lovejoy play banging upfront hard house to a gay and mixed crowd.
I Tablist lounge at The 13th Note Cafe. 9pm—midnight. £2.18 Mar. Monthly. Bunty, Dema and Nice, aka The Freak Menoovers, host the scratch happy showcase of dextrous DJ talent.
I Walker 8: Hughes at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The deepest of house from Colin and Lawrence — one of the best ways to gear up for the night out proper.
I Archaos at Archaos. llpm—4am. £8. Weekly. Kris Keegan and AJ rock the main room with house and garage, Ian Thompson whacks out the the best in underground garage and dance classics in Betty’s, while members in the Skybar are treated to Paul Traynor’s smooth R&B mix. In addition, the Archaos cast of performers bring a touch of the circus to Clubland with ﬁre-eaters, stilt-walkers and dare devil trapeze artistry.
I Ascendance at The Temple. 11pm-3am. £7 (£5). 18 Mar. Fortnightly. Johnny Rockit and Billy Macatee with seriously thumping tribal house and hard- edged trance.
I Atomic at The Temple. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). 25 Mar. Fortnightly. The club known as Atomic Baby in Edinburgh switches coasts, but maintains the cracking atmosphere, featuring crisp and shiny hard house from the ever-reliable Michael Kilkie and Zammo.
I Bennet's at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Shaun with a commercial dance set and Annie with a blend of 705 and 805 hits. Gay.
I The Cathouse at The Cathouse. 10.30pm-3am. £3.50 (£2.50) before 11.30pm; £4 after. Weekly. Indie, rock, grunge and beats across three floors.
I Club 69 at Rocksy’s Basement. 10pm—2.30am (midnight curfew). £5 (members only). Weekly. The team behind the Rub-A-Dub record shop with the deepest underground sounds. Don’t be put off by the fact that the club runs out of a restaurant basement, Club 69 is one of the best places in Britain to hear deep low-down techno. 18 Mar sees an appearance by DJ Godfather, who brings his brand of Detroit electro house, while M.C. McGubbligan puts in an appearance on 25 Mar. For membership details, call Rub-A-Dub on 400 6967.
I Club Cubana at The Bedsit. £4 (£3). 10.30pm-2am. 25 Mar. Fortnightly. Academia de Salsa provide free dance tuition from 11pm, after which DJ Duncanario takes over with a frantic Latin mix matched by equally frantic dance action.
I Divine at Glasgow School of Art. £4 (£3.50). 10pm-2.30am. Weekly. Come this summer, Divine will have been providing a dose of Northern, funk and sixties classics for ten years, but the kids still can’t get enough.
I Free Form at The 13th Note Club (both floors). 9pm—3am. Free before 10.30pm; £3 after. Weekly. Latin ﬂavours from Steven and Paul.
I Freelance Science at Alaska. Monthly. Next date 1 Apr.
I Fruitﬂy at The Arches. Monthly. 11pm—4am. £10. 18 Mar. Monthly. Residents Fisher and Price knock out the glam house.
I Groovejet at Trash. 11pm—3am. £7 (£5). Weekly. Brothers Matt and Pete knock out quality house and garage in the main room, while Paul N’Jie does his R&B thin in Room Two.
I Home Cookin’ at Babaza. 6pm-3am ' (DJs from 11pm). Free before 11pm; £5 after. Weekly. Jamie Strang and Raymond Woods with a top notch blend of music of black origin, including rare groove, R&B and hip hop, all underpinned with soul classics and a seriously funky ﬂavour.
I Inside Out at The Arches. Monthly. 11pm—4am. £10 (£8). 25 Mar. Monthly. Hard house and trance rolled out by Sonique, Scott Bond and the under-rated and gor eous Jon Pleased Wimmin.
I Knuc Iehead Present My Machines at The Glasgow School of Art (upstairs). 10pm-late. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. Jilkes and Hatch hammer out cool, deadly funked-up techno and hard as nails house to a seriously appreciative crowd, who cheer each and every chopped up mix. 18 Mar sees Detroit pioneer Claude Young making one of his regular trips North to display the talents that maintain his position at the top of the techno tree.
I Life at Life. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Andy Unger presents a selection of soul, funk and disco augmented with original samples and loops to guarantee a new take on familiar sounds.
I MAS at The Apartment. 1 1pm—3am. £8. Weekly. House and disco with a funky undercurrent.
I Mush Mash at The Riverside Club. midnight—3am. £9. 25 Mar. Monthly. Oscar and the gang mash together everything from dub to Latin via deep house.
I Polo Lounge at The Polo Lounge. 10.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Featuring Andy in the Trophy Room with hits from the 605 to the 808 while Tom provides an upfront dance selection in the main room.
I Reds at Reds. 11pm—3. 15pm. £7 (£5). Upbeat garage and disco flavoured house from DJ Skud.
I Santiago at The Asylum (CUSU). 10.30pm—2.30am. £4. 18 Mar. Fortnightly. Marcello and Manolito spin dark Latin grooves, from new releases to established ﬂoor-ﬁllers. If you fancy brushing up your bon bon shaking skills, Absolut Salsa classes run from 8pm, and it’s good for the soul too, as proceeds go to Amnesty International.
I The Shed at The Shed. 10pm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Commercial house and anthems from Graham Ferguson.
I Silk at Havana. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. Smooth and classic house and garage from Neil Mackay and Frog, with the odd anthem thrown in.
I Slam And Bugged Out! at Qudos (QMU). Monthly. Next date 8 Apr.
I leuch! at Qudos (Queen Margaret Union). 10pm—3am. £7; £5 with ﬂyer. 18 Mar only. The Ouch crew are at it again. this time bookending the Easter break for the students, and providing top class entertainment for the rest. The usual mix of live and vinyl applies. Engine perform their breakbeat soul blend, McSleazy make their live debut, after gaining airtime on the Evening Session and Electronica for their hedonistic beats and Ground Control take hip hop back to its two-turntables-and-a-microphone roots. Behind the decks, you can expect grooves from Paul Welsh, god knows what from Twitch and support from the Ouch roster, including Kev Dillon, Zeus, Chris Lamb and (fresh from supporting the Scratch Pervert’s First Rate) John McCue.
I Straight Ahead at Alaska. 10pm—3am. £8 (£7). 18 Mar. Monthly. Mark and the gang with funky soul cuts. I Substitute at Planet Peach. 10pm—3am. £8. Weekly. The Subbie Saturday nighter has settled in after the relocation, allowing super-residents Harri and Domenic to concentrate on their renowned blend of house cuts.
I Freek Mooves at Glasgow School of Art. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3.50). Weekly. A new addition to the Art School Saturday extravaganza, the Freak Menoovers present a four deck scratch attack to go
with the Divine/My Machines madness. I Triumph at The Tunnel. 10.30pm-3.30am. £9 (£7). Weekly. Colin Tevendale and Steven McCreery supply the dressed-up glamour kids with progressive house and trance in the main room while Kevin MacFarlane and Stephen Lee mix up garage, disco and vocal house in Room Two. If you’re not wearing awfully nice clothes, however, don’t expect to get in.
I 2 Tons of Fun at Club Budda. 11pm—3am. £6. Weekly. Geoff Montford and Chris Harris get funky with a bang up-to-date selection of disco house.
I Ultima at Alaska. Monthly. Next date 8 Apr.
I Velvet Rooms at The Velvet Rooms. 11pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £8 after. Weekly. Stevie Smith breaks out the club classics, garage and house in the main room while Raymond Woods cools things down with hip hop and R&B in Room Two.
I Yang at Yang. 11pm-3am. Free before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Residents Muchaill and Brian Murnin with a top quality house selection for a discerning crowd.
Chart &. party
I Bankers at Bonkers. 11pm—3am. £4 before midnight; £5 after. Weekly. Hits from the 80$, chart house and cheesy trance.
I Classic FM at Fury Murry’s. 11pm—3am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Downstairs features a mix of dance classics and party tunes, with a dash of indie added to the mix upstairs.
I The Garage at The Garage. 10pm-3am. £6 (£4); £1 off before 11pm. Weekly. Super-commercial party sounds on the main dancefloor and indie classics in the Attic.
I Graduate Club at g2. 11pm-3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Designed to suit those who have always enjoyed a Garage-style night out, but feel a little long in the tooth when surrounded by fresh-faced, lager- stained youngsters. Steve Davis provides the party anthems.
I Seduction at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £6 before 11pm; £7 after. Weekly. Tonight the new uber club would like you to ‘dress to impress’ while enjoying the usual commercial house ‘n’ trance pap. I Strawberry Fields at Strawberry Fields. 9pm—3am. £6 before 11pm; £7 after. Weekly. Classic party nonsense from the 605 to last week.
GLASGOW SUNDAYS Pro-club
I Bonafide Love at The Cross Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. DJ Dirtsman with reggae, roots and ragga. I Budda at Bar Budda. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Colin Walker (New York Alliance) playing deep house.
I Divine Intervention at Brel. 8.3(l—11pm. Free. Weekly. Hush Puppy of Divine fame plays a smooth, relaxed soul selection to wind down the weekend.
I Edward's at Edward’s Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Relaxing, soulful sounds for a Sunday tipple.
I Fresh at Mojo. 9pm—late. Free. Weekly. Let the Fresh crew chill you out before the stress of the week ahead. Resident Gary Lawson is joined by regular guests Paul Hughes (Mau Sound System) and Barry Johnstone.
I G-Man and Traxx at The Living Room. 4pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. It is now possible to write off the Sabbath in its entirety while enjoying some top- notch tunes, thanks to the Living Room‘s double bill. The afternoon shift is taken care of by G-Man, with his beats and hip hop. From 9pm, things get a bit livelier thanks to underground house from Simon and Derek.
I Harri at Groucho St. Judes. 9pm—midnight. Free. 19 Mar. Fortnightly. The Sub Club stalwart brings his high calibre house to the most stylish of Glasgow’s style bars.
I Low Down Tunes at Four Cafe Bar (CCA). Free Weekly. Melodic breaks and beats at the new pre-club.
I Nick Peacock at The Variety Bar. 8pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. Local hero