RIDAY 7 Edinburgh

0 Blues Brothers Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free. Blues-rock. 0 Del Amitri Moray House Student Union. Holyrood road. Glasgow band who’ve been dogged by bad luck at every turn. and really are overdue for some kind of recognition. Guitars and words. lots of them. Lazin compared by some to The Smiths. Students and guests only.

0 The MacKenzies Potter Row

; Union. Potter Row. Edinburgh

_3 debut ofthe latest signing to Ron

E Johnson records. currently John Peel‘s favourite label. sporting such acts as Big Flame and A Witness. Expect frantic syncopation in the

i style of Beefheart. Fire Engines and (or am I flipping my lid‘.".’) Haircut 100! Students and guests only.

0 Ranacanteen Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. African and reggae-tinged pop. fronted by two brightly-clad female singer-percussionists. Lightweight but fun.

1 Glasgow

0 The Redskins Glasgow University QMU. Students and friends only. The Redskins have fervently held political beliefs but rather boring music. Too bad. huh'.’

o The June Brides Strutz. £2.50 (£2 unwaged).

0 Comedy ot Errors Shadows. Free. More rock music.


0 Avalon Warehouse. 23 Kirkgate. Folk-rock. Formerly the Medium Wave Band.

SATURDAY 8 Edinburgh

0 Roadrunner Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Charge and Pendragon Jailhouse. Calton Road. Charge doing their regular afternoon sessions of heavy rock classics at about 2pm; Pendragon at 10.30pm.

0 Billy Jones Edinburgh University Students Union Chambers Street. 8pm. Students and guests only.

0 We Free Kings Potter Row Union. Potter Row. 8pm. An occasionally pretty wild and watchable punky folk combo. with a singer who lookes like Robbie Coltrane impersonating lan McCulloch. Give them a try. Students and guests only.


0 Kurtis Blow Strathclyde University. Students and friends only. which is a pain in the neck, isn‘t it? Ifyou can help it. try not to miss this legendary performer’s only Scottish date.

0 Del Amitri supported by This Pertect Heart Students and friends again. Unconfirmed at the Tech. so check with them ifyou‘re dying to see two of Glasgow’s finest wimp pop bands.


. even Radio 1 play oftheir new-ish

Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.


S” N 9 Theatre. Greenside Place. £6. £5.


O M] Night Hoochie Coochie Club. West Tollcross.


0 Blues ‘n' Trouble Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. Another free gig for Edinburgh‘s highly-rated blues-rock combo. Unfortunately.

single doesn't seem to be doing them much good. 0 Small Businessmen Jailhouse.

TUESDAY 11 ; Edinburgh

0 Alter Eight Mince Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.

0 Fat Sam’s Band Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.


0 Conduct ol Pigeons Fixx. Free. An amusing. quirky and extremely strange band. As I‘m sure that the demo I have was a one-man show. it‘ll be interesting to see what odd things they do live.

0 Friends oi Heroes Shadows. Free.

0 Touch ‘n’ Touch Blackjaek‘s. l lope Street. Free.

WEDNESDAY 12 Edinburgh

0 BluetingerThe Place. Victoria Street.

0 Erk Alors Jailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free.

0 Tangerine Dream Playhouse

i Glasgow

£4. 7.30pm. German electronic i progressive group. long considered ? dead. Peaked in the early 705 with Alpha Centauri and Atem. Are they , really expecting to sell out The f Playhouse?

O Jeit De ()uincey‘s. Renfield Street.


0 Happy the Man Fixx. Free. Happy ‘5 the Man sound like they should be

one of the new Australian rock

; bands currently flooding the British market. But they‘re not. Pity.



O ldle Frets Preservation Hall.

Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

' Duniermline

o Macassars and The Shamen Warehouse. 23 Kirkgate. Reggae band from Birmingham plus. downstairs, Aberdeen‘s Shamen, a beat combo formerly know as Alone Again Or.

FRIDAY 14 Edinburgh

0 Crushed Ice Potter Row Union. Potter Row.

0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces Moray House Union. Holyrood Road. Red hot cajun band. actually hailing from darkest Edinburgh. Students and guests only.

0 Hiisker Du Potterrow Union. Potterrow. L'nmissable appearance by the Minneapolis kings of rock at cosy student venue. See panel.

0 Red Smithereen Jailhouse. Calton

Road. 10.30pm. Free.


‘ls it important? You’re yelling so loud

It makes no sense at all.’

As that lumbering beast, the American hardcore punk scene, paints itself into . a comer, Husker Dii, a small trio with a 3 massive sound, seem to have found the 1 door marked exit and pushed. l-lard. Moving away from the harsh discordant

01 albums like Zen Arcade, their love of melody (singer/guitarist Bob Mould confesses a particular liking for Revolver-era Beatles) has led them to channel that huge slicing noise they

whip up, down more recognisable, traditional paths. Nowhere is this

better heard than in last year's killer 1 single Makes No Sense MAN (and it i sounds like a single, just like Teenage

i . thrashesthattookup large proportions l i i

. 2.: Kicks or Purple Haze, or something in between), where the song almost races away from the band in its eagerness to make it to the bridge. Make no mistake, Hiisker Dii music is still a thrash, but an intelligent, jackhammer precise and consummater musical one. What else could you say or a vision that encompassed all the above plus cover versions oi Ticket To Ride and The Byrd's Eight Miles High?

It you can't be bothered with the over-romanticised, see-it-at-a-glance dross that the likes or The Cult and The Alarm are perpetrating in the name oi rock music, give Hiisker Dti a chance on Friday 14 March at the Potterrow in Edinburgh and the next nightat Glasgow’s Mayiair. (Mab)

3 Students and friends only for the 1 Mad March Ball for the end of the

talents of SSS with the blues


o Tarzanz Milkmen Blackjack's. . Hope Street. Free.

0 Sanity Clause Preservaton Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.


0 Sigue Sigue Sputnick and Robert Cray Glasgow University QMU.

winter session. and a very strange gig indeed combining the dubious— alright outrageously non—existent

perfection ofyoung Robert Cray. O Godfather The Venue. I never know what to say about rock bands. . . l 0 Inner Circle Strutz. £2.50 (£2). 0 Paris Line Shadows. Free.

Duniermline :

o Tarzanz Milkmen Warehouse. 23 Kirkgate. i

SATURDAY 15 3 Edinburgh i

o Ranacanteen and Tarzanz Milkmen i Jailhouse. Calton Road. Tarzanz Milkmen at around 2pm and Ranacanteen (see Friday 7) at 10.30pm.

- O Heaters Preservation Hall.

Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.


0 Styng-Bites Strathclyde University. ; Scotland’s hardest working rockabillys. Yes. they do still exist.

SUNDAY 16 Edinburgh

0 Robert Cray Playhouse Theatre . Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £5. £4 (stalls only). Back so soon? Blues guitarist of taste and economy. but not quite able to match up to the tremendous hype surrounding him last year. Still very much worth a visit. . o Sigue Sigue Sputnik Empire. Nicolson Street. 10pm. Before everyone else points it out. this is essentially what New York duo Suicide were doing nine years ago. Still. they’re exciting. and their realisation that ‘television is rock ‘n‘ roll’ puts them a few notches above Frankie in my personal credibility chart. Tonight‘s show will reveal them triumphant or a colossal flop.


0 Husker Du Mayfair. Don‘t miss this!!

0 Kick Reaction Sugarbeat Club in Daddy Warbuck‘s. See panel.

MDNDAY17 4 Edinburgh

o This Side Up and Flying School Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Heart lndustryJailhouse. Calton Road. 10.30pm. Free. Inoffensive synth-based pop. Local radio play.



0 Fat Sam’s Band Jailhouse. Calton

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