, become the very type ofband that

they sought to destroy in 1977. Blue In Heaven are a moderately promising Irish rock band. 0 The Straight Men International Bar, 'I‘oryglen. 8pm. Free. Hard working local hand who describe themselves as ‘just a rock ‘n' roll band.’ They are recording a cassette album in November. and could really be doing better gigs than this. Pub rock is ‘alive and kicking’ in Toryglen.


O Blubbery Hellbellies Warehouse. Kirkgate. See Sunday 19.

SUNDAY .19 ' Edinburgh

0 Blubbery HellbelliesJailhouse. (‘alton Road. Renovations on The Jailhouse should be completed by this time. and the new policy on paying gigs for bands from down south well into operation. The Ilellbellies are overweight eclectics with a bewildering sound encompassing skiffle. rock ‘n‘ roll. even haunting folk ballads.

o Tam White and The Dexters Preservation Hall. Free. Raunchy ten-piece R&B group with tours and radio sessions behind them. doing their regular Sunday slot. Fine band. 0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free. Pop/folk.


0 Bed Lorry Yellow Lorry Daddy Warbucks. 10pm. Try saying that twice. Support band are the Batfish Boys. and this gig has been moved from the Mayfair.

0 Scheme Rooftops. 10.30pm. Residency. Be sure to wear your Benetton top.


o Colbert Hamilton Warehouse. Kirkgate. See Fri 17.

MONDAY 20 Edinburgh

0 Bill Huggins Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free.


0 Straight Men Carriages. Great Western Road. An improvement on the International Bar. for sure.

TUESDAY 21 Edinburgh

0 The Styng-Bites Rumours. Lothian Road. 9pm. £2.50 (£2 adv). Great live. Less the psychobillies they’ve been painted. more an energy-packed oils-influenced band. 0 Charge Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free.

Glasgow 0 Reign Shadows. 9pm.

WEDNESDAY 22 Edinburgh

0 North Sea Gas Queen Margaret College. Clerwood Terrace. 8pm. 50p. Students and guests only.

0 The Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St James Centre. 9pm. Free. Skiffle-era duo. seen on The Tube.

0 Mr Rhythm Lord Darnley. West

30 The List 17 30 October


I Port. Free. Glasgow

0 Housemartins Barrowland. 7.30pm. Wacky popsters who claim to be ‘quite big in Belgium.’ See

them now before the joke wears thin, .

' Glasgow

0 Scheme Rooftops. 10.30pm. Yet again. I wish someone at Rooftops would realise that there are other

bands in Glasgow. most ofwhom are s

better than Scheme.


0 John thay Theatre Workshop. Hamilton Place. 8pm. £3 (£2.50). That wacky English eccentric is back for a three-night run at one of his favourite haunts. See Guestlist.

O The Proclaimers Nicky Tams. Victoria Street. So admired by The Housemartins that they‘ve been asked to support them on their current tour. this Edinburgh duo start a residence in the pub. playing every Thursday.

0 Wee Yellow Rip Moray House Student Union. Holyrood Road. Benefit for Namibia.

0 Déia Vu Preservation Hall. Victoria :

Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Billy Jones Lord Darnley. West Port. 9.30pm. Free. Pop/folk.

0 Blue Finger Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Touch ol FeverTop o‘ the Walk. St James Centre. 8pm. Free.



Let's have a little test here: At which group‘s gigs can you expect to lind a load at bequilted psychobillies, possibly in skirts, and quite easily wake up the next morning encrusted in ottal, flour and tire extinguisher loam, probably suttering a severe case at alcohol poisoning, and with a cheesy grin still stretched across your lace. The answer is, at course, King Kurt, and whether you remember it or not, these six adorable oil paintings once made it on to the hallowed ground at Top 0t The Pops to create mayhem with

' a tin ol treacle and a bag at leathers. And since they insisted that their music

was an essential part at their act, they

} got to do it to the thumping strains oi

§ their own lirst single, Destination Zululand.


‘; Rat Pack. their fierce. invigorating f edge dulled by age into an uneasy ? Easy Listening. The fairly recent

f moments. and bore repeated plays.

i Proclaimers Assembly Rooms. 5 George Street. 7pm. £4.

happening -the boys are shaping up to

Q both acts were signed to the

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1 0 Dr Feelgood Warehouse. Kirkgate.

; FRIDAY 24 Edinburgh 3 o The Stranglers and Xmal

5 Deutschland Playhouse Theatre. ' Greenside Place. 7.30pm. (See

0 Bootsie Tootsie Band Stag‘s Head Inn. High Street. South Queensferry. Starved ofgigs. this town. and I shoud know. Go along and support the venture. beginning with a dose ofrhythm ‘n‘ blues.

0 King Kurt Rooftops. 10.30pm. The joke. in King Kurt's case. wore thin about four years ago.

0 Wild Swan Shadows. 9pm. Free.


See Mon 27. Edinburgh.

Stranglers Feature). The original

Aural Sculpture LP had its

but most oftheir current output is half-assed and frustrating. Support Xmal Deutschland. whose latest single is produced by Hugh-In-Black himself. have moved on from the days when they lived off Siouxsie‘s ! first LP. They‘re stuck now somewhere around Kaleidoscope. o The Housemartins and The

0 King Kurtlailhouse. Calton Road. Yes. this is the band you‘ve heard about. The band who hold drinking contests on stage! Who pelt their audience with flour and fire extinguisher foam! Whose fans turn up to gigs in skirts and throw fresh offal at them! I mean. Mary Chain, step aside! It also happens that their tuneful. accessible and totally exuberant psychobilly goes down very well indeed with a pint or twelve.

0 John thay Theatre Workshop, Hamilton Place. 8pm. £3 (£2.50). See Thurs 23.

o The Bootsie Tootsie Band Preservation Hall, Victoria Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Derra Clowns. High Street. 9pm.


0 Lowlile Rooftops. 10pm. Lowlife play a meandering type of music that is worth sampling on their ‘Permanent Sleep' album.

0 Chasar Shadows. 9pm. Free. Competently boring heavy metal band. with outstanding drummer.

0 King Kurt Heathery Bar. Wishaw.


; Edinburgh

0 The Cateran Moray House Student Union. Holyrood Road. One ofthis city's finest up-and-coming bands.

; Great rock 'n‘ roll. inspired by the 3 best ‘punk‘ acts ofthe 70s. but a

sound that‘s unmistakably their own.

- Students and guestsonly.


A cover version at the Brecht and Weill classic ‘Mack The Knite' contused talks a bit, but it needn’t have. Anyone who can remember the zany Zululand video knows just what’s

become the next Madness (BIP). Unlikely? Well, the Nutty Boys” early gigs were in similar dives to those in which King Kurt honed their skills, i though in Coventry not London, and

now-delunct Stilt Records, King Kurt making lull advantage of this by bringing out an LP called King Kurt’s Big Cock on the aforesaid label.

Snakebite contests to be held at Glasgow Rooltops on Thursday 23 and Edinburgh Jailhouse on Friday 24. with but live psychobilly music as optional extra. (Mab)

Place. SOLD OUT.

' unfortunately.

o Bald Cormorant Lord Darnley. West Port. 3pm. Free. See Sat 18. 0 John thay Theatre Workshop. Hamilton Place. 8pm. £3 (£2.50). See Thurs 23.

O Liza Scott Preservation I Iall. Victoria Street. 9pm. Free. A walk through some rock and country-rock classics.

0 The Feel Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.

Glasgow 0 Whitney Houston SECC. 7.30pm.

This show could be spectacular. or it

could be a bad cabaret night. Hard to a know which. and probably not worth the high ticket prices to find out. 0 Pete Murphy QMU. 9pm. Ex-Bauhaus singer. but then you knew that anyway. Students and friends only.

0 Stan Bidgeway Strathclyde UU. 9pm. Ex-Wall ofVoodoosinger who ; recently had a novelty hit with ‘Camouflage‘.

0 Dr Feelgood GUU. 9pm. Catering

T for students with extremely ; regressive musical tastes. 3 0 La Paz Flamingos. Balloch. 8pm.

Free. Another competent. but unexciting heavy metal band.


o The New York Piglunkers Warehouse. Kirkgate. Hard. percussive funk from Edinburgh, brilliant live.

SUNDAY 26 Edinburgh

0 Huey Lewis and The News Playhouse Theatre. Greenside