0 Chicane Riverside 'l‘avern. (iot'bals. 9pm. Free. Residency l'or hard-working pub band.

0 Bobby Wishart l lalt Bar. \Voodlands Road. 332 1210. 9pm. Free. Residency tor excellent jazz saxophonist.

o Mercy Beat and The Bad Rascals Bruce Hotel. liast Kilbride.


0 Iggy Pop Playhouse 'l'heatre. (ireenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. £6.50. £5.50. See panel.

0 The Dog Faced Hermans l..\lC1ub. ’l‘he Cavern. Cowgate. 2265641. lixccllent local band. currently tightened tip to a last and I'rantic set. Recent Peel session captured their live sound much better than the rather tame and unlocused single.

0 No Excuse Preservation l lall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free. Danceable pop. bit dodgy.

0 Double Trouble Canny Man‘s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free.

0 The Peristalsis Brothers Negociants. l.othian Street. 225 6313. 9pm. Free. Swing and skillle.

WEDNESDAY 17 Glasgow

0 Blues 'n‘ Trouble and La Paz Rooltops. Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh‘s superb rockin' blues band supported by heavy metal wizards.

0 Chicane Bowlers. 'l'ullis Street. Bridgeton. 9pm. Free. Residency i'or hard-working pub band.


0 Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers and Peter Sarstedt L'sher Hall. 1.othian Road. 228 l 155. 7.30pm. L7. £6. £5. ()nc lor the nostalgia bull‘s. Never mind 1967. what about ‘63'.’

o The Christians and Danny Wilson ()ueen‘s l lall. Clerk Street. 668 3456. 7pm. £5. The Christians are three brothers (called Christian) and a l'riend (named Bishop! ) re-del‘ining gospel harmonies in British soul music. Support act Danny Wilson (a band not a bloke) are lrom Dundee with a lot o1 musical skill but a less—tban-inspiring1.P.

o The Wild Angels l..\l (‘1qu The Cavern. Cowgate. 2265641. From (ilasgow. blisslul pop group with insanely danceable and likeable single. She's Black And White. out now. Also seem to be dedicated to bringing slide guitar back into pop vogue. About time. 1 say? What about wah-wah next time‘.’

0 Billy Jones The Canny Man’s. Morningside Road. 447 1484. 8.30pm. Free. See Sun 14.

o The Peristalsis Brothers Boston Bean Co. St .lames Centre. 55601 1 1. 8.30pm. Free. Swing and skilfle.

0 Battle oi the Bands The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. With. from Edinburgh. Fool‘s (iold. Splash Me I'm Drowning. Sheer (ireed. Three‘s" A Crowd. and from Livingston. Street 'I‘alk.


About a yearago the lirst vinyl outpouring irom Edinburgh's Blood Uncles, the Petrol

L EP, hit the streets. Aiormidable wall

at sound, deiined by Jon Carmichael’s gruii, growling vocals, lormer Exploited guitarist Big John Duncan's almost magical mastery oi the whammy bar and other arcane guitar arts and Colin McGuire‘s driving bass lines, it made Single oi the Week in Sounds. Since then, Blood Uncles have secured a deal with Virgin Records, and Crash, a 100mph collision oi Foetus, J. G. Ballard and Grace Jones, the iirstiruits oi theircollaboration, appeared a iew weeks ago.

To date, the most common complaint about the band has been their lack at a ilesh-and-blood drummer, but part oi their appeal is the strong three-cornered iriendship that keeps them ailoat. . . and there'sveryiew human drummers who could keep up the untiring powerhouse barrage at their current machine. Their live sound is captured as well as can be expected on the advance tapes at their iirst album, provisionally entitled Libertine, and due out at the beginning

at August, which shows Blood Uncles stretching the parameters at their sound iar beyond what was evident on Petrol.

The most misleading assumption about the band is also the most common: that they’re a bunch oi gloomy goths who like nothing better than to romanticise (about) low liie and degradation. The Exploited connection too never iails to raise preconceptions. Not to worry. The Blood Uncles’


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humour, on stage and oii, is one oi their greatest assets, keeping the hardness oitheir music in check, and the band‘s musical tastes range irom Tom Waits to Colourbox, meeting Prince on the way. Indeed, the band have recorded a version at Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy, which raises the interesting speculation that the Blood



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Uncles’ iirst hit might come by way oi the danceiloor.

In the past month they‘ve gained a dash oi glamour in the shape oi their new backing singerTish, who joined in time ior some successiul London gigs, and their second Virgin single Beat Hag (no connection, surely) is imminent. (Mab)

THURSDAY 18 Glasgow

0 The Stern Gang Midas. St Vincent Street. 9.30pm. Free. Formerly called Rhythm System. compared with Talking Heads and Television. 0 The Wild Angels Bad Ass Club. Clyde Place. See Wed 17.

0 Special Mystery Band Rock City Club The Warehouse. Dunlop Street.


0 Go West Playhouse 'l'heatre. (ireenside Place. 557 2590. 7.30pm. Rescheduled from March. Tickets for 15 March valid. but those holding tickets for March 16 should apply to Box Office for refund. ‘Most outstanding new talent‘. according to our beloved BPl. Draw your own conclusions.

0 Botany 500 The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7pm. Home-grown funk. first single was reminiscent of both Talking Heads and Orange Juice.

0 Therapy LM Club. The Cavern. Cowgate. 226 5641. Berwickshire lads. oft-compared to REM and Husker Du. hopefully planning to play their infamous number ‘Sean Connery Was My Milkman’.

0 Billy Jones l.ord Darnley. West Port. 2294341 . 9pm. Free.

0 Splatch Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. 9pm. Free.

0 Lazer Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.

0 Botany 500 The Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. Funky Edinburgh band with an independent single behind them.

FRIDAY 19 Glasgow

0 The Christians and Danny Wilson Queen Margaret Union. University Gardens. 339 9784. See Wed 17.

0 The Batiish Boys Rooftops. Sauchiehall Street. 332 5883. (i-men: (iirls. (iuts. (iuitars. And don't forget Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath. Popular with (ioths.

O Kokomo Blues Club. Forum Bar. East Kilbride.

0 Stranger'l‘hc Ladyton. Bonhill. Such a youngiish) band should be doing something more exciting than this.

0 The Wake Weavers. Maxwellton Road, Paisley. 7pm. Factory recording artistes. Are they still going? Do they still sound like bargain-basement New ()rder'.’

o The Straight Men Riverside 'l'avern. Gorbals. 429 3981. 9pm. Free. ()ne

olthe better local pub rock bands.


0 Steve Earle 'l'he Venue. Calton Road. 557 3073. Doors open 7.30pm. US country artist making a prompt return to the city alter supportingUreen 011 Red at the Queen‘s Hall a lew months ago. llis rise to lame is compared to Robert Cray —- slow: smooth and successiul and. like Cray. his musical categorisation blurs at the edges.

0 The Block Brothers Preservation Hall. Victoria Street. 226 3816. El after 9.30pm. Covers. lrom Springsteen and 7.1. 'l‘op to Bowie. 0 Renegade Clowns. High Street. 9pm. Free.

SATURDAY 20 ' Glasgow

0 Steve Earle Henry Wood Hall. See Fri 19.

0 Mary Kiani Baby(irand. lilmbank (iardens. 248 4942. 8pm. Free. Excellent singer in residency. Well worth a look.

0 Big George and The Business Platini's. West Nile Street. 2pm. Free. Afternoon pub rock.


0 The Inch Open Air Festival lnch Park. (iilmerton. 1 lam--6pm. Free. Eight bands. the more established

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