Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Grace Maxwell speaks out on Featured Artists Coalition

The Featured Artists Coalition have made the following statement in relation to Liliy Allen's latest outburst on file-sharing:

"We the undersigned wish to express our support for Lily Allen in her campaign to alert music lovers to the threat that illegal downloading presents to our industry and to condemn the vitriol that has been directed at her in recent days.

Our meeting also voted overwhelmingly to support a three-strike sanction on those who persistently download illegal files, sanctions to consist of a warning letter, a stronger warning letter and a final sanction of the restriction of the infringer’s bandwidth to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical while leaving basic email and web access functional."

Of all the comments underneath the long list of artists who have signed up to this nonsense, my favourite is that of Grace Maxwell, Edwyn Collins' manager and wife:

"I am Edwyn Colllins manager. Let me tell you a story. At the beginning of this year I noticed that Edwyn's myspace had gone bit wonky and I tried to upload the tracks back on to the music player. His most famous track, which he owns the copyright in, as he does for most of the music he's recorded in his life (preferring to go it alone than have his music trapped "in perpetuity" to use the contract language of the major record company) is called A Girl Like You. It's quite famous. Lo and behold, it would not upload, I was told Edwyn was attempting to breach a copyright and he was sent to the Orwellian myspace copyright re-education page. Quite chilling, actually. I naturally blew my stack and wrote to myspace on his behalf demanding to know who the hell was claiming copyright of Edwyn's track? Which, incidentally, he always made freely available for download on myspace, something which amazed his followers. Eventually, after HUGE difficulty, I was told Warner Music Group were claiming it. I found a nice lawyer guy at Warners, very apologetic, promised to get it sorted, but all these months later it isn't. That is because Myspace are not equipped to deal with the notion that anyone other than a major can claim a copyright. Warner's were one of the lead petitioners in the attempt to put those three stoner lads in Sweden in prison recently, remember. A Girl Like You is available FOR SALE all over the internet. Not by Edwyn, by all sorts of respectable major labels whose licence to sell it ran out years ago and who do not account to him. Attempting to make them cease and desist would use up the rest of my life. Because this is what they do and what they've always done. And it's not just majors. If I had a fiver for all the dodgy indie labels we've been involved with I'd have £35 or thereabouts. (Exceptions: Heavenly and Domino).

Andrew Loog Oldham said that getting ripped off (by the industry) was your entrance fee to the music business of the sixties, so get over it. He's right and things have not changed. We are very over it, but nonetheless aware of who the biggest bootleggers around are. It's not the filesharers. Personally, we've always loved bootlegs. Even when Edwyn was really skint at the fag end of the eighties, I remember being in Camden market and seeing some tapes of a couple of his shows on sale. I tried to buy them but the stallholder somehow knew who I was and said "free to the management." I failed to see how that guy selling tapes of Edwyn or even U2 or anybody on the list of signatories above could harm their career.

But anyway, as an earlier post said, this is not really an argument worth having. The gig's up. You might as well take a position about when you want the sun to come up in the morning. It's over. Now let's get on with working out a wonderful new way for music lovers to enjoy music for free or for a small subscription that makes it legal and easy to hear ANYTHING and allows the artist to reap the rewards of such freedom of access. Viva la revolution!"

We at Jocknroll fully support those comments/sentiments. I sit here in my study surrounded by music, music which has been bought and paid for over the years. If I want to download something I already have, for convenience, I will.

These artists need to be concentrating their efforts on their current and past record companies instead of the people who have put them where they are today. Maybe they're too scared to take on the musical behemoths and prefer to bully the "little guy".

Just for the record, I have bought just two downloads, both coincidentally by Attic Lights. One was the "Paul" remix of "Wendy" and one was "Santa's Girlfriend", which they recorded with Cerys Matthews. As I type I am awaiting the delivery of three CDs, for use on my radio show. I could download them for free but I want the information contained with the booklets, information I pass on to my listeners, as well as the music. I'll never stop buying CDs but I can understand why someone would want to download stuff that would normally be unavailable elsewhere.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

The Cat on "Where The Action Is" Kirkcaldy VRN 1287 AM - Sunday 27 Sep 2009

Here's the playlist for tonight's edition of "Where The Action Is".

The Knickerbockers - One Track Mind (Challenge 1966)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)
Tracy Rogers - Back With You Baby (Polydor 1967)
The Supremes - Run Run Run (Motown 1964)
Jessica James & The Outlaws - Give Her Up (Baby) (Dynovoice 1965)
The Move - Walk Upon The Water (Regal Zonophone 1968)
Bimbi Worrick - Long Time Comin' (Polydor 1969)
The Who - Substitute (Reaction 1966)
Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood - Summer Wine (Reprise 1967) (Connect 3)
The Hollies - Honey and Wine (Parlophone 1965) (Connect 3)
Toni Wine - A Boy Like You (Colpix 1964) (Connect 3)
Claire Francis - But I Don't Care (Polydor 1967)
The Marvelettes - Locking Up My Heart (Motown 1963)
The Guess Who - American Woman (RCA 1970) (Birthday: 27/9/43 Randy Bachman, Drummer)
The Emeralds - Did You Ever Love a Guy (Jubilee 1964)
Karol Keyes - Can't You Hear The Music (Fontana 1967)
Christine Delaroche - Des Tigres et Des Minets (Label/Year Unknown) (Foreign Language)
The Turtles - So Goes Love (White Whale 1967)
Jr Walker & The All Stars - Tune Up (Motown 1965) (Half-Time Instrumental)
Lori Burton - Yeh Yeh (That Boy of Mine) (Roulette 1965)
Diana Dors - So Little Time (Fontana 1964)
The Beach Boys - Cottonfields (The Cotton Song) (Capitol 1970) (A to Z of The Beach Boys - C)
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows (Capitol 1966) (A to Z of The Beach Boys - C)
Danielle - I'm Gonna Marry That Boy (Philips 1966)
The Jet Set - The Jet Set (Blaine 1965)
Dropkick - Don't Dream of California (Sound Asleep 2009) (Under The Influence)
The Carolines - Love's Made A Fool of Me (Polydor 1965)
Eddie Holland - Leaving Here (Motown 1963)
The Chic-Lets - I Want You To Be My Boyfriend (Josie 1964)
The Vernons - I Surrender (Pye, Year Unknown) (Connect 3)
The Carrolls - Surrender Your Love (Polydor 1966) (Connect 3)
Fontella Bass - I Surrender (Chess 1966) (Connect 3)
Angela Deen - Gotta Hand It The Boy (Fontana 1964)
Humble Pie - Growing Closer (Immediate 1969)
Jackie Lee - When The Boys Talk About The Girls (Columbia 1966) (Two of a Kind)
Jackie Lee - You Too (Can Have Heartaches) (Columbia 1966) (Two of a Kind)
The Caravelles - You Are Here (Fontana 1964)
The Barry Sisters - I Must Be Dreaming (Colpix 1964)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)

If you'd like to suggest a topic for one or both of the Connect 3 features or an artist for the Two of a Kind, Foreign Language, Half-Time Instrumental or Under the Influence features then feel free.

Remember, if you're ever involved in a non-fatal accident in the Kirkcaldy area, do tune in on 1287AM or Channel 3 on the hospital headsets to "Where The Action Is", a blend of mod, soul, Motown, girl groups/singers and alternative pop from the late 50s through to the early 70s.

Feel free to leave a comment or indeed a request or two. I can't promise to play it immediately - the shows are usually done live but prepared two or three weeks in advance - but I'll endeavour to play them within a month.

The Cat

Sunday, 20 September 2009

The Cat on "Where The Action Is" Kirkcaldy VRN 1287 AM - Sunday 20 Sep 2009 Northern Soul special

Here's the playlist for tonight's Northern Soul edition of "Where The Action Is".

Dobie Gray - Out On The Floor (Charger 1966)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)
Billy Butler - The Right Track (Okeh 1966)
Chairmen of the Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time (Invictus 1969)
Shirley Ellis - Soul Time (Columbia 1967)
Judy Street - What (Strider 1966)
Major Lance - Ain't No Soul (Left In These Old Shoes) (Okeh 1967)
Tyrone Davis - Turn Back The Hands of Time (Dakar 1970)
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals - Purple Haze (Brunswick 1968) (Connect 3)
Freda Payne - Band of Gold (Invictus 1970) (Connect 3)
Billy Thompson - Black-Eyed Girl (1965) (Connect 3)
Barbara Acklin - Am I The Same Girl (Brunswick 1969)
Bob Brady and The Con Chords - Everybody's Going To The Love-In (Chariot 1968)
Sophia Loren - Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo (Parlophone 1961) (Birthday: 20/9/34 Actress)
Reparata & The Delrons - Panic (Mala 1968)
James & Bobby Purify - Shake A Tail Feather (Bell 1967)
Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight Is All Over (Italian) (Musicor 1965) (Foreign Language)
Shirley & The Shirelles - Look What You've Done To My Heart (Bell 1969)
Just Brothers - Sliced Tomatoes (Lupine 1965) (Half-Time Instrumental)
The Metros - Since I Found My Baby (RCA Victor 1967)
The Vibrations - Cause You're Mine (Epic 1968)
The Beach Boys - Break Away (Capitol 1969) (A to Z of The Beach Boys - B)
Brian Wilson - Your Imagination (Giant 1998) (A to Z of The Beach Boys - B)
Little Richard - A Little Bit of Something (Beats A Whole Lot of Nothing) (Okeh 1967)
Willie Kendrick - Change Your Ways (RCA Victor 1967)
Soft Cell - Tainted Love (Some Bizarre 1981) (Under The Influence)
The Cooperettes - Shing-A-Ling (Brunswick 1967)
Herb Ward- Honest To Goodness (RCA 1968)
Johnny Moore - Walk Like A Man (Date 1967)
Billy Joe Royal - Hearts Desire (1966) (Connect 3)
Artistics - Nothing But Heartaches (Keep Haunting Me) (Brunswick 1967) (Connect 3)
Bandwagon - Breakin' Down The Walls of Heartache (Direction 1968) (Connect 3)
Beverly Ann - You've Got Your Mind on Other Things (RCA Victor 1968)
Kenny Carter - What's That On Your Finger? (1966)
Jackie Wilson - The Who Who Song (Brunswick 1968) (Two of a Kind)
Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling (Brunswick 1968) (Two of a Kind)
The Ivories - Please Stay (Despenza/Ward 1967)
The Insiders - I'm Just A Man (RCA 1967)
Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight Is All Over (Musicor 1965)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)

If you'd like to suggest a topic for one or both of the Connect 3 features or an artist for the Two of a Kind, Foreign Language, Half-Time Instrumental or Under the Influence features then feel free.

Remember, if you're ever involved in a non-fatal accident in the Kirkcaldy area, do tune in on 1287AM or Channel 3 on the hospital headsets to "Where The Action Is", a blend of mod, soul, Motown, girl groups/singers and alternative pop from the late 50s through to the early 70s.

Feel free to leave a comment or indeed a request or two. I can't promise to play it immediately - the shows are usually done live but prepared two or three weeks in advance - but I'll endeavour to play them within a month.

The Cat

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Additions to Homecoming Live Line-Ups

Three times Brit Award nominee Eddi Reader will perform at Homecoming Live – The Final Fling as she leads the first names to be announced for the Clyde Auditorium on Saturday 28th November. Eddi has enjoyed a flourishing career over the past two decades, both as a member of Fairground Attraction and as a solo artist. She is the perfect addition to the Homecoming Live line up, having proclaimed her love of our nation in 2003 by recording an album of material by Robert Burns, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – made even more fitting considering that Homecoming Scotland celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of our great Bard.

The amazingly talented Mike Scott will bring his stunning mix of Celtic, rock and folk music to Homecoming Live. Scott will be performing solo material as well as The Music of The Waterboys who count U2’s Bono and The Edge as fans. The band performed with Eddi Reader early in her career and Scott’s performance will be a wonderful reminder of anthemic hits such as The Whole of the Moon and Fisherman’s Blues.

Evelyn Glennie accompanied by Philip Smith will bring the strong, indigenous musical traditions of North-East Scotland to the Clyde Auditorium. Despite being profoundly deaf, Glennie is a virtuoso percussionist who has performed at the Grammy Awards, named Best Studio and Live Percussionist from Rhythm Magazine 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 & 2004 and Scotswoman of the Decade in 1990. Playing alongside Glennie is classical pianist Philip Smith, making for the perfect accompaniment. Glennie and Smith have been performing together since 1989 when Smith made his BBC Promenade Concert recital debut. Their partnership has continued with appearances worldwide, including recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Center in Washington DC and the Hollywood Bowl.

Next up is singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean who is one of Scotland’s most internationally respected musicians. Dougie has released five albums since 1981 and his tracks have been adapted by many artists over the years, most notably by composer Trevor Jones, making MacLean's The Gael the main theme song for the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans. One of MacLean’s most iconic recordings is the much-loved Caledonia – one of the most rousing songs in the Scottish canon which has been synonymous with the Homecoming Scotland celebrations.

Across the other Homecoming Live venues, the line-ups are continuing to grow as Codeine Velvet Club – Jon Fratelli’s new outfit with Lou Hickey - is added to the bill in the SECC Hall 3. The band is fast becoming one of Scotland’s hottest new acts and their recent showcase gig at The Classic Grand received 5 star reviews. Also joining them will be Cumbernauld’s favourite brothers The Dykeenies who since signing to King Tut’s Recordings in 2006 have enjoyed continued success. The four piece played to a large audience on the NME/Radio 1 stage at this year’s T in the Park and will be performing tracks from their much anticipated second album for the first time at Homecoming Live.

One of the UK’s most legendary venues, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut will be part of the Homecoming Live activity all weekend playing host to some of Scotland’s most celebrated and hotly-tipped acts. Inspirational indie legends The Pastels will take to the stage along with rock trio 1990’s on Friday 27th November. Sergeant were chosen to support Oasis before their debut album was even released and have received much praise from former Creation Records label guru Alan McGee, making it significant that they will be headlining the very venue where Oasis were discovered by McGee, on Saturday 28th November. The following night, indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks will represent the East Coast performing tracks from their highly acclaimed debut album, These Four Walls.

Homecoming Live is also about creating a great indoor festival atmosphere and bringing friends and family together. Already announced on the bill are Deacon Blue, Hue & Cry, Midge Ure, Lloyd Cole, The Bluebells, James Grant, Kevin McDermott and Tommy Reilly who will be performing in Hall 4. Playing in Hall 3 alongside Codeine Velvet Club and The Dykeenies are The View, Idlewild, The Vaselines, King Creosote and The Law.

Further Homecoming Live line-up announcements will be made when the full programme of the Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebrations are launched on 23 September.

Homecoming Live - The Final Fling is created and produced by DF Concerts with support from Homecoming Scotland and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

Tickets for the concerts in SECC Hall 3, SECC Hall 4 and at King Tuts are on sale now while tickets to the Clyde Auditorium go on sale Friday 18th September at 9am. To buy log onto or ticketSOUP on 0844 395 4000

Tickets for the SECC Hall 4 are priced £35.00, £30.00 and £27.50
Tickets for SECC Hall 3 are priced £20.00
Tickets for the Auditorium are priced £30.00, £27.50 and £22.50

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

We at Jocknroll HQ received the following communication, which we don't know whether to publish or not. While we think about it...

"Hello Scottish music characters I am writing to ask if you'd be kind enough to give the Pin Ups event on Friday 25th September any kid of mention. I read all your blogs cos I am a sad wee Scottish music scene geek obsessed with music and for what it's worth I think you all do a great job. I'd be happy to give you a... (bribe removed in case the taxman is reading!)... for Pin Ups in return for a mention.

We are also a Guest DJ down as Stevie McCaffrey (Lucky Number 9 Records, home to the cracking Wake the President) is going to be on holiday. So if you fancy DJing give me a shout.

I have attached the press release for the event (copied below) and also the flyers, but I thought I'd particularly bring to your attention the great live bands we have playing.

1. Sonny Marvello - I have been hyping this band for years. Winners of New York's Meany Fest in December 2007 (where they beat 400 other bands!) surely it's only a matter of time til their mix of Motown, Bowie and Queen hits the spot here. Songs and showmanship in spades!

2. Pooch - Pooch first played Pin Ups in May 2007 and Guest DJ Brett Anderson of Suede was so impressed his management brought them down to London to perform. Since then they have been star turns at the Pin Ups Ladies Night and also our Hogmanay Ball. Kind of like Crystal Castles sleeping with the Slits! Pooch are 2 girls, 2 boys, lots of glitter and lots of noise!

3. Mitchell Museum - Widely acknowledged as one of Scotland's best new bands since their emergence last autumn, Mitchell Museum's output to date has been a riot of melody and percussion. Not as mental as you'd think - in a good way!

4. "Quick, Run"
This band are so new they haven't even recorded a song yet! But Perth man Rafe Dewar is behind them so I'm sure they will have tunes. Rafe was in The Friday Night Motel with me - - and I think we were alright.

5. Scunner - Scunner's charismatic frontman Paul Puppet is going to be our Circus Ringleader and his band shall play some of their fantastic wonky fairground pop in the Kitchen round midnight.

So, any mention of the Circus event would be terrific. We're trying our best to give new music in Glasgow and Scotland a platform and we need all the help we can get as obviously our PR budget is tiny compared to proper clubs, and this event is also terrifyingly costing us an absolute fortune...
Thank you, and mind to reply about the ...(that filthy bribe again)... if you fancy it.

John D."










Ladieeeeees and Gentlemen. Roll Up! Roll Up! The Circus is in town! Yes, you lucky scallywags, it's time to roll yourself up indeed and make haste to The Big Top! For one night only, Pin Up Nights is transforming into a good old fashioned circus!
Marvel! - At the line up of terrific live bands – Pooch, Sonny Marvello, Mitchell Museum and “Quick, Run”!

Delight! - In seeing The Flying Duck transformed into an actual circus Big Top!

Wonder! - At the antics of Ringmaster Paul Puppet, and the feats performed before your very eyes by the Pin Ups Circus performers!

Dance! - Till 3am to the usual fantastic mix of tunes you'd expect from Glasgow’s best and longest running indie night!

Gape! - At celebrity guest DJ Naboo from The Mighty Boosh!

Goggle! – At the stalls run by members of the Glasgow Craft Mafia (including Pistol Whip Vintage, We Are The Robots and more) and our Funfair games!

And Gaze! – Longingly! - At dishy Pin Ups DJ James “Butcher” Cassidy!
Mindboggling stuff I'm sure you'll agree! That’s not all too as we are planning a few more surprises if we can pull it off, including even a dramatic GORILLA!!

If you fancy dressing up and entering the circus spirit then knock yourself out (not literally I mean, just feel free to dress up!)
Those of you who are regulars will know we try our best to create terrific events at Pin Up Nights and always give value for money. This year amongst others we've had Florence and The Machine and Friendly Fires DJing in January, a star-studded Ladies Night 2 (Camera Obscura! Victoria Bergsman! Queens of Noize!) and even turned The Flying Duck into a Festival Site in June (complete with Wham Tent!) all at the cost of £5 entry.

Despite the jam-packed bill above and obvious costs involved we've kept the price stupidly low. How stupidly low we'll probably only realise on Saturday afternoon when it becomes clear we’ve dropped a zero somewhere in our cost calculations (none of us were brilliant at maths...). Still, that’s for us to worry about and despite the barrel-load of action we've arranged, we're only charging £5 for advance tickets and £6 on the door.
If you've been to any club night other than Pin Ups recently and paid for entry, hopefully you'll agree this is incredible value!

You can get your advance tickets from the store section of or in-store/online from Tickets Scotland. (Advance sales would be appreciated as we have 101 things to pay for.) All the pics from August are on the website as well so have a peek and spot yourself having a boogie. We had originally planned for the Circus to be in August but the bill was going to be better if we did September so we changed it close to last minute. This meant that August’s Pin Ups was a tad under-advertised but you lovely people still turned up in droves so thanks a million. We are also already lining up more action after the Circus!!

In short:

Friday 30th October - Pin Up Nights HALLOWEEEEEEEN Special!!! woooooooooooo

Friday 27th November - Pin Up Nights “Heroes” (all shall be revealed soon)

Thursday 31st December - Pin Up Nights HOGMANAY PARTY!!!

As well as those mouth-watering scenes, get your eyes clamped around what The Butcher has lined up at our spin-off Heavylight Darkbright night at The Captains Rest:
Friday 9th October: Playing Live: Mercury Music Prize nominees The Invisible PLUS Michachu and The Shapes!!!

Tickets for both also available from the store section of the Pin Ups site and from Tickets Scotland.
That’s all for now folks, don't forget to Roll Up Roll Up on 25th! The Pin Ups chaps.xx

p.s. we were originally going to write this invite in the style of a mocking run-down of the other events that are happening on Friday 25th September (there’s quite a lot of tacky Freshers Week things), but we decided that there was so much Circus chat to get though that we didn’t have room and it would get too confusing. A shame as I already had ideas noted down such as“Experiment with your sexuality at Karbon as you party hard with Duncan from Blue”, "Fear for 87 year old DJ Phil's life as he attempts his Mick Jagger dance at Strathclyde Union's TFI Friday", etc etc

Dave and I are considering whether we should sell our soul to "the man" in exchange for such temptations. Meanwhile, we'll give some serious thought to whether we should publicise such blatant hedonistics goings-on. Young people? Enjoying themselves? It's obscene!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Edwyn Collins' Highland tour

Edwyn Collins has confirmed the following tour dates:

14 Kirkwall Fusion
15 Thurso Skinandies
16 Helmsdale Community Centre
18 Aberdeen Lemon Tree
19 Inverness Ironworks
21 Portree Aros
22 Fort William Fired Art
23 Stornoway An Lanntair
25 Glasgow ABC
27 Manchester Deaf Institute


7 London Bloomsbury Ballroom

I believe London is in the South of Scotland, somewhere near Hawick!

Support comes from The 1990s.

Monday, 14 September 2009

The Orchids DJ at How Does It Feel

Chris and John from The Orchids will be guest DJs at How Does It Feel in central London this Saturday.


How Does It Feel To Be Loved?
Saturday September 19th
The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP, three minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube station, 9pm-3am, £4 members, £6 non members. Membership is free from Guest DJs: John and Chris (The Orchids)

We play: The Smiths * The Supremes * The Go-Betweens * Dusty Springfield * Belle & Sebastian * Love * Tammi Terrell * Aztec Camera * The Ronettes * Orange Juice * Beach Boys * The Temptations * Velvet Underground * Felt * The Shangri-Las * Primal Scream * Otis Redding * The Field Mice * Dexys Midnight Runners * Camera Obscura * The Four Tops * Melba Moore * The Orchids

Sunday, 13 September 2009

The Cat on "Where The Action Is" Kirkcaldy VRN 1287 AM - Sunday 13 Sep 2009

Here's the playlist for tonight's "Where The Action Is".

Wishful Thinking - VIP (Decca 1966)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)
Fun and Games - The Grooviest Girl In the World (Uni 1969)
John Mayall - Crawling Up A Hill (Decca 1964)
Samantha Jones - As Long As You're Happy (1964)
The Beatstalkers - You'd Better Get A Hold On Me (Decca 1966)
Pat Harris and the Blackjacks - Hippy Hippy Shake (Pye 1963)
Tony Rivers & The Castaways - Summer Dreaming (Unreleased 1966)
The Cryan Shames - Mr Unreliable (Columbia 1967) (Connect 3)
Madeline Bell - Mr Dream Merchant (Philips 1967) (Connect 3)
Spencer Davis Group - Mr Second Class (United Artists 1968) (Connect 3)
The Kingpins - That's The Way It Should be (Unknown)
Glenda Collins - If You Gotta Pick A Baby (HMV 1963)
Booker T & The MGs - Soul Clap 69 (Stax 1969) (Birthday: 13/9/33 Lewie Steinberg, bass)
Jackie Trent - Make It Easy On Yourself (Pye 1967)
Shadows of Knight - I'm Gonna Make You Mine (1966)
Sandie Shaw - Mais Tu L'Aimes (Girl Don't Come) (Pye 1964) (Foreign Language)
The New Breed - Friends and Lovers Forever (Decca 1965)
Les Reed & Orchestra - Theme from "Girl On A Motorcycle" (1968) (Half-Time Instrumental)
Lulu & The Luvvers - I'll Come Running Over (Decca 1965)
Force West - Talkin' About Our Love (Columbia 1966)
American Spring - Good Time (United Artists 1972) (A to Z of The Beach Boys)
The Beach Boys - California (Brother 1973) (A to Z of The Beach Boys)
The Rockin' Vickers - Dandy (CBS/Columbia 1966)
The Groove - Play That Song (Parlophone 1969)
Dexy's Midnight Runners - There, There, My Dear (EMI 1980) (Under The Influence)
Dave Sampson - Sweet Dreams (demo) (Colulmbia 1960)
Lyons and Malone - She's Alright (Jay Boy 1969)
The Chasers - Hey Little Girl (Decca 1965)
Herman's Hermits - Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter (MGM 1965) (Connect 3)
The Walker Brothers - Mrs Murphy (Philips 1966) (Connect 3)
Harmony Grass - Mrs Ritchie (RCA 1970) (Connect 3)
The Liverpool Five - Piccadilly Line (RCA 1967)
Kim D - The Real Thing (Pye 1965)
Heinz - Movin' In (Columbia 1966) (Two of a Kind)
Heinz - End of the World (Columbia 1965) (Two of a Kind)
Simon Dupree & The Big Sound - 60 Minutes (Of Your Love)/A Lot of Love (Parlophone 1967)
The Wackers - The Girl Who Wanted Fame (Piccadilly 1965)
The Shadows - Scotch on The Socks (Columbia 1966)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)

Next week's show will be dedicated to Northern Soul.

If you'd like to suggest a topic for one or both of the Connect 3 features or an artist for the Two of a Kind, Foreign Language, Half-Time Instrumental or Under the Influence features then feel free.

Remember, if you're ever involved in a non-fatal accident in the Kirkcaldy area, do tune in on 1287AM or Channel 3 on the hospital headsets to "Where The Action Is", a blend of mod, soul, Motown, girl groups/singers and alternative pop from the late 50s through to the early 70s.

Feel free to leave a comment or indeed a request or two. I can't promise to play it immediately - the shows are usually done live but prepared two or three weeks in advance - but I'll endeavour to play them within a month.

The Cat

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Rose McDowall gig on Sunday in London

Last minute reminder with additional information from the promoter below

Rose McDowall will be making a rare live appearance in London, as part of the Ship of Fools series on a real, live boat on the Thames:

Sunday 13th September
Doors 7:30pm
at Bar & Co
Temple Pier
(closest Tube station: Temple)
Tickets are
£6.00 in advance from WeGotTickets

This series of intimate Sunday concerts is being hosted by Kaparte Productions and Tursa. Support on the night comes from Eve Eden. And Rose will be accompanied by as many members of her backing band as can fit inside the boat, including Joanna Quail from SonVer and Lloyd James from Naevus.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Additional information from Klarita:

Hi All,

Sunday is fast approaching and we are all very excited for Rose McDowall special London's appearance supported by the excellent Eva Eden.

By the chance, in conjunction with the gig there will be the Thames Fireworks Festival going on just on Victoria Embankment, where out boat is located!

The Thames Festival Carnival Procession starts lining up on Victoria Embankment from 6pm, and departs at 7.15pm.
The tail of it should clear of Temple Pier by about 8.15pm and crossing the road between these times is possible at the Temple Place pedestrian crossing, but not easy. By 8:30 the crossing will be clear, if you want to watch the procession turn up at 8 pm or a little before.

The music starts 9pm sharp (Eva Eden)
Fireworks lasts approx 15 minutes from 9.45
ROSE MACDOWALL set at 10pm.
Special DJ guests afterwards but we won't finish too late no worries!

Tickets as usual are selling fast, we suggest to buy yours in advance in order to save £2, but there will be some on the door on the day, we are considered of people who for some reason or another don't fancy buy them online.

Edwyn Collins/Teenage Fanclub - Mono, Glasgow 10 Sep 09

Two days after this gig I'm still recovering, both mentally and physically. I've thought ever since it finished as to how I can do justice to what many present have described as the greatest gig EVER.

This not-so-secret gig was revealed on Tuesday and I spent the next two days in a stress-fuelled frenzy of should-I-or-shouldn't-I. I WANTED to go but kept coming up with logistical reasons why I couldn't. Were they reasons or excuses? That's what responsibility does to you. Even my friend Giselle in Long Beach, California was nagging me to go! In my younger days I wouldn't have given it a second thought.

Following the debacle that was Glasvegas' recent "secret" gig, I wanted to make sure that if I rearranged my domestic arrangements for the night and travelled through from Fife to Glasgow that I was definitely getting in. I resorted to what any self-respecting man of my age would do, I bribed Edwyn via Twitter! To my surprise Edwyn responded, "Glasgow £20 to charity? OK..." Just to make sure, I sent a message to Grace Maxwell and she confirmed that I was on the list and with a "+1" to boot. After relieving one set of stresses I now had a another, who would I ask?

I left messages all over for John, a regular gig-going friend from Dunfermline. I finally got hold of him, much to the chagrin of the RSPB crowd he was sharing a bird hide with, only to find out that he was already on the guest list. Hope big was this guest list? Jocknroll Dave was in Aberdeen for a meeting but with a late gig time of 10.30pm I wondered if he could still make it down. My friend Jayne in Motherwell couldn't get away and I also put a couple of members of the Cairn String Quartet on standby too. I didn't want to waste it. By the time I was on the M8 Dave have had got in touch to say he was stuck in his meeting and I later found out the CSQ were at a friend's gig and couldn't make it either. C'est la vie.

I made good time to Glasgow and arrived in my parking spot of choice just before 6. I loitered in my car until a spot became available and just after 6 I was parked and ready to party. I'd never been to Mono before but I figured I'd pop round to Trongate 103 first to see if I could get in there to see the pre-gig gig, where Edwyn and Teenage Fanclub would be playing an acoustic set.

As I approached Trongate 103 I spotted Duglas Stewart in the company of Grace Maxwell, Edwyn's partner, and the great man himself. Lady lucky wasn't just smiling on me, she was stroking my thigh! I knew Duglas from many gigs and introduced myself to Grace and Edwyn. I dind't know what to say to Edwyn and blurted out something stupid about him being Jocknroll's King!! We went into Glasgow's newest art resource together. Duglas also kindly gave me a copy of the excellent "The Rise and Fall of the BMX Bandits" compilation.

After watching the band soundcheck and chatting to Joe McAlinden, Duglas and Grace I wondered around the venue to look at the art. It certainly is an impressive place. I was particularly drawn to the 'Hoppy' works and the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is amazing.

After some tunes, played by Stephen Pastel, and the speeches from the dignitaries, the band played a wonderful acoustic set of Falling and Laughing, What Presence, Hope and Despair, Rip It Up, I'm Losing Sleep and A Girl Like You.

After the gig we stroll round to Mono, a venue I'd never been to before. I expected there to be massive queues but there wasn't. I said to the doorman I was on Edwyn Collins' guest list only to see him pull out the biggest guest list I'd ever seen! I didn't feel so special but to be honest I was just glad to be in. Immediately I bumped into Dunfermline John and got myself a drink and a packet of crisps, which would double as my dinner! John and his friends were near the front so I joined them there. Normally I try not to stand at the front because I'm 6 foot 4 but I decided I was going to be a bit selfish for a change.

I'm sure there are enough superlatives to describe the set itself. I was blown away. The band were tighter than a nun's chuff and Edwyn was in fine comedic form, berating the band playfully for not being ready. He even announced a song, Dying Day, that wasn't on the set list.

The set was Falling and Laughing, Poor Old Soul, What Presence, Hope and Despair, Consolation Prize, Dying Day, Make Me Feel Again, Rip It Up, I'm Losing Sleep, A Girl Like You, Don't Shilly Shally and Blue Boy.

The crowd included a who's who of Glasgow pop-erati including Carey and Nigel (Camera Obscura), Duglas Stewart, Joe McAlinden, Stephen Pastel, Katrina Mitchell, Jackie McKeown (1990s), Gary Thom (Astrid), Roy Moller and Stuart Murdoch.

By the time I got back to the car my back was killing me but "the pleasure with the pain" was well worth it. After one wrong turn I made it back to the M8 and I drive home with widest smile. To a soundtrack of the BMX Bandits (thank you Duglas), I mused on what had been quite an extraordinary night, a night that will live long in the memory.

Music in the car going to the gig: Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool
Music in the car travelling home from the gig: The BMX Bandits - The Rise and Fall of the BMX Bandits

P.S. Most, if not all, of the Mono set is available on You Tube.

Glasgow 1979 Music Scene - Help with Survey/PhD

"Hello Cat and Dave

I am researching Glasgow's music scene from 1979 until the present day (in an effort to gain a PhD). At the moment I am focusing on what Glasgow was like in 1979 and have uploaded a survey to this url:

I would be really grateful if you could mention this on your blog - as I know there are a lot of readers/posters out there with many good memories of that time. If you could also place a link for this survey on the Links page of the main site, I would also be extremely grateful.

Thanks (in anticipation)

Bob Anderson"

Can you help Bob out? Musicians from the era are particularly welcome.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Sergeant's Rock Is Going To Help You



‘the most perfect pop anthem we can imagine being penned’ - NME
‘Anthem Of The Summer’ – Guardian Guide
‘Stunning’ – Clash Magazine
‘Absolute class’ – The Sun

Sergeant are back with yet another summer anthem - Sunshine. The single is set for release on 21st September via their own label, Shy Recordings. Available on digi download and limited edition vinyl, Sunshine is taken from their brilliant eponymous debut album, to be released on 5th October.

Having been inspired by the artists and attitude of seminal Scottish ‘80s label Postcard Records (Orange Juice, Aztec Camera), the Fife boys have combined that same indie ideal with the very 21st century model of securing a large investment from a music fund to launch their Shy Recordings label. Sunshine is the 2nd single to be released on Shy Recordings following July’s Counting Down The Days, named download of the week by Sunday Times Culture, News of the World and Sunday Mail.

Digi download – Sunshine (cat number SHY002D)
7” vinyl – Sunshine/I Love It Here (cat number SHY002S)

Now There's a Line-Up To Die For...

An exclusive secret (ish) event will take place in Glasgow this Thursday night (10 September). Edwyn Collins will have the privilege of performing a set of his songs old and new, played and accompanied by the Teenage Fan Club. After a short acoustic set to celebrate the opening of Trongate 103, an exciting new arts resource centre in Glasgow ( Edwyn and the TFC will repair round the corner to Mono, Glasgow’s coolest bar, to perform a full electric set. This is a one off, a free gig, first come first served, a collaboration made in heaven. At Mono, they take the stage around 10.30….

I wish I could be there...

Party Fears Too

The Homecoming Live event, which we mentioned the other day, seems to have been causing a fair amount of debate and discussion among the great and good of the Scottish music scene, as well as the media. My own comment in last weekend’s Scotland on Sunday mirrored that of Radio Scotland’s Bryan Burnett in questioning the lack of female acts in the initial promoted line-up. That doesn’t appear to be the only concern.

Radio Scotland’s Jim Gellatly has also expressed concerns in The Sun ( about the line-ups revealed thus far, citing not the lack of female performers but the age range of the performers and expected audience. As well as the ages of some of the performers, most of whom are appearing on the 80s stage, The Sun have gone a bit over the top with their criticism of some of the artists concerned, particularly in terms of chart positions. In the 80s it was hard enough for many Scottish acts to get heard by the London-centric pop industry let alone make a dent on the Top 40. I don’t imagine for one moment that the charts were ever the gods of Kevin McDermott. The “retro” stage is all about celebrating the past achievements of some of these and that’s fair enough, that’s what nostalgia is all about. As Jim Gellatly said on Twitter, “That Petrol Emotion never even got in the Top 40, yet I was delighted to see them back for T In The Park”. I know that TPE aren’t Scottish but the point is very much a relevant one.

Scotland has a rich history of acts that could’ve, would’ve, and should’ve been contenders, acts who got away from an uncaring public. Singers like the aforementioned McDermott and James Grant may be acquired tastes to some, unheard of to others, but they deserve to be recognised for their contribution to Scottish musical history. It’s not always about hits. If it were the gigs would be all about the Bay City Rollers (what’s left of them), Marmalade and Lulu.

Talking of women, with the exception of Frances McKee (The Vaselines) and Lorraine McIntosh (Deacon Blue), the female representation thus far is non-existent. Where’s Amy MacDonald, Lulu, Annie Lennox, Sharleen Spiteri, or KT Tunstall? Let alone Eddi Reader, Horse, Jackie Storrar and Clare Grogan. I don’t even like the music of some of these ladies but I wouldn’t deny them their place in a Caledonian celebration. Hell, I’d even welcome Sheen Easton, although I might be on my own in that.

For The Sun to have a go at Hue and Cry for playing department stores is simply mean. Maybe they’re trying to recapture past glories and struggling as a result but they should be applauded for still “doing it”. Perhaps they just love making music and are happy to continue doing something they obviously enjoy. They should be applauded for that, not mocked.

There are going to be three Halls of the SECC used as three “stages”. My main concern is whether people be able to move between "stages2 or do you have to choose one and stick to it? This lack of flexibility, if that is indeed the case, will put off real music fans (not just those who like to go to big “events”), unless you’re rich enough to afford a ticket for each hall/stage.

We know that due to worldwide touring and recording commitments, a number of artists are unavailable and that’s only to be expected but the line-up so far seems rather unimaginative. Maybe this should be an annual event so that Scottish artists’ schedules can accommodate a yearly celebration of Jockanese rock and pop.

I’m sure we could all put together our own Fantasy Homecoming Live line-up. In fact here’s mine, which takes into account those artists who are no longer with us and would understandably be “unavailable”!

Teenage Fanclub
The Blue Nile
Calvin Harris
Edwyn Collins
Amy MacDonald
Belle and Sebastian
Camera Obscura
The View
BMX Bandits
Attic Lights
The Orchids

Cocteau Twins
The Skids
The Vaselines
The Rezillos
The Bluebells
Lloyd Cole (WITH The Commotions to ensure nationalistic eligibility)
The Beatstalkers
The Bay City Rollers
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Roddy Frame
The Proclaimers
KT Tunstall
Jackie Leven
James Grant
Kevin McDermott
Trashcan Sinatras
Eddi Reader
Roddy Hart (this is only artist I have edited this entry to add. No more I promise!)
The Cairn String Quartet

What do you think of the real line-up so far and who would you want to see?

The Cat

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Homecoming Live - The Final Fling


On 28th November, Scotland will proudly celebrate St Andrew’s Weekend and the vibrancy and passion of Scotland’s music scene with Homecoming Live – The Final Fling. With a bill that will bring together Scots from across the globe for a one-off reunion, this unique event will see Scotland’s largest indoor venue the SECC, transformed as it plays host, not only to an array of exceptional Scottish talent, but also to the best in Scottish food and drink, creating the perfect party atmosphere and indoor festival vibe. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean the festival season has to be!

For the first time ever, acclaimed artists including Deacon Blue, Lloyd Cole, Hue and Cry, Midge Ure, The Bluebells, James Grant, Kevin McDermott and Tommy Reilly will come together on one stage to celebrate the golden era of Scottish music in the SECC’s Hall 4. Hall 3 will include performances from The Vaselines, Idlewild, The Law and King Creosote, some of whom have inspired the biggest acts in the world, demonstrating the enormous influence Scotland has had on shaping the international music scene over the past three decades.

As part of the Homecoming St Andrew’s celebratory weekend which runs from 26th – 30th November, Homecoming Live gigs will also take place at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and the Clyde Auditorium. Like Scotland’s celebrated tartans, the gigs will weave a colourful blend of some of the finest musicians who have been influenced by Scotland and its rich musical heritage - the likes and scale of which has never been seen before.

The multi-platinum selling, Deacon Blue lead the line up in SECC Hall 4 and are joined on the bill by cult legend Lloyd Cole. As lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, his album Rattlesnakes was included in the list of best albums of all time by readers of NME and this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Also playing are the Kane brothers from Coatbridge, otherwise known as Hue and Cry, whose career has been a Labour of Love and brought them continued success over the past three decades. Next up is guitarist, singer, keyboard player and songwriter Midge Ure – having enjoyed success in several legendary and cult bands such as Slik, Thin Lizzy and Ultravox and famously turning down an offer to become the lead singer of The Sex Pistols, he is well known for his work with Bob Geldof in co-organising Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8. Both he and Geldof have twice received an Ivor Novello for co-writing Do They Know it’s Christmas and he is one of Scotland’s most respected musicians.

The Bluebells have remained Young at Heart and will be pleasing the crowds with a rare and original line up performance. Also playing is former Love and Money frontman James Grant who is widely acknowledged as one of the best songwriters Scotland has produced; Kevin McDermott who has been established on the national and international stage and Tommy Reilly who will be flying the flag for a new generation of gritty singer/songwriters.

Taking to the Hall 3 Stage are The Vaselines - musical icons who were hailed by Kurt Cobain as his "most favourite songwriters in the whole world”. Joining them will be critically acclaimed Fife cult singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson a.k.a King Creosote and Edinburgh’s indie-rock heroes Idlewild whose anthemic hits such as You Held the World in Your Arms have ensured a loyal international fanbase. Dundee indie-rockers The Law, whose much-anticipated debut album is released later this month will also perform.

Together, these inspirational acts will combine to produce a truly memorable event which will be talked about for years to come.


Homecoming Live – The Final Fling, brought together by promoters DF Concerts, Homecoming Scotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, is a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch established heroes to cutting edge, contemporary performers who are currently making their mark internationally. The event will enhance Caledonia’s status as one of the musical meccas of the world – and you are all invited to the party! Many more acts and details to be unveiled in due course.

Glasgow – a UNESCO City of Music, where approximately 100 music events take place every week – is the natural home for the event. From contemporary and classical to Celtic and Country, this extraordinary city offers music to suit every taste.

Says Promoter, Geoff Ellis: “Homecoming Live – The Final Fling is about bringing people back home to celebrate Scotland and its music scene as well as giving them the opportunity to be part of once in a lifetime experience. Music lovers will be able to join with family and friends to relive past memories and create new ones - all to a unique soundtrack, accompanied by some of the best culinary delights the country has to offer! Scotland is renowned for producing and nourishing talent and many great bands have formed on its shores - I’m really looking forward to unveiling more acts in the coming months for what promises to be a very special and unique weekend of music”.

Marie Christie, Project Director, Homecoming Scotland 2009 adds, “Homecoming Live - The Final Fling will be one of the highlights of our Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebrations from 26 - 30 Nov. Taking place all over Scotland the full events programme will be launched later this month. Today’s announcement gives a sample of what’s in store.”

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Final Fling to bring Homecoming to a rousing finale in Glasgow and further reinforce the city’s credentials as a UNESCO City of Music. There’s nothing quite like hearing Scottish bands play on their own home turf and with such a strong line-up I am sure it will be a fantastic weekend.”

Tickets for Homecoming Live will go on sale on Friday 11th September at 9am and are priced £35.00, £30.00 and £27.50 for Hall 4, with tickets for Hall 3 at £20.00

Tickets will be available from, or from the ticket agent that we at Jocknroll don't like and will not promote.

The Cat on "Where The Action Is" Kirkcaldy VRN 1287 AM - Sunday 6 Sep 2009 Ellie Greenwich special

This is the playlist for tonight's Ellie Greenwich special:

The Beach Boys - I Can Hear Music (Capitol 1969)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)
The Exciters - Do-Wah-Diddy (United Artists 1963)
Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep - Mountain High (Philles 1966)
The Drifters - I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing (Atlantic 1965)
The Searchers - Be My Baby (Pye 1965)
Ellie Greenwich - Come Take My Hand (Unreleased Demo/Coke advert)
Bevereley Jones - Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home (HMV 1963)
Karen Verros - Little Boy (Dot 1965) (Connect 3)
Billie Davis - That Boy John (Columbia 1964) (Connect 3)
The Orchids - That Boy Is Messin' Up My Mind (Columbia 1963) (Connect 3)
The Raindrops - The Kind of Boy Can't Forget (Jubilee 1963)
The Summits - Hanky Panky (Harmon/Rust 1963)
Ellie Greenwich - You Don't Know (Red Bird 1965)
Ellie Greenwich - Baby (Red Bird 1965)
The Dixie Cups - You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me (Red Bird 1964)
The Four Pennies - When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too) (Rust 1963)
Leslie Gore - Maybe I Know (Mercury 1964)
The Rockin' Berries - I Didn't Mean To Hurt You (Piccadilly 1964)
The Jelly Beans - Baby Be Mine (Red Bird 1964)
Meantime - Friday Kind of Monday (Atco 1967)
The Ad Libs - He Ain't No Angel (Blue Cat 1965)
Reparata & The Delrons - Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts (Unreleased)
The Chiffons - I Have A Boyfriend (Laurie 1963)
Bobbie Miller - What A Guy (Decca 1965)
Ellie Greenwich - Nothing Went Right (Unreleased Demo)
Connie Francis - Don't Ever Leave Me (MGM 1964)
Moody & The Deltas - Everybody Clap Your Hands (Daisy 1964)
Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans - Not Too Young To Be Married (Philles 1963)
Andy Kim - I Hear You Say (I Love You) (Red Bird 1965) (Connect 3)
The Ronettes - Baby I Love You (Philles 1963) (Connect 3)
Emmaline Jones - What Good Is I Love You (Dawn 1974) (Connect 3)
Darlene Love - (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry (Philles 1963)
The Darlettes - Here She Comes (Dunes 1963)
The Crystals - Heartbreaker (Unreleased 1963) (Two of a Kind)
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me (Philles 1963) (Two of a Kind)
Sam Hawkins - Hold On Baby (Blue Cat 1965)
Veronica - Why Don't They Let Us Fall In Love (Phil Spector 1963)
Tony Pass - True True Love (Atco 1966)
Neil Diamond - Cherry Cherry (Bang 1966)
The Butterflys - Good Night Baby (Red Bird 1964)
The Quik - Bert's Apple Crumble (Decca 1967) (show theme)

Next week's show sees the start of a new weekly feature, the A to Z of The Beach Boys.

Remember, if you're ever involved in a non-fatal accident in the Kirkcaldy area, do tune in on 1287AM or Channel 3 on the hospital headsets to "Where The Action Is", a blend of mod, coul, Motown, girl groups/singers and alternative pop from the late 50s through to the early 70s.

Feel free to leave a comment or indeed a request or two. I can't promise to play it immediately - the shows are usually done live but prepared two or three weeks in advance - but I'll endeavour to play them within a month.

The Cat

Friday, 4 September 2009

Colin Macintyre - Tour Details

4th Sept: ISLE OF MULL 'Homecoming 2009' Aros Hall, Tobermory

Tues 6th Oct : NEW YORK The Living Room

15th Oct EDINBURGH The Voodoo Rooms
16th Oct GLASGOW Stereo
18th Oct INVERNESS Hootenanny
19th Oct SHEFFIELD Leadmill
20th Oct BRISTOL The Thekla
21st Oct LONDON The Lexington (Fleur-de-Lys Club)
22nd Oct MANCHESTER Night & Day
23rd Oct NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
27th Oct BRIGHTON Latest Music Bar
28th Oct BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
29th Oct MINEHEAD (Somerset) The Hobbyhorse
6th Nov LIVERPOOL Zanzibar (Liverpool Music Week)

Ticket & info details below.

Fri 4th Sept: Aros Hall, Tobermory, Isle Of Mull
Homecoming 2009 Event.
Tickets £10: Available from available from An Tobar Arts Centre in Tobermory - 01688 302211 or Buy on-line or tel. 01688 302211
Support: The Brief

Tues Oct 6th: The Living Room, New York
8pm show. 154 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002. (212) 533-7235
Tickets $10: Buy on-line

UK October Tour

Thurs 15th Oct: EDINBURGH The Voodoo Rooms
Tickets £10: Available from Ripping Record and The Voodoo Rooms, or buy on-line or tel. 0131 220 3234.
Support: 8 Track Stereo & Sorren MacLean

Fri 16th Oct: GLASGOW Stereo
20-28 Renfield Lane: Glasgow G2 6PH
Tickets: £9 Buy on-line or tel. 0844 847 2487

Sun 18th Oct: INVERNESS Hootananny
67 Church Street, IV1 1ES
Tickets: £5 adv, £6 on door. Buy on-line or tel. 01463 233 651
Support: Sorren MacLean

Mon 19th Oct: SHEFFIELD Leadmill
7 Leadmill Rd, Sheffield, S1 4SE
Tickets: £7 adv Buy on-line

Tues 20th Oct: BRISTOL The Thekla
The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB
Tickets: £8.50. Buy on-line or tel. 08713 100 000

Weds 21st Oct: The Lexington, London 'Fleur-de-Lys Club'
96 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB
£6 adv £8 on the door. Buy on-line
Support: The Loose Salute
Facebook event page

Thurs 22nd Oct: MANCHESTER Night & Day
26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN
£7 adv. Buy on-line

Fri 23rd Oct: NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Masonic Place Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5JT
Tickets: £8.50. Buy on-line or call 08713 100 000

Tues 27th Oct: BRIGHTON Latest Music Bar
14-17 Manchester St, Brighton, BN21TF
Tickets: £6. Buy on-line or tel. 01273 687171

Weds 28th Oct: BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
The Arcadian, Birmingham, B5 4TD
Tickets: £9. Buy on-line or tel: 0871 472 0400

Thurs 29th Oct: MINEHEAD (Somerset) The Hobbyhorse
Esplanade, Minehead, Somerset, TA4 4AE
Tickets: Buy from The Hobbyhorse (01643 702274) or
West quay records, Bridgwater (01278 428509) or Martian records, Taunton (01823 330978)

Fri 6th Nov: LIVERPOOL The Zanzibar
(Liverpool Music Week)
43 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4AZ
Tickets: £6. Buy on-line

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Dropkick - New Album and Scottish Tour Dates

From Alastair Taylor of the band:

"I've got no time to think of anything witty to write, so I suppose I'll just get straight down to the facts...

Dropkick's new album "Abelay Hotel" will be released on 12th September on Sound Asleep Records of Sweden. I think it's our 9th album but it's definitely not our 9th best one. I hope not anyway.The CD is available to order now from our website for £6.49 including postage to anywhere in the world. If you'd rather not clutter up your house with useless plastic junk or just cannot wait another 10 days to get the CD, you can already download the album from all the usual places, including iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and Napster. And if you'd rather try before you buy, you can also listen to the album in full on the new-fangled music player thingy on our website or at

To coincide with the release, we're playing a few gigs around Scotland. Here's the list of places and times to avoid:
Thu 3rd Sept @ 13th Note, Glasgow. Support from The Sweetheart Revue. 8.30pm. £5.
Fri 4th Sept @ Twa Tams, Perth. 10pm. Free entry.
Sat 5th Sept @ The Seaforth, Ullapool. 10pm. Free entry.
Sat 12th Sept @ Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh. ALBUM LAUNCH GIG. Support from Andy Tucker and The Young Spooks. Doors 7pm (early show). £5 entry includes a free CD!
Sat 19th Sept @ Aikman's, St Andrews. 9.30pm. Free entry.

OK, that's enough self-promotion for now. Hope you all enjoy the new album!

Alastair Dropkick