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 - www.myspace.com/sonnymarvello 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 - www.myspace.com/poochtheband 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 - www.myspace.com/mitchellmuseum 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 - www.myspace.com/fridaynightmotel - and I think we were alright.
5. Scunner - www.myspace.com/scunnerscotland 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.
Cheers John D."
THE PIN UP NIGHTS CIRCUS
FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER, 9PM - 3AM
A SAWDUSTED AND SPOTLIT FLYING DUCK, 142 RENFIELD STREET, GLASGOW
GUEST DJ: MIKE FIELDING, AKA NABOO OF THE MIGHTY BOOSH
RINGMASTER: PAUL PUPPET (OF LEGENDARY GLASGOW BAND SCUNNER, AND THE MAN BEHIND THE RIO CAFE'S "SPANGLED CABARET")
A SMORGASBORD OF CIRCUS PERFORMERS INCLUDING MAGICIANS, FIRE EATERS, JUGGLERS, STRONG-MEN AND MUCH MUCH MORE - BUT NO CLOWNS - BECAUSE THEY'RE TERRIFYING!!
THE PIN UPS DJS PLAYING THEIR INIMITABLE MIX OF NEW AND CLASSIC INDIE, PUNK, SOUL & ELECTROPOP PERFORMING LIVE: POOCH, SONNY MARVELLO, MITCHELL MUSEUM AND "QUICK, RUN"
FURTHER DJING FROM “BOW-PEEP”AND STEVIE MCCAFFREY OF LUCKY NUMBER 9 RECORDS (HOME OF WAKE THE PRESIDENT)
STALLS RUN BY MEMBERS OF THE GLASGOW CRAFT MAFIA AND FUNFAIR GAMES (DUCKS! COCONUTS!) A REAL LIVE GORILLA… A SPLENDID TIME IS GUARANTEED FOR ALL! TICKETS ARE £6 ON THE DOOR OR £5 IN ADVANCE FROM THE STORE AT WWW.PINUP-NIGHTS.CO.UK
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 http://www.pinup-nights.co.uk 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!!
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!