FRIDAY 6TH JUNE
THE WINCHESTER CLUB, 49 BELL ST, 9PM - 3AM, £5/£4
PLAYING LIVE: A BAND CALLED QUINN, THE ELVIS SUICIDE
DJS: JAMES (HEAVYLIGHT DARKBRIGHT), PAUL (BABY GO BOOM!) & HIGGY (THE ACTION STATION)
LEGENDARY PINUPS FANZINE, BADGE FOR 1ST 100 TO ARRIVE
June's Pinups should have been the 5th birthday. Plan A, as it always has been for Pinups, was Jarvis Cocker. But Richard Hawley, lovely bloke that he is, unfortunately couldn't manage to coax Jarvis from Paris. Plan B was Fatboy Slim, and I asked if he would make an appearance before Rock Ness, but his agent said he wanted to "relax". Plan Z was Fatboy Slim tribute act Fatboy Tim, before I realised that the start of June was the only time I was going to have a chance to go on holiday. So, I decided "f--- it all, I'll postpone the 5th birthday".
Bending the rules perhaps, but since one of the fundamental club night rules is surely "DON'T START A CLUB NIGHT DURING THE SUMMER", I think I'm allowed! There were amazing Pinups in February and April, but last month the turn out was so-so (the chaps from the Super Furries were a bit deflated) and I'm looking forward to the break from it to be honest. I think indie club nights in general are mostly a "busted flush", as the "Skins generation" wants to gobble pills and not notice either that: 1. they've been waiting for an hour outside of Kushion or Bamboo; 2. the music in the actual club is rrrubbish; or 3. that they’re about to pull a monster.
However June has traditionally been a good night for Pinups (about 250 people came last June to see Ian Parton of The Go! Team DJ for us) and James of Heavylight Darkbright and Paul Smith of Baby Go Boom will undoubtedly keep you on the dancefloor if you get along. James had people in a frenzy at Pinups in both February and April while Paul memorably instigated a limbo on the dancefloor at the Woodside Social Club during one of our Baby Go Boom comedy/rock nights. A limbo!! How many DJs can claim that? Higgy, my "Action Station" Subcity show co-presenter and Pinups disco veteran will also be in attendance to play some lovely stuff.
The live bills at Pinups have been a bit overloaded lately so in June there will be just 2 - A Band Called Quinn and The Elvis Suicide. A Band Called Quinn ( www.quinnonline.net ) need little introduction - widely acknowledged as one of Glasgow's very best bands, founders of oddball cabaret night Club Tromolo, their collaborators include Kid Loco, Jarvis Cocker, Alex Kapranos, Echo and the Bunnymen etc etc, while terrific '77 style punk band The Elvis Suicide ( www.theelvissuicide.com ) won me over immediately with a song jibing Young Professionals, that fearsome breed which you meet at weddings and talk exclusively about cash. During Pinups' time at the Woody I would make a point of claiming that the nearby trainee lawyer and junior doctor infested G1 Hellzone "Viper" on Great Western Road played a cover of David Bowie's Young Americans (by Keane) with the words changed to "All right, we are the Young Professionals". Although this was completely untrue I think it was so preposterous that people started to believe it, especially after I distributed "Viper Chat Up Cards" with phrases such as "what does your father do?"
But as usual I'm rambling. Enjoy Pinups if you make it along, and for a more detailed idea of what music to expect please check out my “ripped social club wallpaper” flyers below!