FRIDAY 4TH JULY
THE WINCHESTER CLUB, 49 BELL ST, 9PM - 3AM, £5/£4
PLAYING LIVE: MATADORS!, DIRTY HEARTS, GROZNY
PINUPS DJS PLAYING NEW & CLASSIC INDIE, PUNK, SOUL & ELECTROPOP
LEGENDARY PINUPS FANZINE, BADGE FOR 1ST 100 TO ARRIVE
BOTTLED BEERS, APPLE SOURZ & VODKA MIX ALL £1.50
"Rubber Soul", "Sheik Yerbouti", "Aladdin Sane", "Roy's Keen" – yes, rock n roll is littered with terrible puns and this month Pinups makes its own contribution by "Daring you not to Indiependance" on Friday 4th July! For Independence Day I was trying to find a band in Glasgow composed of Americans to headline, but it seems that there isn't one (happily I clarified that the chap in Zoey Van Goey is Canadian before blundering in with an insulting invite - they're playing Mono on the 5th anyway - looks like a great line up). Nevertheless there will be some kind of loose American theme to the proceedings which will probably involve stars and stripes and Bruce Springsteen and such like.
I actually missed last month's Pinups because I was in the U S of A on holiday. Crystal Castles disappointingly played the day after I left, but I saw Elton John live and thoroughly enjoyed it. He did “don’t let your sun go down on me” and I didn’t even giggle. Am I losing my edge? I'll serve up my in-depth report on the rest of the trip for the Pinups fanzine. I haven't written it yet but I see I have scrawled such gems as "Haight Ashbury is like all the rubbish hippy bits of a music festival in one handy street", "Everything here moves, even the statues – Americans will be very bored in Rome", “It is as hot as the hinges of hell”, "Why does nobody know what a soda water and lime is?" and "Never mind, cos Pina Colada comes in 2 -pint jugs, yum". Roll over Jack Kerouac.
By all accounts June’s Pinups was "a good one" with The Elvis Suicide and A Band Called Quinn delivering top notch performances (footage here - http://www.veoh.com/videos/v14159393rckGF4SN ). There was also the added hilarity of Paul Smith conducting an interview about Pinups with Steve Lamacq on Radio 6. I actually met Steve in the Strathclyde Union in 1998 and I remember congratulating him on playing in goal for Blur in a charity football tournament the month before. He had been so impressive between the sticks that Melody Maker Christened him "the Cat". I called him "The Cat" over and over while also berating him for playing so much Campag Velocet on his show. He probably wanted to strangle me. Just as well Paul did the interview then.
Why amn’t I hyping this month’s Pinups? Oh go on then. The Independence Day 4th July Pinups stars Matadors!, who play “French pop” ( www.myspace.com/matadorsuk ), Dirty Hearts, on their second visit to Pinups following a lovely performance of their synth songs in January ( www.myspace.com/dirtyheartsband ) and Grozny, who proclaim “If you like fast, energetic, argumentative, dischordant tunes all about history then you'll love Grozny” ( www.myspace.com/grozny ).
Lastly, any feedback about the night would be appreciated. There’s so much on in Glasgow every month that I know some people only make it along once or twice a few times a year. Who would you like to see performing or Guest DJing? Please drop me a line and let me know.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully see you next week!!
ps radio star Paul Smith asked me to plug the fantastic Plimptons fantastic new video. Genius is rarely recognised in its own time (which is why “Bellshill Station” by the Just Joans hasn’t been a No. 1), but here’s your chance to buck the trend - www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvFUY72LGl0