FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST
THE WINCHESTER CLUB, 49 BELL ST, 9PM - 3AM, £5/£3
PLAYING LIVE: MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, LEAN TALES, KUNG FU
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
Hello everybody! Thanks very much if you made it along to July's Pinups. After a slow start it became great fun, with spades of dancefloor action and hilarity. Congratulations to the ladies who tried to steal a Winchester Club lamp, congratulations to Danny for passing the hallowed Pinups DJ rites of passage (ejecting a CD instead of pressing play), and commiserations to the guy who kept demanding The Doors every 5 seconds. I used to play "Touch Me" at Pinups a fair amount, but I couldn't find the right CD. Traditionally we haven't published playlists as it's a bit trainspotter-ish but I've decided (5 years in) that it might be helpful, so feast your eyes on myself and Higgy’s US "indiependance" themed set here - http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=17479521&blogID=412788909
But it wasn’t all chocolate boxes and roses, oh no. The attendance early doors for the bands was notably poor so I took things into my own hands and braved the mean streets of the Merchant City to dish out flyers. The Winchester PR kids are very nice but they are into their “house music” and I suspect the closest they have come to the type of music which is played at Pinups is the copy of “Let’s Dance” that their dad has in his car. Now, some people don’t enjoy flyering - but I really quite like it, because as long as you adopt the demeanour of a cheery and (reasonably) harmless lunatic then it‘s a laugh. Upon approaching groups of people I adopted a “kill the chief” strategy by engaging whoever looked like being the most likely to be cheeky. Wide eyed and grinning, I offered them the chance to examine a “precious” Pinups flyer, “full colour AND double sided”. Back at the Winchester I enjoyed the fruits of my labour as the place busied up, and I congratulated myself with numerous pints of San Miguel. July was overall the sort of fun hectic night which reminds you why you do it.
<In my original email to the Pinups mailing list I have an extended rant here about how the term "landfill indie" has been appled to rubbish bands like The Kooks and Scouting for Girls who are currently infesting the radio; how I think he term "indie" has been hijacked; and how a better term for these kind of rubbish bands would be "Bovine Beats" or "Moron Muisc". Hence the title this post. If you are at all interetsed you can see the blog at www.pinup-nights.co.uk >
But no further rambling – here’s the August score. Lean Tales ( www.myspace.com/leantales ) - presumably named after the lovely book by Alasdair Gray - are a lovely indiepop band reminiscent of St Etienne. Member of the Wedding ( www.myspace.com/memberofthewedding ) are returning for a second crack at Pinups and have some remarkable songs which show off Rory’s terrific voice. And completing the bill are Kung Fu ( www.myspace.com/themightykungfu ) who I expect to be good and rowdy.
Thanks for reading