It’s been 25 years since I last saw Glasgow punk pranksters Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants play live. It was in this very pub in 1996, Hugh was coming off a cameo in that years hottest British film Trainspotting and it was cool to be Scottish again.Read More
Due to a Google Maps glitch, which led to me and my friend pacing repeatedly up and down Lothian road like a pair of expectant fathers, we missed the first song. When we finally find the venue (turns out it was the big dome lit up like Blackpool) Rufus Wainwright is just about to launch into his second number.Read More
Hugh Reed: Now having lived through Covid, everyone’s really up for it and just wants to play as much as they can
If you were of gig going age in the 1990s you might have been lucky enough to catch the cult Glasgow act Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants. I did and it was probably one of the my most enjoyable live music experiences of the decade, an anarchic rollercoaster replete with camp MC’s, quick change artistry, disco dancing and hilarious pop punk songs such as Car Nicked and Six to Wan.Read More
That singer-songwriter Martha Tiltson stars, directs and writes The Tape is fact that might set alarm bells ringing for it’s potential audience. Musicians really don’t have the greatest track record on the silver screen with Tom Waits, Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra being a few notable exceptions.Read More
The Glasgow leg of Teenage Fanclub’s Endless Arcade tour is my first exposure to live music in nearly two years, and my first trip to the Barrowlands in over a decade. As the iconic ballroom lights come into view I’m as excited as I was on my first holiday to Butlins as a tot.Read More
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