Paisley Gig Guide this week – 20 July 2018

Thursday 19th July, 2018

Take a look at the host of amazing gigs taking place around Paisley this week with local music man Tommy McGrory.

Martin Metcalfe and the Fornicators take to the stage at The Bungalow tonight. You probably remember Martin who first performed in the mid 80s as a member of Goodbye Mr. McKenzie along with Angelfish, Isa and The Filthy Tongues and, latterly, The Filthy Tongues.

Goodbye Mr. McKenzie had a hit single with ‘The Rattler’ and the album Good Deeds And Dirty Rags. They went on to be managed by Gary Kurfirst, who also managed Blondie, The Ramones and Talking Heads. They released a further three albums and numerous UK top 100 singles before recording an album as Angelfish, with Goodbye Mr. McKenzie member Shirley Manson on lead vocals. A self titled album was recorded with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and was well received. The appearance of the video for single ‘Suffocate Me’ on MTV led to Shirley Manson joining Garbage as the lead singer.

Metcalfe has always been a class act as a songwriter and performer and he delves deep into his enviable back catalogue with songs from across his lengthy career interspersed with his interpretations of some of the songs that have inspired, influenced or moved him over the years. At the end of 2017 he released a live album recorded in Glasgow. Tickets are £8 and the show starts at 8pm.

After their last gig at The Bungalow, many Theatre of Hate fans couldn’t wait to see them return – and now they’re back. In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard – who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album which was produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?”, has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Kirk, Stan and John will be joined by current Spear of Destiny band member Adrian Portas

(New Model Army) and Chris Bell (Hugh Cornwall) on drums.  In support are The Membranes. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £10.

The Cave has Phoenix Gene in tonight to start a ‘Four in a Row’ weekend – and they kick off at 9pm. Tomorrow, Gordon’s Alive are on at 6pm and later at 9pm it is the turn of Second Hand News. On Sunday, 2Bob Rocket are playing at 6pm.

The Old Swan has Vintage Vinyl in tonight at 8pm and in ‘The Shoppers Slot’ at 4pm tomorrow is Five Wheel Drive. At 3pm on Monday, The Spuds are back for another afternoon party and on Wednesday The Pre Fab Four will be playing from 6pm.

The P90s are at The Tea Gardens from 6pm on Sunday and there will be live music at The Anchor on Sunday from 4pm.

Callum’s Cavern have two bands in tomorrow night who have been gigging here and abroad constantly over the last year. It’s good to see the punk rockers Fire Exit in Paisley again – they’ve been going for over 40 years – and Talk of the Town is one of the best if not ‘The’ best Pretenders tribute bands around. Tickets are £6 and £5 for unemployed.

Open Mic Nights next week:

Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm.

Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter from 8pm.

Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor from 8pm.

Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg 8pm and Andy Lindsay is at The Patter Bar from 8pm.

Thursday: Manhattan’s from 8pm.

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Paisley has a good reputation with the bands – they want to play to a crowd that appreciates them and they get that here.

Tommy McGrory
Founder, Loud n Proud music charity

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