Review: A schoolnight trip back to the 80s...

Go West's Peter Cox at the Alhambra in Dunfermline for part of their tour''(c) David Wardle
Go West's Peter Cox at the Alhambra in Dunfermline for part of their tour''(c) David Wardle

Allan Crow enjoys a three-band bill and a trip back to the 1980s with The Christians, Hue & Cry ... and Go West!

Now here was something you probably didn’t expect to hear in 2013 - Go West doing Kings Of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’ and gie’in it laldy!

Ah let the music purists cringe - the proof of the pudding is the audience reaction, and Monday night saw folk bouncing round the Alhambra.

Go West were top of a rare three-band bill which included The Christians and Hue And Cry, and the theatre was a busy, busy place.

The Christians kicked things off with a greatest hits set - well, what else are you going to play? - as well as some new material.

Kicking off with ‘Ideal World’ and then ‘Forgotten Town’ sparked the wry comment ’’ah you know you were are now!’’

And yup, they finished with ‘Harvest For The world.’

One quick turnaround and up popped Hue And Cry for an unplugged set which reminded you just how good a duo they were, and what a cracking voice Pat Kane has.

Kicking off with ‘Labour Of Love’ they whizzed through some cracking stuff, including Michael Marra’s wonderful ‘Mother Glasgow’ with the plea it becomes the anthem of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. I sincerely hope it is.

Top billing? Step forward Go West.

The big hair of the 80s has gone, but the stirring keyboards and thumping beat remain.

They had the stalls up and dancing from the opener ‘Don’t Look Down’ and kept them on their feet save for a wee unplugged bit in the middle which mixed new stuff with a cover of ‘Tracks Of My Tears.’

‘Call me’ got the full band and unplugged treatment, while ‘We Close Our eyes’ and ‘Kings Of Wishful Thinking’ had everyone on a wee school night trip back to the 1980s.

And then came that cover - perhaps out of left field, but a cracking song none the less.

>> Pic of Pete Cox of Go West by David Wardle