Goodbye Mr Mackenzie are a Scottish group formed in Bathgate, near Edinburgh, Scotland in the late Eighties. At the band’s commercial peak, the line-up consisted of Martin Metcalfe on vocals, John Duncan on guitar, Fin Wilson on bass guitar, Shirley Manson and Rona Scobie on keyboards and backing vocals, and Derek Kelly on drums.
The band came to prominence in the late 1980s after releasing two independent label singles, and were signed to Capitol Records. They charted in the UK with their debut album, Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, and single release “The Rattler” the band but were hindered by record company conflicts and failed to break through outside the UK. The band split up in 1993, leaving Manson, Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly to form Angelfish to continue recording music. Manson left for Garbage in 1994, and Goodbye Mr Mackenzie played their final live show at the end of 1995.
Metcalfe, Wilson and Kelly have performed regularly as The Filthy Tongues releasing 2 critically acclaimed albums, “Jacobs Ladder” and “Back To Hell” regularly featuring Goodbye Mr MacKenzie songs in the live set. The Filthy Tongues have played several shows already in Middlesbrough at The Westgarth and are big fans of the area and the people.
In May 2019 the band reformed (sadly minus Manson) to play a sell out show in Glasgow and spurred on by rave reviews and the demand for more the band decided to add additional shows playing the “Good Rags And Dirty Deeds” album in full to mark the 30 year anniversary of it’s release and the upcoming deluxe re-issue.
Louder Than War magazine gave a rave review of the May show. Read it here.
The band are playing only 3 shows South of the border and the first is on Saturday 2nd November at Middlesbrough’s Westgarth Club.
Tickets are available in person from the club, Sound It Out Records in Stockton and Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office. Also available on line via SEE Tickets or Middlesbrough Town Hall.
The next show features Goodbye Mr MacKenzie. The band were extremely popular in the late Eighties/early Nineties but never quite managed t make the final breakthrough. Three core members of the band, Martin Metcalfe, Fin Kelly & Derek Wilson have played together since in various incarnations but most notably as The Filthy Tongues and reaching great acclaim in doing so. Now the MacKenzies are back and joined by guitarist Big John Duncan with Rona Scobie alongside. The band have played a number of sell out shows and this is the only show in the North of England.
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Final show of the year is a co promotion with the good folk at Tees Music Alliance and features Mancunian legends A Certain Ratio. The band are on a high at the moment having played numerous festivals over the summer promoting the entire back catalogue being re-issued on Mute Records. The band are touring through the Autumn/Winter and play at The Georgian Theatre on December 6th.
Formed at the outset of punk, pioneers of what became post punk the band have influenced a host of old and new bands and still thriving today 40 years.
We had a great night in the newly refurbished Green Room in Stockton on Friday 27th September when The Cyanide Pills, The Filth and The Continental Quilts played. All 3 bands were excellent. It was a great turn out on a cold and wet night with the gig not far short of being a sell out. Hopefully these excellent photos taken by Steve White will give you an impression of how good it was!