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Goodbye Mr MacKenzie Middlesbrough Westgarth 02.11.19

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.

The classic “The Rattler” recorded (on a phone!) and with Martin struck down by Laryngitis in May 2019

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.

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Remaining Gigs For 2019

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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.

Tickets available here

 

2nd up is The Fallen Leaves on the 16th November

PUNK ROCK FOR GENTLEMEN
What do they sound like?
Punk / Mod / Garage / Beat
If you can imagine a cross between The Who and The Ramones you might get somewhere close….
“Sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop”
What does the Manifesto say?
No jeans.
No t-shirts.
No cover-versions.
The Fallen Leaves believe in the DIY Punk ethos.
Song, Sound and Performance are all.
Recordings are live.
Minimal overdubs.
As the self proclaimed champions of the glorious underachievers The Fallen Leaves ask you to remember ……

Simple and easy are not the same thing.

Tickets are here

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.

Tickets are here

What A Gig

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!

Gig News

First confirmed show of 2020. A co promotion with the good folk at Tees Music Alliance and The Georgian Theatre, Stockton. The return of the one, the only Pete Wylie on March 27th. Tickets available from The Georgian now and from Fast Forward Ticket links soon.
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Goodbye Mr MacKenzie

Goodbye Mr MacKenzie play The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Saturday 2nd November. Tickets are available from the venue or on line via SEE tickets and other outlets.

Tickets From Fast Forward Promotions

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One of Scotland’s most iconic rock bands will be taking to the road to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album “Good Deeds and Dirty Rags”, which they will play in its entirety, plus perhaps a few extra little treats.

Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie released their first album, Good Deeds and Dirty Rags, on Capitol Records, in 1989. Recorded in Munich by Queen’s producer Mack, it entered the UK charts at No.16 and the band quickly attracted a large and loyal support. Incredible live shows and singles like the UK top 40 hit ‘The Rattler’, in particular, further cemented their place on the UK music scene.

The second album HAMMER AND TONGS, was recorded in Berlin’s famous Hansa Ton Studios, and also made the UK album charts and with further UK singles chart positions and touring and playing with bands like Blondie, The Ramones, BAD, Afghan Whigs, Love Like Blood, Pink Turns Blue, The Silencers etc. the band were building a reputation as one of the best live bands across Europe.

The band then recorded a self titled album under the name Angelfish, fronted by Shirley Manson, the Mackenzies keyboard player and backing vocalist (who went on to fame as the lead singer of Garbage). This album went on to chart in the US College and alternative charts. The band played their last live show in 1995 before finally splitting.

As The List said in their 50 Greatest Scottish Bands review: “The MacKenzies left behind the most complex and fascinating footprint of any Scottish Band. Live they were stunning. Lead singer Martin Metcalfe looked like the MC of a particularly debauched cabaret rousing a troupe that included Shirley Manson who went on to front Garbage and Big John Duncan ex-the Exploited and a couple of Nirvana gigs. While their Scottish counterparts were looking at soul and Steeleye Dan for inspiration the MacKenzies were taking theirs from the Pixies and the Birthday Party.

The band reformed initially for a one off show in 2019 to play the “Good Deeds & Dirty Rags” album but the itch wasn’t scratched and due to ever increasing demand the band have a scheduled a number of shows through out the rest of 2019 culminating in a sold out pre Xmas show at the legendary Barrowlands in Glasgow.

GMM - Photo by Karen Lamond

Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie said earlier: “The band is very happy to announce we are reforming to perform our Good Deeds and Dirty Rags UK chart album in its entirety. This album was a very important part of our lives and we’re looking forward to doing it justice on stage again’’.

Read a recent review from the Louder Than War magazine here

Thanks to Stephen Brown for sharing the video.