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.
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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.
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.