Friday saw Glasgow’s 02 ABC play host to a double header of power pop/rock and gals with serious attitude when tributes Dirty Harry and Talk Of The Town took to the venue’s stage.
Talk Of The Town pay tribute to Chrissie Hynde & Co and are the only Pretenders tribute in the UK. The band kicked off proceedings with the track they took their name from, before taking punters on a trip down memory lane with some of the biggest and best hits from the legendary rock band, including their take on Kinks tracks, “Stop Your Sobbing” and “I Go To Sleep”, complete with cheeky introduction from “Chrissie”, “Does anyone like Ray Davies? I do . . .”
However, it was best-known hits, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “Brass In Pocket” which provoked the biggest reaction from their audience in the way of infectious movement and questionable singing (!) Talk Of The Town’s front-woman (aka the lovely Sharon Duncan) mirrored the style and sound of Chrissie Hynde without even trying, with a quiet confidence that was impossible to ignore; Talk Of The Town represent a time when guitar-friendly rock music laced with catchy choruses still had a place on mainstream radio, while “Chrissie” proves that girls can hold their own centre-stage.
Headliners Dirty Harry took centre stage to a raucous reception and reminded everyone why we love Blondie; the band took 02 ABC’s gig-goers on a nostalgic ride via power-pop (“Call Me”), disco (“Heart Of Glass”), experimental electronic (“Atomic”) and raunchy rap (“Rapture”).
Dirty Harry’s blonde replica owned the stage from the get-go; strutting, sashaying and seducing her audience in a blur of leather boots and attitude. While “Debbie’s” adopted American accent may have faltered in a few places, it did nothing to quash the illusion that you were watching Blondie; the addition of a mirrorball and some questionable blue eyeshadow and it could have been down-town New York circa 1980. Although, it was the big pop-hits that stole the show, the band were clever to include forgotten gems, “In The Flesh”, “Pretty Baby” and “Union City Blues”, among others.
Talk Of The Town and Dirty Harry individually wowed punters, but together they reminded us why we initially fell in love with each band respectively and took us back to a simpler time when real music sound-tracked the radio and women were at the fore-front of music armed with attitude and talent, not a team of a song-writers and a really manipulative PR team.