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Soup Dragons; Catherine Wheel

Reviewed June 11, 1992.

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Bands: Soup Dragons: Sean Dickson, Jim McCulloch, Sushil Dade, Paul Quinn, Steve Sydelnyk; Catherine Wheel: Rob Dickinson, Brian Futter, Dave Hawes, Neil Sims.

Reviewed June 11, 1992.

The Soup Dragons served up a tasty concoction of roaring guitars, ’60s joy and undertones of disco-era shallowness, a combination that probably has radio programmers scratching their heads trying to categorize.

Thursday’s sold-out show at the Palace entertained but did little to answer the musical question. It could be that the band’s biggest asset is also its Achilles’ heel. The multigenre blend could have programmers outside of the MARS/KPWRs of the world mistakenly avoiding rather than embracing the Soup Dragons.

Nevertheless, set was tight, with the Glasgow quintet pulling out all the stops, complete with a blitzkrieg of images spat onto the stage from dual 16mm projectors, as band focused on tracks from current Big Life/Mercury Records disc “Hotwired.”

Opener Catherine Wheel also lived up to its buzz, using dual driving guitars and pounding percussion to prime the packed dance floor into some major moshing as band drew from its Fontana Records disc, “Ferment.”

Set was awash at times in dance-rock melodrama but was salvaged during campy encore of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” showing both the band’s versatility and its ability not to take itself too seriously.

Soup Dragons; Catherine Wheel

(The Palace; 1,200 capacity; $ 16.50 top)

Production: Promoted by GoldenVoice.

Cast: Bands: Soup Dragons: Sean Dickson, Jim McCulloch, Sushil Dade, Paul Quinn, Steve Sydelnyk; Catherine Wheel: Rob Dickinson, Brian Futter, Dave Hawes, Neil Sims.

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