CRY

JANUARY 1988

CRY – GIVE HER AN ICE CREAM AND WATCH HER MELT (CRAZY FLOWERPOT) singles reviewed by Chris Welch

Eh ooop lads, it’s Trash from Yorkshire! Young Dave (vocals) turns in a reet grand performance, and if you are into meat pies and make-up, get stuck in. Our Alison avows they are ‘brilliant’ and this is indeed a tasty scoop of vanilla fudge. And do you know I have a strange feeling it could be…..a hit!


JULY 1988




1988


CRY – EDINBURGH VENUE

PICTURE THE scene – Edinburgh Venue packed wall to wall, floor to ceiling with sweaty bodies swaying in time to the dirty rock ‘n’ roll sound of Cry.

A triumphant debut appearance in Edinburgh, marred only by the fact that dozens of latecomers were locked out.

But hang on! Listen to the reality – no publicity, no advertising . . . no people, well, almost. Let’s just say the headcount didn’t amount to what could be described as a crowd.

What chance would any band stand in this situation? Some would pull the gig, some would crack up, but some, like Cry for example, really don’t care. Enter vocalist Dave Pearsall, the man who makes Rod Stewart’s sandpapergrowI sound like an Andrex whine, announcing the show goes not.

‘Star’, the B-side of the current single, opened the set, to sincere applause as the puny audience realised Cry are no mugs when it comes to hauling musical ass. As ‘Don’t Get Mad’ and the titanic single ‘Give Her An Ice-cream And Watch Her Melt’ followed, the ice soon broke. Poison’s ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ crawled off stage to an enthusiastic reception and ‘Tattooed Love Boy’ (a special dedication) showed a depth of arrangement not always evident in Cry s songs which tend to be direct. They don’t grow on you, you’re either infected or you’re not.

The best of the rest? ‘Friday After Work’, ‘Juke Box Drives Me Crazy’ fthe next single?) and the encore. . . yes, encore and first single ‘Party After Dark’ which can only be described as immense. A fitting end to what was a pretty good gig under the circumstances.

Contrary to what you may have heard, Cry are not a glam band. They’re a rock ‘n’ roll party band whose dirty fingernails aren’t………….

Richard Heggie


I was at the Venue how – I seem to remember them being quite good – and smiling when I heard how they managed to fit the words into the chorus of “Give Her an Icec Cream (And Watch Her Melt) – no other specific details spring to mind, tho.

Dunsy

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