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It is often said that, in order to defeat your enemy, you should learn to sing his song. Odeon Beatclub, however, feel that a bullet straight to the head of Mr Williams would be far more effective.

Having said that, the self-proclaimed king of showbiz; once famous for his leather waistcoats and Barry Manilow cover versions, is only one in a cast of thousands who should be politely asked to leave before they finally kill music and ruin the party for everyone.

But enough of this talk of revolution! Odeon Beatclub want to make friends not...bombs or something, so settle down, help your self to a digestive and listen up.

Odeon Beatclub are Paul, Joanne and Des.

Pre January 1999, the band went through numerous line-ups and haircuts before finally getting the sound (and the drummer with a car) they wanted, so it's best to skip the stories of rubbish rehearsals and get to the action.

Odeon Beatclub's first gig was in Sept 99, and, after witnessing the 5 song set, Scotland's leading Arts and Music magazine 'The List' described the band as "the sound of genuine talent...bordering on the beautiful." Overcome by a wave of excitement, the band.....didn't actually do anything, but it was a definite world-beating-Top of the Pops-is next type wave of excitement. For a week at least.

The band quickly established itself on the Glasgow music scene, which in terms of world domination is the mezzanine floor between obscurity and playing to your mum, but progress was being made. Complete strangers had now come into contact with the band and not one of them had broken out into a rash. Some even came back for more, and the band realised that recording a new demo would not do them any harm at all.

Recorded live at Glasgow's Brill Building early in the new year, the band managed to capture that unique feeling of being hideously hungover whilst aching to dance, in less than 600 takes. Not bad for an afternoons work. A cabinet re-shuffle soon after altered the line up but the policies and objectives remained firmly ambiguous.

The demo was sent to anyone and everyone who had ever at any time in their life appeared interested in new music. They also sent a couple to Radio 1. The band continued gigging and began writing new songs, safe in the knowledge that nothing was going to happen.

Then things started to happen.

Initially local radio stations picked up on the demo, then Radio 1 'session in Scotland' played it. Radio Scotland follwed suit and played it on two successive nights before, finally, Steve Lamacq picked it up and played it to the nation. j

The band's transformation was complete. From being an unknown, unsigned Glasgow band who had never been on the radio, they were now an unknown, unsigned band Glasgow band who were on the radio every night. (alright, 5 times, but it felt like every night.)

Odeon Beatclub started to receive letters and e-mails from people interested in the band [none of whom were on death row] and found themselves sending copies of their cd all over the country.

Which brings us bang up to date.

Obviously the band want to give as many people as possible the chance to hear their music, but until such times as a record company realises their potential, anyone interested can write to the band or log on to their website.