Quite simply madness


HE’S been a much-loved character of the southside for many, many years and has gained a fair amount of fame along the way.

Hugh Reed could be known as one of Glasgow’s most famous underground figures: whispered around coffee bars and pubs, even to this day.

Certainly the manic rock star has been around long enough and many of his fans were not even born when he started strutting his stuff around the city’s venues.

His original band was Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants and his shows were (in)famous for being a riot of comedy coupled with more than a little rock ‘n’ roll.

He spends most of his time, these days, living in Beijing and making only the occasional home trip.

Scene spoke to Hugh on his latest rare trip back to the southside of Glasgow. He told us he was having a great time, but missed his homeland: “It’s great being back. I try to make it home every now and again and every time I’m back, I line up a gig.”

The last time Hugh came home, he played Pandora’s, on Victoria Road in what was — as usual — barely-contained chaos and anarchy packaged up in an evening which saw everyone leave fully satisfied, even if their heads were still reeling with what they had witnessed.

This time, the manic star is playing McChuills in the city centre.

Look forward to his oft-used lunacy and some fantastic hits such as Car Nicked, Techno Drugs and, the real crowd-stirrer, Living in Mount Florida.

Fans will remember Hugh’s small role in the 1996 film, Trainspotting.

Now he tells us he has another extra part, this time in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Hugh said: “I’m playing a waiter in the new Jackie Chan flick, Chinese Zodiac, which is out in the UK at the end of December.

“I was talking to another extra and asked him if he had acted before. He looked quite disgusted at the question and said: ‘I was in Skippy.’”

It’s free entry for Hugh’s gig on Sunday.