This Just-in: King-Sized Tut-Tuts at Hot Leg’s Glasgow Faux Pas

While no one has ever accused ex-Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins of possessing subtlety or panache, a little research could have gone a long way to helping the Glasgow debut of his new “man rock” outfit Hot Leg go a bit more smoothly last night.  The ‘Leg were delighting an enthusiastic crowd at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut with their dirty, dirty guitar stramash when, somewhat unexpectedly, they launched into a stomping cover of Tina Turner’s ‘Simply The Best’.  Now, for anyone who, like Justin Hawkins, is not west of Scotland-savvy, this particular anthem has, for the past 20 years, been associated with Rangers Football Club – most particularly during their run of nine consecutive Scottish Premier League titles from 1989-1997.  It therefore came as no surprise when many angry men started abandoning their pints and leaving hurriedly, lest they be associated for even a split-second with a roomful of drunks swaying along to this particular piece of air-punching nonsense.  If only Celtic fans could have found a little bit of irony in the situation – having just (as the papers say) “crashed out” of European competition before the season has even begun, fans of last year’s UEFA Cup finalists are hardly in a position to proclaim superiority.  As for the unintentionally hilarious Hawkins and his trendy crew (“Hot Leg are proud to wear Reebok trainers”, incidentally), it’ll be entertaining to see how soon they catch up with the Duke of Edinburgh in committing risible diplomatic gaffes.

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