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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, December 6, 1979-Page 5

90,11,

ON SEX AND ENGINEERS:
The Ramones

go mental

By LORENZO BENET
and STEVE HOOK
All this nation's scientists and
engineers have to do is harness the
Ramones' musical energy, and the
world will be safe for democracy. And
this would surely make Dee Dee,
Marky, Johnny and Joey very happy.
It seems simple: just convert
Tuesday night's schizophrenia, both
onstage and off at Second Chance, into
some kind of electric current, and we
can lend the energy crisis and turn out
attention to more palatable areas.
Clearly, if we can send Skylab to the
ocean, we can harness the Ramones.
Until we have the technology, we can
at least feel secure that their efforts are
not going to waste. For much of the
year, the Ramones tour our great
nation and world, demolishing the pent-
up anxiety, frustrations, and hostility in
their audiences that could otherwise
materialize into murder, rape, or com-
puter crime. After an hour of their in-
tense music (which is about the longest
they can perform before succumbing to
heat prostration), they successfully
transform their audiences from
pugnacious deviants to responsible,
respectable citizens, anxious to help old
ladies across the street and campaign
for local office.

The Ramones, who together enjoyed
the precious socialization process in
Queens, are in the forefront of the
music world's subtle growth of "punk"
rock or "new wave" (labels which, as
usual, do more harm than good to the
musicians' works). Their music,
mostly originally composed, features
driving, repetitive guitar and per-
cussion, and relatively senseless lyrics.
Their songs are very short, but very in-
tense. To compare the music of the
Ramones to lovemaking: there is no
foreplay, no caressing of the breasts, no
romantic nibbles on the earlobe. All
there is is a three-minute orgasm,
climax from beginning to end. For the
crazed fans pogoing on the dance floor,
this beats foreplay out and out.
The Ramones were warmed up by
Nicki and the Corvettes and two hours
of loud rock on the PA. The Corvettes
managed to satisfy the psychotic mood

with relentless rock. While the in-
strumentals blasted away, Nicki, an at-
tractive, high school sweetheartish
singer and her two female backup
vocalists teased the predominantly
male mob on the floor. As Nicki
swiveled her hips and sang "Boys boys
boys, I like boys boys boys," the scene
appeared like a modern-day USO show;
you half-expected to see Bob Hope
emerge between songs wielding his
driver.
The Ramones began with "Blitzkrieg
Bop," and performed virtually without
pause for an hour. They played their
well-known works, like "Rock and Roll
High School," "Rock Away Beach,"
and "Beat on the Brat," while recon-
structing some old standards like "Do
you Wanna Dance?" In addition, a new
song composed by Dee Dee was
previewed for the fans, a piece called
"Chinese Rocks" which will appear on
their upcoming album to be produced
by Phil Spector. After two encores, the
Ramones, and most of the audience,
had been rocked into submission. John-
ny had had enough flails on his lead
guitar, Dee Dee on his bass, and Marky
had driven himself into his usual level
of subconsciousness. Joey, the dopey-
looking lead singer, appeared ready for
a long winter's nap as well.
Dazed and exhausted, the Ramones

could content with the knowledge that
they had burned more calories, exerted
more effort and energy in one set than
many musicians do in their careers.
And they did it without preoccupying
themselves with the social/political
consciousness that burns out many
musicians early on. Their music is sim-
ple and direct. As one of them said in a
late afternoon radio interview, "It is
loud, hard, and strong, and that's about
it."
While the engineers and scientists
work on harnessing their energy to save
the world, we can be satisfied that, for
now, the Ramones are providing
v luable therapy for the nation's
young, and adding some quality diver-
sity, something which is rare today, to
the music world.

poetry reading
with
Toledo Poets: Joe Lipman,
Nick Muska and Bob Phillips
READING FROM THEIR WORKS
Dec. 6-7:30 p.m.
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Finals already? UAC
bartenders take theirs

(Continued from Page 1)
don't carry as much weight as one from
a professional bartending school would,
but said they could still be useful in
helping the holder obtain a paying bar-
tender's job, since it proves he has had
at least some training.
Emerson, who has worked
professionally as a bartender, said of-
ten potential employers hire people
"right off the street" with no training
whatsoever, so his students are ,now at
an advantage. "It looks impressive
when you go for a job," he said.
THE COUIkSE consisted of several
lectures on everything from types of
drinks to uses of glassware, and the
final exam, in which the students used
colored water rather than real alcohol
to mix their drinks.
Game show
canned after
group calls
it 'sexist'
DETROIT (AP)-A Detroit television
station has cancelled the syndicated
game show "Three's a Crowd"
following protests that the show is
sexist and demanding to women.
A WDIV-TV spokesman said Tuesday
that the show, which pits a wife against
a secretary to see who knows the
husband-boss better, will air for the
final time Dec. 21.
GLENNA DAVIS of Northville, Mich.
began the protests from her kitchen,
mailing petitions and making telphone
calls urging offended viewers to contact
the station. She charged the show en-
courages sexual harassment on the job
and insults wives and secretaries.
Local chapters of the National
Secretaries Association, the PTA, the
National Organization for Women and
the Homemakers Equal Rights
Association subsequently joined the
protest.
The station said it expected the
sexual content of the show to be toned
down beginning with January
programs, but "since the station could
not judge the effect of these changes or
when they would be forthcoming, and in
spite of the fact that the program is
very popular in the Detroit area, we
have decided to cancel."
The show is produced by Chuck
Barris, creator of "The Newlywed
Game," and "The Dating Game." The
NBC affiliate said "The Joker's
Wild"-which it described as a
'traditional game show"-will air in
;place of "Three's a Crowd."

LSA junior and V-Bell waitress Mary
Ann Vann finished the practical test
successfully with only 15 seconds to
spare. The only time she faltered was
when she had trouble locating the
proper bottle of "liquor."
Later, Vann said she was glad she
took the course. "I thought that if I ever
get tired of waitressing, bartending
would be a lot of fun."
ENGINEERING sophomore Wendy
Berenson didn't pass the written exam,
but said she still thought the course was
worthwhile. "I took it because ,I'm a
waitress and when people ask me
what's in a certain drink and I don't
know, I feel like a jerk," she said. "Now
I feel more confident."
According to LSA senior Bo Manning,
the UAC member who developed this
year's course, UAC members decided
to offer the bartending class because
they wanted to "offer students courses
in areas in which they always wanted to
study but never had the time or
money." He said the r'esponlse to the
course was "more than I ever
dreamed"{and that UAC is considering
offering the course again in February.
Response to similar UAC courses in the
past has also been strong.
Even though the course offered no
credit, some found it still required plen-
ty of time. "It kind of hurt my
studying," George Majors said. "I've
been studying more for this than for my
other classes."
Following the exams, the students
staged a "get drunk" party where they
could put into practice what they had
learned. Presumably, the bottles were
not filled with colored water.

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TICKETS: $3.00

FREE CHILDCARE PROVIDED

HERE'S ONE ENGINEERING OPPORTUNITY
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