The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 8, 1979-Page 7
Music is this radical's weapon
tcontin edfromPage6) owe them a certain obligation to tour. New York telephone numbers for the much easier to wear a Rock Against
sing In The Streets." "It's got riot But what happens if you're in a group L.A. and New York gay switchboards, Racism button than to go to a bar and
sound," agrees Robinson. and in a city 5000 people want to see and TRB Two comes with listings of meet people of another race. It's much
gets us talking about everybody's you. Do you play five nights at a place political groups from the Black Pan- easier to picket an Elvis Costello con-
almost everybody's) favorite like the Agora, or do you play a larger thers to the Clamshell Alliance, as well cert than go up to Harlem."
of late, the Clash. "Mick Jones is place?" as suggested books, magazines, and The manager switches on the lights,
ceetest guy," confides Robinson. "The Agora," we answer. "Then you newspapers.) He answers, "I want rudely indicating that the bar is closing.
Free' was written about Mick's miss four other cities," he replies. them to have access to the information It's after three, time for Robinson to
friend Robin, like my brother "And what about Japan and Sweden?" if they want it. You influence people by retire to his fourth floor hotel rc om, and
in'." Then we bubble with ex- AOBINSON'S SONGS often have example. If they want to do something for us to step outside, only to find our
ent over the Clash's latest LP, marvelous sing-along choruses, like the bourgeois or something outrageous, cars have been locked inside the
includes "Capitol Radio" and "I line "we don't need no aggravation" that's okay. I've gone too far with the parking lot gates.
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Fought Te Law and the Law Won.
We complain about sell-outs like Rod
Stewart, and Robinson counters,
"Whenever anybody gets popular, the
people who like him kill him. If our
album was to go platinum, you'd say
the same thing about us. If it was that
popular, they'd see the radical thing as
a commercial gimmick. Popularity
"MY GOAL IS to be around for a long
time. I would rather stay exactly where
we are now for ten years than become
megastars and retire in four years."
Robinson clearly believes in his tour:
"If people buy your records, then you
from "Bully For You" and "sing if
you're glad to be gay" from "Glad To
Be Gay." "The ritual of the chorus,
that repetition, that rhythm, is what
makes songs special," Robinson says.
"That's the difference between poetry
and song lyrics."
He also notes: "The sound is as im-
portant to the meaning as the words
are. I don't like to see my lyrics prin-
We ask Robinson if he expects people
to act on the information he provides
with his albums. (Power In the
Darkness came with a paragraph on
Rock Against Racism and the L.A. and
preaching in the past. The 10 o'c1 ock
news on CBS is more effective
propaganda than our stuff."
Robinson is wearing a button (or
"badge" as he calls it) that reads "Vic-
tory to the Peoples of Southern Africa,"
and we are wearing the "TRB Two"
buttons that were distributed free
before the concert. "A badge can be a
meaningful statement, or it can be a
cnn-onut." he says. exnlaining: "it's
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Jack Haley, who charmed millions as the Tin Man in the popular film "The
Wizard of Oz", died Wednesday at the UCLA Medical Center following a
heart attack. Haley is shown in the foreground as he appeared at the last
Academy Awards, and in the background as the Tin Man.
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