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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 4, 1981

South rises again

with Lewis

"Gimme a D
Gimme an A*
that old college try.
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People who say that the South as a concept is dead
couldn't be more wrong. Time was when English
professors used to hold little symposia on the intellect
below the Mason-Dixon line, grad students passing
out little finr-sbed butter cookies as honored
guests grumbled on about the "Legacy of
Faulknerian Guilt" and "Robert Penn Warren and
the Fear of Nature." Until a few years ago, the com-
mon image of the Southerner was of Billy Carter
without the three piece suits, living in a land where
guilt and repression fall from the trees like over-ripe
Today of course we have the shining "New South,"
and the stretch of land beneath the Mason-Dixon has
become more powerful and wealthy than ever. It's
strange: For all the Jesse Helms' and "Old Time
s Gospel Hour's, Greensboros and Strom Thurmonds,
people nowadays think of the South simply as a lot of
geography, with no special characteristics.
I THINK I know why: The South has moved our
way and claimed the whole country. We're all Billy
Carter! It's the age of the encroaching Dixie, and it
officially began January 20 when Reagan got his
payoffs from all the "you may not endorse me, but I
sure endorse you" promises he made to the Moral
Majority and all those good old boy pancake suppers.
But even today, there are exceptions. Case in point:
JerryLee Lewis. Lewis is the quintessential Southern
man. He got the guts of his musical education in
church and in the bistros, and you'd best believe that
two-sided ethic of sacred and profane, gospel and
barrelhouse, still resonates every time he takes the
"Jerry Lee Lewis, oh, I like him so much. He was
so good in The Nutty Professor," I heard someone
say outside Second Chance before Lewis' concert
Monday night. Well, the conclusion is conceivable.
But after the two shows that evening, there was ab-
solutely nobody in the place who didn't know who The
Killer was.
BOTH SHOWS started out with Steve Nardella and
his band running down their standard list of oldies.
Nardella, Providence's favorite son, kept up an im-
pressive level of excitability throughout his stage
show, though the rest of his group seem often to be
standing on top of things that would blow away if they
moved off their marks. Ken, a curly-haired sugar
daddy, played guitar and lead Jerry Lee's band
through a couple of roadhouse country tunes. And
then The Killer came on to the stage.
Sweating and shuffling out to his piano with a bottle
close at hand, he looked like nothing so much as a duf-
fer relaxing in the clubhouse after a hot afternoon. It
was an image which lasted no more than four secon-


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Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
IN ONE OF the more placid moments of his shows Monday evening, Jerry Lee Lewis sits at his piano,
rather than on it. Lewis played two sets at Second Chance.

ds, the time it took for Lewis to sit down at the
keyboard and rap out a row of upper register eighth
notes. From that point on the show was vintage lat-
ter-day Lewis; he never pushed himself too hard to
entertain, playing a generous mixture of country and
gospel songs with the old-time rockers that added up
to a well-paced, satisfying evening. Time and again
one was drawn to Lewis' face. It is not a mask, but
certainly fixed and stony. Every once in a while a sly
grin cracked, and the game was given away - here is
a man ever-pleased with his ability, convinced down
to his soul that he is the hottest, dirtiest, strongest
piano player there is.
THERE WERE A few of the trademarks, like
"Whole Lot of Shakin'," "Chantilly Lace" and a host
of country shuffles that filled up over half the time.
But in everything he played was a lewdness that
didn't strike deep but sliced to the bone, because it
was enshrouded in that history of Southern guilt. I

mean, Lewis doesn't make sex sound like a liberating
joy - with him you know it's a sin, something
humbling and evilly liberating at the same
Lewis may be the only person who can make
"Georgia" sound filthy, the only one who can smirk
so knowingly after singing about how he'll be six feet
under in the graveyard some day and then offer up a
jubilant little "awright" - he's got nothing to fear
because he's already mapped out the terrain of hell.
"It's great to be back in a college town," Lewis said
at one point Monday evening, only bothering to partly
conceal the smirk of disrespect hidden behind those
words. It's -a classic leer, the kind that stands for a
past of pleasure at a high price. It's the one he un-
corks whether he is in collegetown U.S.A. or else back
home in Ferriday, LA. How come all the great rock
sneers (Elvis, Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnett) have
come from the South? Could it be because they point
out a price paid for good times quite different from
the one us Ann Arbor Yankees have tendered?

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The essence of

Now that all those stupid white kids
(like Talking Heads, Pere Ubu,The
Slits, Elvis C., etc.) are trying to be oh
so cool and cop da funk influences,

spaces, so that this album can come on
like a dance battalion without
sacrificing the all-important aspect of
this album that seems even so slightly
out of place. With its insect-like bursts
it would seem to belong more to Kraf-
twerk than a funk group, but it never in-
terferes and usually adds an interesting
quirkiness to Defunkt's sound.
LYRICS ARE the point at which
Defunkt really separates from its strict
funk heritage. At times their affected,
new wave-influenced lyrics ("You
made love to a photocopy/and left the
room in perfect order") are a bit too
much, but at least they don't resort to
the unfunny concepts and bathroom
humor that have plagued recent
I worry, though, that this incestuous
interaction with the new wave scene (in
which Defunkt are quite hot) will keep
them from getting the attention in black
markets that they clearly deserve. The
mere fact that their label is associated

with the new wave (and suffering
severe distribution problems, besides)
may very well keep them from their
appointed task-to show disco to be the
illegitimate and uninteresting cul-de-
sac of an offshoot that it is.
If I weren't still (perhaps foolishly)
so loyal to the Parliament/Funkadelic
conglomerate, I'd come right out and
say it-Defunkt are the best funk band
in years and their album is all the proof
that you need.

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Defunkt has arrived to show them
where the funk roots belong.
True, Defunkt are no new
phenomenon. They challenge the boun-
daries of their funk sound but never
really redefine the quintessential funk
formula of folks like Parliament. But
Defunkt are phenomenally good.
Each of the Defunkt players is simply
remarkable in his own field. Melvin
Gibbs on bass (seen here recently with
Ronald Shannon Jackson and The
Decoding Society) and the horn
players-Joe Bowie, Byron Bowie, and
Ted Daniel-are especially worthy of
note. But each player is always right on
top of their collective sound with a
master's sense of each other player's



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