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ARTS
Thursday, February 5, 1981

The Michigan Daily

catchy phrases to hum all day long or
even a farfisa beat to bop between
classes, then Kilimanjaro is your
record. It won't be long before you'll be
telling all your friends about the unin-
terrupted listening pleasure that you
got from The Teardrop Explodes.
-Jeff Yenchek

THE JAM-"SOUND AFFECTS"
(POLYDOR) and THE TEARDROP
EXPLODES - "KILIMANJARO"
(Mercury) - Do you want records to
give you more of what you want? Do
you want The Jam? If so, now's your
opportunity to exercise your freedom of
choice with either The Jam's Sound Af-
fects or the album, Kilimanjaro, from
their apparent understudies, The Tear-
drop Explodes.
Even though Sound Affects offers a
record cover that is both attractive and
easy-to-store, musically it is somewhat
of a retreat from The Jams last album,
Setting Sons. Setting Sons was a con-
cept album in which the songs reinfor-
ced and amplified one other with
themes of individual alienation under
the shadow of world war. It proved that
The Jam could produce powerful
* political statements by focusing upon
individual dramas about people trap-
ped in the worldo
UNFORTUNATELY, Sound Affects
does not possess the unity that made
Setting Sons so distinctive. Instead, this
album is more of a collection of nice
songs, a number of which border on the
ignorable. Sure, The Jam continue their"
experiments with psychedelic guitar,
brass sections, and backward tape.
loops, and of course they maintain their
fascination with the British rock
tradition. But on this record they seem

curiously uninvolved-not only are they
beginning to repeat themselves, but
they are starting to imitate their
predecessors. "Start!," for instance, is
a note-for-note ripoff of The Beatle's
"Taxman."
The Teardrop Explodes expropriates
the basic instrumentals and vocals of
The Jam but also combines an uncom-
promising brass section and relentless
synthesizer with the top quality in
AFFECTS

THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT -
"THE TURN OF A FRIENDLY
CARD" - The Alan Parsons Project's
newest release, The Turn of a Friendly
Card comes with a sticker attached to
its factory-sealed wrapper describing
the album as a "Fascinating tale of
mystery and obsession."
And that's exactly what the album is,
in the fine tradition of complexity and
imagination expected of The Alan-Par-
sons Project.
Q: Who is Alan Parsons?" A: The
producer/engineer for the group of
studio musicians and assorted person-
nel who make up The Project. Parsons,
along with partner Eric Woolfson,
make up the creative duo behind the
pen and also provide the keyboard
talent. Woolfson can be heard doing the
lead vocals on "Nothing Left to Lose"
and "Time".
The Parsons/Woolfson duo have been
together at least since 1976 and the
release of the first Alan Parsons
Project album, Tales of Mystery and
Imagination-Edgar Allen Poe. The
group continued up the ladder of suc-
cess with the releases of I Robot and
Pyramid.
But the release of the fourth album
Eve, caused some unrest among their
growing pack of followers, especially
those fans who felt some of the lyrics of
Eve were too frivolous to be considered
up to par. Although the album did con-
tain some good material, trivial tracks
like "You Lie Down With Dogs" caused
discontent with some people who saw
the magic of Alan Parsons' music slip-
ping away,.
But fret not, The Alan Parsons
Project seems to be heading in the right
direction again and Turn of a Friendly
Card is their best album yet.
Besides the song receiving current
airplay, "Games People Play", tracks

worth mentioning are "Snake Eyes",
an up-beat, jazzy number dealing with
the obsession of gambling, and the title
track which proclaims: "The game
never ends when your whole world
depends on the turn of a friendly card."
Alan Parsons has developed the
talent to present well-organized,
meaningful material in the form of an
album that conveys a message, similar
to the structure of Pink Floyd, but not
as obscure. In fact, Parsons' name can
be found in the credits of Dark Side of
the Moon (he engineered the 1973 album
for Pink Floyd).
While following a single theme, Alan
Parsons varies just enough com-
position factors, including lead
vocalists, to keep. the album interesting
throughout. A fine addition to any
collection. Tammy Reiss
'JOE 'KING' CARRASCO AND THE
CROWNS' (HANNIBAL)-Say, did you
hear about that guy named Joe "King"
Carrasco who was arrested for jumping
around in a tacky cape and an Imperial
Margerine crown while shooting a
promo film in front of Buckingham
Palace? He later tried to explain it to
the bobbies by jumping up on a table
screaming, "I'm the ,King! I'm the
King!"
Q: What can he do to top that? A:
Release an album like this one.
If you didn't know that Carrasco and
the Crowns were from Austin, Texas
before you heard this self-titled album,
it wouldn't take you long after the first
song, "Houston El Mover," to figure
that out. This band wears its big-as-
Texas musical heart on its sleeve.
CARRASCO wrote most of the
album's songs himself, and they're all
straight out of the boy-meets-girl school
of songwriting, peppered with a
ma'ssive injection of rockabilly
exuberance. The best of his com-
positions are the slightly spastic "Ner-
voused Out," "Caca De Vaca," (which
translates, for all you Gringos out,
there, to "Cowshit"), and the overtly
rowdy "Federales," which starts off
with a "Yeeee-ha!" and is punctuated

THE RED CRAYOLA-"SOLDIER
TALK" (BOMB)-Now that Mayo
Thompson has joined Pere Ubu, the
year-late release of this album seems
pretty irrelevant. Sure, Mayo is an
amazing guitarst. That is no less true
today than it was in the late '60s when
the original Crayola line-up (of which
Mayo is the only remainder on this par-
ticular LP) released a set of

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with the occasional "Por que!"
However, the two songs that get
Carrasco closest to his obvious
rockabilly roots are the two he didn't
write, "One More Time" and "Party
Doll."
But, no matter, Joe "King" Carrasco
and the Crowns is an infectious exer-
cise in rockabilly that will appeal to
everybody. It will satisfy those already
familiar with the genre, and will take
the unfamiliar and convert them faster
than you can say "Buena."
-Lex Kuhne

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definitively psychedelic albums on thq
International Artists label.
Mayo, however, is not a songwriter or
singer. His fretwork 'contributions to
Ubu's latest, The Art of Walking, are
not necessarily more stunning than his
playing here. But by leaving the vocal
and musical work to others he has
guaranteed himself a backing befitting
his immense talent. The couple of cuts
on this album that feature the members
of Pere Ubu are somewhat more
listenable in that they provide a more
substantial basis against which Mayo
can work. Despite that, Soldier Talk
never really rises above the forced and
incomplete compositions that are its
substance. For collectors only.
-Mark Digh ton
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modern sound recordings. The songs
here range from power-drive pop hits to
hypnotic tracks that set new standards,
for psychedelics. "Sleeping Gas" starts
off with the usual Batman theme that
soon dislocates guitar from vocals to
drive the song forward to an unending,
chaotic repetition.
But that's not all, 'cause if you desire

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Junior Joffrey dancers at EMU

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764-0557
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The Joffrey II Dancers, the appren-
tice company of the Joffrey Ballet will
appear at 8 p.m. tonight in Pease
Auditorium on the Eastern Michigan
University campus.
The Joffrey II prepares its members
for soloist roles in the acclaimed Jof-
trey I Ballet. As well as touring, the
members study at the American Ballet
Center, the official school of the Joffrey
Ballet and are the dance company-in-
'esidence of Brooklyn College.
RONALD REAGAN, Jr., the son of
President Ronald Reagan, is a member
pf the Joffrey II company, and is
purrently taking part in the company's
national tour. It was not known at press
time, however, whether he would be
taking part in the Ypsilanti performan-
c~e.
Members of the junior company
Lange in age from 18 to 21, and each
ooe 6
This space
contibuted by the publisher

remains with1
three years..

the company from one to
A total of sixteen dan-

ces in their concert tonight on the EMU
campus. Opening the program is
"Luminesque," an impressionistic
showpiece for technical virtuosity and
lyrical movement. This abstract ballet
is set to the "Piano Concerto No. 1 in D
Major."
FOLLOWING "Luminesque" is
"Ladder for Escape," which features
music by David Koblitz. The work
metaphorically follows the theme of the
natural elements water, earth, fire, and
air.
"Romeo and Juliet" is the third ballet
to be presented on the program and is
set to music by Sergei Prokofiev.
Concluding the concert is "Threads
from a String of Swing", featuring
music by the Glen Miller Orchestra (!)
Tickets for the Joffrey II Dancers are
priced at $8 and $6.50 for the general
public and $6 and $4.50 for students and
senior citizens. Remaining tickets are
available at the Pease Auditorium box
office.

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cers-8 males and 8 females-make up
the company.
The Joffrey II will present four dan-

ATTENTION LS&A STUDENTS
Announcing Your Chance To Get Involved
LS&A Student Government is Starting LS&A Action Groups to
Discuss: T.A. Training, Budget Cuts, Course Evaluations, Mi-
nority Coalition, and Administrative Issues.
ATTEND OPEN MEETING
Thursday, Feb. 5-7:30
Conference Room 5, Michigan Union
For Questions Call 763-4799

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CEDAR-POINT AMUSEMENT PARK, Sandusky,
Ohio, will hold on-campus interviews for sum-
mer employment:

Where does science fiction end and
reality begin? It's all in the mind's eye.
Be it the creative imagination used to
produce Star Wars, The Black Hole, and
The Empire Strikes Back, or the more
scientific approach of hypothesis test-
ing and experimentation, the distant
galaxies of science fiction coalesce into
reality with the advanced technology
now being developed at a company
called TRW.
It was the Defense and Space Systems
Group of TRW who made possible the
Viking Lander biological experiment
which looked for life on Mars and the
High Energy Astronomical Observatory
which looks for quasars, pulsars and
black holes in deep space. Profession-
als at TRW-DSSG are now involved in

FEBRUARY 11,12 & 13
to interview graduates in scien-
tific and technical disciplines.
Contact the placement office to sche-
dule your appointment. If unable to
meet with us, send your resume to:
College Relations
Bldg. R5/B196 UM1/81
One Space Park

energy lasers, communications systems,
plus other future projects still consider-
ed science fiction.
A company called TRW will be on
campus...

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