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The Michigan Daily Wednesday, September 10, 1980 Page 7


It's your mistake

Ever - have a song you absolutely,
hate stick to your brain like crazy glue?
For some reason it happens to me every
mmer, maybe because I listen to the
radio more or else that season lends it-
self to immortalizing, you know, kind of
summing up all those funtime vacation
memories in a single song, or even a
single refrain or hook. Last summer it
was "My Sharona" by the now almost-
forgotten Knack and this summer, at
least for me, it was "My Mistake" by
the Kingbees.
The what? Unless you lived within
radio range of Detroit this past summer
ou may never have heard this gem,
nd with good reason. Set against a
rambling pseudo-rockabilly rhythm,
the song relies on the repition of "My-
My-My-My-My-My" for its hook so
heavily that when they finally get
around, to "Mistake" the listener
breathes a sigh of relief. That's about
all there is to it, a hook dangling to cat-
ch the unsuspecting listener, but no
tautness or strength on the rest of the
4 THE REST of the Kingbees'
namesake debut LP relies on the same
bare bones fifties rock riffs, recycled
with homogenized simplicity that some
poor souls think is a "punk rock" in-
fluence. This Los Angeles-based group
(how'd you guess?) threatens to do the
same thing for Buddy Holly that the
Knack did for the Beatles, only the
Kingbees aren't even sexist or crass,
just dull..
But for some reason the Kingbees
cave captured the, uh, imagination of

local rockers, what with the aforemen-
tioned airplay and a seemingly endless
series of local gigs, culminating in two
big shows at the Second Chance Mon-
day night that kicked off a series of
"new wave" shows at that establish-
IN all fairness, the Kingbees do
reproduce the sound of their LP quite
adequately live, though surprisingly
that's about the extend of their show.
You'd think this kind of hoppin' would
lend itself to, nay, depend on a no holds
barred reading in concert but the only
time these Bees showed any extra en-
thusiasm was during the between-num-

bers applause. Oh, they do their songs
(all ten of 'em) and a few appropriate
covers but unless their neo-rockabilly
rhythms hold some kind of novel effect
for the listener (like if your only other
exposure to this kind of rock and roll is
Steve Nardella) then forget it. The
Kingbees are all style and no soul and
substance-they don't even have the in-
fectious devotion of a great oldies-bar
band like say, the Flamin' Groovies.
They just stand there and grin, in
designer jeans and flashy collared shir-
ts. Oh, they all did solos, too, can you
imagine a rockabilly drum solo? Well I
couldn't either, but it really wore out

the Kingbees' drummer, a balding, for-
tyish chap who had to stop and catch his
breath between songs the rest of the
night. What else? They played "My
Mistake" and everybody jumped up
and down, they played the follow-up hit
"Shake Bop" and everybody jumped up
and down and so on and so on. At this
point it all fades into a gin-and-hashish
induced oblivion. One thing I do
remember: The Kingbees played a
song that's refrain went "Someday I'm
gonna leave this rock and roll behind
me." This may be upward showbiz
mobility or a discouraging lack of con-
viction but either way I wish the
Kingbees good luck and good riddance.

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The Kingbees

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Jointhe Arts page
The Daily Arts page needs new contributors. If you have an interest and
some knowledge in the performing or static arts as well as an all-
.encompassing desire to write, this could be the opportunity you've been
'waiting for.
What does being an arts staffer entail? That depends on you, your in-
terests and writing ability. We need new talent in every sphere,
especially fields like classical music where the Daily's coverage has been
something less than exhaustive.F
But there's a lot more to arts reporting than writing a concert or movie
review. We are currently in the process of expanding and (hopefully)
upgrading both the format and content of the arts page, so we need fresh
input more than ever.
Joining the Daily may be your big break as a journalist, or it could
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much-needed service to your fellow students. Some people even think it's
fun. At any rate, you'll never know until you try, so come over to the
Student Publications Building (right around the corner from Student Ac-
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slated for this Sunday, September 14, at 3:00 p.m. If you want to get a
head start, assemble a typewritten sample of your writing that somehow
reflects your interests and bring it along. If you can't get to the meeting,
stop by the aforementioned office and ask for the arts editors. We can't
wait to hear from you.

Bodyguard' is
beyond belief

I still haven't figured out the reason
for all the fuss over this movie. It's
basically about this rich kid who tran-
sfers into an inner city school (no ex-
planations offered) where he is con-
fronted with a gang of hoodlums that
threaten to beat him daily for his lunch
money. So, he befriends the class
psychotic (the proferred assumption
being that all inner city schools have at
least one resident mass murderer) who
is too tough even for the hoodlums.
While using the psychotic as a
bodyguard, he also begins to help him
explore his troubled past. In short, the
plot ends up as a standard rich boy
helps poor boy deal with his emotional
troubles while poor boy helps rich boy
learn to defend himself. Sound like an
ABC After School Special? You got it.
The cinematic quality is fairly com-
parable to that, too. I remember one
shot .. . but that might have just been
my imagination.
The only thing that could have saved
this film would have been for the main
character to be more of a character.

Most of the time, he seems to be just
standing around waiting for someone
else (anyone else) to act. When Ruth
Gordon or Martin Mull are on the
screen, their energy is enough to
sustain the scene, but the remainder of
the time seems to barely stumble along.
The first half (in which Gordon and
Mull are featured) is pleasantly ab-
surd. After that, the actions devolves
into psychoanalysis, which the writer is
even less capable of handling than the
main character. The only one left to
carry the remainder of the filmis the
poor-boy foil, who actually delivers a
few believable expressions. Fancy
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