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ARTS
The Michigan Daily Tuesday, September 22, 1982 Pg

Music's over; vinyl next for

AAMP

By Rob Weisberg
The recording stage of the Ann Arbor
Music Project is over. After four nights
of packed houses and energetic per-
formances at Joe's Star Lounge, it's
now time to go over the tapes, pick the
songs, and print and market the record.
In other words, as Lee Berry, one of the
six project organizers, said, "the real
work is ahead."
Which isn't to say the bands didn't
work hard on stage. The performances
of It Play, Non-Fiction and the Cult
Heroes at last Saturday night's finale
conveyed the kind of energy and ex-
citement that live music is all about.
If you've never heard of It Play, that
might be because they used to be called
Baal-which is what the promotional
poster named them-and nobody was
quite sure what to call them Saturday
night. It Play, incidentally, is also the
name of the first song they played,
which certainly helped clarify the
situation.
It Play are a couple of literary fellows
who became friends when they used to
read poems with their poetry
professors. David Zin plays guitar and
Victor Cruz plays bass. They haven't
replaced recently departed drummer
Ron Gonzalez; Cruz said that they're
happy enough with "Dr. Rhythm," the
bottom-of-the-line rhythm box that
played with them on Saturday, and
pessimistic anough about finding a
human replacement of Gonzalez'
caliber that they're not really looking
for one.'
It Play put together a nice if
somewhat brief set at Joe's Saturday.
They were good because they managed
to break far enough away from their
acknowledged Talking Heads-Joy
Division influences to show flashes of
originality, a major step for any band.'
The piercing guitar intro and chord at-
tack on "Any Day Now" and the
scraping electrical guitar drone on
"Tunnel of Love" each exemplified the
influence of Zin's early infatuation with
the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John
McGlaughlin-making for a delightful
new-old hybrid.. And they've got
creative lyrics, too; pll were originally
written to stand on their own as poems.
The only problems were Zin's rather
inconsistent vocals and the limitations
of bassist Cruz, who's only been playing
for a couple of years.
Number two were Non-Fiction. They

presence helps alleviate the problems a
little, but if they can just find a song or
two unique enough and good enough to
distinguish them from other new rock
and roll bands around the country, big
things could happen.
It's hard to tell what's going to hap-
pen with the Cruisin' Ann Arbor record.
Naturally, all the AAMP people were
happy with the way everything came
out, but Berryidid caution that people
have been getting a bit carried away. A
lot of folks "attempted to take it more
seriously than they should of," he said.
After all, this sort of record is far from
unique-there are scores of them out
around the country, most of which go
relatively unnoticed. And only 2000
copies will be printed on the initial pre-
Christmas run, although Berry said
that they'll "probably get into a second
pressing before too long."
Song, selections from the four-night
live festival will be primarily in the
hands of AAMP's members. "We'll sit
down and select three (or fewer) tunes
per band that we're willing to use, and
give them to the bands for their ap-
proval," explained Berry.,That means
the musicians will only be able to
choose from a couple of songs-which
may not necessarily be their favorites.
The final twelve songs-one from
each band-will be compiled on the
album and released "primarily in this
area," accoording to Berry. "It's not
really a difficult thing to distribute," he
said. "We're looking to sell 1750 with 250
promo copies." The promotional
copies will go primarily to college
stations that the AAMP folk feel are

most likely to take a chance and play
them. "We've got data about what
stations play independent music," said
Berry.
After that, you never know. Maybe
some hotshot college DJ will find a cut
he likes and play it and pass it on to a
friend who works at a club and it'll
spread and an underground hit will be
born. Proably not. No matter what, it'll
be fun for those of us in town to listen to
twenty years from now reflecting on
those good old days. We'll probably
take it too seriously.
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Daily Photo by JON SNOW
It Play's lead singer belts it out at Saturday night's conclusion of AAMP's "Cruisin' Ann Arbor" festival at Joe's Star
Lounge.
feature the Miller brothers Ben and which features the Miller brothers drums, the Heroes played a slick, fast-
Harry-who've been around town for discoursing simultaneously on different paced power pop set that demonstrated
years most notably as members of subjects and at different tempos-an how far they've come in the past few
Destroy All Monsters-alternating on idea used with some success in the past months. They've come up with a num-
bass, guitar, and vocals, with Bill by the Velvet Underground and a few ber of clever, catchy songs; "Amerikan
Frank on drums. Saturday they others. Beyond that and a couple of Story" (their current single), "She's
displayed a brand of pure pop that other catchy licks from time to time, Got Nothing," and "Concrete Heart"
I don't particularly care for, but which though, I didn't find Non-Fiction were electrifying. Propelled by Con-
aside from weak vocals they executed terribly exciting. way's patented intros, the band's relen-
fairly well. Tunes such as their opening The final band of the night were Ann tless attack had people ricocheting all
song, "Just Another Dream", and Arbor's most popular rock and roll con- over the dance floor.
"'60's Man" reminded me a bit of tingent, the Cult Heroes. Fronted by Like many of the bands around
British bands of a few years back-like vocalist Hiawatha Bailey, along with town-anywhere, for that matter-they
the Buzzcocks and Generation X in James Conway on guitar, Bradley Nor- too suffer at times from a lack of in-
their atempted mixture of bubble- throp on bass and Larry Steele on dividuality. Their developing stage
gummy themes with powerful but
relatively inoffensive rock and roll. Un-
fortunately they haven't found songs
with the irresistably cute catchiness
that those bands offered.
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One of Non-Fiction's few
distinguished traits was the occasional
sonic guitar riff that accented a number
of their songs. Most interesting, though,
was a song that Larry Miller mentioned
might show up on the al-
bum called Walkie Talkie

The Flesheaters-'Forever
Came Today' (Ruby)
Follow the yellow brick road to the
land of X' : I mean to the land of the
terrifying and creepy-crawly, the land
of the dreaded FLESHEATERS!
Guaranteed to frighten off the timid
and leave even the forewarned with a
deep quivering after just one side.
The things I'm going to tell you/
will make your hair stand on end/A
happy boy has left the world of
man/Now there's thunder in the
sky/but you can still hear my
voice/from beneath shallow water.
The Flesheaters' second album
arrives at a high point in LA's
"serious" alternative music. Under the
Big Black Sun (X's first major label
release) has garnered high praise, and
some people are starting to believe that
something more worthwhile than the
Go-Go's exists west of the fault line.
The Flesheaters warrant more than
passing attention. Singer/songwriter/
producer Chris Desjardins is a dark-
eyed cat prowling amongst the ruins of
an American B-movie culture, picking
at the scraps of life left behind by a
passing commercial, singing
(screeching?) about ill-fated
marriages, ill-fated suicides, false and
true intentions, isolation.
Lured from the depths never to
return/his plan was to die an old
man/He didn't know it couldn't
happen that way/In the rosy hours.

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individuals desperately clinging to each
other and, -at the same time, holding'
back, observing:
Answers are echoes when you ask
a stupid question/Men are dying,
men are dying like animals and not
like men.
I must confess that after the first side,
which includes a fierce "My Life to
Live" and "A Minute to Pray, A Second
to Die" (also the title of their first
album), the second 25 minutes or so
become a bit hard to take. The constant
grinding of guitars, and that sound not
even wanting to pass as lyrical vocals
leave auditory senses somewhat
frayed-as they should. If you feel
genuinely and completely comfortable
with the Flesheaters after an hour,
you're probably a little warped, or
drugged beyond recognition.
Nothing can hurt you if you don't
care.
Not an album for casual listening, or
the faint-hearted, but listen carefully
and you may be rewarded.
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