Friday, November 12, 1982
The Michigan Daily
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By Halle Czechowski
N 1964, Richard Perry graduated
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University, and of course, to watch
tomorrow's football game.
The Pointer Sisters, for whom Perry
has produced the last five albums, are
appearing at the Michigan Theatre
However, before the concert the
Sisters will attend an open party at the
Michigan Union Ballroom from 3-5 p.m.
Sponsored by the Eva Jessye Afro-
American Music Collection, the party
will feature a videotape based on their
latest album, So Excited. "It's power
packed entertainment from beginning
to end. Something you enjoy watching
over and over again," says Perry.
Perry originally planned to come to
Ann Arbor just to watch Saturday's
football game, but discovered that his
group was performing the same
weekend. "Because of the coincidence
and my special relationship with the
Pointer Sisters, it seemed appropriate
to do something special for the Univer-
sity," he explains.
Something special indeed. Since 1975,
Perry has been talking with music
school officials about the possibility of
setting up a School of Recording Arts
and Sciences. "Right now a fund
raising drive is underway to develop a
full state of the art studio in the back of
Hill Auditorium," he says. The studio,
which would cost up to $250,000, would
be used to record both professional and
Regarding tonight's concert and the
party this afternoon Perry says, "This
is a one-time coincidence that could
become a once-a-year thing."
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Billy Joel takes time out of his concert to explain some things to his Joe Louis Arena audience.
Joel energize's crowd,
By Susan Makuch
T HE "PRESSURE" was on Billy
Joel Wednesday night at Joe Louis
Arena in Detroit. He hadn't toured in
over two years, his last album, Songs in
the Attic, was not as popular as some of
his previous efforts, and he had just
recovered from surgery on his piano-
The big question was, could he handle
it? Well, he not only handled it, he
illustrated to all those who doubted him
that he has more energy in an injured
thumb than many performers have in
their healthy bodies.
Billy Joel's return to the area was
welcomed more than enthusiastically
by the crowd. It was odd seeing
children younger than my pubescent
sister rocking to the new hard-core
sounds of Billy Joel. But it was even
more odd seeing couples older than my
parents attempting to rock to Joel's
pulsating compositions. Needless to
say, there was quite a variety of par-
trons, in age and background, attending
this wild and varied concert.
Joel began the evening with a tribute
to working people called "Allentown."
It was a particularly classic song for a
city such as Detroit. The crowd actually
listened and became involved in this lit-
tle-known number from the current
Joel release, The Nylon Curtain.
Joel was right on the money when he
said to the audience, "I know you guys
are thinking 'Oh no, he's gonna dump q
whole new album on us. We want to
hear the old shit.' " Then he satirically
explained that "each of the new songs
has been strategically placed through
the set for maximum effect!" The
crowd roared and clapped ap.
preciatively at the singer's candor.
Joel did, of course, sneak in a few new
numbers, all of which were pounding..
and effective. Perhaps the most im-
pressive of the bunch was a lyrical
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N ATIONAL LAMPOON. That title, that stigma alone, is
enough to cause widespread grins and giggles. A new
movie released by National Lampoon. . . now there develops
expectations of admittedly crass, yet side-splitting humor. A
possible follow-up to the fast becoming cult of Animal House.
Well, if you are expecting great things out of National
Lampoon's new movie, Class Reunion, you will be sorely
disappointed. Even if you are walking into the theater with no
expectations, you will probably be disappointed.
Class Reunion combines sophomoric humor, a cast who
are, for the most part, uncomfortable in their roles, and a
weak attempt at satirizing horror films that is sporadic and
does not relate well with the rest of the movie. The viewer is
never quite sure whether or not the satiric scenes were, in
fact, intended. The whole movie, in fact, seems to be made up
of aborted, and unrelated thoughts.
For example, there is a woman, allegedly possessed by a
demon, who conveniently breathes fire to help out her
classmates. Although she is intended to be a take-off on
Regan from The Exorcist, she comes off as more of a crass,
flammable, roller-derby queen.
Happily, there are a few interesting characters who add
some laughs to this otherwise insulting film. For example,
there are two drug fiends who are hilariously and
stereotypically out of touch with what is happening. The
viewer can relate to the fiends confusion because they are too
confused as to what is going on in the film. What a shame that
they only appear a few times, and then virtually dissapear
halfway through the movie, never to return.
One more positive aspect of the movie is its opening scene.
The characters are introduced through their high school
yearbook pictures with catchy captions underneath which "
immediately remind the viewer of the clever closing captions
in Animal House.
This movie is definitely not worth the three dollars and fifty
cents it will cost you to get in. No, it's not even worth a buck
and a half on Tuesday night. The sad, but true fact is, that
National Lampoon has not lived up to its reputation of
providing popular, good comedy. Better luck next time,
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