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Friday, April 8, 1983

The Michigan Daily

Scandal bares rock


the band didn't project quite as much
Through the first few songs, Patty
maintained the energy, casually
discarding pieces of clothing. After
"Child of the Night," a song which does
not appear on their only E.P., Scandal,
Patty removed her black sequined
scarf. Following "Tonight," another
new tune, Smyth removed her over-
sized striped shirt. Eventually, Patty
peeled down to her tight black pants
and a sleeveless blouse. All of the strip-
tease was accompanied by cheering,
whistling, and screams of "Patty! Pat-
Patty's enthusiasm was inevitably
contagious, and by the time Scandal did
"I Can't Say No," guitarists Zack Smith
and bassist Ivan Elias were also
displaying some vitality. Patty in-
troduced "I Can't Say No," as "A slut
song, dedicated to any sluts in the
audience." The crowd loved it.
Scandal ended with, what else,
"Goodbye to You," their current hit
single. It featured a brilliantly im-
provised piano solo by keyboardist Ben-
jie King, who, with his long curly hair,
looked something like Chopin playing
Jerry Lee Lewis.
After returning to the stage for an en-
core, Smyth joked, "But I was already
on the can."
The show featured heavy guitars and
bass. Scandal balanced their strings
with Patty's sometimes sweet,
sometimes soulful voice. Occasionally,
however, the abrasive guitars over-
powered the petite Patty. Smyth's
powerful singing and impressive looks
are at least partially responsible for the
band's new-found success.
In addition, Patty plays a large role
in creating the music Scandal plays. "I
write the melodies and lyrics," she said
after the show, "and Zack (Smith)
writes the chords."
Scandal is definitely on its way up.
After the current tour with Golden
Earring, which ends April 11, Scandal
hitches up with the Kinks. "And we'll be
playing big halls then, maybe 16,000"
boasted Patty. Following the Kinks
tour, Scandal goes on the road with
John Cougar.
Asked whether she minded the con-
stant touring, Smyth responded, "Well,
it's a little wearying and I do miss
home. But it's great experience and I
like it a lot." Home, for Smyth, is New
York's East village, where she grew up.
When she is home, Patty plays in in-
timate bars and clubs. "I like working
in New York," she said.
Patty has more plans than just Scan-
dal, however. "I've done some acting
off broadway. I'd really like to go into
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Scandalous duo Zack Smith and Patty Smyth revealed some pop magic (as
well as some other things) Tuesday evening at the Michigan Theatre.

acting." If Patty does sing, she says
she'd like to do some country. "I'm not
a basic pop singer," she said. But she is
enjoying her stint with Scandal. "We've
had so much fun."
And the fun is not nearly over, said
founder Zack Smith. "We're working on
another album. It should be out by
June. All the stuff is already written."
In fact, all that stuff was performed on
this night. Since Scandal has only five
songs on their one and only album, and
they played nine songs, four of the
songs were new to the entire audience.
"We already had the songs cut, but they
were never released. The decision to
put out the E.P was a last-minute
decision," Smith said.
Judging from what they played in
concert, Scandal is definitedly a band to
watch. "I want us to be successful,"
said Patty, "And I think we're gonna do
Golden Earring is one band that has
already found success. The music they
performed spanned almost twenty
years, going back to their very first
single, "Please Go," which soared to
number, one in Holland when it was
released in 1967.
Playing mostly songs from their new
L.P. Cut and their first platinum L.P.
Moontan, Golden Earring delighted the
crowd. Drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk
proved to be the group's showman. He
threw drumsticks into the audience and
even at the technicians running around
the back stage.
The highlight of the performance was

a 20-minute version of "Radar Love,"
their hit single from 1972. The pulsing
song whipped the audience into a tran-
ce-like frenzy. It featured a bass solo
by founder Rinus Gerritson, after
which lead singer Barry Hay led the
audience through the traditional hand-
clapping exercise.
From there, Golden Earring jumped
right into "Twilight Zone," their
current hit single. During "Twilight
Zone," leather-clad guitarist George
Kooymans feverishly jumped about
and pounded his guitar, pausing only to
throw drumsticks from the floor into
the audience.
Exiting to wild cheering, Golden
Earring returned sweating and
exhausted, for one encore, ending with
a well-deserved ensemble bow.
Golden Earring was sometimes
monotonous, and at other times too
plodding. Overall, however, their
seemingly unending supply of energy
made them enjoyable to watch. One
thing is sure: the audience could have
stayed in the Twilight Zone all evening.
Eth n ic fest
celebra tes
FIVE MINORITY groups will gather
together this weekend to celebrate the
traditions and cultures of their people
at the second annual Ethnic Theatre
Festival, which runs through April 13th.
Each of the ethnic groups will portray
some of the social, educational
and political relevance prominent in
their culture.
The Ann Arbor-based Bichinis Bia
Congo dance company will represent
the fine artistry of Congolese folk dan-
ces, while the Common Ground Theatre
Ensemble performs original works
depicting issues involving women and
The Hispanic culture is represented
by the El Teatro de la Esperanza which
will convey the social injustices that
Chicanos and Mexicans are faced with
in the United States. The Asian
Americans appear in the Sansei Theatre
Company, presenting a one-man play
Life in the Fast Lane.
The Great Lake Singers and Dancers,
a combination of Southeastern
Michigan Native Aemricans, will offer
authentic songs and dances with an
audience participation workshop.
All shows are at the Performance
Network, 408 W. Washington. Call 663-
0681 for days and times.

S er Session '83
.................................. ...
June 20 -August 12, 1983
Language Workshops
June 13-August 19
To obtain a free copy of the Summer
Session Bulletin, containing full infor-
mation and an application, call or write:
Summer Session
22 Wheeler Hall
UC Berkeley Telephone:
Berkeley, CA 94720 (415) 642-5611





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