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The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, February 14, 1984

Page 7

A boy for you,
a girl for me

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LONDON (UPI) - A "delighted"
Prince Charles and Lady Diana are ex-
pecting their second child in Septem-
ber, Buckingham Palace announced
Monday.
The announcement of Diana's
pregnancy eclipsed reports in British
newspapers about the appointment of a
new Soviet leader in Moscow and ended
months of speculation over an addition
to the royal family.
Palace officials said Diana, the Prin-
cess of Wales, was "in excellent
health" and would continue her public
engagements for the time being,
although an Italian tour she and
Charles had scheduled for October has
been canceled.
If born in September, Diana's second
child would be just over two years
younger than her first, Prince William
of Wales.
William, born June 21, 1982, is second
in line for the throne behind his father.
The new child will be third, whatever
its sex.
British bookie firms immediately of-
fered betting odds on the new baby's
sex and gave a slight edge to the
possiblity of a girl.
One bookie accepted bets at 10 to 11
on a girl, even money on a boy, 25-1
against twins. Another set the odds at 4-
5 on a girl, even money on a boy, 50-1
against twins.

Doily Photo by CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA
George Carlin counts off number two on his expanded list of words you can't say on television.
Carln: ore dirty words

Princess Diana
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By Michael Fisch
:'WELL LADIES and gentleman, I
yVY have some news for you -there
are no longer seven words you can't say
on television.
Freedom of speech gone awry? No,
instead of seven, George Carlin upped
his list of naughty vocabulary last
Saturday at Hill auditorium. Here are
just a few of the 150 additions that
hopefully can be printed in a newspaper
chock full of editorial freedom: Shlong,
m shaft, bald-headed mouse, one-eyed
wonder worm, waxing the dolphin,
spank the frank, shoot putty at the
moon, getting your pole varnished,
polishing your rocket, up the hershey
highway, and 68 .(You do me and I'll
owe you one).
W Was the list of words in good taste?
Who cares, it was hilarious. Carlin
talked about a lot of things civilized
types don't discuss much - farts,
stomach gprglings, the different parts
of a swallow, burps, accidental spitting,
that almost throw-up that crawls up
your throat every so often, and blowing
your nose, "Blowing your nose? It
doesn't seem possible, I mean your own
nose - maybe a friend could do it, a
real close friend."
Carlin was at his best when he talked
about all of our private/psychological
embarrasments, "Like when you go to
shake someones hand and they don't
notice - you have to pretend that
sticking your hand out is something you
do all of the time. 'Hey, I learned to do
this at the beach."'
Sometimes Carlin went a bit too far,
though. "Ever go to shake hands with
someone who's got a fake hand and you
kind of have to pretend that it feels
great." He expected us to laugh about
Records -
Ian Anderson - Walk
into Light' (Chrysalis)
The pied piper of rock n' roll, Ian An-
derson, returns with a disturbingly
modern sounding solo album, Walk into
Light.
Anderson, formerly of The Jethro
Tull Band, nearly abandons his
fabulous flute playing and fills the void
with synthesizers and a hand full of
other electronically-induced sounds.
Tull fans will be disappointed with
these inorganic vibrations but Ander-
son brings a few songs back to earth
with his excitingly characteristic voice
and his piping-hot flute.
Most of the tunes are dominated far
too much by the unearthly synthesizer,
but two songs, "Made in England" and
the title cut "Walk Into Light," embody
all the feeling and musical emotion
reminiscent of the Tull band. The
vocals have an oriental feel to them and
Anderson slides into them with a
spiritual-like rhythmic chanting which
becomes mystical and entrancing.
"Made in England" is the only song
which comes close to highlighting An-
derson's intense flute playing and

those times you're talking to somebody
who has a wandering eye, and you don't
know which eye to look at. This stuff is
not on the top of my funny joke material
list.
Carlin did another bit on losing things
that was funny, but dragged on a bit too
long. When he started talking about a
guy who lost a bowl of noodles I didn't
laugh, I couldn't even smile and say "I
know whatcha mean."
For the most part, the worst reaction
someone can have to a Carlinobit is a
smile (not fake) and an "I know what
you mean." When Carlin crossed that
line the going got rough. This didn't
happen too often, but when it did, it was
a disappointment.
Then again, you can't expect a guy to
be hilarious for two straight hours.
Carlin is a comical artist. If he's just
done a long piece he knows to slip in a
few quick bits to get things moving. If a
joke isn't all that it could be, Carlin's
audio-visuals save him. In factyou're
cheating yourself if you only listen to
Carlin's albums. So much of his act
depends on facial expressions and
body language.
Carlin's older material was just as
funny at this performance as it has
been in the past. He did "the differen-
ces between baseball and football' -
you might have seen it a few weeks ago
on the Johnny Carson show.
"In football you receive a penalty. In
baseball you make an error - oops, I
made an error! In football you play
with downs, in baseball you play with
ups - whose ups? Are you up? I'm not
up...
Carlin also performed his, "Take a
shit"routine.
"Take a shit. What are they talking
about - I leave one ...
"I'm gonna take a shit.
leaves one wanting more of this
fingering. But he decides "less is
more" and in doing so makes a grave
mistake.
With the exception of these two songs,
the album has a definite undertone of
pessimism conveyed through the lyrics
as well as instrumentally. Anderson
seems to be searching for a Utopia and
in "Looking for Eden" is disappointed
to find that perhaps it isn't there at
all.
He also views Germany, in "Dif-
ferent Germany," as a dark chill
gathering still before the storm, and
in the final cut "End Game," Anderson
sings of the end of life as a slipping in-
to grey . . . when sleep comes
,around.
Anderson's solo album leaves one
wanting the crisp vocals of old, the
return of the intense flute playing, and
a fall out of the super-saturated syn-
thesizer. Anderson can be given credit
for breaking personal ground with new
sound, but the faithful Jethro Tull
listeners will be disappointed with An-
derson's strange latest effort.
- Robert Danowski

"You better not take mine, I've got
two left and the weekend's coming ..."
Some of Carlin's funniest material
fell under the heading "ways to keep
people on their toes."
"You ever notice how often people
want to give you coffee? ...
"Next time someone asks you if you
want a cup of coffee say 'No, I need
some toilet paper and some cat food.'
"Shit, might as well get something
you need."
If you want the chance to really laugh
at yourself (in the comfort of a large
audience) check out Carlin the next
time he's in town. You may never spit,
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