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The Michigan Daily Tuesday, April 3, 1984

Page 5

Full house equals two of a kind

By Joseph Kraus
I'M SORRY, I've forgotten, does two
of a kind beat a full house?
Of course not, silly me. I know what it
was that confused me; two of a kind
pleases a full house.
That's what happened Saturday night
at Lydia Mendelssohn. There was most
certainly a full house (they even sold
seats in the orchestra pit) and there
were most certainly two of a kind.
Two funny men, that is, each of
them talented in a different way.
Steve Goodman is a folk singer of folk
singer "star" status, and he didn't
disappoint anyone who'd paid $9.50 to
see him.
He opened with a pair of instrumen-
tals on the mandolin, noting, ".. . the
mandolin is really the bottom four
strings of the guitar upside down. So, if
you're dyslexic and can play the guitar,
there's really no secret to it."
After that it was all guitar. And just
as he did at the folk festival, the first
song he sang was "City of New
Orleans," his early'70s materpiece. Of
course he did a fine job with the "City,"
but he did seem almost to want to get it
out of the way so that he could move on

to other things.
Those other things were mostly
humorous-to-hysterical ballad-type
songs that poked fun at American life,
music, and Steve Goodman.
Some of the funnier numbers in-
cluded "Vegomatic," a song in which
Goodman tells the story of falling
asleep in front of a television set and
having a dream that he had answered
all of those late-night T.V. ads. Four -
six weeks later, when he was awake,
strange things started filling up his
house.. . Another was "The Dying
Cubs Fan's Last Request" in which an
old fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball
team tells his friends to give him a
funeral in Wrigley field and asks them,
"Do they still play the blues in Chicago,
when baseball season rolls
around ...?"
Goodman was a crowd winner
throughout the whole show. At first he
seemed almost cherubic. A short man
behind a guitar almost as big as himself
with a gigantic smile tends to come
across that way.
The numbers that stood out singly
during the show were the ones into
which he put the most energy. He would
dance, or rather his feet would dance
around the microphone stand, while his
head remained relatively still.
But in the long run, it was a com-
bination of his humor and his strong
stage presence that won the evening for
him. There was never a doubt that
Goodman wasn't enjoying himself on
stage as much as the audience was in
their seats, which was considerably.
Okay, so let's see your other card.

That's easy, O.J. Anderson-and
what a card he is.
Anderson calls himself the good time
mime, and he certainly is that. Taking
the stage in front of an audience that
had come mostly to see Goodman (one
enterprising woman even printed up
special order T-shirts with all of Good-
man's album titles on it and gave them
out to the different members of her par-
ty), Anderson kept them all laughing
and made them sorry to see him go
when his act did end.
Anderson isn't quite a traditional
European mime. He occasionally used
a soundtrack for background, and once
or twice, heavens no! he spoke. But it
didn't seem to bother anybody, they
were all too busy laughing.
One of Anderson's funnier acts was
"The Pepsi Challenge." Beginning very
innocently he reached for a can of Pepsi
from his prop table; a natural reaction
considering the fact that he was
sweating like a madman for most of the
show. Then, like so many of us, he had
some difficulty opening it. But when
others of us might keep trying or give
up, Anderson pulled on a boxing robe
that said the "panta-maimer" on back
and to the Rocky soundtrack proceeded
to fight the outsized can. After a hard
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Theatre.

Another hilarious number was "My
Birth." Putting himself inside a blue
nylon bag, Anderson went through the
stretchings of an unborn infant. Only,
very few infants keep flashlights in
their mother's wombs and sunglasses
for whenthe lights of the world bother
their eyes.
There'sno telling when Goodman will
make it back this way again. Anderson,
although he lives in Ann Arbor, has
been doing quite a bit of touring lately;
so there's no telling when he'll be per-
forming around here again either.
In short, if you missed it Saturday,
you missed a lot. "All right, motor
mouth, shut up and deal..."
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Family feud leads to Gayes death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marvin
Gaye had clashed in the past with his
father, a retired preacher accused of
gunning the soul singer down in a
family feud, but the squabbles had
never been violent, police said Monday.
"There was some bad blood," Lt. Bob
Martin said. "But there were no in-
dications of physical altercations in the
past. It was nothing more than what
you would expect a father and son to
disagree about."
Gaye, who would have turned 45 on
Monday, was shot Sunday during a
fight with Marvin Gaye Sr. over an in-
sutance matter. The elder Gaye, 70,
w4s booked for murder and held
without bail pending arraignment
Wednesday.
He talked at length with detectives
ard Martin said charges would be filed
based on his statements and interviews
with the suspect's wife, Alberta, 71, the
only witness to the slaying. He declined
to say what the couple told the police.
The squabble between father and son,
which began Saturday night and
resumed Sunday, involved the mailing
of an insurance letter, Martin said.
"It's the kind of an argument three-
year-olds would have," he added.
Gaye, who lived with his parents in
their Wilshire-area home, called his
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father to his room to discuss the matter,
then ordered him to leave, Martin said.
The elder Gaye allegedly returned with
a gun and shot his son twice in the upper
torso.
The singer, whose sultry delivery of
such hits as "I Heard It Through the
Grapevine" and "Sexual Healing" kept
him atop the record charts for 20 years,
was pronounced dead at California

Hospital about an hour after the
shooting.
Personal problems - including a
$600,000 divorce - and a shortage of
good material all but wrecked Gaye's
singing career during the middle '70s,
despite a No. 1 hit in 1977 with "Got To
Give It Up."
Police took a crime report in
February in which Gaye was charged
with battery in an incident involving a
former girlfriend at his parent's home.
The victim, 48, did not file a complaint
because she said she was intimidated
by Gaye, police said.
Gaye once said he tried to kill himself
by ingesting more than an ounce of pure
cocaine after the breakup of his second
marriage to Janie Hunter. But he sur-
vived, and later told friends he "used it
all, the bad stuff and the good, in the
music."
- Gaye was one of Motown's most
popular singles' artists during the
1960s. In 1971, he electrified the music
world with the release of "What's Going
On," considered the first "concept"
album by a black artist.
In the early 1980s, after remarrying
and moving from the Tamla-Motown
label to Columbia, Gaye made a spec-
tacular comeback. Last year, he won a
Grammy for best male Rhythm and
Blues performance with his top-rated
1982 single, "Sexual Healing." The in-
strumental flip side also won a Gram-
my.
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