Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 5, 1984
Ryding the storm out
By Joe Hoppe
T HE LONG Ryders mount up, make
sure their big six shootin' Colts are
in working condition and easily ac-
cessible, pull their paisley bandannas
up over their faces, and ride out. Gonna
pull off another job. Gonna hit another
bar. Tonight, it's Joe's Star Lounge.
Git along, little dogies.
The Long Ryders ride in from L.A.
Ride in from across America. Ride in
on long-legged cowboy horses with
white stars on their foreheads. Ride in
scattering Leaves and Seeds and flocks
of Byrds like the James gang and the
Younger brothers. Whoopie ki yi yaya.
And before the gang got together in
L.A. they came from Richmond,
Virginia, and brought mandolins, steel
guitars, and banjos (on their knees).
That's Steve McCarthy. They came
from Louisville, Kentucky, with six and
twelve string guitars, and autoharps.
That's Sid Griifin. They came from
London, England and the George Jones
fan club, with a bass and a voice.
That's Des Brewer. And when they all
hit L.A., they joined up with Greg
Sowders, a Hollywood child with a
drum set. That was in March, 1982.
Head 'em up, move 'em out.
The Long Ryders (why are they
called that anyhow? Homage to the
DIANE YOUNG and
Thurs., April 5 GUILD HOUSE
8 p.m. 802 Monroe
movie - best western since the days of
John Ford? 'Or maybe because they're
taller than the Motor City's Mitch?) fall
right well into the L.A. Paisley
(psychedelia for the 80s) scene.
Somewhere to the right of Dream Syn-
dicate and Green on Red, and to the left
of The Three O'Clock. Even though
they've got more authentic instruments
they aren't as big a cowboys as Rank
and Rile - seems like they could be if
they wanted to, though.
10-5-60 (PCV) is their big album,
couldn't find mention of any previous
independent releases, but I'm sure that
they exist somewhere. The record only
has five songs, but it is normal album
size and speed, so we'll call it an album
anyhow. What's really interesting
about The Long Ryders is their music.
Just the music. Not the words, which
are avery uninteresting, even if you
take time to pay attention to them, but
the notes and the noises.
There are many wonderful noises on
10-5-60. Besides all the sounds coming
from traditional American instrumen-
ts, there's lots of 60s feedback and elec-
tronic noise. Singer Des Brewer sounds
a lot like a Beatle. Maybe he's just Ac-
ting Nautrally for an Englishman.
"10-5-60" the song is the outstanding
cut for side one (maybe for the album).
It rocks, along the lines of some of the
obscure Nuggest stuff. I think 10-5-60 is
somebody's birthday. There's a lot of
partyin' going on, anyhow.
Side two has only two songs (two for
two): "She Rides" and "Born to
Believe in You." "She Rides" is one of
those long rydin' songs with a lot of
movement, linear, the paisliest of the
bunch. Lots of guitar soarings, it
probably lasts forever and ever live.
"Born to Believe in You" (and if
George Jones ever got it, "Born to Be
Leavin' You) is where it's at as far as
long rydings and whole idea is concer-
ned. Every instrument listed on the
back cover gets thrown in somewhere.
The song begins with an auto-harp
being strummed, brush-stroke per-
cussive hoofbeats get thrown in, and
from there we get banjo, madolin, steel
guitar, and regular stuff, in a nice
wired (or wierd) collage. Damn, I hope
they do this song live tonight.
Hi Ho, Silver! All that and more. The
press release says that The Long
Ryders do a cover of the Velvet Un-
derground's "Run Run Run" with a
steal guitar lead. Couldn't neglect that.
So buckaroos, put on your paisley
cowboy boots and kick on down to Joe's
tonight, for the Long Ryders. Four
"Whoa, big fella."
Daily Photo by REBECCA KNIGHT
Greg Kihn (right) and guitarist Greg Douglass putting 'em to sleep Tuesday night at Second Chance.
Dont o to a Greg KihnConcert
By Tracy Uselmann
A S GREG KIHN said himself, "We
just finished playing a lot of shit
from our new album." Well, nobody in
the audience denied this statement
Tuesday night at Second Chance.
with Naomi Brain, PSN:
"The Interconnectedness of
Militarism and Minority Concerns"
Friday, April 6
at GUILD HOUSE
Soup and sandwich available for $1.00
The band wasn't off to a very good
start when it finally came on stage two
and a half hours after the concert
began. The warmup band, Hard En-
semble, was not terribly original but a
lot of fun. They did some excellent
imitations of a variety of well know hits
which really psyched the crowd for a
Unfortunately, the Kihn band was not
all that it was cracked up to be. They
finally showed on stage at 11 p.m. with
extremely unique outfits: T-shirts and
jeans. Kihn was not particularly happy
because did not sell out, but this did not
seem to affect his performance. The
band still put in full effort to make the
concert its best, but this effort could not
change the content of the music.
The performance never changed
from beginning to end. The crowd
could feel a particular style to the band,
but the music quickly lost their atten
tion because there was no variety.
Greg Douglass is definitely a fan-
tastic guitarist, but there was way too
much- jamming going on during the
songs. The music slowly became one
loud, continuous noise. People were
beginning to walk around, and some
even fell asleep.
A sign of a good band is to keep the
songs in the concert original. The Greg
Kihn band slightly covered the sign by
adding a few well-known songs from
other'groups to their agenda. Some of
their songs would jam, give or take, 15
minutes a piece.
There were no unusual stage effects,
but then only so many effect can be
produced in the atmosphere of a bar,
The concert came to a close with,the
band's two most popular songs: "(Our
Love's in) Jeopardy" and "Breakup
Song." These songs were vastly dif-
ferent from the rest of the band's cuts.
They were not as hard rock 'n' roll a
the rest of the songs. On the other hand,
"Jeopardy" hit the top of the charts for
is mellow sound, but it was extremely
hard and rough sounding in the concert.
Some devoted fans asked for an en-
core only to hear a song from the soun-
dtrack, TheBlues Brothers. Most of the
audience lost interest.
The concert was not what people ex-
pected. The 'majority of the band's
music was completely different fro
their two hits.-
If you like "Jeopardy" and "Breakup
Song," don't go to a Greg Kihn concert.
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