The Michigan Daily
Friday, October 19, 1984
New fun from an old band
By Hobey Echlin
Who would have thought that noisy
Jittle punk bunch from SST records
would grow up to play talented and,
more importantly, enjoyable music?
Two years ago the very notion would
have been absurd. American hardcore
was at its peak, popular and commer-
cial. But this is 1984, and it's a world
where a guy. can make billions in a
dress and Miss America makes even
more without one. A world where get-
ting busted for coke is an investment in
your financial future and where Mc-
Donald could change its name to Mc-
Death. Only in America. And so I'm not
surprised the Meat Puppets have
changed their sound. In fact, it seems a
trend from SST, what with Husker Du's
more effect-laden sound and Black
Flag's less noisy, refined sound. Enter
the Meat Puppets, bringing coun-
try/western a step closer to bearable.
Such was the mood with which I en-
tered the Blind Pig Tuesday for the
Meat Puppets. Playing this quaint little
blues club is a far cry from the old
ballrooms and the broken down clubs
they're used to playing in. But with a
new sound comes a new territory, and
the Meat Puppets seem to have adapted
well. Playing to a sparse crowd of less
than 75 people, they amazed the
audience with a set appealing to
skinheads and country fans alike.
Enough of this dribble; let's talk
tunes. Exceptional sound, to say the
least. Consistent, ominous basslines
balancing jumpy pickin' guitar. Back
this up with a simplified drum beat,
refining the sound to a purer form, and
you've got the Meat Puppets. About the
only real drawback is their whining,
countryish vocals reminiscient of their
Grateful Dead influence. These vocals
do, however, add to the sense of natural
authenticity the Meat Puppets project.
So into their new sound are the Meat
Puppets, in fact, that their stage
presence almost parodies their har-
dcore roots, with comical contortions
accompanying every guitar solo in con-
trast to the serious calm of the drum-
mer's country presence.
When they do pick up their pace, they
are sure to keep the clarity, even with
clear guitar effects, minus the thrashy
distortion of their past. Often anchoring
themselves with a steady drum beat,
bass and guitar go off on their own, con-
stant bass alternating and complemen-
ting the sporadic but harmonic guitar
solos, working together in an enjoyable,
and not tedious, union. Even their
quicker material maintains this talen-
ted, natural quality. Drawing heavily
from their Meat Puppets II LP, the
band offered true and often im-
provisational renditions of "I Split
Myself in Two" and "Aurora Borealis"
as well as an updated (and upgraded)
version of "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds"
from their earlier material.
So, a helluva show from a helluva
band, out of the leather and back in the
saddle with a cleaner sound. These
guys may not be around in 20 years
playing the Flamingo Room of your
local Ramada in crushed red velour
jackets, but they are at least putting
some emphasis on talent (and the
authenticity of this talent) by
progressing to this more entertaining
and challenging sound. Meat Puppets
country? Sure, why not. But if the
Minutemen put out an album of Scottish
bagpipe marches, I'm selling my
Pilgrimage Toward Justice, Peace and Hope
led by brothers from the Ecumenical Community
in Taize, France.
October 19th and 20th
FRIDAY:.7:30 p.m. - Evening Prayers around the Cross in solidarity with
suffering people around the world. St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church,
2250 E. Stadium Blvd. Social Time.
SATURDAY: 9:00 - Morning Prayers; Scripture Study, silence, discussion
around the Theme of the pilgrimage.
Above events at Second Baptist Church, 850 Red Oak, Ann Arbor
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Visits with people from places of justice and hope in
Ann Arbor during a peace fair at First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron, Ann Arbor
6:00 p.m. Supper at First Baptist Church
7:00 p.m. Candle-light walk to St. Andres's, 306 N. Division, Ann Arbor
7:30 p.m. Festival of resurrection, St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division, Ann Arbor
Sponsored by a widely Ecumenical Group of Christian Churches
For more information call 668-7421 or 761-6273
Knuckling under the pressure
of "Limbus Orangutanus?"
The "Cure" is within reach this October 26th!
Still another friendly warning from Zenith Data Systems
Internationally reknowned cellist
Charles Curtis will perform with pianist
Heasock Rhee, a University doctoral
candidate, in a special School of Music
concert at 4 p.m. Saturday in the
school's Recital Hall.
Curtis has performed with orchestras
in cities throughout the world including
Berlin, Florence, and Frankfort; and in
recital in London, Berlin, Munich, and
Stuttgart. He has won many prestigious
competitions and awards, including the
1984 Gregor Piatogorsky Artist Award
of the New York Violincello Society.
The recital, which the pair will be
The recital, which the pair will per-
form as part of Rhee's dissertation, will
feature works by Barber, Schumann,
Webern, Chopin, and Beethoven. Ad-
mission is free and open to the public.
Pauline Gagnon (right) portrays Antigone and Maggie Lally is the Chorus in
"Antigone," which will be performed Oct. 22 to 28 in the Trueblood Theatre
in the Frieze Building. For more information, those interested may call the
University's Department of Theatre and Drama at 763-5212.
Rock star acquitted of charges, feels God
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A federal court jury "I ACTUALLY felt the power of God," he said. Great Balls of Fire" and "A Whole Lotta of S
yesterday acquitted rock 'n' roller Jerry Lee Lewis of The Internal Revenue Service has collected slightly Going On," spent thousands of dollars on exp
tax evasion charges, and the jubilant singer said the more than $500,000 from Lewis by filing liens against jewelry and cars while his tax bill went unpaid.
verdict made him feel "the power of God." his concert receipts and recording contracts and by LEWIS FILED tax returns for the disputed
Specators in the U.S. District courtoom erupted in
cheers as the foreman reported that jurors had
cleared Lewis of charges that he tried to hide his
assets to avoid paying more than $1.1 million in taxes,
penalties and interest for 1975 through 1980.
"I knew I wasn't guilty, but then again, you never
know what's going to happen," Lewis, dressed in
dark glasses, a leather jacket and cowboy boots, told
seizing cars, jewelry and other personal property
belonging to the singer.
The government says Lewis still owes $653,796 in
taxes, penalties and interest for the disputed years,
but the singer said he does not know yet what he will
do about paying off the debt.
"If I can get a good GI loan, I've got it made,."
Lewis, 49, quipped while leaving the courtroom.
The prosecution tried to show that Lewis, who
became famous in the 19505 with songs such as
but voluntarily paid only $5,000 toward the tax bill,
Assistant U.S. Attorney Devon Gosnell said.
Ms. Gosnell told the jury that Lewis believes "he is
above the law."
But Lewis said the prosecution lawyer was an
agent of the devil while defense lawyer Bill Clifton
was working for God.
"When that lady got up to talk, I could feel the powr
of Satan," Lewis said. "When Mr. Clifton got up, I
could feel the power of God. _____
Mondale, Reagan pose differing views on student aid
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was chopped." -
"IN THE FIRST two years of the
Reagan administration," he says, "the
erosion of student assistance was 21%.
That means that increases in funding
didn't keep up with increases in cost by
"Because of increases issued by
Congress the last two years, the total
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erosion since 1980 was reduced to 15%,"
said Kruger. "That's still a substantial
At the University of Michigan, the
amount of aid has increased by 20%
since 1980, while the cost per student as
gone up 40%.
"IF YOU looked at financial aid
spending over the last four years," said
Borset, "you'd see that funding has
remained fairly stable. There haven't
been too many cuts, except for the cuts
in Social Security benefits."
In 1980, President Reagan signed into
law the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act. For the 750,000 students then
eligible for Social Security educational
benefits, this act has meant a gradual
decrease in aid. This year, they will
receive 25% of what they received in
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1981. Next year they will receive
Reagan explained the shift before
Congress, saying that "one of the high
priorities I have set for my ad-
ministration is the return to a more ap-
propriate role of the Federal gover-
nment in education."
"WE HAVE slowed the alarming rate
of growth of federal spending in
education," said Reagan, "an area that
is privately and rightfully a family and
local government responsibility."
The same rationale was applied to a
1981 move to require a needs test for
Guaranteed Student Loans if the
student has a family income over
$30,000. The move also required a 50%
origination fee to the lender, whether it
be a commercial bank or the federal
A spokesperson for the Reagan/Bush
campaign who asked to remain un-
named, says that the move "eliminated
a lot of abuse in the system. People who
had money for college were taking out
these loans and pocketing the money."
EDUCATORS, THOUGH, have said
that some low-income families are no
longer able to send their children to
So are students better off now than
they were four years ago? "For studen-
ts recieving financial aid," says Borset,
"the answer is debatable."
"I think for the most part, we've been
able to keep pace with the needs of in-
state students," says Borset.
"BUT OUT-OF-STATE students
are another story. We've never been
able to totally meet their needs. But
what has happened is that over the last
four years, the gap has grown."
In general, it seems that some
students are like Winifred Gritten, a
graduate student in social work, who
"hasn't faced any problems. I haven't
seen a change."
Other students, like Jeff Cartright, an
LSA sophomore, have had to tighten
their belts. "It's been a little tighter,"
he says. "I had to get another job, out-
side of my work study. And I've had to
cut back on my studying. But it hasn't
been too much of a problem."
FOR ROBERT Gondora, a music
major, "things have gotten a little wor-
se every year. It just means that I'll
have to work a little more.
"It's really hard to gauge what the ef-
fect of Reagan's policies have been,"
says Borset. "It's hard to tell if a
student who came here four years ago
would not apply now because of the
For graduate students, who wins the
election could mean the difference bet-
ween staying in school or not finishing.
Reagan this year proposed to eliminate
federal graduate school fellowships,
but it is expected that Mondale would
retain the program.
"This could really hurt those
graduate students who rely on these
grants to come here," says Mary
Jarrett, fellowship officer of graduate
Another factor affected by the elec-
tion will be the Higher Education
Reauthorization Act. "This," explains
Butts, "is when the House and the
Senate sit down and look at all the dif-
ferent programs and see which ones
they want to keep. Then among all the
ones that are left, see what changes
have to be made."
"Whoever wins the election will push
for what they want," said Butts.
"Depending on the make-up of
Congress, they could have a lot of in-
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