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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 8, 1985
Motown TNT ex
By Margaret Hall
There's nothing like that sense of
pride when a music group from your
hometown or state announces to a
crowd of a million screaming fans how
great it is to be back home. Last year
fans of Billy Joel from Long Island who
saw him in Ann Arbor gleamed when
they could tell people that he was from
their home state. Or this year when
R.E.M. came to town, southerners
knew that the group from Athens, Ga.
was making it big. This weekend it's
Michigan's turn when two Detroit
based Motown supergroups, the Tem-
ptations, and the Four Tops perform
Saturday February 9 in Ann Arbor. Two
shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. in Hill
Auditorium promise a spectacular
night for listening to legendary hit
music and witnessing those syn-
chronized spins and turns that have
made the Tempts and Tops so
renowned for nearly three decades.
Making their first appearance in Ann
Arbor last March, the Temptations and
the Four Tops had two sell out shows in
which the fans saw the groups dueling,
swiping one another's songs, turning
each other microphones to the audien-
ce, and parodying each other's stage
moves. Not only does the stage show it-
self sound fun, but imagine hearing top
hits like "My Girl," "Cloud Nine,"
"The Way You Do the Things That You
Do," "I Can't Help Myself," "I'll Be
There" and "Same Old Song."
Since the Temptations formed in the
early sixties, they have snagged
numerous gold and platinum albums
which have earned them three Gram-
my Awards. Working with Norman
Whitfield and Smokey Robinson, "The
Way You Do the Things You Do" (1964)
and "Girl (Why You Want to Make Me
Feel So Blue)" (1965) marked the
band's first top hits. Being a chamelion
of musical styles, the group's ability to
play anything from R & B to gospel has
enabled them to endure musical trends
for almost 30 years.
Their current album Back to Basics
is carrying the Tempts through the
music of the eighties. Norman
Whitfield has reunited with the group
as producer for this album, bringing
back those original sounds that charac-
terized their early hits. "Sail Away" is
a current hit on the album.
The present line up of the band is Otis
Williams, founder of the group; Melvin
Franklin, original group member and
bass player; Richard Street; Ron
Tyson; and Ollie Wilson, who joined in
1983 during the Tempts 'N Top Tour.
The Four Tops new album Back
Where -I Belong reunites Levi Stubbs,
the band's original lead singer with Top
members Abdul "Duke" Fakir,
Lawrence Payton, and Renaldo "Obie"
Benson. Stubbs sang the group through
for years of continuous hits like "I Can't
Help Myself" and "Reach Out I'll Be
There." In addition, for the first time irI"
16 years, the band has its original
songwriting team Holland, Dozier, and-
Holland writing six songs for the album.
Included on the LP is a Tops duet with
Aretha Franklin in "What Have I Got to
Lose," and the Temptations sing along
Don't miss out on seeing the return of,
the Temptations and the Four Tops.
Come join the crowd and listen toroe
almost two hours of smash hits by the'
two Motown combos who have been
able to out sing, out dance, and out-*
dress the competition for years. This--
Saturday night, let's welcome the Tem-2
pts 'N Tops back home: I'll be there.
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P receiving more than twice the 50 entries
they had hoped for, including five from.
a high-school in Ohio. One of the high
S school entries was, in Friedman 's wor-
ds* "so good we had to give itai
award." Responding to this surprising
showing, the festival will this year
comprise of two divisions, Collegiate
and High School, each division havingt
five categories reflecting the make-u
of last year's entries: Short Subject
Fiction, Documentary :
cial/Public Service Announcement,.
and oh yes, video junkies, Music Video. 3
Eligibility for entrants is limited t
high school and college students, and
entries, either in black and white or in
color, must be "of sufficient quality tol
be broadcast over cable TV." The entry
fee is $10.00 per video, and must be
received with the entry form and video
no later than March 1. Prizes awarded'
in the High School categories will be'
$250 for the winners, and $500 for the
Grand Prize winner. In the College
division, category winners will be
awarded $500, with the Grand Prize
winner receiving $1000.
The bottom line for entries as Frieda
man points out is not so much technical
quality as it is "idea." Recognizing that
students lack the equipment in most
cases to produce professional quality.
videos, the judges will be looking for
' creative potential: Any entry looking
like a Steven Speilberg Production had
better have proof of amateur origin.
This year's Festival will be held on
March 29 and 30, and unlike last year's
three-day format, will present winning
videos and awards during both shows.
This year's Video-Fest will also feature
a full time emcee, Detroit bred and now
Los Angeles based comedian Dave
Coulier. Having performed both locally
at Detroit's Comedy Castle and
nationally on Johnny Carson's "Tonight
Show," Coulier himself should be a
favorite of the crowd. "He'll be doing
one minute comedy bits on TV and
video between the entries," explains
Friedman, adding "now I can just sit
back and enjoy it." After three months
of organizing, screening, and selecting
(the first entry came in during our in-
terview, he and the entire Festival staff
will deserve some relaxation.
Though the Festival will be over
come April first, its shows won't be the
last we see of the winning videos. The
national USA cable syndicate has
already been contracted. with the
Festival to air the top videos on "Night-
flight," a half hour video program
broadcast on Friday nights. The
nationwide Campus Cable Network has
also contracted for a full hour show of
NSVF videos, and Friedman mentions
that "other programs are under
negotiation." This adds up to a lot of
national exposure, a producer's biggest
asset in breaking into professional
If you have produced a video, have
one in production, or plan to complete a
video before March 1, you can get more
info. on the festival, along with entry
forms, by calling Michigan Media at
764-2727. If you're a video junkie and
Twisted Sister just isn't your fix, keep
listening for more info on tickets to
what is still the world's largest and only
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