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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 9, 1985 - Page 7

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Records

The Elvis Brothers -
Adventure Time (Portrait/
CBS)
A jumpy grit-in-teeth boy pop group of
the sort that popped onto vinyl en
masse during the first great post-Elvis
Costello Wave (Knack, Romantics,
etc.), the Elvis Brothers are surprising
and pleasant as a throwback to those
days of wavin' yore (which were, ad-
mittedly, only five or so years back).
Although they're probably a good deal
more lightweight than they'd ever ex-
pect. As you might expect, they have
one or two great pop tunes up their
sleeve. The absolute yes is the first
single, "Don't Take My Guns Away," a
whiff of London Calling-era sweetened
Clash with an expert mock-New Right
lyric coupled to immaculate ringing
"gee-tars" and the kind of sharp-edged
pop-tune structure that must have
given Billy Joe that last burst of im-
petus when hurling himself off the
TalahassieBridge. A minor classic.
The second perhaps, is "Akido Shin-
doda," a sort of "Puff the Magic
Dragon" type ditty as played by the
Police and sung by some mid-'70s teen
faves. There are other charming songs
as well, even if alot of them sound like
E. Costello throwaways and have lyrics
like "touch me baby/and the devil calls
my name."
*Good cuts include "Burnin' Desire,"
"Holy Moly," the snappy "Count to
Three," and the more blatant

rockabilly-revivalist tracks "I Wonder
Why," and "Big Ideas." Produced by
Adrian Belew - a gifted lightweight
himself - Adventure Time has relen-
tless bounce and a built-in naievete of
appeal. Calling up strong trail scents of
Squeeze, the Everlys, early Beatles,
Buddy Holly and The Sweet (not a bad
resource list, if you askme) as well as
the omnipresent Elvis C., the Elvis
Brothers tend to make up in earnest-
ness and good cheer what they lack in
originality.
This LP sounds a bit silly (but maybe
temporary loss of credibility is what
you get for ignoring current trends),
but it's, if not A-OK, at least B-plus-OK
by me.
The band itself - a Madison, Wiscon-
sin trio - looks terribly cosmeticized
and pawn-like on the cover and sleeve
art, but that's probably just the effect of
the usual overzealous and un-
derimaginative CBS packaging and

isn't their fault.
.- Dennis Harvey
Orchestrator-New World Music
Very pretty, epic-sounding local EP
of sweetened slow artpop strongly
reminiscent of the Moody Blues, with
the necessarily faceless/warm-
sensitive vocals and spacey mix of
acoustic/electric/programmed aural
surfaces. Fans of Pink Floyd in their
mellower moments ought to be well
fond of the graceful "Dreams in Slow
Motion," while a more "anthemic Alan
Parsons feel is evoked on the upbeat,
antiwar "The Tide is Turning." The
subtly exhilirating "New World View",
and acoustic harmonic emphasis of
"Mother Earth" all convey Or-
chestrator's persuasive if quite
obliviously outdated full-scale pop
romanticism. There's a remarkable

ambition at work here for a homegrown
project; it must have taken incredible
nerve and belief to manage just the
finance of New World Music's . six
tracks, all of which feature lust but
never overstated orchestration. Yet a
certain windiness of semi-pointless
rrostalgia lingers on like a hangover,
even after the gorgeous synthpop drive
of the first and best track, "Visions for
a Brave New World." I hope these guys
find exactly what they're after-not
that we couldn't all use a stiff shot of,
universal good vibes-but suspect
they're about ten years behind finding
anyone else very interested in investing
money on their agreeable-enough aural
meditations on the matter. Worthy for
fans of the M-Blues, P-Floyd, earlier
Yes, et al. (Available from Or-
chestrator, P.O. Box 15526, M Detroit,
MI 48215).
-Dennis Harvey

Joe's gets plowed
Imagine the Ventures crossed with New Order, throw in a little new-age
psychedelia, and you've got a rough idea of the appeal of Love Tractor, the
Atlanta, GA band playing tonight at Joe's Star Lounge. A leading member of
the burgeoning Atlanta (R.E.M., Guaducanal Diary, etc.) scene, Love Trac-
tor has released four records of primarily instrumental music on the Lan-
dslide/dB label. Joining them at Joe's will be rising Detroit rockers
Something American. Call 665-JOES for further information.
MSA ELECTIONS POLLING PLACES
Place Tues., April 9 Wed., April 10
MLB.........................9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ..9a.m. to3p.m.
Fishbowl .............................9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ..9a.m. to 3 p.m.
Business School ...................... --10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MoJo Cafeteria .......................4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. -
Alice Lloyd Cafeteria .............4:30 to 6:30 p.m. .
Couzens Cafeteria ....................4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. ---
Bursley Cafeteria ..................... 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. .
Markley Cafeteria .................4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. -----
Stockwell Cafeteria ................... v-- 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
West Quad Cafeteria .................. -- 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
East Quad Cafeteria :................. -- , 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
South Quad Cafeteria ................. ---4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
School of Natural Resources ........10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. --
School of Public Health .. . ...... ---- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Art School ...........................10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. ----
DentalSchool...........................-- 9 a.mto 1p.m.
East.Engineering ....................9 a.m. to 3 p.m... 9 a.m. to 3p.m.
Dow Bldg. (North Campus)......... 9 a.m. to 3 p.m... 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LawLibrary ..........................7 to 10 p.m.......9a.m. to 2p.m.
Taubman (Med) Library ..............7 to 10 p.m....... 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UGLi.................................7 to11p.m.....3 to 5 p.m.
Grad Library .........................7 to 11 p.m.......3 to 5p.m.
MUG (Union Commons) .............11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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