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The Minneapolis bi
Replacements had expe
classic success story. Af
critically ignored relea
small record label,
produced 'Let It Be,'
collection of songs whic
the band national atten
band then signed with S
ds, and their first m
release, 'Tim' made itt
position on the colleg
Weekend editor John Lc
with Replacements bassi
Stinson about the ban
and how the band's st
premier college act ha
Daily: Are you touring nc
you been on a break?
Stinson: We've been on
about two months now. We
ting around practicing
songs. and stuff.
D: Any plans for an albu
S: Not probably 'til the:
to summer.
D: Listening to you
chronologically, the first
strikes you is that the te
gradually slowed...
S: Yeah, when we stz
towards our second re
Replacements Stink) we v

and The sort of like hardcore tendencies. We
'rienced a were flirting with the idea of being in
ter several with all the hardcore groups because.
ses on a that was the hip thing at the time. Af-
the band ter a while we realized that it was"
a diverse pretty much a fluke, and we pretty
h brought much backed out of it.k
tion. The D: One of the songs on your first
ire Recor- record is called "I Hate Music" and in "
ajor-label the liner notes it says "Tommy says
to the top so." Is that true? Do you hate music?
ge charts. S: No, I was just a bratty little kid..
ogie spoke I was thirteen.
st Tommy D: Is the Replacements' reputation
d's music, as a hard-drinking band justified?
tatus as a S: Not much of it. We've definitely
s affected had our benders in the past, but
we've pretty much calmed down. We've
grown up a bit, and we're getting
ow, or have bored with getting drunk all the time. A
When we started touring it was like a
break for party all the time, y'know getting
re just sit- drunk, and going to parties after the
Writing shows and then wake up the next day
and you go to the next town. It was
im anytime sort of routine at the time. But we
grew out of it real quick. It's not realy
mid... close that bad anymore. Sometimes we'll
get drunk y'know, and people will rag
.r records on us for that, but other times, we'll
thing that just look drunk, and be totally sober...a
mpos have D: Even die-hard Replacements
fans admit that the band is pretty 1
arted out... erratic, when one buys a ticket for one fn
cord... (The of your shows, just about anything
were having can happen? S: I th

- a big bad 'bar band'

Passivist fights for apathy

LAST WEEK, during the Michigan
Student Assembly elections there
were students on the diag passing out
campaign leaflets for their respective
parties. Apart from the campaigners
was a student who passed out sheets
of blank white paper. It turns out that
the student was a member of Student
for Campus Apathy (SfCA). I inter-
viewed the SfCA member to find out
about the organization, and the people
in it. The text of that interview
Daily: Firstly, why are
you out here passing out pieces of
blank white paper? And secondly, if
you consider yourself a represen-
tative of apathy, what are you doing
passing out leaflets? Isn't that
Student for Campus Apathy:
Activists spur people to action,
educate people. I tell them to sit down
and get comfortable, andrthen I don't
teach them anything or tell them
anything. I give them a leaflet with

nothing written on it. I don't do
anything and they don't do anything.
I just like to share my apathy with
others. Sometimes I sit in the Diag and
I ask people, "What's up?" and they
answer, "Nothing." Sometimes they
ask me, "What's up?" and I say "Not
much." We don't do or learn anything
yet we share that feeling. It's not
exhilarating or anything, I just sort of
do it.
D: What other methods do you use
in your campaign to share apathy
with others?
SfCA: We use some of the same
techniques as activists. For example,
we have sit-ins all the time. Me and
some of the other members will go to
a bar and we'll sit down, and one of us
will say something like "Let's get a
pitcher," and the rest of us will go
"Okay." Then we'll just sit-in the bar
until it closes..
We like to put ourselves in
hypothetical situations that test our
apathy. I mean like one guy will say
"If you were asked to fight in an un-
just war what would you do?" And
then we all answer "Who cares?" One
night we were even going to have a
candle-light vigil but we didn't have
any candles so we went to the bar and
did another sit-in. We're planning an
Apathy Day with an all-campus 24-

hour sleep-in.
D: What is that petition for?
SfCA: I tell people they can sign it if
they feel like it. If they don't sign I
give them a sticker that says "I didn't
sign because I don't care." What I like
best is when people just drop the
sticker on the ground. That shows
they really don't care.
D: What does a person have to do
to join your group?
SfCA: Nothing. People who like
doing things shouldn't join our group.
We want the person who thinks
student organizations are a stupid
waste of time. Someone who isn't
ashamed to listen to his walkman on
full volume during lectures.
D: Do you have any advice for
students who want to join Students for
Campus Apathy?
SfCA: I don't care if they join. I
guess all I can recommend is that they
stay uninformed and try not to use
their brains if they can avoid it.
D: Can you give to a charity and
still be a member of the SfCA?
SfCA: That's a sticky question.
Sometimes I look back to that old
saying "Give a man a fish he eats for
one night, teach him to fish he eats for
a lifetime." As long as people don't
teach the man to fish then I figure
they can still be in the organization.

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April 6-10, 13-17
at the Michigan Theater
April 6 & 13: Part I, 12 noon; Part 11, 6:30 p.m.
April 7-10; Part I, 6:30 p.m.
April 14-17; Part II, 6:30 p.m.
'-Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert At The Movies

D: Sor
way you
Fans) st
ten quit
It seems
time an
S: Th
were ju
we'd nev
D: Wi

rm ia the Michigan Theater tomorro
ink that's part of our charm.
Mme people are bothered by the
ur live tape (The Shit Hits the
tops and starts. The band of-
s songs after the first chorus.
s like you were having a good
d the songs just got boring...
at's exactly what it was. We
ust having a good time...
off. Half the songs on there
ver played before in our lives.
ll the band release more live

material in the future?
S: I don't know. We tried. They tried
recording us live in Hoboken, New
Jersey, but... it didn't turn out too
D: What's your favorite
Replacements record?
S: I think Tim. Actually Shit Hits
the Fans is my favorite, but if I were
going to listen to any one of them it
would be Tim I think.
D: On the earlier records, the whole
band often gets writing credits, but on-
Tim, all but one of the songs are
credited solely to the band's lead
singer and rhythm guitar player, Paul
Westerberg. What happened to the
rest of you guys?
S: When my mother moved, we
couldn't practice in her basement
anymore. It kind of became incon-
venienttopractice. Now e have to get
a place downtown, and we have to
catch a bus, or get a ride there. It's
just inconvenient, so the songs get
written at Paul's house, when he's by
himself, rather than with all of us
there to participate.
D: When the band was on Saturday
Night Live you all changed into one
another's clothes between sets. What
brought that on?
S: Paul was sick of the smell of his
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D: Sometimes you switch in-
struments too. What else can you play
beside bass?
S: I switch to guitar.
D: What about the other guys?
What else can they play?
S: Nobody can play anything.
We're just flirting with the idea of
playing different instruments, I think.
D: Do you ever play drums?
S: Yeah, I can play drums as well as
the next guy, I guess.
D: What if the next guy is Chris
(Mars, the band's drummer)?
S: Uhh. I probably couldn't play as
good as the next guy. I can keep a
beat. I can play guitar, and I can play
bass just well enough to where I can
have fun with all three. It's no big
achievement at this point.
D: Do you think the band is a good
live act?
S: I don't know, it's not like going to
see a 'live band' it's more like a
show... more like a carnival. Going to
see a band at, like, the Met center ...
they're all real organized... huge
stage show and everything. We're too
unprofessional for that. It's definitely
a show, as opposed to performing the
record. The recordsrdon't really
reflect a whole lot from our live
D: Has your move from Twin-Tone
to Sire Records changed the way you
go about making records?
S: Not really. It maybe makes us a
little more defensive, because we
don't like a lot of their ways of doing,
things. We don't want to do a video
and all this stuff. It makes us a little
more on edge, because they don't
really want anything to do with a band
that doesn't want to make a video.
We're just trying to convince them
that we want to do something else.


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when the horns lay-out ("Gerbil,"
"Comin' and Goin' "), reducing their
joyful boogie to a raunchy, unexcep-
tional rock. Nonetheless, selected
tracks from this irrepressibly
energetic collection contain enough
gritty R&B to earn Mr. Miserable a
place or two on your next party tape.
Nightcrawler Records, 418 Seventh
Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11215.
-Joe Acciaiol i
Rainbow - Finyl Vinyl
Be warned: this is not an album for
those with a fragile ear. Finyl Vinyl,
the new-old one from Rainbow, is a
double album set of previously
released tracks re-recorded at
various live concerts. Only one song,
"Bad Girl" was never released. The
album is pure heavy metal, featuring
metal masters such as Ronnie James
Dio of Black Sabbath and Dio fame;
and Roger Glover and Ritchie Black-
more, both former (and current)
Deep Purple members who also
produced the entire album.
As with most albums of a similar
format Finyl Vinyl lacks the ex-
citement generated by an album of
new material. The cuts are simply dif-
ferent, louder versions of old familiar
songs that have been around for
years. Surprisingly, even "Bad Girls"
- the previously unreleased cut, is
rather dull. The track is little more
than a Ritchie Blackmore solo with
one lyric repeated over and over
again until it gets downright an-
noying. Finally, the album falls short
(as many live albums do) of achieving
that real, live-concert effect. This is
especially noticeable in the track

"Long Live Rock 'N' Roll" where
Ronnie James Dio sounds almost as
though he is singing to himself.
The album does have its merits
however. The listener gets the advan-
tage of hearing a sampling from
various stages in the band's career,
from Dio to Joe Lynn Turner; while
including those infamous, screaming-
guitar solos so familiar to concert
goers. The addition of the instrumen-
tals, "Weiss Helm" and "Difficult
To Cure" add a quality touch. The
band also comes across loud and
Overall, however, Finyl Vinyl leaves
the heavy metal fan rather un-
fulfilled; wishing he/she had seen the
real thing. .- Beth Coleman
The Turbines - Last Dance
Before Highway (Big Time)
Last Dance Before Highway
presents a band with a lot more to of-
fer than what is captured on this
vinyl. It seems as though if perf or-
ming live, The Turbines would ex-
plode, letting go off all their sur-
pressed energy. The three songs.on
this album which most . display this
potential are "Highway 51," "Slop,"
and "Throw it Down," where the old
Chuck Berry rockin' guitar pulls the
band up beyond the abyss of
mediocrity, and into the realm of ex-
citing rock 'n' roll. Unfortunately, the
remainder of the album does not
retain this ability, and consequently
falls off into the boring category. It is
on these other tracks where it is dif-
ficult to decide whether The Tur-
bines are trying for the Cramps

sou~nd-alike aswaird or the New York


Dolls revival. Still, the three
previously mentioned songs do
demonstrate a potential for a great
live show, but The Turbines reach this a
peak only when they allow themselves -
to be The Turbines. \
-- Katie Gentile
Swans - Time is Money
(Bastard) 12" (k.422 Records) FI L *
Swans do a dance song. Yes, a dan- at the Michigan Th(
ce song! It writhes and thrusts and
pillages the body with a splattering of 7:30 FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Dir -
drums,Bma chines and industrial 9:15 "MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRA
noises. But it still has all of the yin- (1974-British)
tage Swans's abuse of form and Regulars of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" ta
humanity. And you thought New Or- Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in ar
der made a big beat. This is the spoof of chivalry, love. Ingmar Bergman and the
biggest beat ever. Swans are messin'
with you. They are daring you. Do you SUNDAY, APRIL 6
dare back away? Only if you are a and
weakling. SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Dir.-Claud
Yes, I can see Mr. Simonian smiling "SHOAH" (1985)
at the U-Club on a Friday night, just Will be shown in its entirety
waiting to put this on, so that he can Part I Noon to 4:45 with a ten minute interm
blow you away. So he can scare you. Part II 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Simply, this record makes dogmeat with a ten minute intermission.
out of the rest of the inane dance MONDAY, APRIL 7
music that is only 1976 disco in new through
wave clothes. This is for the strong in THURSDAY, APRIL 10
mind and spirit. The other song, Part I 6:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.
"Sealed in Skin" is quite slow, but still with a ten minute intermission.
packs a wallop, indeed. The guitar MONDAY, APRIL 14
coughs, the drums diverge, and the through
piano chucks. And vaguely hum- THURSDAY, APRIL 17
mable, too. Part II 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Dare to hide. Hide in the closet. Shut with a ten minute intermission.
the door. But there is no place to hide. See all these great films roected on the lar e screen in t
the oor.Butther isno paceto hde< Michigan Theater. Call 66&'8397 for more informat ion. Ad
This is without a doubt single of the films is $3.00 for a double bill or a single bill. Students
year so far. citizens $2.50. Tickets go on sale one-half hour before
-Richard Williams^

-Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Kathleen Carroll.Daily News
-Leo Seligson. Newsday
-William WolfGannett Newspapers

Admission: $10 Student, $15 General.
Tickets available now at Michigan Union Box Office,
Michigan Theater Box 0fce and Hillel.
(Visa/MC 763-8587)

8 Weekend-April 4, 1986



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