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Adoration and rappin'
Ciccone Youth
New Alliance
donna s most reverent fans.
The band consists of Mike Watt
(from the now defunct Minutemen)
Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn and
New York's .guitar heroes Sonic
Youth. They say the "project" was
formed due to their "mutual
adoration and respect" for the lady.
The "A" side of this tributory
disc was recorded by Watt with a
lead guitar overdub by Ginn.
They're not exactly on fire for
Madonna, but you know Watt has
donned his finest black laced gloves
for this unique version of "Burnin'
Up." The only thing missing is
Henry Rollins' poem about the
chanteusse ("Madonna-she makes
me want to drink beer...").
But side "AA" is what really
burns. Sonic Youth will never
have a Top 40 hit, but they just
might have a new career as rap
artists, especially singer Thurston
Moore, who boldly states (or
admits) the group's intent on the
brief "Tuff Titty Rap." It's a "Mad-
donna" rap-along. The song's
electronic drum beat leads the Our very own Madonna: Can she take
Youth clean through to Into the On
Groovy." This track is absolutely
evil, with the drum machine
crashing along to the band's
characteristic guitar mayhem.
Thurston Moore's singing is .an
experience in tune interpretation,
alternating with spliced and sliced
tracks of Madonna's original
version. This is a true original, a
piece of pop art for the '80s. It
should be blasted at maximum
volume whenever your landlord
comes to collect the rent.
Madonna should be proud.
-Beth Fertig
Scruffy the Cats
Put the top down, cruise the
beach, crack open a Lowenbrau and
let the good times roll. Scruffy the
Cat's High Octane Revival has
hit town and it just oozes happy,
cuddly fun. Just listen to these
song titles-"Life Is Fun" and
"Happiness To Go."
These guys might get you one
the dance floor, but they'll have a
problem keeping you there.
There's just a nagging sense that
you've heard it all before-and a bit
better at that. It's boppy-clean Scruffy the Cat: Randall Lee Gibson,

respect for the material girl
American rockin' fun that just
doesn't leave a lasting impression.
But it's not a bad album-it's
certainly not annoying, nor is it
glaringly flawed. But it is decidedly
short of the originality that a band
named Scruffy the Cat with a really
h cool album cover seems to
j . 5promise
The album'sbest cuts are the
two with a slower tempo. "Land of
1,000 Girls" is a real nice pop
song, a standout that features the
band's skilled accordion playing.
v " It's a nice touch that helps
differentiate Scruffy the Cat from
the rest of the heap. "Buy A Car"
'. is a lot crisper and more original
thanks to the feedback, harmonica
and electric banjo.
Scruffy the Cat shows sparks of
originality-unfortunately, they're
few and far between. One can only
hope that one day they'll find their
own sound-if they didn't just
decide to go to the beach.
-Danny Plotnick
TSOL, the True Sounds of
Liberty, has grown musically:
Their latest album, Revenge,
joke? proves that they can play much
more than just hardcore thrash
music. The album combines a
variety of sounds ranging from
driving thrash numbers to slow,
gloomy tunes. Singer Joe Wood
snarls and growls through most of
the tracks with a voice that makes
the listener pay attention to the
messages hidden within.
The title track is an angry,
rebellious piece with a sinister
story: "I've got one thing and I
like to call it revenge / my best
friend." It's an appealingly energetic
track. Unfortunately, almost all of
the album's other tunes share the
same beat.
"Still the Same" is moving,
musically and lyrically. An echo
technique creates a dreamlike feel,
adding power to the words.
"Tomorrow's Too Late" is
possibly the best track on the
album, epitomizing TSOL's
evolution. The pressing lyrics are
about hunger, pain, and war, and
the band makes use of their best and
most characteristic techniques:
shouting vocals, echoes and
squealing guitar licks. Like the
whole album, it should come as a
nice surprise to listeners expecting
typical hardcore thrash where one
song is the same as the next.
fnan,,1 Stanfip .Stpnhn Fredette Charlie Chesterman and Stona Fitch. - Pam Brougher

Continued from Page 8
away from taking personal stands.
D: How about prayer in schools?
K: Religion should be kept out of
the schools,' although there will
always be prayer as long as there
are math tests. Religion should
stay in the home and in the church.
D: And the death penalty, which
President Reagan favors?
K: I support wholeheartedly the
death penalty. It's a real crime that
murderers have a right to live. An
exception is if they are proven
insane-then they should not be
D: How about the Strategic
Defense Initiative ("Star Wars")?
K: I support University research
and continued research because for
us to deploy, we have to research.
There is no way of knowing
whether or not it will work, but we
have to do the research.
D: And what about Contra aid?
K: I do support aid to the Contras.
Reagan has to decide what the
purpose of giving aid to the
Contras is. Do we want to force a
negotiation between the Contras
and the Sandinistas or should the
Contras overthrow the Sandinista
government? It's still fuzzy as to
what our role is. If anything, it
weakens the Communist gov-
ernment. There is also a split
among the Contras themselves.
Theystill have to unify themselves
because various people speak as
representatives and they say
different things.
D: Just one more issue-the
repealing of the 22nd Amendment.
K: Reagan won't run again even if
they repeal it. If the American
people want to elect a man for a
third term they should be able to.
It's ironic that it's the Republicans.
who wrote the amendment in
reaction to Roosevelt.
D: What do you think about the
race between U.S. Rep. Carl
Pursell and Dean Baker for the
Second Congressional District seat?
K: The Review cannot make
endorsements, but you know who I
support. .
Continued from Page 8
official. Mr. Richardson, let's start
with you.
"As you know, some 25 percent
of the United States population is
dead. Indications are that that
percentage will increase-"
RICHARDSON: "Ted, those
statistics can be very deceiving.
U.S. Government studies show that
only slightly higher than 19 percent
of the population have been
adversely effected by the bombing."
TED: "Adversely effected?
Aren't those people dead?"
juncture it is just too soon to say
how many people were just injured
by the blast, and how many people
are at this time lacking vital life

Continued from Page 6
things before, but I could really see
it" in the class.
She demonstrated this to the
class with a "penny exercise" in
which everyone had a pile of
pennies at the beginning of a
discussion, and pitched out a penny
each time they spoke.
"People started noticing how
different the piles of pennies were.
The men would get rid of their
pennies early on, and the quiet
people would have lots of pennies
left... It made people aware of the
dynamics of the discussion."
For some students, the chance to
create something on their own is
the highlight of their education.
Students in the School of
Architecture and Urban Planning
get this experience in "Design
Studio," a two-year course in
which students create their own
Each student designs his own
version of a particular hypothetical
building that is assigned. In the
past students have designed such
buildings as a new international
terminal for Detroit Metropolitan
Airport, or a student center at the
corner of South University and East
University Streets.
"Design Studio is everybody's
favorite course because it's hands
on...It's the basis of architecture.
It's what everybody loves to do,"
said Architecture senior Chris Park.
"It's an opportunity to try out new
techniques, and to work closely
with the faculty, who are
professional designers. It's good to
be working with them on some -
thing rather than them just
Park describes Design Studio as
a personal kind of work.
"You get a strong sense of
accomplishment. Rather than just
getting the right answer, you feel as
if you're producing something.
"You put one or two or six
weeks in a project. You spend four
hours every day in class on it, plus
one'or two or six hours more every
day outside of class. It becomes
part of your life, and a reflection of
Park is especially fond of an
assignment in which he had to
"interpret" the second movment of
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony as a
building and construct a model of
the design. He saw the music as a
tri-level building with "several
different and distinct places" used
for meditation.
What may seem to be an off-beat
course topic may have practical
applications in a particular
field-like a credit course in scuba
diving through the Department of
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
in the College.of Engineering.
One might think that only a
seaside institution of dubious
academic standing would grant
credit for flopping around

But the course, entitled
"Underwater Methods," covers
scientific applications for scuba
diving as well as basic scuba
techniques-perfect for students
interested in aquatic research.
LSA senior Andrea Zaferes
studies the behavior of underwater
mollusks as part of her
concentration is psychology. She
considers scuba diving a "tool"
which will aid in her research.
"I will use everything I learn in
this course," Zaferes said. "In a
regular psychology course you may
not want to learn all of the things
they cover specifically."
Professor Lee Somers assigns
substantial readings for the course,
which Zaferes said everyone has
extra incentive to read, since they
are applicable to what is happening
during each dive session.
"Everyone in the classfis
enthusiastic. It's one of the first
courses where I've seen peopole
actually ask to stay after class,
begging for more time in the pool."
Though the class is considered a
lot of fun, it has a serious
undertone. Safety in the water is
Somers' main theme. In fact,
students in the class have
nicknamed it "1001 Ways to Die
While Diving."
To Zaferes, the potential dangers
of scuba diving make Somers'
lectures not just relevent to her
education, but crucial.
"He'll have, one class on how
your lungs can blow up with
embolisms, or the dangerous
marine organisms... you're dealing
with your life here."



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