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Page 8, - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 3, 1986
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By-Mike Rubin
Hey music lovers - are you
k6moaning the fact that Ann
~bordoesn't possess a "scene"
like the kind Rolling Stone,
Newsweek, and Tiger Beat
proclaim exist in Austin,
Minneapolis, and Athens, GA?
Well quit crying, because this
weekend East Quad's Halfway
Inn kicks off another year of
ilusical entertainment through
pain with two shows featuring
some of the best of Ann Arbor's
burgeoning un derground.
P9iday night's roster of Circle
Confusion, Laughing Hyaenas,
Angry Red Planet and
aturday's lineup of Mourning
ove, Tom Gemp, and :pahn
anch offer a newcomer to town
r a seasoned pro) an excellent
mpler to the non-commercial
nderbelly of the Detroit-Ann
bor club circuit.

Ann Arbor's Circle Confusion
aim for migraines by combining
a beat box attack with sludge-slow
guitar noise, creating dance
music for the criminally insane.
They have already released one
cassette with another on the way
and will soon appear on a
national compilation out of
Louisiana.
Laughing Hyaenas, Ann
Arbor's own sonic yodellers from
the Alps of Hell, have a much
more storied past. Tracing their
roots back to Detroit's hardcore
pioneers Negative Approach and
L-7, the quartet has ridden the
Stooges' locomotive to opening
spots for groups as disparate as the
Minutemen and Swans.
Headlining the show are
Detroit veterans Angry Red
Planet, who have played with
every one at every venue
(including a national tour) in
their lengthy career. The band
offers up a speedy stew, chunk full

talent
of guitar nuggets and little bites of
harmony. With their prolific
gigging and a couple records
behind them (including last
year's great Gaw- ker's Paradise
EP), Angry Red is as close as you
can get to a Detroit institution.
Saturday's lineup features
bands of more recent vintage. In
fact, Mourning Dove is making
their Ann Arbor debut, so their
sound is pretty much a mystery,
except that they feature a former
member of Detroit's Grief
Factory, the great band that
spawned Spahn Ranch. Spahn
Ranch themselves weave a
spellbinding tapestry of textured
noises and shimmering
harmonies, the kind that appear
innocuous enough as they come up
around you and nip you
painlessly on the neck, only to
surprise you the next morning as
they overwhelm you in the shower
and force you to hum along. They
have a soon-to-be-released LP that
could bring much of the media
world clamoring to Ann Arbor's
door.
Rounding out Saturday's
schedule are another bunch of
future worldbeaters, Tom Gemp
(the name of the band, derived
through numerology). Formerly
an eight/nine/ten piece loose or -
ganization of insanity, the band
has been pared down to a tighter-
than-Brooke's-Calvin's quartet.
Surrounding the propulsive thrust
of drums is acute rib-splicing
guitar, forging out a sound that is
as completely unique as it is
damaging to the spinal cord.
Six bands. Four bucks Friday,
three on Saturday. The Halfway
Inn is located in the basement of
East Quad, Church Street
entrance. Doors open at 9:00 p.m.

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Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas play a pair of notorious train robbbers in the new film Tough Guys.
Will Hollywood ever learn?

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First, they teamed up in I Walk
Alone, followed by Gunfight at the
OK Corral and Seven Days in
May. Now Burt Lancaster and
Kirk Douglas star in Tough Guys,
a film definitely not deserving of
these fine actors.
Tough Guys suffers from an
all-too-common disease called the&
"frightened-Hollywood-director
syndrome." This occurs when a
director, in this case Jeff Kanew,

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tries to please everyone. Kanew
and producer Joe Wizan set out to
make a film appealing to both the
younger and older crowds.
However, like most movies that
attempt this dangerous feat,
Tough Guys gets a slap in the
face: it's not hip and funny
enough for the young audience
and not mature enough for the
older audience.
Harry and Archie, played by
Lancaster and Douglas, res-
pectively, face the same dilemma.
These two gangsters are released
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from jail 30 years after an
attempted train robbery, but they
discover that they are neither cool
enough for the young crowd nor
mature enough for the old. Sound
familiar?
This movie also suffers from
another disease, called the
"predictable plot." The screen-
writer has not left much to the
imagination of the audience. The
plot is caught in a dead end: from
the very start the audience knows
exactly what will happen.
- The scenario is divided into
three parts. The first is the
evident shock Archie and Harry
experience after getting released
from prison. The second is the
gross realization that they cannot
possibly live as lawful citizens
and that they are only truly happy
as criminals. The last part is
their re-creation of the crime that
originally got them incarcerated:
the robbing of a train.
Douglas' and Lancaster's
acting is nothing more than
satisfactory. If one is going to see
this movie solely for the acting of
this duo, don't. The only acting,
and characters, worth seeing are
Darlene Fluegal as Skye Foster,
Archie's young, punk girlfriend,
and Eli Wallach as Leon B.
Little, the sadistic hit-man out to
kill our daring duo.
Tough Guys is a harmless
film. Unfortunately, harmless
just doesn't cut it in this
competitive film market. No
movie is for everyone and should
never aim to be...a rarely
learned lesson in Hollywood.
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This Week at the Mic
Monday, October 6
Friday, October 10
Retrospective Exhibit
The University Club
Tuesday, October 7
Concert of the Month
Jose Talleda, Piano,
8 pm
Pendleton Room
Thursday, October 9
Arts at Midday
U-M Dancers Share Thei
12:15 pm
Pendleton Room

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