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Miles will have you off your seat and on your feet

Miles Davis
Warner Bros.
Yeoww! My-yillz! The baddest
of them all is back with a truly fine
album of powerful pop, slithery
funk, and down-right jazz. Down.
This is Miles Davis' first LP for
Warners after more than a quarter of
a century with Columbia. Miles
moves on (and on!), now ben-
e'fitting from the production of
bassist-buddy Marcus Miller and
jazz-funkster George Duke. They
both help to shape Davis' typically
spare and sinewy compositions into
some of the dance-nastiest tunes of
the year. Can't sit still, no.
Highlights (too many) include
the topical title track, the opening
power chords of which set the tone
for the album. This is Davis at his
best: salty, sweet, lean, and strong.
Fluttering like a hummingbird and
biting like a bat. "Portia" is a
slower Third World lament with a
resiliant backbone. "Splatch" is
upbeat, bright, and bouncy. The
pace is insistent, celebratory, and
chatty with Davis cracking a few
smiles and telling an inside joke or
two. Big fun.
"Backyard Ritual" jumps to
chicka-pop time with Davis all
over, hollering "Don't count me
out!" And "Don't Lose Your Mind"
moves to hopping rhythmic beats
while Davis bleats and squeeks
along with the phantom soprano
sax (I'd swear to it).
Overall, hey, I tell ya: you got
more Miles Davis fer yer dollar here
than any LP since Four and More-
Live. He blows. Only the context
has changed to incite the con-
servative. But Miles delivers. He
offers up the deepest lesson in
homography that I've heard in some
time. You'll squirm in your seat
'til you're up on your feet. What a
-Marc S. Taras
Beyond Barbecue
Gone II- But Never.
Too Gone
For those of you with more than
a hankering for guitars, guitars, and
more guitars, SST Records has
recently released two strong LPs
which will be just up your musical
alley. Lawndale's Beyond Barbecue
and the second album by Gone are
two new discs which feature

nothing but guitar-based, wirey
Lawndale is a new four-piece
combo from (where else?) Lawn-
dale, California- home of SST
Records. The successful independent
label has even affectionately dubbed
the place "Rock City.".Lawndale is
also the last name (if you believe
it) of one (Rick) of this band's three
Lawndale the band relies heavily
on the surf-guitar thang the
Ventures made famous; one can't
help but keep thinking of that
group. Lawndale play an updated
version of that sound, with a bit of
jazz and rock thrown in as well.
"'Atta Boy Luther" is one of this
record's most striking cuts, with
some guest coronets and a finger
snapping groove. It's based on the
Don Knotts character of the same
name from The Ghost and Mister
Chicken. Yea, right fellows.
Other snazzy songtitles include
"The Story of Vanna White" and
"The Days of Pup and Taco" (which
really soars), and they also cover
the Pink Floyd/Duke Ellington
piece "Interstellar Caravan." But
throughout Barbecue, Lawndale
does a great job of keeping the
mood light and the playing heavy.
Gone's new record, Gone II-
But Never Too Gone, is another
fine collection of some truly heavy
playing. Gone is a three-man
jazz/rock/metal/whatever unit led by
Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn,
who during his 'spare time' away
from that band (which this year
played for 7 months straight on the
road- Ginn must see vertical road
lines in his sleep-land released a
live LP, a single, and a cassette)
takes time to also record and play
numerous stints as Gone, on their
own and with Black Flag. Whew.
Gone also consists of Andrew
Weiss on bass and bassosaurous and
Simeon Cain on drums.
Despite the exhausting schedule,
Ginn and Gone are loaded with
energy- in fact, maybe too loaded.
The 16 tracks of this album often
suffer from a tendency to merge
together, repeating some musical
themes and getting locked into, the
over-driving sound of the trio.
Thankfully, a few cuts are
expecially memorable, such as the
funky "Jungle Law." Here and there
Gone goes for the metal (read Ozzy)
and one really feels the absence of a
singer to break the pace. But the
band burns throughout.
Both of these here records can
become a bit tiring, and are much
better in small (an album side's
worth) doses to, uh, best savor the
found. But oh, the joy of guitars...
-Beth Fertig

university subsidy.
But some states have anti-
discrimination laws of their own.
Since 1976, the state of Michigan
has had the Elliott-Larson Civil
Rights Act. The act "prohibits
discrimination by sex in public
accomodations and it prohibits
discrimination by sex in education.
So there's two ways you can hit
them," said Jean King, a local
lawyer and a women's rights
proponent. "It's just a handy-dandy
tool-much more effective than
Title IX."
If there's any real bias in college
athletics, however, its between
maior sports and minor sports.
About two-thirds of the
Michigan Athletic Department's
budget goes to football and
basketball; the rest is scattered
among the other 19 teams.
"At Michigan it's obvious:
football and basketball own the
place," said an employee of the
Athletic Department who requested
anonymity. "You're kind of like a
dog. You just get the scraps that
come off the table.
"If you don't play basketball,
you don't play football, you don't
play hockey, and you don't play
baseball, then everything is just
here because it has to be."
The employee, who works with
the minor sports's athletes,
criticized their training facilities. At
Michigan, football, basketball, and
hockey each have their own training
rooms. All the other sports except
women's basketball share the
Women's Training Room next to
Ray Fisher (baseball) Stadium.
"For both men and women,
Fisher is not a very well-equipped
room," he said. "In fact, it's a
The employee said the room is
often "jammed pack." The training
room contains both Nautilus
equipment and free weights, but he
said the free weights are falling
"The bars are bad and bent and
breaking, 'and the plates are no
good," he said. "There's not enough
dumbells and the benches are all
The employee said the football
team gets absolute priority for the
Astro-turfed Indoor Fieldhouse.
"If field hockey wanted to play a
game from five to seven and
football wanted to practice, field
hockey would have to play before
or after," he said. Women's softball
used to practice ten to midnight."
Athletic Department officials
justify the preferential treatment of
football and basketball because they
are profitable. Football brought in
$11 million in 1984-85, and
basketball brought in $1.6 million.
With the exception of hockey, no
other sport could come close to
supporting itself.
"The revenue comes from
football and basketball," said
Michigan Associate Athletic
Director Don Lund. "An without
that, we're nothing. We can't

Funding notwithstanding, with
the decline of the women's athletic
associations, women have fewer
chances to shape the sports world.
For instance, women have little
chance of instilling their
philosophy into the NCAA. Most
of the delegates sent to the NCAA
annual convention are men. Ninety-
nine percent of Division I athletic
departments are led by men. Anj 60
percent of Division I women
athletic directors, including Ocker,
must report to the school's men's
athletic director.
According to Chris Shelton,
formerly of the AIAW, the present
system stunts the growth of
women's athletics.
"If we don't have the women in
positions where they can be
involved in the decision-making and
the governance and the rule-making,
then the rules are going to continue
to be made to cover men's sports,"
she said. "And that means the major
ones-football and basketball.
"I don't think we have any
control of what's happening to
women's sports right now. And
that really saddens me."
Not only are the administrations
dominated by men, but the
coaching positions for women's
teams are being filled by men, too,
"The athletic director's network
is a male network," said King. "So
he picks people that he knows
socially or that he trains."
The plethora of male coaches
causes females to drop out of
sports, according to Shelton.
"It' important for young people
c ,-ii into anything as intense as
sporn have role models," she
saiu. When they have just male
role models, after a certain time I
don't think they can see any future

for themselves. So I see a lot of
young women dropping out at a
very early age of 14, 15.
"I talk to male students and they
see a lot of opportunities for
coaching. But I don't think women
see that. It's a dead end for them;
from player to another world."
- The pressure for women to win
is much greater today than it was in
the '70s, said King. People now
make their living coaching
women's teams, and if they don't
win, they could lose their jobs.
An elitist structure is emerging
in women's sports, as smaller
universities are finding it tougher to
compete with the larger schools.
"In the next five to ten years
we'll begin to see some powers
begin to emerge that will stay at
the forefront, whereas the others
will be jockeying below them,"
said Ocker.
At Michigan, the field hockey
team has begun three-a-day
workouts during pre-season
practice. It is now videotaping its
games and is employing more
complex strategies.
Throughout the country, women
athletes are now training year-round
to be ready for the season. And
some women's teams, most
recently the Uninversity of
Nebraska softball team, are being
put on NCAA probation for
recruiting violations.
At one time the women's
movement hoped to achieve all the
advantages of men's sports and to
avoid all the evils. They've ended
up with a little of both.
Women's sports has become a
replica-a small replica-of men's
sports. N

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Lavwndale,from left: drummer Sim Cain, guitarist Greg Ginn, and bassist Andrew Weiss.



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