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Page 16 - The Michigan Daily --Friday, September 5, 1986

'Extemities'
extreme lack

of

quality

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The Los Angeles-based band The Dream Syndicate, will be performing at door. Pictured above are band members Mark Walton, Paul B. Cutler,
the U-Club tomorrow night. Showtime is 10 p.m., tickets are $7.50 at the Steve Wynn, and Dennis Duck.
Dream Syndicate its U- Club

By Joel Tractenberg
The Dream Syndicate will be
in Ann Arbor as part of their
extensive tour to promote their
new album, Out of the Grey.
Three months in Europe (where
they were very well received) and
three weeks stateside precede their
performance at our U-Club
tomorrow night.
For those unfamiliar with the
band, The Dream Syndicate is a
Los Angeles-based rock and roll
outfit whose sound brings to mind
both the Velvet Underground and
Neil Young. What that musical
combination breeds is ominous

psychedelia strewn with power
chords. Out of the Grey is the
Dream Syndicate's first release
in two years and follows their two
earlier LP's, The Days of Wine
and Rosesand Medecine Show.
The band's new material is
more refined, lacking the
Hendrix-like feedback jams fea-
tured on The Days of Wine and
Roses. While Out of the Grey is by
no means tame, it does mark a
shift in the band's sound. When
asked to explain the reason for
this shift, songwriter/ lead singer
Steve Wynn says, "The songs are
more melodic in nature and were
not intended to be freeform
jams."
Another reason for the band's

different sound is a new line-up.
Original members Wynn and
drummer Dennis Duck remain
solid. However, Mark Walton
has taken over the duties on bass
and teams with Duck for a tight
rhythm section. Guitarist Karl
Precoda has left the band and has
taken his raw guitar style with
him. He has been replaced by the
talented Paul B. Cutler, whose
skills are showcased on the song
"Dancing Blind." Other noteable
songs on Out of the Grey include
"Boston," which is about a phase
of songwriter Van Morrison's
career, as well as "50 in a 25
Zone" and "Now I Ride Alone."
Those last two songs in particular
should rock when performed live.
Indeed, despite the relatively
polished sound of the Dream
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Syndicate's new studio cuts,
Wynn says not to worry. He says
that onstage wild shit inevitably
goes down, "We'll be full gear in
Ann Arbor, we're ready to go."
The band is excited about playing
their new stuff for the local crowd
and will mix it up with old fav-
orites as well. Those fans who
have seen the Dream Syndicate at
the now defunct Joe's Star Lounge
know that spontaneity is the main
ingredient of any of their shows,
whether the material they are
playing is new or old. Says
Wynn, "We reinterpret every
.time out and improvise a lot."
Tomorrow night's show
promises to be hard-driving and
energetic; it should not be missed
by any fans of rock and roll.

By Seth Flicker
The latest releases from the
film industry proves that the well
of interesting, well-executed
stories is quickly running dry.
The past year has brought
numerous stage plays-turned-
movies to the screen: Agnes of
God, Plenty, A Chorus Line, About
Last Night...(Sexual Perversity
in Chicago on the stage). With the
exception ofRan (adapted from the
Shakespearean play King Lear),
these movies have been none too
successful, either critically or
financially.
Unfortunately, the new re-
lease Extremities does not break
this static mold. No matter how
hard the Hollywood moguls try to
transform this into a spectacle,
Extremities remains a small
film in virtually every aspect.
And, like most small films,
Extremities attempts to en-
compass such themes as life,
death, friendship, trust , law,
jealousy, anger and frustration;
biting off much more than it can
chew.
Marjorie, played by Farah
Fawcett, is attacked by a sadistic
rapist in a mall.-parking lot. She
escapes, leaving her wallet
behind, and runs to the police to
discover that since she has not
actually been raped and has no
definite description of the
attacker, no police action can be
taken. One week later, after'
Marjorie's two roommates (Di-
ana Scarwid and Alfre
Woodward) leave for work, the
rapist (James Russo), having
gotten her address from the wallet
she dropped during their first
encounter, pays a visit to complete
his unfinished work.
In Extremities Fawcett re-
creates her Burning Bed/Rambo-

woman role that she played to
rave reviews on Broadway. But
the mo.ie is unbalanced, never
quite sure of what it is. One half
of the movie is dedicated to cries
and whimpers and the other half
to sadistic revenge. Neither one
is very good, although the scenes
with Fawcett and Russo are
electrifying. They keep the movie
and the pace going. Because of
their intensity, these scenes are
the only reason to see Extremities
Russo, who starred in the
original stage production, is
excellent. The chemistry be-
tween Fawcett and Russo is
satisfactory, but he is by far the
finest actor of the ensemble,
especially over Scarwid and
Woodward.
These two actresses may have
both been up for the academy
award for Best Supporting
Actress, but in Extremities their
performances are. far from
award-winning. They drag the
movie down with a weight of lead
and ruin the rapport between the
audience and Fawcett and Russo
earlier in the picture. E x -
tremities is a movie that can be
easily misinterpreted. At first it
seems to be a movie about rQp-
and the innocent woman, but.it
isn't. It is about frustration and
anger--it is a movie abott
extremes. Marjorie goes to tFi*
extreme of revenge but ends ip
losing in the end. This is tM
message of Extremities It is ti'
rape of revenge rather than til
revenge of rape.
Stage plays-turned-movie
are in high gear these da3
Extremities should be a lesson :ta
be learned from. Small playe
make small movies. We coud
only hope that'night Mother arnd
Crimes of the Heart, two films b
this genre. to be released soon, wilJ
be better.

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