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ARTS

'The Michigan Doily

Thursday, March 26, 1987

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Satellites find fame

By Chuck Skarsaune
By now, if you listen to any
album-oriented rock or pop radio at
all, you've surely heard of the
Georgia Satellites. And even if
you've been hiding in your base-
ment lately, you've probably heard
their distinctive twin guitar sound.
But just who are these new rock
demi-gods, anyway?
Well, the Georgia Satellites are
not just another paisley-pop Byrds-
R.E.M. clone from Athens. "We've
got nothing to do with this neo-
psychedelia movement or this jang -
ly guitar, Byrds bumper crop in
Georgia, or otherwise," states gui-
tarist/vocalist Rick Richards. Any-
one listening to their album can
perceive this right away, as their
driving, guitar-based rock quickly
dispels any notions of "paisley-

ness." And the Satellites aren't
johnny-come-latelies, either;
regardless of their rapid rise to
prominence on the charts and the
airwaves, they've been around in
one form or another since 1980.
Formed by guitarist/lead vocalist
Dan Baird and Rick Richards in
Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia
Satellites went through multiple
changes in their rhythm section,
with Baird and Richards being the
only constants. Eventually, the
band stabilized their lineup and be-
gan to get some local recognition.
But by the summer of 1984, they
seemed to have reached a dead end,
with no great prospects. They
shopped a demo tape around, but
received only rejections from record
labels. Disenchanted, they dis-
banded, with Baird and Richards
finding their way into separate
groups.

But to and behold, by April of
1985 the demo tapes the Satellites
had made found their way to
England and were released by the
British Making Waves label. This
six song mini-album received great
praise from the British press and
sold well. Success encouraged Baird
and Richards to reform the Georgia
Satellites, with Richards bringing
bassist Rick Price and drummer
Mauro Magellon from his interim
band, Hell Hounds. Shortly there-
after, Elektra Records wised up and
signed the Satellites. The group
released its self-titled debut LP in
1986, and things have been rosy for
them ever since. Currently, the al-
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tonight for REO Speedwagon at Crisler Arena at 7:30.

A twist on

'The Turn of the Screw'

by John Ganun
"But he had already jerked
straight round, stared, glared again
and seen but the quiet day.With the
stroke of the loss I was so proud of
'ie uttered the cry of a creature
hurled over an abyss, and the grasp
;ith which I recovered him might
have been that of catching him in
Jiis fall. I caught him, yes, I held
iim-it may be imagined with
what a passion; but at the end of a
minute I began to feel what it truly
was that I held.We were alone with
the quiet day, and his little heart,
'dispossessed, had stopped."
With that, Henry James ends
The Turn of The Screw, one of the
;,greatest "ghost" stories of all time
.which details the plight of an in -
'iistingly courageous, possibly in -
sane young governess who is trying
-to save the souls of two young
children she believes to be under the
sway of their dead guardians'

ghosts. Benjamin Britten, with
librettist Myfanwy Piper, cap -
italized on this haunting short story
and made a successful opera. Yes,
an opera.
Though Piper's libretto shifts
the central focus of the action on
the two children (the governess is
the main character in James's short
story), the essential plot remains
the same, but with one major inter -
pretive addition. In James's tale, the
ghosts never speak; leaving the
reader to imagine how much control
they have. in manipulating the
children.With Britten's music the
ghosts materialize, leading to high -
er dramatic tension but lessening
the mystique.
In exchange for some of the
mystery of the short story, Britten
masterfully adds an entire dimen -
sion to The Turn of the Screw with
his music. Consisting of a pro -
logue and two acts, the operaois
divided into sixteen scenes which
develop the plot, intertwined with

fifteen variations.With his varia -
tions, Britten doubles the meaning
of the title. Not only does it sug -
gest the amplified horror created
with children used in such a dark
tale, but it also describes the
continual progresseion of the var -
iations, which thread the story
together.

Britten's masterpiece will be
presented by the U of M Opera
Theatre this weekend at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater. Director Jay
Lesenger and conductor Gustav
Meier (the same team responsible
for last springs The Merry Widow
and more recently thehighly suc -
cessful The Magic Flute) have their

work cut out for them to retain the
quality of their past university pro -
ductions.
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"Good Wife' proves
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A bad movie is always dis -
appointing, especially when a sub -
stantial amount of talent is wasted,
which is why The Good Wife is
,articularly objectionable.
It's 1939 in rural Australia, and
the lovely couple-Rachel Ward
. and Bryan Brown-live, together
quite happily. Inevitably, little
problems crop up, as in any mar -
- riage, but nothing serious until the
plot takes us to the introduction of
the handsome stranger. And gee
whiz, things get pretty messy after
that. Ward falls in love right from
the start, loses her sanity, attempts
to force herself on the stranger, and
onwards to the happy ending.
The word to remember here is
"silly." The general topic isn't bad.
In the hands of a capable writer and
director, adultery offers a good sit -
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individual or two, and, possibly,
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The problem is this: Ward wants
some excitement in her life. We
also know that she is sensible and
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