The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, April 15, 1987
Celibate Rifles to take aim;
By Beth Fertig
it seems there's been an awful
lot of good music surfacing from
Down Under lately, and I don't
mean INXS. One by one, all sorts
of guitar bands just keep popping
up to steal the American con -
sumer's heart, and are probably
more likely to encourage Australian
tourism than any of those "Come
and Say G'day" commercials.
Among the many talented
Aussie bands, the Celibate Rifles
have clearly risen to the forefront of
all that is "hot, hip, and happen -
ing." Their post-punk, grungey
guitar sound has evidently impres -
sed Ann Arbor, as last year's area
debut completely packed the Blind
Pig. I'm told by one respectable
source that their amazing full force
throttle guitar sound will "wipe the
ears off of your face." The Rifles'
hot new live LP, Kiss Kiss, Bang
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What Goes On label), recorded at
CBGB's last December, is a sure
indication of that power. But for a
more personal blast of this band, all
are strongly encouraged to hop on
down to the Pig tonight as the
Celibate Rifles return to Ann
The Celibate Rifles' sound is
heavily inspired by fellow
Australian talents, Radio Birdman,
as well The Stooges. But not the
Sex Pistols. They released their
first EP, But Jacques, the Fish?
in1982, a record that sells for a
hefty price if you can find it, now
(it is out of print), and is also
(reportedly) worth it. Their other
Australian releases - the debut LP
Sideroxylon, and the second album,
The Celibate Rifles - are also
difficult to obtain in this country,
but when they were reissued domes -
tically as Quintessentially Yours
and Mina, Mina, Mina, American
buyers caught on fast.
The Rifles' dueling guitars of
Kent Steedman and Dave Morris are
a stroke of genius; a sparkling,
sharpened knife's edge that pur -
mels through all of their work.
Damien Lovelock's vocals have a
half rapped/half sung sort of style
which is the perfect tonic for his
often poetic, at times even conver -
sational lyrics. The band also has a
strong sense for melody as eviden -
ced by some of their material on
Mina, Mina, Mina, where delicate
keyboard parts roll beneath and
eventually conquer the harsher
Last year, the Celibate Rifles
released their third LP, The Turgid
Miasma of Existence (or
Happening Sounds For the New
Degeneration), a brilliant album
which shows them continuing to
grow and develop as a band. It's
also got teriffic packaging. Since
then, however, their line-up has
altered slightly. Original drummer
Phil Jacquet and bassist Mykle
Couvret have been replaced by Paul
Larson and Rudy Mokabito,
repectively. We'll be seeing them
in this new form tonight, and the
word is already out from their East
Coast dates that the Rifles are
hotter than ever. In fact, they'll
probably become the most
notorious thing out of Australia
since that ten foot crocodile
devoured an American model a few
The Celibate Rifles will be
opened by Detroit's Junk Monkeys
at 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5.
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Did you know that the school of
Literature, Science, and the Arts
does not grant the credit to LSA
students for takin ROTC classes?
The LSA Student Government
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Australia's Celibate Rifles, appear tonight at 10 p.m. at the Blind Pig.
Pet Shop Boys
As far as remixes go, they are
always fun to listen to, especially
when danceable like the Pet Shop
Boys' music. Their new album,
Disco, should be called "the -:emix
album," because that's all that it is.
The songs are all familiar:
"Opportunities," "West End Girls,"
"Suburbia," "Love Comes Quick -
ly," and "In The Night,"with one
new song, "Paninaro." All are new
versions and it sounds like a lot of
time was spent to improve them.
Some songs have even added new
vocals and instruments. All are
good remixes, and of good length,
but "Suburbia" is a little too long.
In general, the tracks are danceable
and stay upbeat, but as I said, it's
all already available in another
Well..,thismay not be the
Prince/Miles Davis collaboration
that it has been rumoured to be.
Madhouse 8 is an incredibly
funky soul LP. It is daring in that
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