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Page 8-- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 16, 1987
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The Scientists
Weird Love
Big Time Records
America may have won the
coveted Cup again, but if Amer -
icans were smart they would have
left the functionally useless hunk of
metal in Australia and hauled the
four members of the Scientists back
instead. The Scientists provide far
more entertainment than any other
Australian import conceivable.
The Scientist's basic philosophy
on their latest product, Weird Love,
runs along the lines of "let's play
two guitars and do a lot of fuzzy

shit to them." Fans of sonic guitar
will reach nirvana during the
opening cut, "Swampland." A
warbling, Duane Eddy-styled rhy -
thm guitar gallops along, accented
by a lead guitar bleating out intense
sixth string notes. The guitars
combine to make you believe your
speakers have mutated into a giant
humming Marshall amp turned up
too loud.
After this all-out assault, the
guitars of Tony Thewlis and Kim
Salmon fall into a more regular
pattern. The rhythm grunges along,
picking up where Robby Krieger
left off at the end of "Hello, I Love
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This provides the backdrop for the
lead guitar to scream all over the
sustain/feedback map. At times the
lead guitar sounds like Australian
torpedo planes going in for some
imagined run against the Stars and
Stripes. Your woofers will also get
a fair workout from the somewhat
synchronized drum and bass lines
that provide another clear backdrop
to all the guitar action.
All this sound demands a good
singer. Kim Salmon comes through
with a steady delivery that can
unexpectedly careen off on some
high notes of his own. The line
"There's a hundred headhunters all
headed your way / With a hundred
different ways they'll make you
pay," from "When Fate Deals Its
Mortal Blow," proves you don't
need a video to enjoy this song.
And the Scientists' Ramones-like is
evidenced on the hot tune "Atom
Bomb Baby" (among other songs),
when Salmon describes his
girlfriend: "She's a nuclear fission /
Burning up my kitchen. "
The only drawback to this
awesome album is that you may
have heard it before. These twelve
songs are re-recordings of their
"stage favorites," previously
available as imports (this LP is on
the domestic Big Time label). If
you haven't heard the Scientists
yet, pick this up and see if you feel
like burning up your kitchen.
-Brian Jarvinen
Michigan Daily
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Labrec and Rosin star in 'Love Life'. 4
'Love Life'worth reviving

By Lauren Schreiber
The University Musical Theatre
Program just may in fact make
mdsical theatre history tonight as
they produce Love Life, a
collaboration of Alan Jay Lerner
(book and lyrics) and Kurt Weill
(music). Love Life premiered on
Broadway in 1948 and has not been
restaged since. The University
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direction of Brent Wagner, chairman
of the program.
According to director Wagner;
"Love Life is notable in American
musical theatre for several reasons.
First, it was the only collaboration
of two musical theatre giants, Weill
and Lerner. It is also one of the
earliest versions of the 'concept'
musical (as opposed to the tradi -
tional book musical) which in turn
led to the creation of such musicals
as Company, A Chorus Line, and
Cabxret."
The musical was conceived by
Alan Jay Lerner as a series of songs
and variety acts tied together by a
story which concerns a young
couple, Sam and Susan. Spanning
three centuries, from 1791 to 1948,
Love Life is a sort of historical
look at the relationship of the
young couple.
"As time passes, Sam and
Susan's marriage is tested by social
change, women's suffrage, and the
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onset of the industrial revolution in
America," explained Wagner. "They
do not age, but the world changes
around them, highlighting differ -
ences in marriage and families
withing the past 160 years." Scenes
are juxtaposed against vaudeville
acts which comment on the action
of the scene.
This production of Love Life
was made possible through a
special arrangement with the Kurt
Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.,
and the estate of an Jay Lerner. Lys
Symonette, musical assistant to
Weill on the original production of
Love Life serves as the artistic
consultant on the revival.

Also involved in the production
are conductor Mitchell Krieger,
musical director Jerry Depuit,
choreographer Tim Millett, and set
designer Allison Ford.
Love Life takes the stage once
again tonight at the Power Center
and runs through Sunday.
Performances begin at 8 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, and a 2
p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are
available at the Michigan League
Ticket Office or by phone (764-
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