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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, November 30, 1987
ROCK SHOCKER!
Top researcher John Logie
has discovered an anomaly
more devastating in its cos-
mic implications than the
famed Kennedy-Lincoln En-
igma. Examine the facts, and
we're sure you too will
agree, factors beyond our ken
are working to create...
THE JAGGER-
JACKSON CONUN-
DRUM!
Mick! Mike!
Male, but he has been known to GENDER Male, but has been known to
donfuse the issue confuse the issue
'White, but wishes he was Black RACE Black, but wishes he was white
"aSolo singer, leaving behind a OCCUPATION Solo singer, leaving behind a
biad with which he made history band with which he made history
I;44n 1981, Jagger spearheaded the ACHIEVEMENTS In 1984 Jackson spearheaded the
biggest concert tour of all time, with biggest tour of all time with his old
his old band, charging an unheard of band, charging a then unheard of $30
$15 per ducat per ducat
London, named after one of the OLD RECORD LABEL Motown, named atter one of the
biggest cities in his homeland biggest cities in his homeland
Columbia CURRENT RECORD LABEL Columbia
'State of Shock" - a duet with... HAD A TOP TEN HIT WITH "State of Shock" - a duet with...
Michael Jackson! Mick Jagger!
First major solo tour FUTURE PLANS First major solo tour
Cut the crap and go back to his FANS WISH HE'D Cut the crap and go back to his
old band old band, but bring Janet
Publishing rights to the songs of RICH 'CUZ HE OWNS Publishing rights to the songs of
one of the most popular groups of one of the most popular groups of
the '60s the '60s
Jerry Hall CLOSEST COMPANION Bubbles the Chimp

Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON.
Rugged youths slam dance to Circle Jerks this past summer at Manhattan's 10:18 Club during the New
Music Seminar. Although the band's current formula is closer to metal than its hardcore roots, the fans
don't mind and still slam to the music anyway.

Records

Circle
VI

Jerks

Primitive Cool, on which Jagger
repeats the big-drum formula of his
last solo release, and is really
listenable only when he recalls the
Stones. But thanks to MTV he's
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Bad on which Michael can't
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the mix, though, and it becomes
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Relativity
The Jerks' 1985 effort,Wenderful,
marked their entry into the umlaut-
laden world of metal, and the record
succeeded because the band recog-
nized the ridiculousness of it all.
After all, reaction against dinosaurs
like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple
was part of the impetus for this
whole punk rock thing. And yet, as
punk tempos slowed, the distinc-
tions between the two genres became
blurry. But the Jerks managed to
mock metal evan as they played it.
On VI, the Jerks retain the sound
of their last album, but lose the
ironic commentary, and the result is
a run-of-the-mill record.
Three songs on Side Two are
good enough to be used to fill the
blank space on homemade tapes of
Wonderful. The best of the three is
"All Wound Up," largely because it
recalls old-old Circle Jerks, with a
breakneck drumbeat and adolescent

intensity. Next in line is the band's
cover of CCR's "Fortunate Son,"
which is more entertaining than it is
good. Finally, there's "Love Kills"
which, like The Ramones' "Love
Kills" lost out to Joe Strummer's
"Love Kills" in the Sid & Nancy
theme song derby.
Jerk metal just isn't worth the
effort if the lyrics don't acknowledge
the joke.
-John Logie
Bop (Harvey)
Roadkills I
Grand River
Bop (Harvey)'s new live tape,
Roadkills I, reveals the group as a
rowdy tribe of musical pyromaniacs
who singe sneakers with their fiery
"world beat" dance-goulash. It starts
with a heavy dose of rockin' reggae,
then adds swirls of ska, Afro-beat,
jazz, soca, and even a few
psychedelic guitar licks. "Stir it up"
(as Bob Marley said) and you get a
piping hot portion of Bop (Harvey)'s
distinctive homemade hybrid.
The seven piece band from East
Lansing immediately sets the party
pace with the raunchy "Hot Potato."
The tune features Wordsmith's
bristling vocals in combination with
tangy Caribbean horn solos that
revel in the fresh, Soca rhythm.
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"Hot Potato's" irresistable melodic
hooks are guaranteed to grab listen-
ers and hurl them onto the dance-
floor. Along the same lines, "Vibe"
is pure power reggae complete with
spicy vocals, Tijuana brass-style
meandering, and crisp dub-style ef-
fects.
On the other hand, "Water" is a
slinky, soothing reggae ballad with a
dense rhythm. Blustery bass-line
battalions march through the killer
reggae rydim while Joe Sadlier's
sticky guitar solos hold the heavy
Natty Dread atmosphere together.
"Water" is definitely one of the
finest cuts on the tape as it seduc-
tively invites the listener into Bop
(Harvey)'s mysterious musical do-
main.
The band's diversity is showcased
on such tunes as "Bread & Cir-
cuses," a scathing political
commentary with a tight "Rude
Boy" ska rhythm, the salacious lim-
erick fun of "Fat Girls," and the
psychedelic reggae of "White Wine.'
Other cuts include the pretentious
"Stand," which despite being an
overly simplistic anthem still had
me humming along after a couple
listens. And "Lela" is simply
crunching skank reggae, faintly
reminiscent of Black Uhuru's classic
live album, Tear it Up.
Roadkills I is a perfect example
of why reggae great Sugar Minott
calls Bop (Harvey), "America's best
reggae band." It's an exciting release
that sizzles with the raw energy of
this hyperactive troupe's original
synthesis of sounds. One caution:
Bop (Harvey)'s frothy reggae mix-
ture is highly flammable. It's very
likely you'll be skanking just to
keep your feet from frying.
-Todd Shanker

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