The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 9, 1987- Page'
American Music Club
The San Francisco band the American Music Club will be playing at Schoolkids' Records tonight as part of
their unusual tour of the nation's record stores. Showtime is set for 9 p.m. Sure beats playing Crisler Arena...
Topical songwriter Fred Small earned a law degree and a Master's degree from the University before persuing a
career in music. His politically spiced songs are often compared to Woody Guthrie. Small will-be at the Ark
Sunday night at 8 p.m.
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of the play is dissatisfying. A young
man falls in love with a prostitute.
His slave tries to buy the woman
back in exchange for his own
freedom. Meanwhile, the boy's
parents fight with, insult, and
conspire against one another. A
fundamentalist General comes to
steal the young woman because she
is the only virgin he can find. (The
girl had to be imported from Crete;
there seemed to be only prostitutes
and ugly wives in Rome).
There are plenty of embarrassing
caricatures, like the second servant
Hysterium. In addition, the pimp is
a transvestite and his three eunuchs
seem more like junior high school
girls who have gotten drunk for the
first time. If they are supposed to be
gay, they are shameful caricatures.
The representations of women are
more diverse; there are several pros-
titutes, the old hag wife, and Philia
(feel-ya), who couldn't count to five
but is "lovely" merely in her
ornamental quality. A better suited
play might have been chosen not
necessarily to expose the quality of
the cast, but to show the School of
Music's interaction with issues
which can't be ignored on campus,
particularly bigotry against
homosexuals and rampant sexism.
The play was written in 1962, which
may explain some of the attitudes it
maintains, but it need not have been
selected; i be performed in 1987.
If you are unaware of the talent
within our own University, go see A
FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON
THE WAY TO THE FORUM. It
promises to deliver laughs to all
who attend - but with a forum for
social criticism for the more
reflective viewer. The play will be
performed at the Mendelssohn
Theatre tonight through Saturday at
8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fridays in The Daily
JEAN -LUC PONTY
Many people who pick up
Provocation, the new album from
the band 86, will undoubtedly
notice the address of the record
label, which happens to be in
Georgia. This leads one to recall the
multitudes of other guitar bands'
from the Peach state. Forunately,
86 don't sound anything like an
R.E.M. clone, nor do they play in
the aging but not dead "Southern
Rock" tradition. Instead 86 have
created their own sound, of a power
trio playing British gloom-and-
doom style, but without the
I extraneous fashions and haircuts.
Listening to Provocation is like
walking along the bottom of a
seedy looking back-woods lake. The
deeper one goes into it, the darker
and colder it gets. The bass playing
weaves around like mysterious
weeds growing out of the muck that
you don't want to get too close to.
The clear, steady drum beat doesn't
overpower the rest of the music,
but you can't forget it is there.
Guitar player Ken Schenck provides
plenty of dirty, hazy activity that
swims around unpredictably. And
all three members give lead vocals
their best shot, to unspectacular but
With song titles such as "Wheel
of Confusion," "Shade of Black,"
and "Eyeless," it should come as no
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surprise that 86 don't exactly have a
sunny disposition. At one point the
vocalist declares "I'll go out and
hang myself tonight." If 86 would
put the word "you" in each of their
songs about five more times, they
could sell all their songs to Robert
Smith for the next Cure album.
Still, no matter how depressing
the lyrics might get, 86 are sure to
provide some fun sonic activity,
best when heard on headphones.
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