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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, October 20, 1987



Leaving Trains
SST Records
Regardless of what you think
about the Leaving Trains' choice of
album title, Fuck is an honest,
gutsy LP that reflects the band's
undisputably sound judgement in
musical matters. With 14 propulsive
tunes and energy enough for at least
triple that number, the Trains have
created a record that just about
knocks you over and into the next
Fuck has more personality than
last year's not-so-shabby Kill Tunes,
and happily doesn't suffer in the
slightest from the band's radical line-
up change. It recalls traces of
Richard Hell's best efforts, while

much of it smacks of the same angry
demons that fuel the Celibate Rifles.
The Trains are raw and sloppy, and
sound so good because they are.
"(I Don't Know) What (I'm
Doing Here)" is a short, slap-happy
riff with a spontaneous fusion of
garbled, incoherent muttering and
harmonica playing. It's as effortless
as most of Fuck's other songs,
which just use lots of guitar inspired
noise plus whatever the hell the band
feels like adding at the moment -
like whistles on "Walking With
You," or artsy, layered bits of
Reagan denying Irangate on "What
the President Meant to Say."
Fuck's got its share of throw-
aways, too, like the goofy "Violent
Sex" and "The Horse Song," but
most of the other tracks are just
blaring, feverish punches that are

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straight from the heart. Honest
guitar rock like this is an endangered
species. To pay this LP its biggest
compliment, let's just say that it
sounds like it could have been made
ten years ago; but it's definitely
meant for today.
It's, Immaterial
Life's Hard and Then You Du
A & MRecords
Pretentious and pretty. It's
Immaterial start off completely on
the wrong foot. Life's Hard and Then
You Die? They try so hard to put
out an air of cynicism, and
continually fail. Not only in the
title, but also in their songs. At the
end of "Space," which sounds su-
spiciously like Talking Heads, the
singer, repeating for three and a half
minutes that, "Space... is what we
need," quips, "After that.., try life
insurance." All this and more, from
a band that sounds like a bunch of
Smiths wanna-bes.
It's Immaterial play a poppy sort
of music, lots of boppy drums and
twangy guitar. They don't sound like
any one band in particular, luckily,
despite brief similarities to Talking
Heads and the Smiths. Instead, they
tend to sound like a different band on
each of their songs in a way that
seems to be not so much influence
but imitation. There is really
nothing new here, it's more just a
conglomeration of all the favorite
English dance bands.
"Driving Away From Home" not
only utilizes the token Smiths style,
melodic strummed guitar and simple
background drums, but more or less
blatantly "steals" vocals, too. The
vocalist sounds just a bit too much
like Morrissey to begin with, but he
then goes on to copy his style. The
song is about a man trying to
convince his girlfriend to go for a
drive with him. At one point he
sings, "When I was young we were
going to move out this way/ for the
clean air, healthy you know/ to get
away from all the factories and the
smoke." Not only are their speech
styles alike, but he also uses

The Leaving Trains sing about Irangate on their new album 'Fuck.' Despite its controversial title, the album is
selling faster than any IBM shares today.

I -mm


Morrissey's own subtle way o f
expressing socio/political views.
How ironic.
-Robert Flaggert
Various Artists
The Ugly Duckling,;
The Emperor and the
How the Rhinoceros Got His
Skin and How the Camel Got
His Hump
Rabbit Ears/ Windham Hill Records
Okay, the last I heard of audio re-
cordings of fairy tales was about ten
years ago when my little brother was
listening to "Little Red Riding
Hood" on some K-Tel cassette. So I
turn my back for a decade, and all of
a sudden Windham Hill is in on the
act. Well, I applaud them, because
these are three great records.
To put an end to any rumors as
quickly as possible, yes, Cher does
narrate The Ugly Duckling. That
alone would make the album worth
buying, but in comparison to the
other two it is easily the best. The
story, written by Hans Christian
Anderson, is told over a soundtrack
by one of Windham Hill's most
innovative artists, Patrick Ball,
which only makes the story more
enjoyable. Other narrators include
stars Glenn Close on The Emperor
and the Nightingale and Jack
Nicholson on How the Rhinoceros
Got His Skin & How the Camel
Got His Hump.
Think of these three albums as a
joke if you want to, but hey -
they're fun. They're class, too, so
don't be too quick to condemn them
or Windham Hill. The only problem
with these records is that they are
catering to the wrong age group.
Realistically, I don't knowghow
many people in the eight and under
category that buy records, but
hopefully the rest of us will.
-Robert Flaggert
UM News in
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They're Immaterial: Jarvis Whitehead (left) and John Campell (right) aren't
opening any new doors here. They're too busy copying the Smiths.

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