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THE BEER VAULT
The Nation's Oldest Drive-Thru
303 Ni. Fifth
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(across from Kerytoi
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LABATT'S BLUE, MILLER & LITE
1984-5-Wolverines collect consecutive Big 10 titles
1935 - Beer Vault starts drive-thru service

MUSic
Continued from Page 4
The Tar Babies
Fried Milk
SST Records
The Tar Babies are a twisted trio
of caffeine-creeps who play surging
punk-funk in the tradition of the
Big Boys and the Cocktail Girlz.
However, this just begins to
describe the Madison, Wisconsin
band's adrenaline-smacking sound.
The band produces a nerve jangling
synthesis of vengeful guitar snarls,
wicked funk bass-lines, and mass
lyrical confusion vocalized in a
spit-fire delivery that sounds like
someone's hacking the Babies'
shins with a baseball bat.
"More Salt" is a sodium-
saturated, fist-clenched, Mick Jagger
meets Minor Threat miasma. The
tune boils to a climax and then
shatters the thermometer in a blast
of poisonous mercury fumes,
mercilessly gagging the listener

like some haywire chemistry
experiment explosion. This is hot
stuff.
At times the Tar Babies produce
loud batches of gruesome
cacophony that smothers much of
their frenetic, nail-biting charisma.
But it works perfectly on "Set Up,"
a funny, bile raising, Black Sabbath'
metal-stomp, complete with raised
index and pinky fingers in a
devilish Ozzy Ozbourne salute.
"Sound and Color" features a
nervous guitar-bass frazzle and a
thumping headache drumbeat. But
it is the drymouthed lyrics that will
remind you of the time when you
were hungover and dehydrated and
lost grip of an ice cold bottle of
Gatorade; watching helplessly as
your life-blood shattered on the
kitchen floor.
Overall, this raging, blasting,
bitches brew gets annoying at times
(like after six cups of coffee.) But
nevertheless, this album is a
glucose-pumping barrage that
skewers any rational thought
whatsoever. The Tar Babies' "Fried
Milk" is a great album guaranteed

to scrape your nerve endings and tap
your energy flow.
Todd Shanker
54-40
Show Me
Warner Bros.
Show Me, the new album by
the Vancouver band 54-40, is all
too exemplary of the frustrating
state of so many no-nonsense guitar
outfits today. You've got t o
appreciate the group's earnest,
straightforward rocking style. The
raging six-string riffs of "Standing
in the Way" show 54-40 has got
the musical tools to do the job
right. But knowing what to do with
these tools is an entirely different
matter.
As the typical "What's in a
Name" begins with a crisp and col-
orful guitar figure, things look
promising. Unfortunately, it pro-
ceeds to go nowhere. The few
variations that 54-40 make on the
incessant themes of their songs
rarely break these tracks out of the
rut until verse, chorus, and bridge
blur into a stifling monotony.
Without distinctive song structures,
all that remains is the thumping
bombast of U2's War.
If only 54-40 had any of those
features which set a few apart from
the pack: the passionate lyrics and
voice of The Call's Michael Been,
the keen melodies of Wire Train or
heroic sound of North Carolina
rockers Ten Ten, or the good hu-
mour of the Brit Julian Cope. But
hopefully, the songs on Show Me
are only a case of 54-40's creative
trough temporarily running dry -
it's disappointing to see a band that
can rock so hard only succeed in
putting you to sleep.
-Michael Fischer

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