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April 11, 1988 - Image 31

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The Michigan Daily, 1988-04-11

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APRIL 1988 Life And Art



Aztec Camera's
lost its punch
in newest 'Love'
y Jennifer Boddy
The State News
Michigan State U.
Roddy Frame must have fallen in
love, but he didn't need to share it with
the world. And he definitely could have
spared us Aztec Camera's latest,
touchingly titled Love. How simple,
sweet, sentimental, and soggy.
The release is evidence that all the
ype this love stuff gets is overrated. It
doesn't make every day spring unless
you're just stupid-it's freezing out
there. Even worse than sprouting delu-
ions, love can make you sniffle worse
han any blizzard.
But what it did to singer/songwriter/
itarist Roddy Frame really smarts.
Listening to the bitter twinge of his
oice crooning shallow optimism to sim-
le arrangements (complete with "whoo
hoos" and "oh yeahs" filling in the
ackground) you get embarrassed for
And even sicker, every song is a love
song-just what the world needs, more
love songs. The worst has to be "Every-
body Is a Number One." Bouncy, boun-
cy, bouncy-though it's comforting to
learn "With lips and arms and unity/We
overcome our fear/That day will come/
en everybody is a number one." Try
those lines on a psychopath-he'll be a
changed man.
Coming in a close second for cheesi-
ness is "How Men Are." For some reason
it makes me picture a cloudy closeup of
a girl's face that gets distorted into a
million starry-eyed tiny faces circling
around. Yes, that mushy.
"Working in a Goldmine" and "Killer-
ont Street" are the best two cuts, with
races of stark sincerity in the lyrics and
more Aztec Camera-style juxtaposition
in the music.
Then you have "Somewhere In My
Heart," where Frame sounds like John
Travolta from Grease. Enough said.
"One and One" makes you want to do
the hustle. No, not even the hustle-the
bump. And this is the same man who
wrote "So wipe your eyes of the lies and
et them shine their blue/Every whisper
hat welcomes/The inconceivable and
the birth of the true."
Don't ever fall in love.
Too bad, because Aztec Camera re-
leases like Knife and High Land, Hard
Rain were so good you could just sit by
yourself with a drink, stare at a step or
something and get lost in the music.
With Love, however, you're thinking of
those posters of the girl with the too-big
lack eyes that is soooo cute that reads
"love is like a warm puppy." Aztec

Camera's Love is like a warm puppy

That Petrol Emotion:
underground sound
In a year that the U.K. was
dominated by the silly pop of Rick
Astley, Curiosity Killed the Cat
and the Thrashing Doves, That
Petrol Emotion somehow managed
to survive the disco revival and all
the other nuances of Thatcherism
and triumphed with their uncom-
promisingly angry and equally
funky Babble. The band is relative-
ly quiet about its politics compared
to predecessors like the Sex Pistols,
the Clash and Easterhouse, but it
still tries its best to "agitate, edu-
cate, or organize" the masses.. Tom
Vanderbilt, The Cardinal, U.of Wiscon-
sin, Madison

fIREHOSE's 'If'n'
an underrated hit
Although their latest effort Ifn
was released on independent re-
cord label SST, fIREHOSE rocks
just as hard as the major-label
hockey rink rockers. Blending jazz-
like unconventional rhythmic pat-
terns, lyric twists, humor and pers-
piration, they will soon be turning
heads that would rather not turn.
fIREHOSE is a band that wears
blue-collar shirts, writes abstract
poetry and highway songs, and has
not yet been blinded by a fabulous
light show-lots of rock, no glam, a
thigh-slappin', foot-stompin', head-
thinkin', sad-dreamin' good time.
Eric Greiling, The Cardinal, U. of Wis-
consin, Madison

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