The Michigan Daily
Monday, October 10, 1988
FYI: What's new in hip hop
BY SHEALA DURANT
HAT'S the newest hip hop
dance band to hop into Billboard's
top 20? Well, for your information,
it's Information Society.
Information Society was started
by James Cassidy, Paul Robb, Kurt
Valaquen and Amanda Kramer back
in 1985. Their sound is pretty hip
for three Minneapolis suburbanites
and a transplanted New Yorker. Their
latest hit single, "What's On Your
Mind" is hot and a good
representative of the European-style,
technohop genre (a la New Order),
but their incorporation of hip-hop
and funk elements set them apart
from other bands. The dominant and
omni-present vocals on tunes like
"What's On Your Mind", "Lay All
Your Love On Me" and "Running"
are strongly reminiscent of the
Human League's lead singer, Phil
The band's image and sound relies
heavily on electronic
instrumentation - so what better
person to produce their album than
Fred Maher (member and co-producer
of Scritti Politti) who also worked
as a drummer and programmer with
With strong support from
Hispanic youth in the Latin hip-hop
scene, Information. Society's first
single, "Running," became a quick
success, climbing to the top 10 on
Billboard's Dance Chart and
launching them towards their self-
titled debut LP, "Information
Society." Anyone who was a die-
hard viewer of the now defunct
Detroit dance show, The Scene ,is
sure to remember the tune almost
immediately upon hearing it.
"Running" was co-produced by
"Little" Louie Vega and The Latin
Rascals. Anyone familiar with Latin
hip hop knows that this group of
producers are considered by many to
be the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
of Latin hip hop, turning out
danceable music and producing
material for just about everybody and
"Attitude" and "Something In
The Air" definitely show their funk
capabilities and the influence of
James Brown. Listening to
"Something In The Air" I could have
sworn I heard licks from K.C. and
The Sunshine Band's "That's The
Way I Like It."
Vocalist and "sampling
See Society, Page 9
as his newcomer p
they fight a cosmic
James Caan (left), as Earthling cop Sykes, and Mandy Patinkin
Francisco take on an intergalactic "Just Say No"- campaign as1
in Alien Nation.
BY MARK SHAIMAN
Alien Nation. Alienation.
It's a good double entendr
an equally good thematic basi
film. But the point of a d
entendre is that it has two sid
though Alien Nation is wor
ing, it could have been much
than that, had its plo
overshadowed its message.
In 1988, a spaceship fille
aliens comes to Earth, and afte
years of quarantine they are al
to become part of society.F
immediately arise between t
listracted from attack on
mans and the "newcomers," making others are negatively
it clear that the film is trying to downplaying the soc
make a statement about the inanity which is already li
of prejudice. relationship betwee
e, and James Caan plays Sykes, a Los Sam.
s for a Angeles police detective, and in the Even worse is the f
double opening scene of the film, his Black villains are aliens. T
es, and partner is shot to death by one of the who played the evil C
th see- aliens. Not only was this man his the Superman film
more partner, but also his best friend; yet, Satanic here. He po
t not even before the killing occurs, Sykes comer entrepreneur:
had already been ignorantly insulting citizen, but only for
d with the "newcomers," whom he calls by sake. In truth, he is
r three the contemptuous name of "slags." intends to profit by pr(
llowed So why is there this divergence in that is overwhelming]
Biases his character? There is no reason his people. This bl
he hu- given because no reason exists, and powerful that it makes
that is a well-made point.' like talcum powder.
- In order to investigate the killing, The drug had alread
Sykes takes on a new partner - a the fall of his people
"newcomer," in fact. While he tries takes it as a personal
to remain cold and aloof, Mandy to stop the retur
Patinkin is so endearing as Sam Inevitably, the mur
Francisco (pun intended), that the partner and the drug
barrier not only breaks down, but nected; thus the p
entirely disappears. Still, Sam and individual interest in
his family are the only aliens we are case. When this plot
given reason to like. Almost all the See Nat
imited to thie
n Sykes aids
fact that all the
General Zod is
s, is just as
rtrays a new-
and a model
oducing a drug
ly addictive to;
ue ooze is so
;s cocaine seem:;
y nearly caused
once, so Sam:E
der of Sykes'
ring are con-
connection is F
Lion, Page 9
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