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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 27, 1988

New
buzz
word is
'honey

BY MIKE RUBIN

Holy, Cows milk guitars
for all they're worth

BY JOHN CORTEZ
T HE Holy Cows will be at the U-
Club tonight.
No, it's not some bizarre dairy
ritual. It's one of the most frenetic
Ann Arbor-area rock bands, one that
specializes in "loud, fast rock 'n'
roll," according to guitarist Scott
Salyer.
The Chelsea group's first release,
Greener Sidewalks, debuted earlier
this year and has drawn endless
comparisons to the Replacements,
who pioneered "drunk rock" much as
R.E.M. influenced the revival of
guitar-oriented rock in the early '80s.
Greener Sidewalks has that
drunken Replacements sound, with
its driving guitar chords and slurred
vocals. But the Holy Cows are not
just another Replacements clone.
Salyer, bassist/singer Mike Feeney,
guitarist/singer John Popovich, and
drummer Mike Popovich combine
the frenzied energy of the Re-
placements with the urgency of the
Meat Puppets and the melodies of

R.E.M. The four instruments fit
together like a completed jigsaw
puzzle of volume.
"We didn't intentionally try to
sound like the Replacements, but
they are one of our favorite bands,"
said Salyer. "Our main influence is
probably Led Zeppelin, because all
four of us admire each individual's
musical talent in that band. If I want
to hear good guitar, I'll put on
Jimmy Page."
The Zeppelin influence is no-
where near as apparent as the
Replacements influence, particularly
in the comic lyrics and catchy chor-
uses. "Too Kind," a jaunty coun-
try/rock tune, contains the classic
line: "OK, I don't like waiting/ But
it must beat roller skating." The
song also features an oral drumroll
and yodeling.
The band formed in March, 1987,
and began writing songs. By Au-
gust they were playing shows and
preparing to record Greener Side-
walks. Their second gig was a

warm-up for the Meat Puppets in
Mt. Pleasant.
"It was a big thrill to open up for
one of our favorite bands, especially
so soon after getting together," said
Salyer.
The Cows have recorded 11 new
tracks for an album that should be
released in one or two months,
according to Salyer. It should be a
smash on the basis of its title alone:
To Be or Not to Be, That's What
I'm Talking About.
What they're talking about is
energetic, entertaining rock 'n' roll,
and that is what U-Clubbers can
expect tonight - not pretentious
political preaching, even in this
election year. And, no, Geraldo,
don't expect any Satanism, either.
The Holy Cows sing about the roots
of rock 'n' roll, about "classroom
headaches and smoky rooms." And
they sing it the way it should be
sung - loudly.
THE HOLY COWS will play at the
U-Club tonight at 10 p.m. Cover is
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AFICIONADOS of nappy-haired
guitar noise take note: tonight, the
inky-dinky stage of the Beat hosts
the local debut of Seattle natives and
generally gnarly-coiffed Sub Pop
recording artists Mudhoney. Folks
who like their power chords fast,
ferocious, and feedback-coated should
attend (in droves, people, in droves),
and in a few short moments (in
accordance with "new" Daily Arts
policy), I'll even tell you why. But
first (as the saying goes), a little
history.
It seems that as the first gen-
eration of post-hardcore noisemakers
bickered over their usual "autistic
differences" and subsequently bit the
dust, the members of such bands, in
true '70s fashion, have grouped and
regrouped themselves, following the
"supergroup syndrome" that afflicted
their corporate counterparts. Whereas
the major labels have provided us
with AOR swine like Cream, Blind
Faith, and the Honeydrippers, the
break-ups of independent-label out-
fits like the Birthday Party, Big
Black, and Scratch Acid have
wreaked the likes of These Immortal
Souls, Crime and the City Solution,
and Rapeman upon an unsuspecting
pigfuck public.
Thus the split of Seattle's Green
River, after two EPs and 1988's
sleazier-than-thou Rehab Doll LP,
and the demise of fellow Sasquatch
sludgeballs the Melvins, (following
the heavier-than-a-tractor-pull Gluey
Porch Treatments album), has
contributed to the budding Pacific
Northwest legend that has Mudhoney
tabbed as "the new Asia." With the
pterodactyl tonsils of Green River
vocalist Mark Arm, the fallout
clouds of wah-wah from original
'River guitarist Steve Turner, and
the unstable-isotope-mass of ex-
Melvin Matt Lukin's basslines,
Mudhoney churn an even pug-uglier
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spew than their non-slouch prede-
cessors
However, even to the most
decibel-damaged rocker, the name
"Mudhoney" still may ring few
bells; such are the perils of doing a
national tour before your first EP
has hit the shelves. The cult-cinema
conscious might be able to conjure
up fading celluloid memories of the
1965 Russ Meyer film of the same
name, but Mudhoney bear no
resemblance to mascara-and-scarves
groups like Faster Pussycat who
also derive their monikers from "the
rural Fellini." On their debut 45,
"Touch Me I'm Sick"/"Sweet Young
Thing (Ain't Sweet No More)," the
band distance themselves from the
spate of tattooed thugboys racing
after the cock-rock crown with a
grunge-covered attack that slings
more mud than a... well, you get the

picture. After all, the group chose
their name for a reason; "Motor-
psycho" or "Ultravixen" (other
Meyer titles) just don't come as
close to succinctly describing the
'Honey buzz.
It seems to be only a matter of
time before Mudhoney is the band
creasing the pursed lips of the
underground rock faithful. Their
sleaze factor reaches positively Rea-
ganesque proportions on their
imminent Superfuzz Bigmuff EP,
and the,-band will release a joint 45
with Sonic Youth next month in
which the groups cover each other's
songs. Don't wait for the consensus
to sound: for once, you can get in on
the ground floor of a collapsing new
building.
MUDIIONEY will play at the Beat
tonight at 10 p.m. Cover. is $3.
Russ would be proud.

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Throw away those old Asia and GTR albums, folks, a real
rock supergroup is coming to town.

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