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ARTS
Monday, January 30, 1989

The Michigan Daily

Page 7

Opossums don't

play dead

BY JIM PONIEWOZIK
T ONIGHT, the Opossums play at
Rick's American Cafe. Well, not ex-
actly the Opossums - not if you
pay attention to the concert calendar
posted at Rick's. It refers to them as
"Folkminers minus Sam.",
The Opossums, however, don't
believe that they're "minus' any-
thing.
Yes, three of the members of the
Chelsea-based band used to be in the
Folkminers. Yes, they used to be the
instrumentalists who put the jangle
behind lead singer/songwriter Sam
,,Apides' folk-rock reflections. Yes,
.hey reformed under the new name
two months ago after Lapides left to

pursue his strummings in Boston.
But they're not the Folkminers.
They're not, they're not, they're not.
OK, maybe this sounds like
overkill. But when your band is try-
ing to form a new identity while be-
ing saddled with the history of one of
the most-known local bands in recent
years - well, sometimes you've got
to fight overkill with overkill.
"A lot of people liked us (as the
Folkminers)," says guitarist/ song-
writer Marty Fletcher. "But a lot of
people hated us." And toward the end
of their previous incarnation, the
current Opossums members weren't
sure they felt that great about
themselves, either. Though their
crisp, acoustic/electric, generally
midtempo rock sound, along with

Lapides' intelligent introspective
lyrics won them a lot of respect, it
also gave them a tendency to be -
as Fletcher puts it - "mopey."
"I was talking to (former Joe's
Star Lounge owner) Joe Tiboni, and
he was really ripping on the Folk-
miners... it'd be 12:30 at night and
we'd be playing 'Wish You Were
Here,"' said Fletcher.
The Opossums, on the other
hand, are a different animal. As they
demonstrated while opening for the
Holy Cows last Monday at the Blind
Pig, the band had been hiding a steel
fist underneath the buckskin glove
they played with under Lapides.
They opened with "In and Out," a
song written by new lead singer/
songwriter/rhythm guitarist Mark

Neff, which showed them playing
both harder and poppier than they
ever did as the Folkminers.
The song, and the entire show,
showed both Tom Dunham's bass
and Randy Sabo's drumming coming
across strong and hard, as did
Fletcher's ringing electric and
powerful twelve-string (no, that's not
an oxymoron). The set showcased
not only the band's more aggressive
style, but also Neff's Irish-Spring-
fresh, earnest-but-powerful vocals, as
well as his ability to write strong
pop songs that are plaintive without
being whiny.
Neff is not exactly new to the
band. A longtime friend of Fletch-
See 'sums, Page 9

Bizarre Verge
defies disbeli~ef
BY BETH COLQUIT
ON The Verge is not a traditional sort of play, although given its sub-
title, The geography of yearning, one could probably be led to expect
anything. It is somewhat surreal, delightfully comical, and wistful
with just a little poignancy thrown in for spice.
The play opened on a black stage. Except for personal props, like pith
helmets and backpacks, there was no set. There were a few times when
trees and bushes were necessary, which were provided by members of the
stage crew covered in burlap. A stream was represented very creatively by
a long, narrow piece of white shimmery material which was rippled from
both ends of the stage by two crew members. I found the set to be perfect
for the needs of the play, since the vast unexplored wilderness ("terra
incognita") did not try to adhere to reality.
The principal characters, three 19th century female explorers, began in
Africa, then moved to a rainforest jungle, and then to great chasms,
snowstorms and ice which one would expect to find in the Himalayas.
The journey ended in what was probably a small town somewhere in
1955, specifically "Nicky Paradise's Casino, Bar and Grill."
See Verge, Page 8

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Dearest Carol,
Through every tral
Our love has he d true
Only time will show
If we will finish this mile
To weather this too
Is my single hope
Love, Joe
P.S. Forever is a long time.
The longer the better.
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