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ARTS

The Michigan Daily
Proclaimers peddle
perfect, perky pop
BY MARK SWARTZ
T HE Proclaimers follow Prince in the record bin, but their proximity to
the Purple One means nothing more than alphabetic coincidence. When they
take the stage at St. Andrews tonight, they probably won't emerge from a
menacing fog, or rise from the floorboards in a bathtub. Scottish twins
Charlie and Craig Reid are more likely to skip merrily to the center of the
stage, pick up their well-travelled six-strings, and start the show.
Their major label debut, Sunshine on Leith, captures the Proclaimers in
an ideal period of transition - from the all-acoustic traditions of their earlier
work, to the super big pop stardom that they are rapidly approaching, at
least in the United Kingdom. The sound of the album falls somewhere to
the right of Billy Bragg (like everyone else, except maybe Karl Marx him-
self) and the left of Richard Thompson.
Highlights on the record include a surprisingly poignant cover of Amen-
can country-rocker Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues," and a strange,
catchy ode to a baby boy, "Sean." There's something very natural in the
spare lyricism of the song, which consists solely of two lines, repeated with
varying emphasis: "Sean I'd say the best one came from Tupelo, Missis-
sippi/ I'll tell you now that old men cry and Irish girls are pretty."
But the best line on the album, and the strongest candidate for a sing-
along at the show tonight runs simply, "But Jean, Oh Jean, you let me get
lucky with you!" There's one you'll want to hum in the elevator.
THE PROCLAIMERS, with special guests THE BLANKS appear tonight
at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, in Detroit. The show starts at 10
pm. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door.
. - Iq a ''N PLA E

Thursday, March 9, 1989

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Page 7
Wowie!!!
Innovative new play's title says it all

13 Engines that can
All of us suffering through the cruelties of a
Midwestern winter can identify with 13 Engines
as they sing them old Byram Lake Blues. The
Toronto grunge-rock outfit named their re-
cently-released second LP after a miserable
winter they spent at a summer cottage in south-
east Michigan. From the seeds of desolation
came more critical praise for the band, which has
been described by frequent references to loud,
rootsy bands like the Hoodoo Gurus. Tonight's
show starts at 10 p.m.; cover is $4.'

BY MARISA ANAYA
WOWIE Kazowie! describes perfectly what
I saw at the Performance Network. Now
what, you may ask, does that mean? Well,
I've been trying to figure that out myself.
Wowie Kazowie, presented by Plexus
Productions, is a new play written by Naomi
Saferstein, who also directs this performance.
It is always interesting to witness a play di-
rected by the playwright, since what we see is
the original product as the author intended,
instead of a new conceptual interpretation that
a director creates. This "suburban avant-garde"
theater piece combines film, dance, and music
to produce a innovative, visually interesting
spectacle if nothing else.
The costumes, styled by DEME and defi-
nitely the highlight of the show, will trans-
port you to the world of the Jetsons, or else
back to the day when Greg Brady turned Dad's
den into a groovy new pad. Gold platform
boots up to the thigh, one-piece nylon bell-
bottom jumpers with fringe, see-through
plastic skirts, red false eyelashes - they're
all there.

The characters, all employees of the All
New Hapi-Wipe Sponge Company, have
stumbled upon a murder while taking a breath
of fresh air from the First International
Sponge Conference in New York City. The
plot revolves around them trying to solve the
mystery, but as the play progresses it be-
comes apparent that the murder is of no con-
sequence to the characters or to the play.
What seems to be important, instead, are
the characters' individual eccentricities and
quirks that are unfortunately too often exag-
gerated and stereotypical. Some of these
characters are simply not believable, no mat-
ter how out-of-the-ordinary and weird they are
supposed to be.
Some of the actors, however, interpret
their characters extremely well; they create an
entire human being who could indeed exist,
instead of superficial stereotype. In Millicent
Van Cleve, brilliantly played by Melissa Za-
farana, we see a woman who transcends the
typical neurotic nag inherent in her personal-
ity. In her character, Zafarana harbors a deep
See Wowie, Page 8

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