The Michigan Daily
Friday, September 22, 1989
Lounge Cats claw at the
BY DONNA IADIPAOLO
Celestial beings manning large hats will de-
scend upon the earth on the half-moon, invading
both the farm towns and the metropolis. On this
day snot will run uncontrollably from the nose
and humans will reach for the nearest piece of
cutlery in defense of the giant clown.
- passage from a recent Cap'n Dave and the
Psychedelic Lounge Cats concert flyer.
If you haven't seen this manifesto plastered
around campus, experienced their concert, or
talked with any of them, then you're most likely
completely oblivious to what Cap'n Dave and
the Psychedelic Lounge Cats are all about. I'm
sure I'll never know, either.
While psychedelic-lounge-funk music, a cou-
ple of dancers wearing G-strings knitted from
turkey breast filets (pulling out globs of cottage
cheese from within) and flickering home movies
as a backdrop may not purely be done for shock
value - although the band was kicked out from
stodgy Rick's and, read this as you will, they
will go down in history as the last band, ever, to
play the hallowed Beat. Instead, the band mem-
bers convincingly tell me they have a defined
philosophy (or perhaps an anti-philosophy) con-
cerning their performance.
The band likes to think of themselves as a
cathartic experience: a kind of therapeutic way to
rid themselves - and us - from the antics of a
certain era, a time which has either consciously
or unconsciously influenced us all in some way.
Namely, the culturally crucial '70s.
"The '70s was a crazy era where kids sniffed
glue in auto shop and wore crazy fluorescent pat-
terns and those great bellbottoms pants," says
lead guitarist Dave Murray. "We're trying to
come to grips with how that affected us now."
While he denies any Freudian borrowing,
Murray proclaims that by fully experiencing all
these things from our childhoods, from Mr.
Roarke to Bee Gee disco, we can come to grips
with their absurdities. And he insists that the
band's use of phallic symbols is also an intrinsi-
cally important part of this post-'70s remedy.
But these guys can play music, too. Or at
least they can play.
"Free James Brown," the band's most famous
song, acts as a kind of disco tribute to the godfa-
ther of soul and funk himself. The lyrics are
seemingly meaningless - "Blame it on the
PCP, don't blame on James set it free" - but
borrowed James Brown quotes, combined with
lead singer Cap'n Dave's splits, raps, and yelps
all support the band's ability to capture this
genre of music as well as captivate their audi-
According to some dedicated Cap'n Dave
fans, another favorite tune is "Barbara Streisand
is the Vodka of my Restaurant." This one starts
with mellow guitar lounge music and light vo-
cals, like the stuff you might hear when you
walk into the bar of some Holiday Inn, and
slowly delves into the psychedelic. Special ef-
fects on flute, electronic distortion, and cheap im-
itation jazz all heighten your sensations on this
eerie acid trip.
And of course, "Cuando, Cuando," their
straightforward classic disco tune complete with a
psychedelic blast, is always a true crowd-pleaser.
All of the Lounge Cats' stuff in one way or
another becomes a parody of something, in some
way. Even when when the band plays originals
like "Shake Your Booty," they're sure to include
extensions like a big bongo or percussion disco
While their music, as well as their show
complete with their very own "Quantum me-
chanic clown body builder/dancer," have been de-
scribed as hallucinogenic, off-the-wall, or multi-
media avant garde, the outcome is usually the
same: pleasant confusion.
Main influences range from the Butthole
Surfers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Stan Getz to
James Brown and Parliament.
Even at those times when the band members
are just having fun, their goals remain in sight.
See CAP'N DAVE, page 10
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Cream Corn, Cottage Cheese, turkey filets and all, Captain Dave and the
*Psychedelic Lounge Cats promise to serve up an unsavory feast at the
Heidelberg this Saturday.
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