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Lif d Art SEPTEMBER 1989 SEPTEMBER 1989 Lars and Sense
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Acid House reaches America
By David J. Neal
. Indiana Daily Student
I can't skip class.
That's the first thing I think of
when someone asks me if there are
any disadvantages to being black at
a large university. Broad problems
like the dearth of minority faculty
and the barbs of obnoxious racists
don't really affect my day-to-day
existence, but the everyday things
that touch minorities are small and
Like the attendance situation. I
can't skip class with any sort of
As soon as an instructor looks over
the class, he knows if Im there or if I
decided the adultery and mental cru-
elty on Divorce Court was more inter-
esting than whatever he had to say.
One of my classes has a lecture
section with roughly 150 students.
Any of the other 149 students can
take the morning off, knowing their
absence will not be conspicuous. Not
me. I'm a footprint in the snow.
The professor once identified me
solely on the assistant instructor's
physical description of me. I'd bet
my StevieWonder albums he
couldn't do that with anybody else
in the class.
Can you see the assistant instruc-
tor trying to come up with distin-
guishing characteristics for one of
my classmates? "He's kind of
between 5-10 and 6 feet, has black
hair ... wears a corduroy hat ... uh,
I think he has blue eyes ... maybe
wears a Cubs jacket ..."
Tough job. But with me, Im sure
it was easy. "Bout 6-2, 6-3. Black
Then there are those times when
people say something, notice you're
there, and think they've become this
year's Jimmy the Greek.
I was scanning the magazine rack
for the latest issue of Women's
Physique World while three
Caucasian junior high girls in front
of me flipped through a magazine.
One said, "Tracy Chapman is so
ugly. I mean, her music is good, but
she's just ugly."
The other two girls turned and
See RACE, Page 15
By Darren Cahr
and Stacey Bashara
a The Northwestern Review
Northwestern U., Chicago
An NU student strides down Sheridan
Road, her chest covered with an enor-
mous, yellow, smiling face. The eyes on
her shirt are oval and the smile turns up
at the sides. It looks like a visual homage
to Bobby McFerrin, except for one ele-
ment: a bullet hole and blood sit where
the nose should be.
In a dormitory room, hunched over a
Macintosh computer, senior Adam
Buhler manipulates beats and mea-
sures, baselines and samples, until a
mass of rhythm and noise pours from his
What these images have in common is
acid house, a movement of music and
fashion, philosophy and social politics
that has already swept across a great
deal of England and which is now mak-
ing inroads in the United States.
"I like acid house because it allows you
to see nirvana and jack your body at the
same time," says senior Jay Haesly. And
it is that concept of pure hedonism which
underpins the appeal of this throbbing
collage of sounds and sensation.
Buhler, whose in-room studio is an acid
house laboratory, says the music is a
catylist for "forgetting the superficial
class structure and fundamentalist atti-
tudes" of modern life.
Many music critics and trend-watch-
ers dub acid house a re-emergence of
drug culture (though some would argue
it never died). A great deal of the move-
ment involves consumption of large
quantities of either Ecstasy, a pill-based
drug similar to LSD, or plain old LSD.
Since arriving on continent, acid house
has left a distinctly bitter taste in the
mouths of some local musicians. NU grad
student John Kezdy, vocalist for Chicago
punk band the Effigies, says acid house
may be fated to fizzle out in the United
"The acid house movement is just the
most superficial and vapid thing," Kezdy
says. "It's not like punk, which was more
politically-based. It's a very fashion-ori-
ented and hedonistic thing. It realistical-
ly couldn't be anything but superficial."
Buhler is also skeptical of the move-
ment's domestic longevity, but insists
there is a message behind the music.
"The fashion element is unavoidable,"
he says. "It's all that people tend to see
because it's all that's shown to them. But
DARREN CAHR, NORTHWESTERN REVIEW, NORTHWESTERN U.
The mutilated smiley face has come to represent the nihilism and nirvana of the American acid
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