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Shake it up at
rockin' rap

By Forrest Green III
At the upcoming "D-Day" rap
show this Sunday in Detroit, you
can expect to be rocked and rolled.
Definitely do not expect to be
"ganked": according to rap slang,
ripped off. You can expect to get up
and shake your thang, when the

Mastodon-sized bass beat kicks your
(and the audience's collective) rear
end and then some. Get psyched to
embark on a crash course in cubist
party rock, ruthlessness, and cha cha
cha. In other words, D-Day will be
It's hard to say who will generate

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the most hype this Sunday, so take
your pick. Some might say to look
out for the D.O.C., promoting his
great new album, No One Can Do It
Better on Ruthless records. As the
newest artist on NWA's own label,
the D.O.C. might have a bit to
prove, but look out for his
whirlwind-style barrage of rapping,
as well as the presence of Doctor
Dre, the musical genius behind the
Compton madness.
And then there's the imminent
appearance of M.C. Lyte, the self-
proclaimed "deffest female" in rap,
highlighting her LP Eyes on This
and latest single "Cha Cha Cha."
The Lyte is a personal favorite of
this reviewer- her sardonic clever-
ness and underlying street-tough

bravado make her a force to be reck-
oned with in the male dominated
world of hip-hop music. As she
boasted in last year's "Lyte as a
Rock" - "Never underestimate Lyte
the M.C./ I am the rapper who is
here to do things the way they're
meant to be." Keep your eyes on
this lady.
The underdogs of the show might
be the trio EPMD, who so far have
not matched the commercial success
of last year's Strictly Business with
this year's Unfinished Business.
You might remember the hits "You
Gots to Chill", "I'm Housin" and
"It's My Thing." But don't underes-
timate these gangsters; judging by
the strength of their comeback song
See D-Day, Page 9

By Alex Gordon
In my travels across this fair
nation, I've seen many things: the
World's Tallest Indian, the World's
Most Scenic Little League Park, the
World's Largest Walleye; but these
attractions are mere lug nuts in the
hardware store of life compared to
last week's discovery, the World's
Greatest Turkey Sandwich.
Just north of historic Marshall,
Michigan (a town that could boast of
being the home of the world's
greatest number of police cars) is
located the mock village of
Turkeyville, U.S.A. Turkeyville is,
in fact, not an actual municipality
but rather the creation of the
Cronwell family, proprietor's of
Cronwell's, home to the
aforementioned sandwich.
The business, which was founded
as a turkey farm 55 years ago by
Wayne Cronwell and his son Alan,
is now run by grandson Brian
Cronwell and his two brothers. Brian
said the family opened up the
restaurant in 1968, and since then
the business has taken off.
Cronwell's has a candy shop
featuring the staple of all tourist
villages: homemade fudge. But that's
not all- there's an ice cream parlor,
a gift shop, and even a dinner
theater. While it's not Broadway,
Cronwell said they've put on such
show stoppers as Pump Boys and
Dinnettes, Grandma Moses, and
currently An Old Fashioned
Christmas. And can the Schubert or
Wintergarden theaters lay claim to
having a turkey sandwich that is
without rival across the globe?
Turkeyville has humble origins.
Cronwell recalled "It started out as a
joke. My grandpa (Wayne) put up

About Town

the signs and reporters would come
around and ask 'What's the
population?' He would figure it out
depending on how many turkeys
were in the barn, plus the family.
"It fluctuated all the time," he
added with a chuckle.
Every month people from 48
states and 10 to 15 different

Talking Turkey at Turkeyvill

countries make the pilgrimage to
visit the Muhammad Ali of turkey
sandwiches, Cronwell claimed. On
my visit, most of the people there
were old enough to remember the
days when Cronwell's only had
Michigan's greatest turkey sandwich,
but Cronwell said Turkeyville draws
everyone from families to college
"They come for good quality food
and low prices," he said.
America's growing health
consciousness has been a boon to
the turkey sandwich. "Business has
increased rapidly each year. Turkey is
very healthy for you, healthier than
chicken," said Cronwell.
Although the title of World's

Greatest Turkey Sandwich has never "
been seriously challenged, Cronwell .
will tell you that they can make the :
claim because of "the way we grow "
Cronwell's contracts local 0
farmers to grow high protein birds "
which are fed whey, a cheese by- :
product, so they grow faster and "
retain their juices. Cronwell said, as ;
far as he knows, they are the only :
people to grow turkeys this way. "
Although Cronwell talks very *
serious turkey, he admits the *
business is a lot of fun. The 125 "
employees of Turkeyville "must be
very pleasant. As a family, we try to
create a whole family atmosphere for
our help and our customers."
But what about the World's
Greatest Turkey Sandwich?
I can happily report that the
claim is true. Nowhere in my travels
around this earth have I tasted a
greater turkey sandwich. The meat
was fresh, and succulent piled on a
tasty bun with just the right amount
of butter and mayo. No goat cheese,
no avocado, no mint jelly, just a
good honest turkey sandwich that
lets the true merit of the turkey stand
on its own.
And the price? You might expect
to pay some exorbitant fee for this
sandwich labeled greatest in the
world (after all, aren't tickets to se°
the world's greatest rock 'n' roll
band over $30.00?). Surprisingly,
though, it only takes a mere three
dollars to sample the finest turkey-
sandwich known to the human race.
There's also turkey salad
sandwiches, sloppy turkeys, and hot
turkey dinners with all the fixins,
but going to Cronwell's and not
having the World's Greatest Turkey
Sandwich is like going to
Disneyworld and skipping Pirates of
the Carribean.
Cronwell's is only an hour away
by car. Located four miles north of
1-94, exit North at 108 and follow
the signs to Turkeyville. Hurry
though, because Cronwell's is
closing Dec. 28 to give the turkeys a
rest. They'll reopen February 14, in
time for Valentine's Day.

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Kid Creole goes for

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By Forrest Green III
August Darnell, leader of the in-
ternationally-renowned band Kid
Creole and the Coconuts, rests on
the verge of releasing his seventh al-
bum, Private Waters in the Great
Divide, and considers the ramifica-
tions of crossing over to reach our
American ears. How can this be?
Doesn't the Kid understand how im-
portant. . how relevant his under-
ground status is, now more than
About five minutes into our in-
terview, August set my high-minded
ideals straight, explaining "in terms
of our longevity, everything is
hinged on that hit. Without that
hit... we'd have to go underground. I
mean,deep underground."
This, then is the musician's dou-

ar front
ble-edged sword: no matter the qual-
ity or worth of his music, he's got
to pay the bills. And corporations
are more than happy enough to pro-
vide the musician enough temptation
to forget his art.
But believing in the music is just
a small aspect of the whole. The
Kid's adventurous lyrical content,
his optimistic overview and his ut-
terly human character, is just one
more sense of Kid Creole that will
never be compromised. He compares
Private Waters to the 1983 al-
bum Wise Guy, also titledTropical
Gangsters in Europe. This is good
to hear, considering that the LP both
delivered two hits, "Annie, I'm Not
Your Daddy", and "Stool Pigeon",
See Kid Creole, Page 9

Continued from Page 4
"So What'cha Sayin'?" the E Double
and his partner in crime PMD have a
lot to prove to the scene of rap, ever-
changing with a blinding speed.
Finally, there are the clear-cut
contenders to the title on D-Day,
Heavy D. and the Boyz. This posse
has made waves with a brilliantly
commercial extension of their rap

repertoire, twisting the genre about
to their pleasure. Their popular new
album,Big Tyme, dances around reg-
gae ("Mood For Love"), funk ("We
Got Our Own Thang"), and boasts
an especially pleasant bit of R & B,
"Somebody For Me". Expect an
eclectic and, daresay,diverse set
from this group.
There you have it: the present
lineup for D-Day's rap explosion
- and a powerful one it is. Joe
Louis Arena should rock hard in a

funky place, and we still wonder
what the D stands for. So by all
means necessary, head to the Motor-
booty city and foot the bill for this
rap extravaganza; a veritable festival
of hip-hop music. After all, what
have you got to lose - besides
The D-Day rap show takes place
this Sunday, December 3rd, 7:00
p.m., at Joe Louis. Tickets are


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Kid Creole
Continued from Page 4
and remains one of the Kid's
strongest works, with an incredible
lyrical base underneath and some of
the most emotionally touching mu-
sic on either side of the tropics.
The hit the Kid might need to
give the Creole band stability might
come in the form of "The Sex Of
It", from Private Waters, a hybrid
of the Kid's African/Caribbean/
Western rhythm-grooves and the
rude, unpredictable funk of Prince.

This, too, is a welcome change from
his last release, the compromising I,
Too Have Seen the Woods, which
was strong but overall musically
obscure and rather pessimistic in
mood. "That was frustration," he
explains, "and... trying to do the
right thing. After a while, you're
trying to say 'What the fuck do they
want?' ....So you end up watering
down the formula as much as you
can without getting sick yourself."
But what comes around goes
around, and Private Waters looks to
be a promising new album with a re-
freshing blast of the Creole sound of

ages; the kind of thing that puts Pop
plunderers of world beat to the dog-
house. And yes, the show will be a
blockbuster, as we are lucky enough
to even quibble about with some-
thing so exquisite. As the Kid ex-
plains, "We used to do the long
shows, and end up burned out; from
too many of them. But it's still an
action-packed show. We always
uphold the opportunity to bring it to
the American audiences."
Kid Creole and the Coconuts
will play the Nectarine Ballroom
tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $17.50.

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