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some air/ Let me breathe," he gasps
in the hospital room. He can almost
smell her TB sheets. The piercing
harmonica riffs echo Morrison's
cries of denial; he speaks mundane
things to her in order to press the
hurt away somewhere it can't show
itself. The very great Lester Bangs
wrote that, "Van Morrison saw the
absolute possibility of loving hu-
man beings at the farthest extreme of
Blind Willie Johnson
'"Dark was the Night, Cold was
Johnson was a religious blues
songster of the Depression, and one
of the greatest bottleneck blues gui-
tarists. And that's as great as Robert
Johnson or Elmore James! Much of
his work is apocalyptic, deeply in-
uenced by a serious influenza epi-
Oemic that killed thousands of south-
g erners in the '30s. "Dark was the
Night, Cold was the Ground" is an
(un)holy dirge, a blues that causes
shudders in believers and unbelievers
alike. Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo
Pasolini used the "song" in his The
Gospel According to St. Matthew,
when the infirm blind man ap-
proaches Jesus for healing.
It's a twangy echo; each note is
left to fade painfully before another
one is struck and vibrated. The guitar
is unaccompanied except for John-
son's low moaning, a moan that
holds the weight of centuries of
pain. This is the deepest blues I've
ever heard, and I fear this is what
death will sound like as it takes its
last few steps towards me.
"There is a Light that never goes
The song resounds with the
Liebestod myth. This is the way I'd
like to go - entwined with the per-
son I love most. The ultimate con-
summation! Morrissey asks his
lover to take him out, anywhere, he
doesn't care. He just wants to see
people and he wants to see life. The
song is full of yearning for elevation
of spirit, for higher and i.iore intense
feeling. Being with his lover is all
that matters in Morrissey's sublime
car ride. "And if a double decker bus
smashes into us/ To die by your side
is such a heavenly way to die/ And if
a 10-ton truck kills the both of us/
To die by your side/ Well, the plea-
sure, the privilege is mine." The car
ride is the perfect moment and death
merely photographs it, transforming
it into a still life. Derek Jarman's
video of the song merely has a shot
of two androgynes gazing into each
other's eyes in an embrace of body
and soul. This isn't miserable at all,
only quite nakedly romantic.
. Songs that take on death in all its
terribleness, that dwell on it, or
cheat it by laughing at it, should be
celebrated - for, if anything, by
discussing the subject we can grasp
what it means to live as full a life as
"O, my soul, do not aspire to
immortal life, but exhaust the limits
of the possible."
-Pindar, Pythian iii
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used to run blood." Still, the haunt-
ing, magnificent dirge "Good Night"
- Kino's answer to the Cure's
monumental "Faith" - buffers the
despair with gorgeous poetry, and
rays of optimism shine through the
major-key poppiness of
More dissonant than dissident is
Vasily Shumov's My District, also
on Gold Castle's Red Wave label.
Harsh and arresting, Shumov's one-
man cacophony of obtuse synthe-
sizer effects and pounding electronic
percussion eerily evokes the bleak
emotional landscape of its origins
1 "in the cheapest communal flat, dur-
ing the night time when everyone
Svas sleeping." The previous clandes-
tine nature of Soviet recordings
probably accounts for their unusual
style - characterized by drum ma-
6hines and low, hummed vocals.
But Shumov's lugubrious, spo-
en post-Bauhaus vocals bring an
uplifting irony to his sound with a
wealth of varied poetry, including an
;arrangement for the Renaissance
philospher Nikolai Kuzanski's
"Wisdom." My District was recorded
in 1986 as a present for the cross-
continental wedding of Kino gui-
tarist Yuri Kasparyan; the optimistic
"Kasparyan/Stingray Wedding Song
(USA/USSR)" is a simple dual-lan-
guage prospectus of collaborative.
possibilities ("space projects/ sport/
peace/ Russia-America/ fight against
AIDS"), with quirky hit potential.
The logical result of Shumov's
dream may well be Boris Greben-
shikov's Radio Silence (Columbia),
the U.S.'s first major label Russian-
rock release. "It's strange, I don't
feel like a stranger/ I feel like I be-
long here," sings Grebenshikov on
the aptly named titled track, "I've
been waiting for a long time/ And
now I can tell you some stories."
raw, nervous energy, similar to the
distinctive post-punk sound of
German popsters like Herbert
Grinemeyer and BAP - and
preserved in the "rough mix" of this
song - is suffocated by the studio
clutter of producer David A.
(Eurythmics) Stewart. "Real Slow
Today;" featuring Annie Lennox and
Chrissie Hynde on chorus vocals,
churns in the same fermenting mix
as Stewart's production on Tom
Petty's "Don't Come Around Here
No More," making one doubt the
match-up of this Soviet-British
collaboration. Actually, Greben-
shikov's Western style seems more
English than American, his reedy,
quavering voice a combination of
David Bowie and Al Stewart - or
maybe George Harrison, on the
jaunty, strawberry "Fields of My
Love." In fact, the mostly-English
album's unlikely high point is a
Grebenshikov's hauntingly beautiful
arrangement of Sir Thomas Malory's
"Death of King Arthur" - sung in
the archaic Middle English and
brushed with delicate, pastoral flutes.
But the full-circle conclusion of
Gorky Park (Mercury) may well
foretell the fate of Russian rock on
the free market; the band's U.S.-pro-
duced brand of tastefully brutish,
Scorpions-style heavy metal packs
better heave-ho choruses and Zep-
pelin crunch than Winger or the
cretinous Jon Bon Jovi, who stum-
bles in to guest on the abysmal
"Peace in Our Time." Granted,
"Bang" and "Hit Me With the News"
are quality AOR anthems - but no
more, and nothing distinctive. And
for the way these leather-and-mousse
Sashas massacre "My Generation,"
one is tempted to re-adopt some of
Mr. Reagan's old conspiracy theo-
ries. Let them drink Coke, I say; but
as far the music, I'll trade for more
of the real thing.
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In the end, this still comes out to
be one of the best adaptations of
Shakespeare for the screen and one of
the better performances so far this
HENRY V is playing at Ann Arbor 1
Just plain folks
So, you're interested in watching 18 men leaping, dancing, and having a good time on stage? No, these
aren't the men of Chippendale's fame. And you would also like to see lovely women in colorful skirts
twirling and revealing their shapely legs? Sorry, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are still in Texas.
There are not many authentic folk groups left in this era of modern song and dance. Still, there are many
people who enjoy celebrating the commona!;ty of mankind in the "old-fashioned" way-and the 100-
member Hungarian State Folk Ensemble is one example of this. Their goal seems to be keeping folk art
accurate and alive during a time when public interest has died down. Virtually every dance performed by
the Folk Ensemble has been passed on over hundreds of years. The group is known for its fast-stepping
technique and precision: Imagine tempos accelerating faster and faster with over 40 dancers
accompanying the music. Under the direction of choreographer Sandor Timar, the company hails from
Budapest, Hungary. Their performance at Hill Auditorium tonight marks their fourth appearance in Ann
Arbor since 1984. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16-$18. Low-priced student rush tickets are
available at Burton Tower.
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